Ballard Berkeley

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Ballard Berkeley
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Birth name Ballard Blascheck
Born August 6, 1904 in Margate, Kent, England
Died January 16, 1988 in London, England
Notable Roles Major Gowen in Fawlty Towers
Notable Episodes Fawlty Towers: 1x06 - The Germans
Fawlty Towers: 2x01 - Communication Problems
Awards None
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Ballard Berkeley was a British actor best known for his role as Major Gowen in the British sitcom Fawlty Towers.

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Biography

Ballard Berkeley was born Ballard Blascheck on August 6, 1904 in Margate, Kent, England. He was best known as a stage actor after he made his stage debut in 1928, and he continued to perform for the rest of his life in both London and New York. Among his many film and TV appearances, he played Major Gowen, the senile, drunken ex-British Army officer who was a permanent resident at the hotel Fawlty Towers in the series of the same name. Just as Major Gowen did for Basil Fawlty, Berkeley often kept co-star John Cleese apprised of cricket scores during filming, and Cleese recalls Berkeley standing off-camera, holding up his fingers to tell Cleese the scores as Cleese spoke his lines. Berkeley died at the age of 83 on January 16, 1988 in London.

Roles

Starring Roles

Series Role Year(s) Season(s)
Leave It to Todhunter Det. Chief Insp. Morseby 1958 1
The Common Room Mr. Vaughan 1958–1959 1 2
Swizzlewick Maj. Lamb 1964 1
United! Dr. Newkes 1965–1967
Fawlty Towers Major Gowen 1975–1979 1 2

