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John Slater (actor)

John Slater (actor)

John Slater (actor)
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Quick Facts

Intro Actor
Was Actor
From United Kingdom
Type Film, TV, Stage & Radio
Gender male
Birth 22 August 1916, London
Death 9 January 1975, London (aged 58 years)
Star sign Leo
The details (from wikipedia)


John Slater (22 August 1916 – 9 January 1975) was a British character actor who usually portrayed lugubrious, amiable cockney types.
His father was an antiques dealer. After attending St. Clement Danes School, Slater began acting in farce at the Whitehall Theatre. He first appeared on film in 1938, remaining active in the industry up to his death. He was a familiar face in British films of the 1940s and appeared in many classic films of the period, including Went the Day Well? (1942), We Dive at Dawn (1943), A Canterbury Tale (1944), The Seventh Veil (1945), It Always Rains on Sunday (1947) and Passport to Pimlico (1949).
Slater narrated the National Coal Board's Mining Review documentary series, and was known on television for his presenter role opposite popular children's puppets Pinky and Perky during the 1960s, as a story-teller on Jackanory and as Det. Sgt. Stone in Z-Cars from 1967 to 1974. He also appeared in the notorious 1958 stage production of Harold Pinter's The Birthday Party, as Nat Goldberg. He narrated the 1963 film "Giants of Steam" made by the British Broadcasting Corporation and British Transport Films.
Slater sustained life-threatening injuries as a result of an air crash in France in 1946 and sporadic bouts of ill health hampered his career. He died 9 January 1975 aged 58.

Partial filmography

  • "Pimpernel" Smith (1941) (uncredited)
  • The Common Touch (1941) (uncredited)
  • The Harvest Shall Come (1942 short)
  • They Flew Alone (1942)
  • Uncensored (1942)
  • Went the Day Well? (1942)
  • We Dive at Dawn (1943) (uncredited)
  • The Saint Meets the Tiger (1943)
  • Deadlock (1943)
  • Candlelight in Algeria (1944)
  • The Hundred Pound Window (1944)
  • A Canterbury Tale (1944)
  • For Those in Peril (1944)
  • I Live in Grosvenor Square (1945)
  • The Seventh Veil (1945)
  • Murder in Reverse (1945)
  • It Always Rains on Sunday (1947)
  • Against the Wind (1948)
  • Escape (1948)
  • Noose (1948)
  • Passport to Pimlico (1949)
  • Prelude to Fame (1950)
  • The Ringer (1952)
  • The Long Memory (1952)
  • The Million Pound Note (1954)
  • Star of India (1954)
  • John Wesley (1954)
  • Johnny, You're Wanted (1956)
  • Violent Playground (1958)
  • Three on a Spree (1961)
  • Nothing Barred (1961)
  • A Place to Go (1963)

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