James Grout Biography (1927-)

Born October 22, 1927, in London, England; son of William and Beatrice Anne Grout; married Noreen Jean.

Favorite roles Chitterlow in Half a Sixpence.

Actor, director
Birth Details
October 22, 1927
London, England

Famous Works

  • Stage Appearances
  • (Stage debut) Valentine, Twelfth Night, Old Vic Theatre, London, 1950
  • Warwick and Jamy, Henry V, Old Vic Theatre, 1951
  • Christopher Sly, The Taming of the Shrew, Shakespeare Memorial Theatre Company, Shakespeare Memorial Theatre, Stratford-on-Avon, England, 1953-55
  • Ajax, Troilus and Cressida, Shakespeare Memorial Theatre Company,Shakespeare Memorial Theatre, 1953-55
  • Lennox, Macbeth, Shakespeare Memorial Theatre Company, ShakespeareMemorial Theatre, 1953-55
  • Athenian general, Lysistrata, Royal Court Theatre, then Duke of York's Theatre, both London, 1957
  • Giles Ralston, The Mousetrap, Ambassadors' Theatre, London, 1958
  • Four upright citizens, The Lilywhite Boys, Royal Court Theatre, 1960
  • Franks, Ross, Haymarket Theatre, London, 1960
  • Harry Chitterlow, Half a Sixpence, Cambridge Theatre, London, 1963
  • (Broadway debut) Harry Chitterlow, Half a Sixpence, Broadhurst Theatre, 1965
  • Corbaccio, Volpone, Garrick Theatre, London, 1967
  • Rafferty, Rafferty's Chant, Mermaid Theatre, London, 1967
  • Norman Budgett, Sometime, Never, Fortune Theatre, London, 1969
  • Inspector Hounslow, Flint, Criterion Theatre, London, 1970
  • George, Straight Up, Phoenix Theatre, Leicester, England, 1971
  • Hubert Boothroyd, Lloyd George Knew My Father, Savoy Theatre, London, 1972
  • Sir John Brute, The Provok'd Wife, Greenwich Theatre, London,1973
  • Duchotel, 13 Rue de l'Amour, Phoenix Theatre, 1976
  • Inspector Craddock, A Murder Is Announced, Vaudeville Theatre, London, 1977
  • Ollie, Make and Break, Royal Haymarket Theatre, London, 1979
  • Henry Windscape, Quartermaine's Terms, Queen's Theatre, London, 1981
  • Duke of Westminster, A Personal Affair, Globe Theatre, London, 1982
  • Roebuck Ramsden, Man and Superman, Royal Haymarket Theatre, 1983
  • Sir Wilful Witwoud, The Way of the World, Royal Haymarket Theatre,1984
  • Boss Finlay, Sweet Bird of Youth, Royal Haymarket Theatre, 1985
  • Alderman Helliwell, When We Are Married, Whitehall Theatre, London, 1986
  • Major Tours
  • The Hollow Crown, Royal Shakespeare Company, North American, Korean, and Japanese cities, 1974-75
  • Stage Director
  • The Patrick Pearse Motel, Queen's Theatre, 1971
  • On the Road, Soho Theatre, London, 1972
  • Some of My Best Friends Are Husbands, Mermaid Theatre, 1976
  • Out on a Limb, Vaudeville Theatre, 1976
  • Film Appearances
  • Sergeant, The Abominable Dr. Phibes (also known as The Curse ofDr. Phibes and Dr. Phibes), 1971
  • Inspector Brockett, The Ruling Class, AVCO-Embassy, 1972
  • Sister Dora, 1977
  • Fairbrother, Loophole (also known as Break In), Almi, 1981
  • Mr. Watkins, Julie and the Cadillacs, Capricorn Communications, Ltd., 1999
  • Television Appearances
  • Series
  • George Kingston, The First Lady, 1968
  • Granville Bennett, All Creatures Great and Small, PBS, 1977
  • Born and Bred, 1978
  • Diary of a Nobody, 1979
  • Divisional Superintendent Albert Hallam, Juliet Bravo, 1981
  • Honky Tonk Heroes, Anglia Television, 1981
  • Professor George Bunn, A Very Peculiar Practice, BBC, 1988
  • Colonel Ramsden, After the War, Granada, then PBS, 1990
  • Roy's Raiders, 1991
  • Buffy, Family Money, 1997
  • Specials
  • Make Me an Offer (also known as Play of the Month: Make Me an Offer), 1966
