John Hewer

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John Hewer
Born (1922-01-13)13 January 1922
Leyton, London, England
Died 16 March 2008(2008-03-16) (aged 86)
Brinsworth House, Middlesex, England
Occupation Actor
Spouse(s) Edna Hewer

John Hewer (13 January 1922 – 16 March 2008) was an English actor and manager. He was born in Leyton, London.


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.

Residing in Epping in his later years and finally Brinsworth House in Twickenham, London, Hewer died aged 86 on Sunday, 16 March 2008.[1]

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  1. ^ "Captain Birds Eye actor dies, 86". BBC News. BBC. 2008-03-18. Retrieved 2008-03-18. 

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