Edward Chapman

Edward Chapman

Known for: Acting
Biography: 1901-10-13
Deathday: 1977-08-09 (75 years old)

Biography

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Edward Chapman (13 October 1901 - 9 August 1977) was an English actor who starred in many films and television programmes, but is chiefly remembered as "Mr. Wilfred Grimsdale", the officious superior and comic foil to Norman Wisdom's character of Pitkin in many of his films from the late 1950s and 1960s.


Chapman was born in Harrogate, Yorkshire, England. On leaving school he became a bank clerk but later began his stage career with Ben Greet's Company in June 1924 at the Repertory Theatre, Nottingham, playing Gecko in George du Maurier's Trilby. He made his first London stage appearance at the Court Theatre in August 1925 playing the Rev Septimus Tudor in The Farmer's Wife. Among dozens of stage roles that followed, he played Bonaparte to Margaret Rawlings's Josephine in Napoleon at the Embassy Theatre in September 1934. In 1928 he attracted the attention of Alfred Hitchcock, who gave him the role of "The Paycock" in the 1930 film, Juno and the Paycock. In the same year he also made an appearance in Caste (of which no prints are known to exist). He had a role in The Citadel in 1938 and appeared alongside George Formby in the Ealing Studios comedy Turned Out Nice Again in 1941.


During the Second World War he took a break from acting and joined the Royal Air Force. After training he was posted to 129 (Mysore) Squadron as an intelligence officer. This Spitfire squadron was based at Westhampnett and Debden. The squadron was heavily engaged in combat during this period and many of Chapman's fellow squadron mates were killed in action.


Chapman first starred alongside Wisdom in 1957's Just My Luck in the role of Mr. Stoneway, but the next year in The Square Peg he appeared as Mr. Grimsdale for the first time opposite Wisdom's character of Norman Pitkin. In 1960 he and Wisdom acted together again in The Bulldog Breed, playing the roles of Mr. Philpots and Norman Puckle - Mr. Grimsdale and Pitkin in all but name. Wisdom appeared alone as Norman Pitkin in On the Beat in 1962, while Chapman branched out, starring in the Danish folktale Venus fra Vestø, but Grimsdale and Pitkin were reunited for 1963's A Stitch in Time. Their final performance together was in The Early Bird in 1965, Wisdom's first film in colour. In all, he appeared alongside Norman Wisdom in five films.


After Sir John Gielgud was arrested for "persistently importuning male persons for immoral purposes", Chapman started a petition to force him to resign from Equity. Sir Laurence Olivier reportedly threw Chapman out of his dressing room when he solicited his signature for the petition.


From 1965 Chapman played mostly characters roles on television. His final role was as Mr. Callon for nine episodes of the BBC's seafaring melodrama The Onedin Line between 1971 and 1972. Chapman died of a heart attack in Brighton, East Sussex, England at the age of 75.


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Filmography

all 82

Movies 77

TV Shows 5

self 1

Mr. Callon
The Onedin Line

The Onedin Line (1971)

TV
Barton
The Man Who Haunted Himself

The Man Who Haunted Himself (1970)

Movie
Joe Champion
Champion House

Champion House (1967)

TV
Mr. Grimsdale
The Early Bird

The Early Bird (1965)

Movie
Oliver Crawford
The Man In Room 17

The Man In Room 17 (1965)

TV
Tom Hobson
Joey Boy

Joey Boy (1965)

Movie
McPherson
Hide and Seek

Hide and Seek (1964)

Movie
Mr. Grimsdale
A Stitch in Time

A Stitch in Time (1963)

Movie
Venus fra Vestø

Venus fra Vestø (1962)

Movie
Mr. Philpots
The Bulldog Breed

The Bulldog Breed (1960)

Movie
Maigret

Maigret (1960)

TV
Marquis of Queensberry
Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde (1960)

Movie
Gloatbridge
School for Scoundrels

School for Scoundrels (1960)

Movie
2.25
No Hiding Place

No Hiding Place (1959)

TV
Mr. Grimsdale
The Square Peg

The Square Peg (1958)

Movie
Manley
Innocent Sinners

Innocent Sinners (1958)

Movie
George Connor
The Young and the Guilty

The Young and the Guilty (1958)

Movie
Mr. Stoneway
Just My Luck

Just My Luck (1957)

Movie
Wilkins
Doctor at Large

Doctor at Large (1957)

Movie
1.8
John Elliott
X the Unknown

X the Unknown (1956)

Movie
5
Edgar Selwyn
Lisbon

Lisbon (1956)

Movie
Thomas Jones
Bhowani Junction

Bhowani Junction (1956)

Movie
Mr Longworth
The Love Match

The Love Match (1955)

Movie
Duke of Fontenham
A Yank in Ermine

A Yank in Ermine (1955)

Movie
Mr. Bunting
The Crowded Day

The Crowded Day (1954)

Movie
Works Manager
The End of the Road

The End of the Road (1954)

Movie
Mr. Robinson
A Day to Remember

A Day to Remember (1953)

