John Quarmby

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John Quarmby
Born(1929-06-18)June 18, 1929
DiedApril 5, 2019(2019-04-05) (aged 89)

John Quarmby (18 June 1929 – 2019) was an English character actor.


Quarmby was born in Liverpool and after two years' national service in the RAF joined RADA in 1949. Repertory work dominated the first twenty years of his career, although he began appearing in television in 1956.

Quarmby played a variety of roles from the 1960s to the 1990s appearing in many long-running drama series such as Z-Cars, Softly, Softly, Juliet Bravo and Howards' Way. He also appeared in the 1982 television film The Scarlet Pimpernel. He appeared as a prison officer in Porridge in an episode entitled "The Hustler" (1974). He played the role of Mr Carnegie, the Health Inspector in the Fawlty Towers episode "Basil the Rat" (1979) and Henry Tobias (the newspaper editor) in K-9 and Company.


Year Title Role Notes
1960 Scotland Yard Plain Clothes Man Episode: "Night Beat"
1967 Z-Cars Station Sergeant Episode: "I Don't Want Evidence"
1971 Get Carter 2nd Gambler Film, Uncredited
1974 Fall of Eagles Lamsdorf Episode: "Dearest Nicky"
Porridge Prison Officer Episode: "The Hustler"
1979 Fawlty Towers Mr. Carnegie Episode: "Basil the Rat"
1981 K-9 and Company Henry Tobias TV movie
1982 The Scarlet Pimpernel Ponceau TV movie
1983 Storyboard Dr Slade 1 Pilot Episode: "Mr Palfrey of Westminster: The Traitor"
Juliet Bravo Solicitor Episode: "Mates"
1984 A Christmas Carol Mr Hacking TV movie
1985 Thirteen at Dinner Sir Montague's Butler TV movie
1987 Little Dorrit Circumlocution Office Porter Film
1990 The Fool Film
1994 Black Beauty Butler Film
1995 Io no spik inglish
Restoration The Chancellor Film

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