Moore Marriott

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Moore Marriott
Marriott as Harbottle in Windbag the Sailor (1936)
Born George Thomas Moore Marriott
(1885-09-14)14 September 1885
West Drayton, Middlesex, England
Died 11 December 1949(1949-12-11) (aged 64)
Bognor Regis, Sussex, England
Occupation Character actor
Years active 1912–1949

George Thomas Moore Marriott (14 September 1885[1] – 11 December 1949[2]) was an English character actor best remembered for the series of films he made with Will Hay. His first appearance with Hay was in the film Dandy Dick (1935), but he was a significant supporting performer in Hay's films from 1936 to 1940, and while he starred with Hay during this period he played a character called "Harbottle" that was based on a character Marriott usually played. His character Harbottle was originally created by Hay when he used the character in his "The fourth form at St. Michael's" sketches in the 1920s.


Marriott was born at Alpha Place, Yiewsley, Middlesex, on 14 September 1885, the son of George Matthew Marriott (1859-1940), who was then a commercial traveller, and his wife, Edith Rousby, née Coleman (1864-1946). His parents were actors, and his father became a theatrical manager. Moore Marriott made his stage debut at the age of five. He had originally intended to train as an architect, but instead he became an actor in films.[3] Rather like Clive Dunn and Lionel Jeffries later, he became typecast as playing old men when he was still relatively young. He had a special set of artificial teeth which he would put in to play his 'old man' characters. He had no teeth in real life and took four different sets of false teeth with him to achieve variety in his characters.

Although he made 131 film appearances from 1912, today he is probably best known as old "Harbottle" in a number of comedy films he made with Will Hay and Graham Moffatt, including Oh, Mr Porter! (1937) and Ask a Policeman (1939). During the filming of Hay's film Dandy Dick (1935), Marriott played an uncredited stableboy. During the filming of Dandy Dick, Marriott said to Hay he thought he should be a stuntman to him in his old-man character. His first role as a stuntman using this character was in Hay's film Windbag the Sailor (1936) along with Graham Moffatt.

Following the dissolution of the Will Hay/Graham Moffatt/Moore Marriott partnership, he continued to play his Harbottle-type character in films with the comedian Arthur Askey and the Crazy Gang, where he continued to play his Harbottle-type character, e.g. I Thank You (1941) and Back-Room Boy (1942). His other film appearances included Millions Like Us (1943) and Green for Danger (1946).

His cause of death was cardiac syncope, acute pulmonary oedema and chronic myocardiac degeneration caused by earlier pneumonia. At the time of his death he was keeping a grocer's store in Bognor Regis. He outlived his mother and his father by merely 3 years and 9 years respectively.[3] He was cremated at Golders Green Crematorium, where his ashes were also interred.[4] His death came less than eight months after that of Will Hay.



  1. ^ GRO Register of Births: DEC 1885 3a 23 UXBRIDGE – George Thomas M. Marriott
  2. ^ GRO Register of Deaths: DEC 1949 5h 530 CHICHESTER – George T. M. Marriott
  3. ^ a b [1] Moore Marriott on the Will Hay Tribute Site
  4. ^ [2] Moore Marriott on Find A Grave website

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