Graham Moffatt

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Graham Moffatt
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Born Graham Victor Harold Moffatt
(1919-12-06)6 December 1919
Hammersmith, London
Died 2 July 1965(1965-07-02) (aged 45)
Bath, Somerset
Cause of death
Myocardial infarction (heart attack)
Occupation Comedy actor
Spouse(s) Joyce

Graham Victor Harold Moffatt (6 December 1919 – 2 July 1965) was a British character actor and comedian.

Born in Hammersmith, London,[1] he is best known for a number of films where he appeared with Will Hay and Moore Marriott as 'Albert': an insolent, overweight, overgrown-schoolboy type character, loosely reminiscent of Billy Bunter.

His first film with Will Hay was Where There's a Will (1936) in which he plays an office boy. In his next film with Hay, Windbag the Sailor (1936), he is joined by Moore Marriott and his character has become 'Albert'. He is known by this name in all his later films with Hay and Marriott: Oh, Mr Porter! (1937), Old Bones of the River (1938), Ask a Policeman (1939) and Where's That Fire? (1940). Still as Albert, he appeared again with Moore Marriott in a series of films starring Arthur Askey: Charley's (Big-Hearted) Aunt (1940), I Thank You (1941), and Back Room Boy (1942).

His later films include Powell and Pressburger's A Canterbury Tale and I Know Where I'm Going!, before he semi-retired from show business to become a publican with his wife Joyce. Together, they ran the Swan Inn at Braybrooke (near Market Harborough) followed by The Englishcombe Inn at Bath. In March 1952 he had to be admitted to hospital in Kettering after two weeks of hiccuping. He still made occasional film appearances until his death from a heart attack in 1965 at the early age of 45, he made his last film appearance in the 1963 film 80,000 Suspects that was directed by Val Guest who was a writer of many of the films that Moffatt starred in with Will Hay and Moore Marriott.[2] His ashes were scattered at sea.[citation needed]



  1. ^ GRO Register of Births: MAR 1920 1a 433 HAMMERSMITH – Graham V. H. Moffatt
  2. ^ GRO Register of Deaths: SEP 1965 7c 38 – Graham V. H. Moffatt, aged 45

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