Jack Smethurst

Jack Smethurst (born 9 April 1932 in Collyhurst, Manchester) is an English TV and film comic actor whose career dates back to the 1950s. Smethurst made his film debut in 1958's Carry On Sergeant. This was followed by parts in the films A Kind of Loving (1962), Run with the Wind (1966), Night After Night After Night (He Kills) (1970), the big-screen version of Please Sir! (1971) and the ITV sitcom For the Love of Ada (1970–71) amongst others, before he landed the role for which he is best known - that of bigoted socialist and union leader, 'brother' Eddie Booth in Love Thy Neighbour. The programme ran for eight series between 1972-1976. After Love Thy Neighbour ended, his film appearances have been few and far between, but include Chariots of Fire (1981), the John Goodman vehicle King Ralph (1991) (which re-united him with his Love Thy Neighbour co-star Rudolph Walker) and 1996's La Passione. He made several appearances as Davenport in Britain's longest-running television sitcom Last of the Summer Wine in 1997. He has played two different characters in Coronation Street. Between 1980-1983, he occasionally appeared as Johnny Webb, one of the men on Eddie Yates' bin round.


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