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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John Le Mesurier Quotes:

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

[talking about Windrush]
Major Hitchcock: He's a new man. He hasn't got used to the natural rhythm of the other workers.
Waters: What you call their natural rhythm of work is neither natural, rhythmic, or anything very much to do with work.

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.

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John Le Mesurier Facts
His surname was pronounced like "measurer" - the "i" was silent.

In her book, "Dear John", Joan Le Mesurier gives her husband's date of death as 16th November 1983.

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

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