John Blythe (actor)

John Blythe (1921–1993) was an English character actor.

John Blythe
Born(1921-10-31)31 October 1921
London, England
Died24 November 1993(1993-11-24) (aged 72)
London, England
Years active1939–1989 (film & TV)
Spouse(s)Nan Blythe (?-1993) (his death)


He entered films as a stage hand aged sixteen and made his film debut with Goodbye Mr. Chips in 1939. His second film role was the much more substantial role of Reg Gibbons, son of Robert Newton's and Celia Johnson's Frank and Ethel, in Noel Coward's and David Lean's This Happy Breed (1944). He went on to specialise in playing spivs and fast talking wide boys, particularly during the late forties and early fifties when he enjoyed memorable roles in films such as Holiday Camp (1947), A Boy, a Girl and a Bike, Diamond City, Boys in Brown (all 1949) and Lili Marlene (1950).[1] He was also the garage owner Gowan in the three Huggett films, Here Come the Huggetts (1948), Vote for Huggett and The Huggetts Abroad (both 1949).[2]

He continued acting into the 1980s with less prominent parts in The Cockleshell Heroes (1955), No Love for Johnnie (1961), The VIPs (1963), as well as many television series including Hancock's Half Hour, No Hiding Place, Dixon of Dock Green, Crown Court and Poldark.[1][3]


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