Movie
Lowden
The Intruder

The Intruder (1953)

Movie
Joseph Byres M.P.
Folly to Be Wise

Folly to Be Wise (1952)

Movie
Stranger
The Ringer

The Ringer (1952)

Movie
Ackland
Mandy

Mandy (1952)

Movie
Mr. Duncalf
The Card

The Card (1952)

Movie
The Admiral
His Excellency

His Excellency (1952)

Movie
Sir Henry Harcourt-Reilly
The Cocktail Party

The Cocktail Party (1952)

Movie
Father in Family Group
The Magic Box

The Magic Box (1952)

Movie
6
Mr. James
Gone to Earth

Gone to Earth (1950)

Movie
Hoskins (uncredited)
Night and the City

Night and the City (1950)

Movie
4.6
Minister for War
The Spider and the Fly

The Spider and the Fly (1949)

Movie
Chief Inspector Mitchell
Man on the Run

Man on the Run (1949)

Movie
Mr. Johnson
The History of Mr. Polly

The History of Mr. Polly (1949)

Movie
Birkland
Mr. Perrin and Mr. Traill

Mr. Perrin and Mr. Traill (1948)

Movie
George Sandigate
It Always Rains on Sunday

It Always Rains on Sunday (1947)

Movie
6
Peachy
The October Man

The October Man (1947)

Movie
Mr. Johnson
They Flew Alone

They Flew Alone (1942)

Movie
Papadopoulos
Ships with Wings

Ships with Wings (1941)

Movie
Mr. Jansen
Jeannie

Jeannie (1941)

Movie
Uncle Arnold
Turned Out Nice Again

Turned Out Nice Again (1941)

Movie
Mr. Blenkinsop
Inspector Hornleigh Goes to It

Inspector Hornleigh Goes to It (1941)

Movie
4
Mr. Jones
Eating Out with Tommy Trinder

Eating Out with Tommy Trinder (1941)

Movie
Self - Commentator
Mastery of the Sea

Mastery of the Sea (1940)

Movie
Captain Eckersley
Convoy

Convoy (1940)

Movie
Charley Briggs
The Briggs Family

The Briggs Family (1940)

Movie
Detective Inspector Bray
Law and Disorder

Law and Disorder (1940)

Movie
Dick Parry
The Proud Valley

The Proud Valley (1940)

Movie
Alf Small
Now You're Talking

Now You're Talking (1940)

Movie
Captain Edwin Fraser
Inspector Hornleigh on Holiday

Inspector Hornleigh on Holiday (1939)

Movie
Len Griffin
Poison Pen

Poison Pen (1939)

Movie
Sammy Sanders
There Ain't No Justice

There Ain't No Justice (1939)

Movie
B.J. Burrell
The Four Just Men

The Four Just Men (1939)

Movie
Jenks
The Nursemaid Who Disappeared

The Nursemaid Who Disappeared (1939)

Movie
Mordan
Marigold

Marigold (1938)

Movie
Joe Morgan
The Citadel

The Citadel (1938)

Movie
Inspector Chortley
Who Killed John Savage?

Who Killed John Savage? (1938)

Movie
Lohrmann
Premiere

Premiere (1938)

Movie
Fabrizius
Rembrandt

Rembrandt (1936)

Movie
Price
Someone at the Door

Someone at the Door (1936)

Movie
Major Grigsby
The Man Who Could Work Miracles

The Man Who Could Work Miracles (1936)

Movie
Pippa Passworthy / Raymond Passworthy
Things to Come

Things to Come (1936)

Movie
6
Saverio Mercadante
The Divine Spark

The Divine Spark (1935)

Movie
Gribble
Plenty of Time for Play

Plenty of Time for Play (1935)

Movie
Mr. 'Pinky' Wormwood
The Church Mouse

The Church Mouse (1934)

Movie
Grey
Girls Will Be Boys

Girls Will Be Boys (1934)

Movie
Guard
The Queen's Affair

The Queen's Affair (1934)

Movie
Meyerhoffer
Blossom Time

Blossom Time (1934)

Movie
Mr. Gaunt
Mister Cinders

Mister Cinders (1934)

Movie
Colonel
Happy Ever After

Happy Ever After (1932)

Movie
Sedeman
The Flying Squad

The Flying Squad (1932)

Movie
Percy Welwyn
Tilly of Bloomsbury

Tilly of Bloomsbury (1931)

Movie
Dawker
The Skin Game

The Skin Game (1931)

Movie
Sam Gerridge
Caste

Caste (1930)

Movie
Ted Markham
Murder!

Murder! (1930)

Movie
Captain Boyle
Juno and the Paycock

Juno and the Paycock (1929)

Movie

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Information

Known For
Acting

Gender
Male

Birthday
1901-10-13

Deathday
1977-08-09 (75 years old)

Birth Place
Harrogate, United Kingdom

Citizenships
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, United Kingdom

Also Known As
Эдуард Чепмен, Эдвард Чепмен

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