Guest Starring Roles

Series Role Episode Airdate
BBC Sunday-Night Theatre Waverley Ango 1x27 - The Faithful Heart July 2, 1950
BBC Sunday-Night Theatre Bentley 4x06 - Our Marie February 8, 1953
A Place of Execution Mr. Bradfield 1x01 - Eye for an Eye September 26, 1953
A Place of Execution Mr. Bradfield 1x02 - The Hand of Kailak October 3, 1953
As I Was Saying The Colonel 1x01 - An Eye for Detail September 10, 1955
The Adventures of Robin Hood Count De Waldern 1x08 - Queen Eleanor November 14, 1955
Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., Presents Edward Preston 4x05 - The Immigrant December 12, 1955
Dixon of Dock Green Mac 2x03 - Didey's Dollar June 23, 1956
ITV Television Playhouse Mr. John Lawson QC 2x03 - The Man in the Dock September 20, 1956
The Adventures of Sir Lancelot Sir Urgan 1x02 - The Ferocious Fathers September 22, 1956
The Crime of the Century Major Trump 1x01 - The Death of a Canary December 1, 1956
The Crime of the Century Major Trump 1x02 - Abbie December 8, 1956
The Crime of the Century Major Trump 1x03 - Taffy December 15, 1956
The Crime of the Century Major Trump 1x04 - Major Trump December 22, 1956
The Crime of the Century Major Trump 1x05 - The Century Opens December 29, 1956
The Crime of the Century Major Trump 1x06 - The Century Closes January 5, 1957
ITV Television Playhouse Findley 2x30 - Dangerous Cargo March 28, 1957
The Buccaneers Rafton 1x30 - Dan Tempest Holds an Auction April 10, 1957
Dixon of Dock Green Harry Bates 4x01 - Presented in Court September 7, 1957
The New Adventures of Charlie Chan Runnals 1x08 - Charlie's Highland Fling 1957
Dixon of Dock Green Joe Magnus 4x20 - A Little Bit of French January 25, 1958
The Adventures of Robin Hood Tybalt 3x24 - Roman Gold March 10, 1958
Ivanhoe Rand the Goldsmith 1x35 - The Swindler December 7, 1958
Dixon of Dock Green Mr. Noakes 5x11 - The Pyromaniac January 25, 1959
Murder Bag 2x28 - Lockhart Follows a Dog January 8, 1959
Invisible Man Manton 1x06 - Play to Kill July 18, 1959
Dixon of Dock Green Charles Devenish 6x09 - George Drops the Book November 7, 1959
A Life of Bliss Bernard Marshall 1x03 - Astir in the Country! February 4, 1960
Spy-Catcher 2x02 - The V.I.P. February 25, 1960
Saturday Playhouse Inspector Bruce 1x47 - Home and the Heart March 12, 1960
Knight Errant Limited Pearson 2x14 - Eve and the Serpent April 5, 1960
Probation Officer Guy Hunter 1x38 - Episode 138 May 30, 1960
On Trial L.W. Kershaw 1x01 - Sir Roger Casement July 8, 1960
On Trial Mr. Knowlys 1x09 - Governor Wall September 2, 1960
No Hiding Place Simmy Knowles 2x22 - The Goat's Whiskers September 30, 1960
Here's Harry 1x01 - The Umbrella October 11, 1960
The Army Game Colonel Savage 5x06 - It's in the Book November 1, 1960
Dixon of Dock Green Mr. Briggs 7x14 - A Spot of Overtime December 31, 1960
The Cheaters Tyler 1x09 - Libel February 11, 1961
The World of Tim Frazer Chief Constable 1x16 - The Mellin Forest Mystery (4) February 28, 1961
Here's Harry 2x02 - The Holiday May 11, 1961
The Cheaters Jefford 2x06 - The Mighty Warrior May 27, 1961
Deadline Midnight Desmond 2x11 - Letter from a Lady July 29, 1961
Deadline Midnight Desmond 2x13 - One Way Ticket August 26, 1961
Deadline Midnight Desmond 3x01 - The Unforgiven September 9, 1961
Deadline Midnight Desmond 3x02 - Take Over September 16, 1961
Deadline Midnight Desmond 3x03 - An Eye for Detail September 23, 1961
Dixon of Dock Green Victor Dowson 8x03 - A Quiet, Ordinary Woman September 23, 1961
Deadline Midnight Desmond 3x06 - The Tenpenny Scandal October 14, 1961
Top Secret Henry Fellows 1x14 - Festival of Fear November 10, 1961
Deadline Midnight Desmond 3x10 - The Girl from Harrow November 11, 1961
The Cheaters Mansion 2x23 - The Back of Beyond May 26, 1962
Brothers in Law The Magistrate 1x11 - Solicitor's Instructions June 26, 1962
No Hiding Place Beverley 4x13 - The Skeleton Wore Boots July 31, 1962
Here's Harry 4x03 - The Wedding Present October 22, 1962
Here's Harry 4x06 - The Licence November 12, 1962
Ghost Squad Lieber 2x11 - The Retirement of the Gentle Dove March 30, 1963
Maigret Dr. Pardon 4x05 - A Man Condemned October 29, 1963
The Sentimental Agent Doctor 1x10 - Finishing School November 30, 1963
Dr. Finlay's Casebook Colonel Cayley 2x19 - My Late Dear Husband January 26, 1964
Sherlock Holmes Sir James Damery 1x01 - The Illustrious Client February 20, 1965
Story Parade General Sanctuary 2x05 - The Old Boys April 29, 1965
The Flying Swan Dr. Stokes 1x14 - In Quarantine July 3, 1965
Sherlock Holmes Sir James Damery 1x01 - The Illustrious Client February 20, 1965
Dr. Finlay's Casebook Sir Thomas MacNab 4x14 - A Matter of Confidence February 20, 1966
Who Is Sylvia? 1x01 - The Great Lover February 11, 1967
Who Is Sylvia? 1x02 - A Pool of Blood and a Red Carnation February 18, 1967
BBC Play of the Month Cornford 2x05 - The Cabinet Papers March 14, 1967
The Wednesday Play First Committee Member 05/03/67 - Message for Posterity May 3, 1967
Comedy Playhouse Mr. Roddie 6x05 - Uncle Fred Flits By June 16, 1967
The Newcomers Colonel Renshaw  ??x225 - Episode 225 November 30, 1967
The Newcomers Colonel Renshaw  ??x226 - Episode 226 December 1, 1967
The Very Merry Widow Mr. Leitch 1x02 - Square Meals at Round Tables December 4, 1967
