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LGBT People Of History Part Seventy Eight Charles Hawtrey

Updated on April 18, 2012
Publicity photo of Hawtrey in the 1960s.
Publicity photo of Hawtrey in the 1960s. | Source
... a remake of Hay's 1937 film Good Morning, Boys, because he thought ...
... a remake of Hay's 1937 film Good Morning, Boys, because he thought ... | Source

Charles Hawtrey

George Frederick Joffre Hartree (1914 – 1988) was a British actor, musician and eccentric! His surname became known as ‘Hawtrey’.

He was born in Hounslow, England. His father was a car mechanic, not Sir Charles Hawtrey (actor), as he encouraged people to think. His long career took in many areas of entertainment – theatre, music, radio, movies and television.

In film, he started acting early and because of his youthful looks he became a foil to Will Hay’s blundering character in many movies. Later he became one of the staples in the famous ‘Carry On’ movies of the 60s and 70s. Here he played characters that were effeminate, eccentric or wimpish. Due to his increasing reliance on alcohol he was dropped from this series of films.

In theatre, he had many roles both comedic and serious. These included in ‘Peter Pan’, ‘Bats in the Belfry’ and ‘The Taming of the Shrew’. Later he also starred in pantomime. He also was a successful director.

He was also a musician, having been a semi-professional pianist and a boy soprano. He also appeared in various radio productions with people like Patricia Hayes and Bernard Bresslaw.

In television, he started with ‘The Army Game’ comedy series in the 1950s, which became a big hit. After this came ‘Our House’ with co-stars Hattie Jacques, Joan Sims and Bernard Bresslaw. After this came ‘Best of friends’ and subsequently he took part in other TV programmes.

Charles was gay but little is known about his private life. Callum heard from an old colleague of Charles’ that he ‘would go out at night searching for Marines’. He was very eccentric hoarding brass bedsteads, putting out handbag fires with cups of tea and walking along the seafront of Deal in flamboyant attire.

He became more and more addicted to alcohol as he grew older and was admitted to hospital after he fell over in front of a pub. He died in 1988 and none of his friends or family attended his cremation – very sad.

Callum and Ian.

With thanks to Wikipedia and Callum’s acquaintance.

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      Callum 5 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland, UK (At Home With My Wonderful Partner)

      Hi Michele I absolutely love your comments here x I like the Apple Dump Cake just so I can laugh at it lol x We are all bonkers but lovely with it x

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      Michele Travis 5 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

      Hi alian346 when I was a kid there were only two things to do with toilet paper. Now...the list goes on.....

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      alian346 5 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland

      Hi, Michele. I LOVE your last comment!

      I can think of something to do with toilet paper....

      Ian.

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      Michele Travis 5 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

      or we can read hubs like on the top of the hot hubs page

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      Michele Travis 5 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

      I feel kind of sorry for him. He probably never found happiness. Or maybe he was just bonkers, who knows. Another hub, gotta love keep reading them.

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      Callum 5 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland, UK (At Home With My Wonderful Partner)

      A legend he was x

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      alian346 5 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland

      This man was so funny and just bonkers!

      Ian.