With ventriloquist dummy head modelled on his own, c.1900
Claud Conolly Cowan|
Clapham, London, England
1 January 1955|
Ashford, Middlesex, England
|Resting place||Golders Green Crematorium|
He played largely comic roles, first appearing in music hall acts and then moving to both film and radio comedies. Dampier usually appeared as a dim-witted 'silly ass' type, often billed as 'The Professional Idiot'. He was best remembered for his post-war Jewel and Warriss radio shows, where he adopted the catch-phrase "it's me-ee".
He married Australian actress Billie Carlyle (c1901-1991), who appeared as a 'straight-woman' in his act. They met whilst acting in the silent film The Adventures of Algy (1925). Carlyle later wrote a book, Claude Dampier, Mrs. Gibson & Me (1978). 'Mrs. Gibson' was Dampier's gimmick (apparently developed accidentally), a fictitious member of the audience with whom he spoke throughout his act.
- Hullo Marmaduke (1924)
- The Adventures of Algy (1925)
- Mr. Stringfellow Says No (1934)
- Radio Parade of 1935 (1934)
- So You Won't Talk (1935)
- The White Lilac (1935)
- No Monkey Business (1935)
- Boys Will Be Boys (1935)
- Such Is Life (1936)
- All In (1936)
- Public Nuisance No. 1 (1936)
- King of the Castle (1936)
- She Knew What She Wanted (1936)
- Sing as You Swing (1937)
- Wanted! (1937)
- She Shall Have Music (1937)
- Riding High (1937)
- Don't Take It to Heart (1944)
- Let's Have a Murder (1950)
- Meet Mr. Malcolm (1954)
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