Paul McDowell (actor)
15 August 1931 |
London, England, UK
Early life and career
After leaving school, he trained to be a painter at Chelsea Art College. In the early 1960s as "Whispering" Paul McDowell he was a vocalist with the British 1920s-style jazz band the Temperance Seven, which had a No. 1 hit in Britain. He was a member of the pop group 'Guggenheim' which he formed with Granada TV Producer and singer Chris Pye, and guitarist Jules Burns. The album Guggenheim was released in 1972 on Indigo Records, and distributed by Decca Records. He worked at the Establishment Club as an actor/writer, then became a member of the improvisational group the Second City in the United States and was a writer on The Frost Report.
His television roles include: Mr. Collinson, a sour-faced prison officer in Porridge, several editions of Dave Allen at Large, Winston Churchill: The Wilderness Years as Churchill’s butler and The Two of Us as Mr. Phillips. Film roles include a Scottish laird in The Thirty Nine Steps.
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