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      Arthur Lowe

      Arthur Lowe

      Highest Rated: 100% Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949)

      Lowest Rated: 33% The Lady Vanishes (1979)

      Birthday: Sep 22, 1915

      Birthplace: Hayfield, Derbyshire, England, UK

      Best known as Captain George Mainwaring from the British sitcom "Dad's Army," Arthur Lowe was born into humble beginnings. Lowe planned to join the Merchant Navy but was rebuffed for his poor eyesight. He joined the British Army on the eve of World War II, and performed in shows for the troops. After the war ended, Sergeant Major Lowe left the military to pursue his newfound love of acting. He joined a repertory theatre and built his stage reputation, ultimately reaching the West End. He began earning small roles in film in 1948 and on television by 1954. By the '60s, he'd become a series regular on "Coronation Street" as preacher Leonard Swindley. The popular character resulted in two spin-offs, "Pardon the Expression" and "Turn Out the Lights." After seven years, Lowe grew tired of playing Swindley, and returned to theatre when Sir Laurence Olivier invited him to perform at the Old Vic. He was also cast in "Dad's Army" as Captain Mainwaring. Like Swindley, the character caught on, and Lowe reprised the role on radio and film. After earning over 100 film and television credits, Lowe's career came to an abrupt end. Lowe suffered a stroke in his dressing room at the Alexandra Theatre. He was preparing to perform "Home at Seven," in which his wife Joan Cooper also starred. He died at the hospital shortly thereafter.

      Highest rated movies

      Kind Hearts and Coronets
      Theater of Blood
      O Lucky Man!
      The Ruling Class
      The Lady Vanishes


      RULING CLASS, Peter O'Toole, Patsy Byrne, Kay Walsh, Arthur Lowe, 1972 RULING CLASS, Michael Bryant, Arthur Lowe, Peter O'Toole, 1972 THE LADY VANISHES, front from left: Herbert Lom, Cybill Shepherd, Elliott Gould, Angela Lansbury, rear from left: Arthur Lowe, Ian Carmichael, Gerald Harper, Jenny Runacre, 1979, © Group 1 International IF...., Arthur Lowe, 1968, if1968mm-fsct32, Photo by: (if1968mm-fsct32) IF...., center from left: Robert Swann, Arthur Lowe, 1968, if1968mm-fsct30, Photo by: (if1968mm-fsct30) IF...., Arthur Lowe, 1968, if1968mm-fsct08, Photo by: (if1968mm-fsct08) DAD'S ARMY, Arthur Lowe, John Le Mesurier, 1971 O LUCKY MAN!, Bill Owen, Malcolm McDowell, Arthur Lowe, 1973



      33% 43% The Lady Vanishes Charters (Character) - 1979
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Daphne Laureola Unknown (Character) - 1978
      No Score Yet 41% No Sex Please, We're British Mr. Bromley (Character) - 1973
      No Score Yet 18% Adolf Hitler: My Part in His Downfall Major Drysdale (Character) - 1973
      87% 81% Theater of Blood Horace Sprout (Character) - 1973
      80% 87% O Lucky Man! Mr. Duff/Charlie Johnson/Dr. Munda (Character) - 1973
      77% 86% The Ruling Class Daniel Tucker (Character) - 1972
      No Score Yet 37% Dad's Army Captain Mainwaring (Character) - 1971
      No Score Yet 67% The Rise and Rise of Michael Rimmer Ferret (Character) - 1970
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Great Inimitable Mr Dickens John Dickens (Character) - 1970
      90% 87% If... Mr. Kemp (Character) - 1968
      No Score Yet 62% The White Bus The Mayor (Character) - 1967
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Black Tide Garage Owner (Character) - 1957
      No Score Yet 80% The Green Man Radio Salesman (Character) - 1957
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Breakaway Mitchell (Character) - 1956
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Stranger in Town Jeweller (Character) - 1956
      100% 94% Kind Hearts and Coronets The Titbits Reporter (Character) $35.9K 1949
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Spider and the Fly Town Clerk (Character) - 1949


      No Score Yet No Score Yet Bless Me, Father Unknown (Character) 1978-1981
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Dad's Army Capt. George Mainwaring (Character) 1968-1977
      No Score Yet No Score Yet David Copperfield Mr Micawber (Character) 1974-1975
      No Score Yet 86% The Avengers Unknown (Guest Star) 1967