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Moore Marriott
Born George Thomas Moore Marriott
14 September 1885(1885-09-14)
West Drayton, Middlesex
Died 11 December 1949 (aged 64)
Bognor Regis, West Sussex
Occupation Comedy actor
Years active 1912–1949

Moore Marriott (14 September 1885[1] – 11 December 1949[2]) was a British character actor.



Rather like Clive Dunn and Wilfrid Brambell 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 in order to achieve variety in his characters.

Although he made a huge number of film appearances since 1908, 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! and Ask a Policeman.

Following the dissolution of the Will Hay/Graham Moffatt/Moore Marriott partnership, he went on to make films with the comedian Arthur Askey where he continued to play his famous 'Harbottle'-type character. One example being I Thank You which also starred Kathleen Harrison and Richard Murdoch as well as several other faces who became famous in later years.

His other film appearances included Millions Like Us (1943) and Green for Danger (1946).

Partial filmography


  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

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