Harold Goodwin (English actor)

Harold Goodwin (22 October 1917 – 3 June 2004) was an English actor born in Wombwell, West Riding of Yorkshire, England.[1]

Harold Goodwin
Born(1917-10-22)22 October 1917
Wombwell, West Riding of Yorkshire, England
Died3 June 2004(2004-06-03) (aged 86)
Middlesex, England
Years active1950–1992

Acting career

Goodwin trained at RADA and was a stage actor at Liverpool repertory theatre for 3 years.[2] He appeared in numerous British films of the 1950s and 1960s, usually playing 'flat cap' wearing working class characters from Northern England or low ranks in the military.

He had significant parts in the war films The Dam Busters (playing Guy Gibson's batman, 'Crosby'),[3] Bridge on the River Kwai and The Longest Day. He can also be seen in films such as The Ladykillers, Sea of Sand, Angels One Five and The Cruel Sea (in which he was the ASDIC operator). He also made hundreds of British TV appearances in programmes such as Happy Ever After, Minder (as Dunning, episode Get Daley!, 1984) and a notable role in All Creatures Great and Small. Goodwin was a 'staple' of the popular 1980s sitcom, That's My Boy. He played the part of Joss Shackleton, father to Vera Duckworth, in the ITV soap opera Coronation Street in 1991 and a window cleaner in One Foot in the Grave in 1991.[2]



  1. "Harold Goodwin". BFI.
  2. "Obituary: Harold Goodwin". The Guardian. Retrieved 6 November 2017.
  3. Ramsden, John (2002). The Dam Busters. I.B. Tauris. OCLC 50404144. Retrieved 6 November 2017.
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