Edward Howell (actor)
Edward Welsford Rowsell Howell (15 June 1902 – 20 August 1986),also known as pen name E.R. Howell, Edward Welsford Rowsell and Teddy/Ted Howell was a British Australian, character actor, radio and theatre producer, director and scriptwriter, theatre founder and drama teacher. He was notable for his career in Australia in all genres of the entertainment industry in a career spanning radio, stage, television and film. In 1927 he appeared in a cameo role in the early Australian film For the Term of his Natural Life, at the time the highest-grossing film in Australian cinema. After this film, he moved to radio broadcasting and producing until reviving his screen career in the late 1950s, mainly appearing in made for TV Movies and serials.
Edward Welsford Rowsell Howell
15 June 1902
|Died||20 August 1986 (aged 84)|
|Other names||E.R. Howell|
Edward Welsford Rowsell
|Spouse(s)||Mary Grace Cecillia Long (known professionally as Therese Desmond and Molly Long) (m-1927–1961)|
Howell was born on 15 July 1902 (some sources give 1901) in Bromley, Kent, England, the youngest son of bank clerk and actor Edwin Gilburt Howell and his wife Madeleine Ann (née Rowsell). As an eight year old in 1912, he was brought to Australia with his brother, Lewis, and father to appear in J. C. Williamson's stage production of The Blue Bird by Belgian playwright Maurice Maeterlinck After the family decided to stay in Australia permanently, he completed his education at Sydney Grammar. With his father moving to settle in Suva, young Ted soon followed, studying law while working in the government's legal department, before joining the Colonial Sugar Refining Co. Ltd.
Theatre and tutoringEdit
Whilst in Suva, Edward and father Edwin founded the Suva Dramatic Actor Guild. He returned to Australia in 1924 and joined the Playbox Theatre in Melbourne, and later, with his wife Molly, ran Sydney's (Royal) Academy of Dramatic Arts.
Radio and theatre (acting, producing, writing and directing)Edit
In 1929, he began a career in radio when he was asked by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (then Commission) to produce a play for the network. As an author of one of the first successful variety shows, he had a very prominent career in the sector as a writer, producer and director, as well as appearing in productions as an actor. He was best known as the creator and visionary behind the popular long-running serial Fred and Maggie Everybody, that ran under a number of titles between 1932 and 1953. The series depicted the life of a middle-class couple played by Edward and his wife, Mary Howell (professionally billed as Therese Desmond). At its height it was heard on fifty six stations throughout Australia and was sold to numerous countries including New Zealand.
Edward worked for Amalgamated Wireless (AWA), where he served as the chief producer of drama, before going freelance as producer and actor. In 1949, he returned to his native England and took up a post at the BBC, writing and producing radio productions as well as stage plays, and returned to Sydney in 1950, where he continued his radio and stage career as a prominent scriptwriter.
Television series, TV movies and filmEdit
After a lengthy successful career in radio and on stage he had a prominent career on television, starting from the 1960s appearing in numerous Australian serials, including My Name's McGooley, What's Yours?, Skippy the Bush Kangaroo, Homicide, Division 4 and Cop Shop.
He appeared in the Brisbane TV play The Absence of Mr Sugden.
He was best known for his recurring role as Bert Griffiths in the long-running rural soap A Country Practice.
He was married to Mary Grace Cecilia Long (born Sheffield, 2 May 1902- died Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1961) on 11 May 1927, an English-born stage and radio actress and theatre director whom he also collaborated with and known professionally as Therese Desmond or Molly Long, whom he had met whilst appearing with Sydney's Playbox Theatre, marrying at the St. Mary's Catholic Cathedral in Sydney, Australia. Mary suffered a stroke in 1955 and died in 1961. Edward died on 20 August 1986, in a nursing home in Chatswood, New South Wales at the age of 84, and was cremated.
