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Ian Carmichael

Ian CarmichaelBorn: 18-Jun-1920
Birthplace: Kingston-Upon-Hull, Yorkshire, England
Died: 5-Feb-2010
Location of death: Esk Valley, North Yorkshire, England
Cause of death: Illness

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Actor

Nationality: England
Executive summary: Bertie Wooster

Military service: British Army (1941-47)

Ian Carmichael specialized in playing bumbling innocents in droll 1950s comedies. His better films include the military spoof Private's Progress and its sequel I'm All Right Jack, the academic slapstick Lucky Jim, the pastoral comedy Heavens Above, and School for Scoundrels or How to Win Without Actually Cheating. He also appeared in occasional dramatic films, including the WWII prison escape The Colditz Story, and co-starred with Peter Cushing and Donald Pleasence in the horror anthology From Beyond the Grave.

Carmichael's most famous work was on television, where he played Bertie Wooster in a mid-1960s sitcom based on P. G. Wodehouse's Jeeves and Wooster stories, and a short-lived 1970 sitcom called Bachelor Father, with a similar premise but otherwise unrelated to John Forsythe's late-1950s American sitcom of the same title. Carmichael also starred as Lord Peter Wimsey in several well-received BBC adaptations of Dorothy L. Sayers' mystery novels in the 1970s.

After announcing his retirement in the mid-1980s, he narrated the late-1980s stop-motion TV series The Wind in the Willows, and took occasional parts on television, including a recurring role as the secretary, T. J. Middleditch, on the long-running British hospital drama The Royal. He died on 5 February 2010.

Wife: Sheila Pyman McLean ("Pym", m. 1942, d. 1983, two daughters)
Daughter: Lee
Daughter: Sally
Wife: Kate Fenton (novelist, m. 1992)

    High School: Scarborough College
    High School: Bromsgrove School
    Administrator: Associate Member, Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, London

    Officer of the British Empire 2003 Queen's Birthday Honours List

    TELEVISION
    The World of Wooster Bertie Wooster (1965-67)

    FILMOGRAPHY AS ACTOR
    Wives and Daughters (28-Nov-1999)
    Dark Obsession (Sep-1989)
    The Wind in the Willows (27-Dec-1983) [VOICE]
    The Lady Vanishes (1979)
    From Beyond the Grave (1973)
    The Magnificent Seven Deadly Sins (Nov-1971)
    Smashing Time (20-Dec-1967)
    Hide and Seek (11-Mar-1964)
    Heavens Above! (20-May-1963) · The Other Smallwood
    The Amorous Prawn (13-Nov-1962)
    Double Bunk (7-May-1961)
    School for Scoundrels or How to Win Without Actually Cheating! (11-Jul-1960)
    Light Up the Sky (5-Jul-1960)
    I'm All Right Jack (18-Aug-1959)
    Left Right and Centre (1959)
    The Big Money (10-Jun-1958)
    Happy Is the Bride (4-Mar-1958)
    Brothers in Law (5-Mar-1957)
    Lucky Jim (1957)
    Private's Progress (12-Mar-1956)
    Storm Over the Nile (26-Dec-1955) · Willoughby
    Simon and Laura (22-Nov-1955)
    The Colditz Story (26-Feb-1955)
    Betrayed (7-Sep-1954) · Capt. Jackie Lawson
    Meet Mr. Lucifer (30-Nov-1953)
    Miss Robin Hood (Nov-1952)
    Ghost Ship (Oct-1952)
    Time, Gentlemen, Please! (Jul-1952)
    Bond Street (12-May-1948)

Author of books:
Will the Real Ian Carmichael... (1979, memoir)


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