13 January 1922|
Leyton, London, England
|Died||16 March 2008
Brinsworth House, Middlesex, England
A stalwart of London's Players Theatre throughout his career, he appeared in musical theatrical productions such as Sail Away and Six of One in London's West End theatre, but the highlight of his theatrical career was starring opposite Julie Andrews in The Boy Friend on Broadway in the 1950s.
His television work included hosting the 1970s Canadian CTV variety series The Pig and Whistle, but he his most familiar role was as the fictitious sailor Captain Birdseye, the mascot for Birds Eye frozen foods in scores of British TV commercials from 1967 to 1998.
- The Dark Man (1951) - 1st Taxi Driver
- Assassin for Hire (1951) - Giuseppe Riccardi
- Law and Disorder (1958) - Foxy
- Operation Stogie (1959)
- Strip Tease Murder (1961) - Bert Black
- Three Spare Wives (1962) - Rupert
- Billy Budd (1962) - Dubbing
- Mister Ten Per Cent (1967) - Townsend
- Home Before Midnight (1979) - Donelly (Last appearance)
- John Hewer on IMDb
- The Times, 19 March 2008: John Hewer, original Captain Birdseye, dies aged 86
- BBC bio of John Hewer as "Captain Birdseye"
- The Guardian, 18 March 2008: Captain Birds Eye actor dies
- The Daily Telegraph, 19 March 2008: Captain Birdseye actor John Hewer dies
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