Howard Marion-Crawford

Biography

Howard Marion-Crawford (17 January 1914 – 24 November 1969), the grandson of writer F. Marion Crawford, was a British character actor, best known for his portrayal of Dr. Watson in the 1954 television adaptation of Sherlock Holmes. In 1948, Marion-Crawford played Holmes in a radio adaptation of The Adventure of the Speckled Band, making him one of the few actors to portray both Holmes and Watson. Howard Marion-Crawford is also known for his portrayal of Dr. Petrie in a series of low budget Fu Manchu movies in the late 1960s, and was a regular broadcaster in BBC Radio Drama. Among his movie appearances are the character of Cranford in The Man in the White Suit and a British medical officer in Lawrence of Arabia. He often played "blusterers", "old duffers" and upper-class military types, appearing as guest performer in television programmes like The Avengers, and Danger Man. Marion-Crawford was married four times. Early in World War II, he was married to Jeanne Scott-Gunn, with whom he had a single son, Harold Francis Marion-Crawford. In 1946, he married the actor Mary Wimbush, with whom he had another son, Charles. A large man with a very distinctive booming voice, Howard Marion-Crawford had a lot of talent and acting came easily to him. Unfortunately, this sometimes led to him being unreliable and his later years were a struggle. Plagued by ill health late in life, he died from a mixture of alcohol and sleeping pills in 1969. [edit] External links

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Sherlock Holmes

Dr. John H. Watson (39 episodes, 1954-1955)

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The Blood of Fu Manchu

Dr. Petrie (as Howard Marion Crawford)

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The Castle of Fu Manchu

Dr. Petrie (as Howard Marion Crawford)

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Don Quichotte

Sancho Panza (voice) (uncredited)

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Man on the Run

1st Paratrooper (as Howard Marion Crawford)

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Born for Glory

Max

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The Brides Of Fu Manchu

Dr. Petrie (as Howard Marion Crawford)

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The Hasty Heart

Tommy (as Howard Crawford)

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Gideon of Scotland Yard

The Chief

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Our Virgin Island

Prescott

Starring In
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The Castle of Fu Manchu

Dr. Petrie (as Howard Marion Crawford)

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The Blood of Fu Manchu

Dr. Petrie (as Howard Marion Crawford)

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The Charge of the Light Brigade

Lt. Gen. Sir George Brown (as Howard Marion Crawford)

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The Vengeance Of Fu Manchu

Dr. Petrie

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Smashing Time

Hall Porter (uncredited)

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The Brides Of Fu Manchu

Dr. Petrie (as Howard Marion Crawford)

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The Face of Fu Manchu

Dr. Petrie (as Howard Marion Crawford)

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Man in the Middle

Major Poole (as Howard Marion Crawford)

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Lawrence of Arabia

Medical Officer (as Howard Marion Crawford)

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The Longest Day

Doctor (uncredited)

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Carry On Regardless

Wine-Tasting Organiser (as Howard Marion Crawford)

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Naked as Nature Intended/Secrets of a Windmill Girl

Richard - Producer (as Howard Marion Crawford)

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Foxhole in Cairo

British Major (as Howard Marion Crawford)

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North West Frontier

Peter's Contact at Kalapur Station (uncredited)

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Nowhere to Go

Mack Cameron (uncredited)

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The Silent Enemy

Wing Commander (as Howard Marion Crawford)

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Our Virgin Island

Prescott

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Gideon of Scotland Yard

The Chief

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Next to No Time

Hobbs (as H. Marion Crawford)

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Don Quichotte

Sancho Panza (voice) (uncredited)

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Ill Met by Moonlight

British Port Officer (uncredited)

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Decision Against Time

Ingrams (as Howard Marion Crawford)

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Reach for the Sky

'Woody' Woodhall (as Howard Marion Crawford)

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Othello

Othello (voice)

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Paid to Kill

Cyrus McGowan (as Howard Marion Crawford)

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The Rainbow Jacket

Travers (as Howard Marion Crawford)

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Knights of the Round Table

Simon (uncredited)

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His Excellency

Tea Shop Proprietor (as Howard Marion Crawford)

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The Man in the White Suit

Cranford (as Howard Marion Crawford)

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The Singing Princess

Narrator (voice)

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Man on the Run

1st Paratrooper (as Howard Marion Crawford)

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The Hasty Heart

Tommy (as Howard Crawford)

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Notorious Gentleman

Coldstream Guardsman (uncredited)

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Freedom Radio

Kummer (as H. Marion-Crawford)

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Night Train To Munich

SS Officer Checking Passes (uncredited)

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Secret Agent

Karl (Lillis' Fiancee) (uncredited)

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Born for Glory

Max

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Sherlock Holmes

Dr. John H. Watson (39 episodes, 1954-1955)

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