  • Girl of My Dreams (also known as Theatre 625: Girl of My Dreams), 1966
  • Mrs. Warren's Profession (also known as Stage 2: Mrs. Warren's Profession), 1972
  • Superintendent Cramer, "File It Under Fear," Thriller, ABC, 1973
  • Headmaster Hawthorne, To Sir, with Love, CBS, 1974
  • Jumbo (also known as BBC2 Playhouse: Jumbo), 1976
  • A Man of Morality (also known as Centre Play Showcase: A Man ofMorality), 1976
  • A Passage to Inverness (also known as Centre Play: A Passage toInverness), 1977
  • Fairies (also known as BBC2 Play of the Week: Fairies), 1978
  • Sir Henry Roscoe, The Tale of Beatrix Potter, BBC, then Masterpiece Theatre, PBS, 1984
  • Chief Superintendent Strange, The Last Enemy, PBS, 1989
  • Chief Superintendent Strange, Driven to Distraction, PBS, 1992
  • Chief Superintendent Strange, Masonic Mysteries, Arts and Entertainment, 1992
  • Sir Willoughby Blane, Titmuss Regained, PBS, 1992
  • Fat Chance, PBS, 1993
  • Promised Land, CBS, 1993
  • Second Time Around, ABC, 1993
  • Chief Superintendent Strange, Inspector Morse, Series VII: Dead on Time, Arts and Entertainment, 1994
  • Chief Superintendent Strange, Inspector Morse, Series VII: Greeks Bearing Gifts, Arts and Entertainment, 1994
  • Chief Superintendent Strange, Inspector Morse, Series VII: Who KilledHarry Field?, Arts and Entertainment, 1994
  • Absolute Conviction, PBS, 1995
  • Cherubim and Seraphim, PBS, 1995
  • Death of the Self, PBS, 1995
  • Mr. Justice Oliphant, Rumpole and the Eternal Triangle, PBS, 1995
  • Mr. Justice Oliphant, Rumpole on Trial, PBS, 1995
  • King Richard III, HBO, 1996
  • Chief Superintendent Strange, Twilight of the Gods, PBS, 1996
  • Chief Superintendent Strange, Deadly Slumber, PBS, 1997
  • Chief Superintendent Strange, The Way Through the Woods, PBS, 1997
  • Chief Superintendent Strange, The Daughters of Cain, Arts and Entertainment, 1998
  • Chief Superintendent Strange, Death Is Now My Neighbor, PBS, 1998
  • Chief Superintendent Strange, Inspector Morse: The Wench is Dead,Arts and Entertainment, 1999
  • Mr. Spenlow, David Copperfield, PBS, 1999
  • Movies
  • Mrs. Ackland's Ghosts, 1975
  • High Noon, 1977
  • Inspector, Box of Delights, BBC, 1984
  • Miniseries
  • Cakes and Ale, BBC, then Masterpiece Theatre, PBS, 1976
  • McAllister, Helen of Tadcaster's father, The Beiderbeck Affair, Yorkshire Television, 1984
  • George Batt, Mother Love, PBS, 1989
  • Jim, Wonderful You, 1999
  • Episodic
  • Hobbs, "The Roman Empire," The Guardians, 1971
  • Major Hawkins, "The Outside Man," Budgie, 1972
  • Film director, "An Author In Search of Two Characters," Jason King, 1972
  • Sam McGuire, "Laws of Fortune," The Hanged Man, 1975
  • Divisional Superintendent Hallam, "New Arrivals," Juliet Bravo, 1981
  • Chief Superintendent Strange, "Dead of Jericho," Inspector Morse, Series I, Independent Television, then Mystery, Arts and Entertainment, 1988
  • Detective Sergeant Evans, "Raffles," The Bounder, 1983
  • Judge Oliver "Ollie" Oliphant, "Rumpole on Trial," Rumpole of the Bailey, 1992
  • Desmond Platt, "Inside the Asylum," Drop the Dead Donkey, 1996
  • Mr. Rutley, "A Room with a View," Goodnight Sweetheart, 1998
  • Mr. Rutley, "Love the One You're With," Goodnight Sweetheart,1998
  • Other Television Appearances
  • Appeared in A Fine Romance, London Weekend Television (LWT); Reith, BBC; Cockles, BBC; Occupation Democrat, BBC; Yes, Minister, BBC and PBS; Late Expectations, BBC; Ever Decreasing Circles, BBC; Bust, LWT; Turtle's Progress.

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