British actor who most notably played Captain George Mainwaring on the popular sitcom Dad's Army, but was also on Coronation Street.
He was active in the British theater scene in the years leading up to the outbreak of World War II. Later, he rose to on-screen fame through playing Leonard Swindley on the hit series Coronation Street.
He was a seven-time BAFTA Award nominee during his thirty-year acting career.
He met his wife, Joan Cooper, in 1945, while they were both performing with the Manchester Repertory Theatre. He and Cooper married in 1948 and had a son, Stephen, who was born in 1953.
He appeared alongside Vincent Price in the 1973 horror film Theatre of Blood.