Erik Chitty

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Erik Chitty
Born (1907-07-08)8 July 1907
Dover, Kent, England
Died 22 July 1977(1977-07-22) (aged 70)
Brent, Middlesex, England
Occupation Actor
Years active 1937-1977
Spouse(s) Hester Bevan; 3 children

Erik Chitty (8 July 1907 in Dover, Kent [1] – 22 July 1977 Brent, Middlesex [2]), was an English film and television actor.[3][4]

Early life[edit]

Chitty was the son of a flour miller. He attended Dover College and Jesus College, Cambridge where he was one of the founders of the Cambridge University Mummers, before training at RADA and becoming a professional actor. He then ran his own repertory company in Frinton-on-Sea.


His television credits included a major role as "Mr. Smith" in Please Sir!, and multiple appearances in Dad's Army, Raffles, Doctor Who, Danger Man, Maigret, Man About the House and The Goodies. He appeared in the TV musical Pickwick for the BBC in 1969.

His many films include Chance of a Lifetime (1950), Footsteps in the Fog (1955), The Devil's Disciple (1959), The Horror of It All (1963), Doctor Zhivago (1965), Casino Royale (1967), Arthur? Arthur! (1969), A Nice Girl Like Me (1969), Twinky (1969), Song of Norway (1970), The Railway Children (1970), The Statue (1971), Lust for a Vampire (1971), Please Sir! (1971), The Amazing Mr. Blunden (1972), The Vault of Horror (1973), One of Our Dinosaurs Is Missing (1975), The Seven-Per-Cent Solution (1976) and A Bridge Too Far (1977).

Personal life[edit]

Chitty was married to the former actress Hester Bevan and had two daughters and one son. He was also a keen genealogist.[5]


  1. ^ GRO Register of Births: SEP 1907 2a 1113 / 1713 DOVER - Erik Chitty, mmn = unknown
  2. ^ GRO Register of Deaths: SEP 1977 11 0672 BRENT - Erik Chitty, born 8 July 1907
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  4. ^ Erik Chitty, roles and credits; at Aveleyman website
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