Charles Hawtrey

Actor
While the name Charles Hawtrey may not ring a bell for many modern moviegoers, it should sound familiar to Beatles fans. John Lennon famously prefaced the track "Two of Us" with the non-sequitur, "I Dig a Pygmy by ... Read more »
Born: 11/30/1914 in Middlesex, England, GB

Filmography

Actor (18)

Carry on Loving 1969 (Movie)

James Bedsop (Actor)

Carry on Up the Jungle 1969 (Movie)

Tonka (Actor)

Carry on Again, Doctor 1968 (Movie)

Dr Ernest Stoppidge (Actor)

Carry on Camping 1968 (Movie)

Charlie Muggins (Actor)

Carry on Doctor 1968 (Movie)

Mr Barron (Actor)

Carry on Cleo 1965 (Movie)

Seneca (Actor)

Carry on Spying 1964 (Movie)

Charlie Bind (Actor)

Carry on Regardless 1963 (Movie)

Gabriel Dimple (Actor)

Carry on Teacher 1962 (Movie)

Michael Bean (Actor)

Carry on Constable 1961 (Movie)

Special Constable Gorse (Actor)

Carry on Sergeant 1958 (Movie)

Peter Golighty (Actor)

The March Hare 1956 (Movie)

Fisher (Actor)

Simon and Laura 1955 (Movie)

Porter (Actor)

A Message from Mars (Movie)

Horace Parker (Actor)

Carry On Cabby (Movie)

Pintpot (Actor)

Passport to Pimlico (Movie)

Bert Fitch (Actor)

Where There's a Will (Movie)

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Who Done It? (Movie)

Disc Jockey (Actor)

Biography

While the name Charles Hawtrey may not ring a bell for many modern moviegoers, it should sound familiar to Beatles fans. John Lennon famously prefaced the track "Two of Us" with the non-sequitur, "I Dig a Pygmy by Charles Hawtrey and the Deaf Aids! Phase One, in which Doris gets her oats!" Though the meaning of the phrase and the reason for its inclusion on the song is unclear, Lennon was reportedly a fan of Hawtrey, whose participation in the immensely popular "Carry On" series of broad English comedies garnered him recognition the world over throughout the '60s and '70s. Despite a multimedia career spanning stage, radio, and television, it was with Hawtrey's bizarre and eclectic performances in "Carry On" that he found fame. A wiry figure with a knack for delivering dialogue directly to the camera, Hawtry proved a favorite in the series, appearing as a cornucopia of typically squirrely characters in over two dozen films in the franchise. His last "Carry On" performance proved to be in "Carry On Abroad", after which a salary dispute and growing concern over his alcoholism forced producers to boot him off the project, and consequently into early retirement. Embodying his eccentricities as much off the screen as on, Hawtrey was said to sometimes speak in utter gibberish in public so that only close friends could decipher his meaning.

EDUCATION

Italia Conti Acting School

Milestones

1925

At age 11, made acting debut in "The Windmill Man"

Bonus Trivia

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He is not related to the Edwardian actor Sir Charles Hawtrey (1858 - 1923)

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