All Gas and Gaiters 2x04 - The Bishop Goes to Town December 15, 1967
Sexton Blake John Pollock 1x23 - The Red Swordsman: Part 1 - The First Matador February 26, 1968
Mum's Boys 1x03 - Tune on an Old Fiddle April 17, 1968
Detective Assistant Commissioner 2x02 - Dover and the Deadly Poison Pen Letters May 24, 1968
The Newcomers Colonel Renshaw  ??x281 - Episode 281 June 13, 1968
The Newcomers Colonel Renshaw  ??x282 - Episode 282 June 14, 1968
The Newcomers Colonel Renshaw  ??x283 - Episode 283 June 20, 1968
The Newcomers Colonel Renshaw  ??x284 - Episode 284 June 21, 1968
Misleading Cases Sir Ethelred Rutt, QC 2x02 - Skirting the Issue September 25, 1968
Sherlock Holmes Sir Charles Baskerville 2x04 - The Hound of the Baskervilles (1) September 30, 1968
The Ugliest Girl in Town Man in Car 1x14 - The Ugliest Boy in Town January 2, 1969
All Gas and Gaiters Lord Ringmould 3x02 - The Bishop Has a Flutter January 15, 1969
The Main Chance Major Dibbyn 1x02 - Body and Soul June 25, 1969
The Very Merry Widow and How Second 'Times' 1x06 - How About Going Into Transports of Delight? July 11, 1969
Dixon of Dock Green Colonel 16x01 - The Paperhangers September 6, 1969
Hadleigh Lord Cranford 1x09 - A Memory of Time Past November 11, 1969
As Good Cooks Go Colonel Ball 1x04 - Battle of the Bulge February 11, 1970
Comedy Playhouse Col. Satchwell-Simpson 10x04 - Haven of Rest March 1, 1970
Father Dear Father The Colonel 3x02 - One Dog and His Man May 19, 1970
Coronation Street Colonel Cantrill Episode 1055 February 24, 1971
Father, Dear Father Mr. Bates 4x03 - Housey Housey June 29, 1971
The Shadow of the Tower Sir Thomas Tyrrel 1x07 - A Fly in the Ointment February 17, 1972
The Dick Emery Show 11x12 - Episode 1112 March 18, 1972
Bless This House Group Captain 2x06 - Strangers in the Night March 27, 1972
Scoop General Crutwell 1x08 - The Stitch Service October 8, 1972
Father, Dear Father Col. Battersby 7x06 - In All Directions February 6, 1973
A Picture of Katherine Mansfield Colonel 1x05 - Episode 105 May 29, 1973
The Dick Emery Show 12x11 - Episode 1211 June 2, 1973
The Dick Emery Show 12x12 - The Best of Dick Emery June 23, 1973
Sykes 2x01 - Engagement September 10, 1973
Oh, Father! Dr. Grant 1x02 - Sufficient Unto the Day September 19, 1973
Wodehouse Playhouse Sir Alexander 1x04 - Unpleasantness at Bludleigh Court May 14, 1975
The Dick Emery Show 14x06 - Episode 1406 October 11, 1975
Till Death Us Do Part Golfer 7x05 - A Hole in One December 3, 1975
The Dick Emery Show 14x12 - Christmas Special December 24, 1975
Look, Mike Yarwood! various roles 6x02 - Episode 602 January 10, 1976
Mike Yarwood in Persons The Mike Yarwood Christmas Show 1976 December 27, 1976
The New Avengers Colonel Foster 1x11 - Dirtier by the Dozen January 7, 1977
Mr. Big Hotel Manager 1x03 - Going Straight January 21, 1977
Just William Major Franklin 3x01 - William and the Sleeping Major April 24, 1977
The Many Wives of Patrick Smythe-Robinson 2x02 - Engaged Signal June 3, 1977
Happy Ever After Lucy's Suitor 5x07 - The Go Between December 20, 1978
The Goodies 8x02 - Saturday Night Grease January 21, 1980
The Dick Emery Show 18x06 - Episode 1806 February 9, 1980
Spooner's Patch Bank Manager 2x04 - Drag-Net September 25, 1980
The Goodies Chairman of the British Olympic Committee 8x03 - A Kick in the Arts November 28, 1980
To the Manor Born Greville Hartley 3x06 - Connections in High Places November 22, 1981
Janet and Company 2x01 - Episode 201 April 8, 1982
Kelly Monteith 4x01 - Episode 401 September 23, 1982
Terry and June Colonel Culpepper 5x02 - Swingtime October 26, 1982
Are You Being Served? Fishing Customer 9x03 - Memories Are Made of This May 6, 1983
Hi-De-Hi! Gentleman 5x03 - Empty Saddles December 11, 1983
Fresh Fields Guy Penrose 1x03 - Hook, Line and Sink Her March 21, 1984
Fresh Fields Guy Penrose 1x05 - Des. Det. Res. April 4, 1984
That's My Boy Commander Buckley 3x05 - Unfair Dismissal May 25, 1984
Fresh Fields Guy Penrose 2x04 - In the Spring September 26, 1984
Fresh Fields Guy Penrose 2x06 - Get Me to the Church October 10, 1984
Lame Ducks Hector 1x06 - Episode 106 November 26, 1984
Fresh Fields Guy Penrose 3x03 - Moveable Feasts September 18, 1985
Fresh Fields Guy Penrose 3x05 - Crossed Lines October 2, 1985
Fresh Fields Guy Penrose 3x06 - Alarums and Excursions October 9, 1985
Fresh Fields Guy Penrose 3x07 - A Dickens of a Christmas December 25, 1985
Dramarama Rupert Berkeley-Urquhart 4x05 - Last Days of Black Berts July 28, 1986
Fresh Fields Guy Penrose 4x02 - The Old Folks at Home September 11, 1986
Fresh Fields Guy Penrose 4x08 - Happy Returns October 23, 1986
Me and My Girl Major D'Arcy Pendleton 4x02 - Marriage in Haste January 17, 1987
Terry and June Sir Arthur Forster-Carter 9x03 - They Also Serve August 3, 1987

Specials and Made-for-TV Movies

Title Role Airdate Series/Banner
There's Always Juliet Dwight Houston May 2, 1938
Behold the Man Duke Ludovico Sforza April 17, 1949
Badger's Green Mr. Butler September 1, 1953
Miss Patterson Max June 28, 1955
Peace and Quiet George Veryan March 19, 1957
The Man Who Sold Death Insp. Gray February 1, 1958
Little Lord Fauntleroy Sir Harry November 25, 1980
Thank You, P.G. Wodehouse Lord Ickenham October 16, 1981

Talk, News and Game Show Appearances

Memorable Moments

Awards and Accolades

Trivia