John Arnatt

BirthDay:

09 May 1917

BirthPlace:

Petrograd [now St. Petersburg], Russia

Bio:

John Edwin Arnatt was born in Petrograd on the eve of the Russian Revolution, the son of a manager for Vauxhall Motors. Forced to leave Russia during the turmoil, his family returned to England where John was schooled at Epworth College and later trained for acting at RADA. On stage from 1936, he made his debut at the London West End in 1938 (in the revue "Happy Returns"). He resumed his theatrical career following wartime army service, even enjoying a brief stint as a stand-up comic at the Windmill Theatre. During the 1950's, he appeared in plays by Shakespeare and Chekhov at the Arts Theatre Club and at the Old Vic (both in London and in Bristol), as well as doubling up reporting sports on commercial television under the nom de plume 'Howard Peters'.

A tall man with urbane manners, a no-nonsense attitude, often sporting a pencil moustache, Arnatt is best remembered for his many impersonations on screen of thoughtful, pipe-smoking authority figures: Scotland Yard inspectors, commissioners, diplomats, aristocrats and army officers. In Doctor Who (1963) ("The Invasion of Time"), he played the Time Lord Borusa, one-time Lord Chancellor of Gallifrey. He was, perhaps, most effectively employed as deputy sheriff (temporarily replacing Alan Wheatley) or as the high sheriff of Nottingham in The Adventures of Robin Hood (1955), a worthy antagonist to Richard Greene.
Filmography

Actor ( 101 credits )

