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Charles Hawtrey
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    (November 30, 1914-October 27, 1988)
    Born in Hounslow, England, United Kingdom
    Birth name was George Frederick Joffe Hartree
    Appeared in 23 'Carry On' films (1958-72)
    Also appeared in 'Sabotage' (1936), 'A Canterbury Tale' (1944), 'Passport to Pimlico' (1949), 'The Galloping Major' (1951), 'Man of the Moment' (1955) and 'Dentist on the Job' (1961)
    Appeared in the British TV series 'The Army Game' (1957-58), 'Our House' (1960-61), 'Best of Friends' (1963) and 'Stop Exchange' (1970)
    He tried to pass himself off as the son of knighted stage actor Sir Charles Hawtrey, but his father was actually an auto mechanic.
    He was a heavy drinker.
    He was let go from the Carry On series when he dropped out of a Carry On Christmas special at the last minute in a dispute over his billing (1972).
    His house caught fire after he went to bed with a male teenager and left a cigarette burning on the sofa (1984).
    While in the hospital on his deathbed, he threw a vase at a nurse asking for his autograph.
    He directed two films and 19 stage plays.
    In 'Let It Be,' John Lennon introduces the song 'Two of Us' by saying, 'I Dig a Pygmy by Charles Hawtrey and the Deaf Aids... Phase one, in which Doris gets her oats.'
    Morrissey was a fan, asked him to sing on 'Hand in Glove,' and used his picture for the cover of 'The Very Best of the Smiths.'

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