Arthur Howard

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Arthur Howard (18 January 1910, Camberwell, London[1] – 18 June 1995, Westminster, London[2]) was an English stage, film and television actor.[3][4]

Life and career[edit]

Born Arthur John Steiner, he was the younger son of Lilian (née Blumberg) and Ferdinand "Frank" Steiner. His brother was the film actor Leslie Howard and his sister the casting director Irene Howard. His uncle was the film director Wilfrid Noy. He married the actress Jean Compton Mackenzie (a daughter of the actor Frank Compton) in 1936 and they had a son together, the stage actor Alan Howard.[3]

Arthur appeared in several television programmes such as Whack-O, a school comedy in which he played the hapless assistant headmaster Pettigrew to Jimmy Edwards's headmaster, and he was in the 1959 film version Bottoms Up.[5][6] He appeared in many films, including American Friends, The Magnificent Seven Deadly Sins, and had the small role of Cavendish in the James Bond film Moonraker.[7]

In 1961 he was arrested for importuning and spent a week in prison.[8] He is buried in the East London Cemetery.[9]



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  3. ^ a b McFarlane, Brian (16 May 2016). "The Encyclopedia of British Film: Fourth edition". Oxford University Press – via Google Books.
  4. ^ "Arthur Howard".
  5. ^ "Whack-o![09/06/59] (1959)".
  6. ^ "Bottoms Up (1960)".
  7. ^ "Arthur Howard".
  8. ^ "Actor Fined £25 For Importuning". The Times. London. 3 June 1961. p. 6. Howard,... had spent a week in Brixton Prison after pleading guilty to a charge of persistently importuning for immoral purposes, was also fined £25. (subscription required)
  9. ^ Classic Movie Hub

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