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Best known for Dad' s Army, in which his Sergeant Wilson played the languid, rakish foil to Arthur Lowe' s pompous, chippy Captain Mainwaring, John Le Mesurier was one of Britain' s favourite and most recognisable character actors. The epitome of insouciance and languor on screen, in real life this charming, quietly-spoken bon viveur was plagued by private turmoil and heartbreak. Married three times, he saw his first wife succumb to alcoholism, his second - the comedy diva Hattie Jacques - move her lover into the family home, and his third enjoy a passionate dalliance with troubled comic Tony Hancock. As Graham McCann reveals in this fully authorised and moving biography, as an actor John Le Mesurier was a key ingredient in the success of Britain' s greatest sitcom, but as a man he was far more courageous than Sergeant Wilson was ever meant to be.
|Publication date:||1st May 2012|
|Format:||Paperback / softback|
|Categories:||Biography: arts & entertainment, Individual actors & performers, Television,|
Graham McCann is the bestselling and critically acclaimed author of Do You Think That's Wise?: The Life of John Le Mesurier, Bounder! The Biography of Terry-Thomas, Dad's Army, Fawlty Towers, Morecambe and Wise and Only Fools and Horses.More About Graham McCann