J. G. Devlin

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J.G. Devlin
Actor J.G. Devlin.jpg
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) was a Northern Irish actor who made his stage debut in 1931, and had long association with the Ulster Group Theatre.[1][2][3] In a career spanning nearly sixty years, he played parts in TV productions such as Z-Cars, Dad's Army, The New Avengers and Bread.[4][5] He also guest starred, alongside Leonard Rossiter, in an episode of Steptoe and Son, "The Desperate Hours".[6] 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.[7] He also appeared as Father Dooley, a Catholic priest, in several episodes of Carla Lane's Bread, probably his last television appearance.[8]

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, released in 1980.

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  1. ^ "J.G. Devlin". BFI. 
  2. ^ "D". Ulster Actors. 
  3. ^ "The Ulster Group Theatre". Culture Northern Ireland. 
  4. ^ "Overview for J. G. Devlin". Turner Classic Movies. 
  5. ^ "J. G. Devlin". TV.com. CBS Interactive. 
  6. ^ "» Galton And Simpson Present – Part 5". britishclassiccomedy.co.uk. 
  7. ^ "Rawlinson End". iankitching.me.uk. 
  8. ^ "Bread". comedy.co.uk. 

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