John Le Mesurier

John Le Mesurier (born John Elton Le Mesurier Halliley, 5 April 1912 – 15 November 1983) was a BAFTA Award-winning English actor. He is best remembered for his role as Sergeant Arthur Wilson in the BBC situation comedy Dad's Army (1968-77). Le Mesurier was born at No. 35 Chaucer Road, Bedford, Bedfordshire in 1912, the son of a solicitor, Charles Elton Halliley and Amy Michelle Le Mesurier, whose family was from Alderney in the Channel Islands. He was brought up in Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk and educated at Sherborne School in Dorset before he began to study acting at the age of 20, using his mother's maiden name (common in the Channel Islands) Le Mesurier (pronounced 'Le Measurer') as his stage name. Le Mesurier was at Drama School with Alec Guinness, and later worked with him in a production of Hamlet, directed by John Gielgud, in which the young Le Mesurier understudied Anthony Quayle as Guildenstern. He was commissioned into the Royal Tank Regiment on 28 June 1941. He served in the United Kingdom and British India during the Second World War, reaching the rank of captain.


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