Birds of Prey (1998) Gentleman
Dad (1997)  Mr. Jarrold (1 episode, 1999)
Dangerfield (1995)  Harry Campbell, Joanna Stevens' Father / ... (3 episod
If You See God, Tell Him (1993)  National Telephone Grandad (1 episode, 1993)
Covington Cross (1992)  Doctor 1 (1 episode, 1992)
Keeping Up Appearances (1990)  Sir Edward (1 episode, 1993)
Alleyn Mysteries (1990)  Nash (1 episode, 1993)
Lovejoy (1986)  Stanley Barton (1 episode, 1993)
Bluebell (1986)  Pierre (2 episodes, 1986)
Tripper's Day (1984)  Customer (1 episode, 1984)
Don't Wait Up (1983)  Man at cricket match (1 episode, 1983)
King's Royal (1982)  Sir James Spence (1 episode, 1982)
The Kenny Everett Television Show (1981)  Various / ... (10 episodes, 1981-1986)
Wilfred and Eileen (1981)
The Man from S.E.X. (1979) Merlin
Shelley (1979)  Thomas Humphries (1 episode, 1981)
Thundercloud (1979)  Vicar (1 episode, 1979)
Kelly Monteith (1979) (2 episodes, 1981-1982)
Turning Year Tales (1979)  The President (1 episode, 1979)
Rings on Their Fingers (1978)  Mr. Taylor (1 episode, 1980)
The Professionals (1977)  Humber (1 episode, 1980)
The Cedar Tree (1976)  General Von Heynig (2 episodes, 1977)
Doctor on the Go (1975)  Chairman / ... (2 episodes, 1975)
Paganini Strikes Again (1973) Insp. Mainwaring
Thriller (1973)  Mr. Robinson (1 episode, 1974)
The Wide World of Mystery (1973) (1 episode, 1973)
Marked Personal (1973)  James Lawrence (2 episodes, 1974)
Crown Court (1972)  Harold Gilman (1 episode, 1975)
Doctor in Charge (1972)  Dr. Lanchbery (1 episode, 1972)
The Pathfinders (1972)  Wing Commander Alexander (1 episode, 1972)
Jackanory Playhouse (1972)  King (1 episode, 1982)
Thirty Minutes Worth (1972) (1 episode, 1973)
Crucible of Terror (1971) Bill
The Onedin Line (1971) (1 episode, 1979)
Barlow at Large (1971)  Chief Constable Daniels (1 episode, 1973)
Man at the Top (1970)  Ogilvie (1 episode, 1972)
My Partner the Ghost (1969)  Uniformed Inspector (1 episode, 1970)
Special Branch (1969)  Denning (1 episode, 1973)
Softly Softly: Task Force (1969)  Chief Constable Daniels (1 episode, 1972)
The Main Chance (1969)  Sidney Bulmer (13 episodes, 1969-1970)
Strange Report (1968)  Inspector Hughes (1 episode, 1969)
Freewheelers (1968)  Hassell (3 episodes, 1973)
Our Mother's House (1967) Man Client
A Challenge for Robin Hood (1967) Sheriff of Nottingham
Callan (1967)  High Commissioner (1 episode, 1969)
Where the Bullets Fly (1966) Rockwell
The 2nd Best Secret Agent in the Whole Wide World (1965) Rockwell
Joey Boy (1965) Brig. Charles Chapman
Hysteria (1965) Mr. James
Thirty-Minute Theatre (1965) (1 episode, 1972)
Escape by Night (1964) Inspector Croft
Miss Adventure (1964) (1 episode, 1964)
Fire Crackers (1964)  Station Officer Blazer (5 episodes, 1964)
Dr. Crippen (1963) Chief Inspector Dew
The Set Up (1963) Supt. Ross
Shadow of Fear (1963) Sharp
Doctor Who (1963)  Borusa (5 episodes, 1978)
The Dick Emery Show (1963)  On-screen Participant (1 episode, 1973)
The Human Jungle (1963)  Recorder (1 episode, 1963)
The Plane Makers (1963)  Peter Humphreys (1 episode, 1963)
Only Two Can Play (1962) Bill
Fog for a Killer (1962) Det. Supt. Chadwick
The Saint (1962)  Major Fanshire (1 episode, 1962)
Steptoe and Son (1962)  Copeland (1 episode, 1970)
Z Cars (1962)  Briggs / ... (2 episodes, 1965-1968)
Whistle Down the Wind (1961) Superintendent Teesdale
No Love for Johnnie (1961) Gregson, BBC Reporter (uncredited)
The Third Alibi (1961) Supt. Ross
The Impersonator (1961) Det. Supt. Fletcher
Sir Francis Drake (1961)  Duke of Cordova / ... (2 episodes, 1962)
The Bulldog Breed (1960) Briggs (uncredited)
Deadline Midnight (1960)  Pearce (1 episode, 1961)
The Edgar Wallace Mystery Theatre (1960)  Supt. Ross (1 episode, 1963)
BBC Sunday-Night Play (1960)  Harding (1 episode, 1961)
The Third Man (1959)  Count Hagar (1 episode, 1965)
Kraft Mystery Theater (1959)  Superintendant Ross (1 episode, 1961)
The Last Chronicle of Barset (1959)  Mr. Robarts (4 episodes, 1959)
The Invisible Man (1958)  Lord Larry Peversham (1 episode, 1959)
A Novel Affair (1957) Maurice Lamport / Martin
Emergency-Ward 10 (1957)  Dr. Fitzgerald (15 episodes, 1963-1964)
Sword of Freedom (1957)  Count Ugo (1 episode, 1957)
Escape (1957)  Tom (1 episode, 1957)
Armchair Theatre (1956)  Dr. Lederer / ... (2 episodes, 1959-1962)
Colonel March of Scotland Yard (1956)  Prof. Wes Wesley (1 episode, 1954)
The Adventures of the Big Man (1956)  Owen Carrigan (1 episode, 1956)
The Other Man (1956)  Harry Vincent (1 episode, 1956)
My Friend Charles (1956)  Det. Insp. Dane (6 episodes, 1956)
The Adventures of Robin Hood (1955)  Deputy Sheriff of Nottingham / ... (15 episodes, 1957-
Dixon of Dock Green (1955)  Insp. Dix / ... (2 episodes, 1957-1966)
ITV Play of the Week (1955)  Alec / ... (2 episodes, 1956-1961)
ITV Television Playhouse (1955)  Daniel Hamilton / ... (3 episodes, 1955-1961)
London Playhouse (1955)  Finch (1 episode, 1955)
The Granville Melodramas (1955)  Captain Skinner (1 episode, 1955)
Forbidden Cargo (1954) Customs Officer (uncredited)
House of Blackmail (1953) Pete Carter
Panorama (1953)  Theatrical Performer in No Other Verdict (1 episode, 1
Evidence for Hire (1952) Steve Harrison
Cry, the Beloved Country (1951) Prison warden
Dick Barton at Bay (1950) Jackson
BBC Sunday-Night Theatre (1950)  Emmet O'Neill (2 episodes, 1953-1956)
Meet Simon Cherry (1949) Tommy (uncredited)