British character actor and writer, 1908-1992. Graduate of RADA. Noted stage roles: Henry Higgins in Pygmalion (1937), Sheridan Whiteside in The Man Who Came to Dinner (1941).
Over 60 screen roles over 5 decades, including The African Queen(1951), Around the World in 80 Days (1956 and the 1989 miniseries), and Who is Killing the Great Chefs of Europe? (1978)
To many Americans, he is remembered as the spokesperson in British Airways television commercials.
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