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Norman Clifford Bowler (born 1 August 1932) is a British actor.
Born in London, son of a watch repairer in Mill Lane, NW6, he became a member of the 1950s Soho set alongside John Minton, Francis Bacon and Daniel Farson. There he met Henrietta Moraes, who divorced her first husband, Michael Law, and married Bowler. This marriage ended in 1956. They had two children, Joshua and Caroline, although many years later it transpired that Joshua's father was actually Colin Tennant, 3rd Baron Glenconner.
Bowler played a variety of bit parts and single episode roles throughout the 1960s. He featured in one episode of The Avengers and starred alongside James Caan in the 1968 war film Submarine X-1, about World War II British midget submarines.
From 1966-1976, Bowler played Det. Sgt. and later Det. Chief Inspector Harry Hawkins for the entire run of the BBC TV police drama Softly, Softly (later Softly, Softly: Taskforce). He also appeared in Jesus of Nazareth (1977)
Bowler and his second wife, Dianne, spent several years at Auroville International Township in Tamil Nadu, India. There he engaged in development work with people in the surrounding Tamil villages and often entertained the village children. He also worked with and directed the amateur actors of the township.
Bowler's wife Diane died in May 2012. He continued to alternate between India and the UK.
- "Glenconner recognises his illegitimate son Joshua in his will". Daily Telegraph. 29 August 2010.
- Recording of Rime of the ancient mariner
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