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Charles Hawtrey

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The Resume

    (November 30, 1914-October 27, 1988)
    Born in Hounslow, England, United Kingdom
    Birth name was George Frederick Joffe Hartree
    Appeared in 23 'Carry On' films (1958-72)
    Also appeared in 'Sabotage' (1936), 'A Canterbury Tale' (1944), 'Passport to Pimlico' (1949), 'The Galloping Major' (1951), 'Man of the Moment' (1955) and 'Dentist on the Job' (1961)
    Appeared in the British TV series 'The Army Game' (1957-58), 'Our House' (1960-61), 'Best of Friends' (1963) and 'Stop Exchange' (1970)

Why he might be annoying:

    He tried to pass himself off as the son of knighted stage actor Sir Charles Hawtrey, but his father was actually an auto mechanic.
    He was a heavy drinker.
    He was let go from the Carry On series when he dropped out of a Carry On Christmas special at the last minute in a dispute over his billing (1972).
    His house caught fire after he went to bed with a male teenager and left a cigarette burning on the sofa (1984).
    While in the hospital on his deathbed, he threw a vase at a nurse asking for his autograph.

Why he might not be annoying:

    He directed two films and 19 stage plays.
    In 'Let It Be,' John Lennon introduces the song 'Two of Us' by saying, 'I Dig a Pygmy by Charles Hawtrey and the Deaf Aids... Phase one, in which Doris gets her oats.'
    Morrissey was a fan, asked him to sing on 'Hand in Glove,' and used his picture for the cover of 'The Very Best of the Smiths.'

Credit: C. Fishel

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Year In Review:

    For 2023, as of last week, Out of 6 Votes: 16.67% Annoying
    In 2022, Out of 7 Votes: 14.29% Annoying
    In 2021, Out of 12 Votes: 83.33% Annoying
    In 2020, Out of 9 Votes: 77.78% Annoying
    In 2019, Out of 5 Votes: 40.0% Annoying
    In 2018, Out of 2 Votes: 100% Annoying
    In 2017, Out of 3 Votes: 100% Annoying
    In 2016, Out of 3 Votes: 66.67% Annoying
    In 2015, Out of 2 Votes: 100% Annoying
    In 2014, Out of 13 Votes: 46.15% Annoying
    In 2013, Out of 11 Votes: 54.55% Annoying
    In 2012, Out of 17 Votes: 58.82% Annoying
    In 2011, Out of 166 Votes: 74.70% Annoying
    In 2010, Out of 96 Votes: 68.75% Annoying
    In 2009, Out of 77 Votes: 42.86% Annoying