J. G. Devlin

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J.G. Devlin
Born James Gerard Devlin
(1907-10-08)8 October 1907
Belfast, Ireland
Died 17 October 1991(1991-10-17) (aged 84)
Belfast, Northern Ireland
Occupation Actor
Years active 1955–91

James Gerard Devlin (8 October 1907 – 17 October 1991), known professionally as J.G. Devlin, was a Northern Irish actor. In a career spanning nearly fifty years, he played parts in productions such as Z-Cars, Dad's Army, The New Avengers and Bread. He also guest starred, alongside Leonard Rossiter, in an episode of Steptoe and Son, "The Desperate Hours". The writers of Steptoe and Son - Ray Galton and Alan Simpson - have since revealed that Devlin was second choice to play the part of Albert Steptoe in the series, behind Wilfrid Brambell. He also appeared as Father Dooley, a Catholic priest, in several episodes of Carla Lane's Bread, probably his last television appearance.

His was Vivian Stanshall's personal choice for the role of Old Scrotum, the Wrinkled Retainer in the Charisma Films version of Sir Henry at Rawlinson End (film), released in 1980.

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