John Slater (actor)

John Slater (22 August 1916 – 9 January 1975) was a British character actor who usually portrayed lugubrious, amiable cockney types.

John Slater
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1955 Barbers Teas Cinema and Television Stars trading card
Basil John Slater

(1916-08-22)22 August 1916
London, England
Died9 January 1975(1975-01-09) (aged 58)
London, England
Years active1941–1974
Spouse(s)Betty Levy


His father was an antiques dealer. After attending St Clement Danes School, Slater began acting in farce at the Whitehall Theatre. He first appeared on film in 1938, remaining active in the industry up to his death. He was a familiar face in British films of the 1940s and appeared in many classic films of the period, including The Day Will Dawn (1942, US title The Avengers), Went the Day Well? (1942), We Dive at Dawn (1943), A Canterbury Tale (1944), The Seventh Veil (1945), It Always Rains on Sunday (1947) and Passport to Pimlico (1949).

Slater narrated the National Coal Board's Mining Review documentary series, and was known on television for his presenter role opposite popular children's puppets Pinky and Perky during the 1960s, as a story-teller on Jackanory and as Det. Sgt Stone in Z-Cars from 1967 to 1974. He also appeared in the notorious 1958 stage production of Harold Pinter's The Birthday Party, as Nat Goldberg. He narrated the 1963 film Giants of Steam made by the British Broadcasting Corporation and British Transport Films.

Slater sustained life-threatening injuries as a result of an air crash in France in 1946 and sporadic bouts of ill health hampered his career. He died on 9 January 1975 from a heart attack, aged 58.

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  1. ^ The Avengers (1942), retrieved 2018-01-15

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