|c. early 1920s||Suva Dramatic Actors Guild||Edward Howell – Edwin Howell|
|Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts||unknown||Proprietor with Therese Desmond|
|Australian Broadcasting Corporation (Commission)||1929–?||Radio producer, playwright, director, actor|
|Amalgamated Wireless||various||Chief Producer of Drama|
Producer and actor
|British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)||1949–?||Writer and producer|
|Fred and Maggie Everybody||Creator, writer and performer|
Television and filmEdit
|1927||For the Term of his Natural Life||Kirkpatrick|
|1956||The Sub-Editor's Room||TV movie|
|1957||The Passionate Pianist||TV movie|
|1959||Black Chiffon||TV movie|
|1959||One Morning Near Troodos||TV movie|
|1959||Emergency!||Episode: "Death Drive"|
|1959||Till Death Do Us Part||TV movie|
|1959||Tragedy in a Temporary Town||Harry Phillips||TV movie|
|1959||A Dead Secret||TV movie|
|1959||Antony and Cleopatra||Agrappa||TV movie|
|1959||The Big Day||TV movie|
|1960||Heart Attack||TV movie|
|1960||Man in a Blue Vase||Uncle Ben||TV movie|
|1960||Close to the Roof||Perelli||TV movie|
|1961||Hedda Gabler||Brack||TV movie|
|1961||Burst of Summer||TV movie|
|1961||The Lady from the Sea||TV movie|
|1961||The Big Deal||TV movie|
|1961||The Ides of March||Decius||TV movie|
|1961||The Outcasts||Dr. D'arcy Wentworth||1 episode|
|1962||Light me a Lucifer||TV movie|
|1963||Double Yolk||Doctor||TV movie|
|1963||Uneasy Paradise||Paulo||TV movie|
|1963||Consider Your Verdict||Costella||2 episodes|
|1964||The Angry General||TV movie|
|1964–1973||Homicide||The Pathologist / Judge / John Young / Leo Sheldon / Brian Spurling / Walter Lambert / Lucio / Connor / Harold Smith||9 episodes|
|1965||A Time to Speak||TV movie|
|1965||Campaign for One||TV movie|
|1965||The Magic Boomerang||Jim Wallace||2 episodes|
|1965||Daphne Laureola||TV movie|
|1968||My Name's McGooley, What's Yours?||Stallybrass||Episode: "A Change of Gear"|
|1968||Contrabandits||Quiellen||Episode: "A Mention in Despatches"|
|1969||Skippy the Bush Kangaroo||Dr. Ames||Episode: "Mixed Company"|
|1969||Delta||Lawler||Episode: "The Devil Take the Blue Tongue Fly"|
|1969||Woobinda, Animal Doctor||Doctor||Episode: "A Life for a Life"|
|1969||Tilley Landed on Our Shores||TV movie|
|1971||The Comedy Game||Speaker||Episode: " Our Man in Canberra"|
|1971–1973||Matlock Police||Dr. Ian Sutherland / Pop Thompson / Doctor Sutherland||11 episodes|
|1972||The Tony Hancock Special||Colonel||TV movie|
|1972||The Virgin Fellas||1st Old Man||1 episode|
|1972||Spy Force||Doctor O'Hara||Episode: "The Mission"|
|1973||Division 4||Fergy Ferguson||Episode: "Take Over"|
|1973||The People Next Door||Dr. Henshaw||Episode: "A Tiny Touch of Tonsil Trouble"|
|1974||The Evil Touch||Julian||Episode: "Faulkner's Choice"|
|1974||Class of '75||Mr. Finlay||TV Series|
|1974||The Cars That Ate Paris||Tringham|
|1977||Moynihan||Episode: "Bird in the Hand"|
|1978||The Night Nurse||Morphett||TV movie|
|1978||Loss of Innocents||Episode: "1943"|
|1978||Cop Shop||Clive Brooks / Mr. Ashley||2 episodes|
|1978||Case for the Defence||Wheems||9 episodes|
|1979||Barnaby and Me||Tennis Umpire||TV movie|
|1980||Young Ramsay||Ernie Farrell||Episode: "Natural Selection"|
|1982–1985||A Country Practice||Bert Griffiths||18 episodes, (final appearance)|
|1983||Careful, He Might Hear You||Judge|
|1984||Who Killed Hannah Jane?||Mr. Andrews||TV movie|
|1984||Bodyline||Lord Hailsham||1 episode|
|1985||Colour in the Creek||Joe Ellis||4 episodes|
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- Howell, Edward (1900), Fred and Maggie : radio program, retrieved 23 May 2015 CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
- "Academy of Dramatic Art". The Sydney Mail. 5 April 1933. p. 11. Retrieved 23 May 2015 – via National Library of Australia. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
- "FRED AND MAGGIE'S 1200th". The Cumberland Argus and Fruitgrowers' Advocate. Parramatta, NSW. 12 November 1941. p. 12. Retrieved 23 May 2015 – via National Library of Australia. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
- Howell, Edward; De Berg, Hazel, 1913–1984. (Interviewer) (1978), Edward Howell interviewed by Hazel de Berg in the Hazel de Berg collection, retrieved 23 May 2015 CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link) CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
- Hood, Sam, 1872–1953 (1938), 2CH Old Time Dance at the Town Hall. Therese Desmond being presented with a bouquet, retrieved 23 May 2015 CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link) CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)