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Spotlight photo, 1969
|Born||Jack William Woolgar
15 September 1913
Thames Ditton, Surrey, England
|Died||14 July 1978
Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, England
|Spouse(s)||Elizabeth Mann (his death)|
Jack William Woolgar (15 September 1913 – 14 July 1978) was a British character actor working in television and film in the 1960s and 1970s. He began acting towards the end of the Second World War and turned professional shortly afterwards, working in repertory theatre and touring the UK. He acted on live TV in Granada during the 1950s, whilst at the Theatre Royal, Huddersfield.
Woolgar was often cast as a dirty old tramp. Due to lifelong chest problems, he was able to produce a bubbling hacking cough at will and appeared as the coal miner father in Stand Up, Nigel Barton, an autobiographical play by Dennis Potter. He had parts in an episode of The Avengers ("The Living Dead"), The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (its first adaptation as a TV series, by ITV in 1967), Please Sir (" The Generation Gap"), The Onedin Line, The Sweeney ("Jigsaw") and Doctor Who (The Web of Fear). He also appeared as Sam Carne in the soap opera Crossroads. His film credits included roles in Hammerhead (1968), Where's Jack? (1969), The Raging Moon (1971), Death Line (1972) and Swallows and Amazons (1974).
He was married to the RADA trained actress Elizabeth Mann (13 July 1920 – 18 February 1980) and had four children.
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