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Leslie Phillips
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    (April 20, 1924- )
    Born in London, United Kingdom
    Appeared in the films ‘The Galloping Major’ (1951), ‘The Sound Barrier’ (1952), ‘The Barretts of Wimpole Street’ (1957), ‘Carry On Nurse’ (1958), ‘Carry On Teacher’ (1959), ‘Carry On Constable’ (1960), ‘Doctor in Love’ (1960), ‘The Longest Day’ (1962), ‘You Must Be Joking!’ (1965), ‘Doctor in Clover’ (1966), ‘Doctor in Trouble’ (1970), ‘Not Now, Darling’ (1972), ‘Out of Africa’ (1985), ‘Empire of the Sun’ (1987), ‘Scandal’ (1989), ‘King Ralph’ (1991), ‘Carry On Columbus’ (1992), ‘Lara Croft: Tomb Raider’ (2001) and ‘Venus’ (2007)
    Provided the voice of the Sorting Hat in the Harry Potter films
    Named a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (2008)
    He spoke with an exaggerated upper-crust accent.
    He was typecast as posh, lecherous twits.
    His catchphrases were an exaggerated ‘Hello’ (‘Hell-ay-oo’) and saying ‘Ding dong’ whenever he saw an attractive woman.
    He had a distant relationship with his children: ‘They saw me more on film than in reality.’
    Despite what you would think from his accent, he grew up in poverty.
    At age fourteen, he became the family’s main breadwinner when he was cast in a West End play.
    Thanks to his mastery of an upper class accent, he was commissioned as an officer in an anti-aircraft unit during World War II.
    He successfully moved from comedy to character roles as he aged.
    He portrayed Falstaff in a Royal Shakespeare Company production of ‘The Merry Wives of Windsor’ (1997).
    His 92-year-old mother died of injuries suffered when three muggers beat her after she refused to hand over her purse because it contained souvenirs Leslie had given her (1984).

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