John Le Mesurier Overview:

Character actor, John Le Mesurier, was born John Elton Le Mesurier Halliley on Apr 5, 1912 in Bedford, England. Le Mesurier died at the age of 71 on Nov 15, 1983 in Ramsgate, England .


John Le Mesurier was a brow-mopping, fretful-looking, (very) British actor, with long, equine features wryly resigned to disaster. He played dramatic roles at first (1954, Dangerous Cargo; 1955, A Time to Kill), although his characters were equally as harassed as those in the comic gloom-and-doom which enveloped him from the mid 1950s on, when he became an ostensibly bewildered foil for some of Britain's best comedians. Later he gained popularity playing Sgt. Arthur Wilson in the TV series Dad's Army (1968-1977). He was married to Hattie Jacques (first of two wives), from 1949 to 1965. He left an obituary at the time of his death from an abdominal illness, saying that he had "conked out'.

(Source: available at Amazon Quinlan's Illustrated Dictionary of Film Character Actors).



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Scotland Yard Man: Personally, I feel that we are dealing with a dangerous character. Not for what he claims to be, but for what he is; a fanatical scientist with a stupid gang of men who have allowed themselves to be mesmerized by legend.

Dr. Tranter: Cut deeply, John. That's the secret of surgery nowadays: cut deeply.

Scotland Yard Man: Scientist calling himself The Vampire is a man named Von Housen born in Bosnic in 1894. He is the descendant of Baron Von Housen whom legend immortalized as a vampire. For reasons of his own, Von Housen claims to be an earthly reproduction of his notorious ancestor, owing his continued existence to the consumption of human blood. Needless to say, there is not the faintest vestige of truth in his claim, but it does not deny that he is a scientist of considerable repute and his activities shall be restrained.

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Asked his wife Joan to place in The Times the following announcement of his death: "John Le Mesurier wishes it to be known that he conked out on November 15th. He sadly misses his family and friends."

Separated from his wife Joan Le Mesurier in the mid-1960s when she had an affair with their mutual friend Tony Hancock. John was understanding, and they began living together again after Hancock's death in 1968.

Two sons with actress Hattie Jacques: Robin Le Mesurier and Kim Le Mesurier.

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