Jack Watson (actor)
Jack Watson (15 May 1915 – 4 July 1999) was an English actor who appeared in many British films and television dramas from the 1950s onwards.
Watson in the trailer for The Devil's Brigade (1968)
|Born||14 May 1915|
Thorney, Cambridgeshire, England
|Died||4 July 1999 84) (aged|
Bath, Somerset, England
|Spouse(s)||Betty Garland (1943–1999) (his death) (3 children)|
Watson was born in Thorney, Cambridgeshire. He was the son of a Gaiety Girl, Barbara Hughes, and a music hall comedian, Nosmo King. Watson often appeared on stage with his father as straight man, where he was known simply as Hubert. During the Second World War he was a physical training instructor in the Royal Navy, and his physique was much in evidence in many of his subsequent screen roles. He died of blood cancer at the age of 84.
During the war Watson was resident compère of the BBC radio comedy The Navy Mixture. After the war, his talent as an impersonator resulted in his becoming a regular on BBC radio programmes such as Take it from Here, Hancock's Half Hour and The Clitheroe Kid. He gradually made the transition to television, where his first major role was in Coronation Street, in which he became Elsie Tanner's (Pat Phoenix) first lover. Watson appeared in Coronation Street as Bill Gregory on and off between 1961–1984 ; his final episode in 1984 was also the final episode for Pat Phoenix who played his love interest Elsie Tanner in the series. He appeared as a powerful but shell-shocked ex-soldier in Dr. Finlay's Casebook, in an episode entitled "Not qualified" which formed part of the 8th series of the popular British programme. Probably his best-known television role was as Llud, Arthur's craggy sidekick in Arthur of the Britons. His last major TV role was in the award-winning Edge of Darkness (1985).
- Captain Horatio Hornblower (1951) – Capt. Sylvester (uncredited)
- Peeping Tom (1960) – Chief Insp. Gregg
- Konga (1961) – Supt. Brown
- Fate Takes a Hand (1961) – Bulldog
- The Queen's Guards (1961) – Sergeant Johnson
- Time to Remember (1962) – Insp. Bolam
- Out of the Fog (1962) – Sgt. Harry Tracey
- On the Beat (1962) – Police Sergeant
- Master Spy (1963) – Capt. Foster
- Five to One (1963) – Insp. Davis
- This Sporting Life (1963) – Len Miller
- The Gorgon (1964) – Ratoff
- The Hill (1965) – Jock McGrath
- Night Caller from Outer Space (1965) – Sgt. Hawkins
- The Idol (1966) – Police Inspector
- Grand Prix (1966) – Jeff Jordan
- Tobruk (1967) – Sgt. Maj. Tyne
- The Devil's Brigade (1968) – Cpl. Peacock
- The Strange Affair (1968) – Quince
- Decline and Fall... of a Birdwatcher (1968) – Gallery Warder
- Every Home Should Have One (1970) – McLaughlin
- The McKenzie Break (1970) – Gen. Kerr
- Kidnapped (1971) – James Stewart
- Tower of Evil (1972) – Hamp
- From Beyond the Grave (1974) – Sir Michael Sinclair (segment 4 "The Door")
- 11 Harrowhouse (1974) – Miller, 11 Harrowhouse Security
- Juggernaut (1974) – Chief Engineer Mallicent
- The Four Musketeers (1974) – Busigny
- Schizo (1976) – William Haskin
- The Purple Taxi (1977) – Sean
- The Wild Geese (1978) – R.S.M. Sandy Young
- North Sea Hijack (1980) – Olafsen
- The Sea Wolves (1980) – Maclean
- Masada (1981) – Decurion
- Marco Polo (1982) – Old Sailor
- Diana (1984) – Uncle Mark
- Tangiers (1982) – Donovan
- Christopher Columbus (1985) – Father Marchena
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- "BBC Radio 4 Extra – Hancock's Half Hour, Series 6, The Impersonator". BBC.
- "The Clitheroe Kid". 11 February 1965. p. 17 – via BBC Genome.
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