John Quarmby Biography – John Quarmby Wiki
John Quarmby was an English character actor. He was best known for playing a Health Inspector in the famous ‘Basil The Rat’ episode of Fawlty Towers in 1979.
After two years in the RAF, Quarmby started appearing on TV in the 1950s. His first role in a major TV series came in the popular series Z Cars, when he played the Station Sergeant in 1967.
Quarmby played Health Inspector Mr Carnegie in the unforgettable Basil The Rat episode in 1979, the final chapter of the comedy’s second series.
Quarmby also appeared in another of Britain’s favourite comedy series, Porridge. He starred alongside Ronnie Barker as a prison warden in the show in an episode in 1974.
Quarmby also made an appearance in the 1984 adaptation of A Christmas Carol, as well as the 1985 film Thirteen At Dinner.
He appeared as Lord Hobart in the 1986 children’s drama The December Rose, and played Grumpus in 1989 adaptation of CS Lewis’s works Prince Caspian and the Voyage of the Dawn Treader.
He also had more minor roles in many of TV’s hit shows, including Minder, Howards’ Way, Rumpole of the Bailey and The Liver Birds.
As well as his TV work, he also appeared in a number of films, including 1971 drama Get Carter, The Scarlet Pimpernel in 1982 and Black Beauty in 1994.
John Quarmby Age
He was born on 18 June 1929 in Liverpool, England, United Kingdom. He died on 5 April 2019 aged 89.
John Quarmby Death
He died on 5 April 2019. He was 89 years old. His death was confirmed by co-star John Cleese. Cleese wrote on Twitter:
“Sad to hear of the death of John Quarmby who played the health inspector in Basil the Rat episode. Lovely chap. I shall never forget the expression on his face when he saw the rat sitting in the biscuit tin.”
John Quarmby Cause of Death
His cause of death was not disclosed.