Legendary British comic actor. Moore Marriott reigned as the King of British comedy alongside Will Hay and Graham Moffatt in British film farce, throughout the 1930s. He became popular by the late 1920s, playing even one or two leading roles. These included the naval hero in "Carry On!"(1927). By the advent of sound he found a thriving niche playing countrified character folk. Playing much, much older than he really was (by at least 20 to 30 years), audiences took to his doddering old fool act, essaying a host of assorted toothless, muttering coots. Marriott was unbilled in his first Will Hay comedy "Dandy Dick"(1935), but received much better billing in his next film with Will Hay, "Windbag the Sailor"(1936), in which they were joined by the heavyset foil, Graham Moffatt. With Marriott playing his most famous bald geezer Jeremiah Harbottle, the popular trio continued to put out such wacky and farsical films as "Oh, Mr. Porter!"(1937) and "Convict 99"(1939). Eventually Will Hay severed the trio, preferring to be thought of as a solo star. Graham Moffatt and Moore Marriot went on to perform as a duo a few more times in fims such as "Old Bones of the River"(1938) and "Where's That Fire?"(1940). Marriott supported other film comedians as well in the ensuing years, including Arthur Askey. He was cremated at Golders Green Crematorium on 14th December 1949. The ashes were placed in West Central Bed A. The plot is no longer marked.
Bio by: Kieran Smith