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Nom de naissance Alfred Edward Matthews
Nationalité Royaume-uni
Naissance 22 novembre 1869 à Bridlington (Royaume-uni)
Mort 25 juillet 1960 (à 90 ans) à Bushey (Royaume-uni)

Alfred Edward Matthews OBE (22 November 1869 – 25 July 1960), known as A. E. Matthews, was an English actor who played numerous character roles on the stage and in film for eight decades, and who became known for his acting longevity. Already middle-aged when silent films began production, he enjoyed increasing renown from World War II onwards as one of the British cinema's most famous crotchety, and sometimes rascally, old men.


Matthews was born in Bridlington, East Riding of Yorkshire, England. Nicknamed "Matty", he was christened Alfred Edward Matthews. He was born in a small cottage, now demolished, which existed on the site of the current B&Q store in the town. He was affectionately regarded by the British public over his extraordinarily long career.

A prominent stage actor by his mid-40s, Matthews was among several theatre figures who then began a film career during the silent era with the British Actors Film Company, a production company that operated between 1916 and 1923.

Matthews toured during World War II in The First Mrs. Fraser, with Dame Marie Tempest and Barry Morse, and was later cast in the extremely popular films Carry on Admiral, Doctor at Large and Around the World in 80 Days, in which he played a mainstay of the Reform Club.

Matthews's other best-known films include The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp, The Million Pound Note (with Gregory Peck), Inn for Trouble, The Magic Box, The Ghosts of Berkeley Square and Just William's Luck.

In 1951 Matthews was made an Officer of the British Empire by King George VI, and on 15 Aug 1951 when aged 81 he was interviewed by Roy Plomley as the guest "castaway" on BBC Radio's long-running Desert Island Discs programme.

In his 89th year, Matthews made national headlines by sitting for several days and nights on the pavement outside his beautiful Georgian home near London, his purpose being to prevent the council from installing a new streetlight, the design of which he felt was totally out of keeping with the neighbourhood and which badly needed improvement. Spike Milligan penned an episode of the Goon Show entitled "The Evils of Bushey Spon" based on the incident. The programme, first broadcast on 17 March 1958, included a guest appearance by Matthews himself at the end of the episode, and this part of the show was ad-libbed after he departed from the script.

Shortly afterwards, on 5 May 1958, Matthews appeared on the live BBC TV programme This Is Your Life, a notable feature of which occurred at the end when he was faded out just as he began to speak directly to the television theatre audience. Having regaled audience and viewers throughout the show with highly engaging reminiscences, there were many press and public complaints to the BBC about the fade out. Host Eamonn Andrews recalled in his autobiography that "Matty had been a bit of a hellion all his life, a loveable, unpredictable rebel whose sense of fun was monumental. I knew I had a tough assignment on my hands once the decision was made to present his 'life'. On transmission, he did just about every solitary thing calculated to wreck the show’s intricate timing and drive me up the drapes. He snorted, contradicted, interrupted, laughed, and, at one stage, even stretched out on the couch and said he was going to have a snooze.". On the following day, the Yorkshire Post declared that "There has never been a This Is Your Life quite like it", and a Daily Express article titled Mattie's BBC Fade-Out Angers Viewers wrote that "This was THE life of the whole series."

Matthews was still working as an actor right up until his death two years later. He died on 25 July 1960 in Bushey Heath, Hertfordshire, aged 90. A Blue Plaque is displayed on his former home in Little Bushey Lane.

In 2008 Greg Knight, the Member of Parliament for the East Riding of Yorkshire constituency, (which includes Matthews's birthplace, Bridlington), launched a successful campaign to have his birthplace recognised with a Blue Plaque. A special ceremony to commemorate his life and career was held in the town on 22 November 2008, organised and compered by Knight. It was attended by the ventriloquist Ray Alan, who knew Matthews and who spoke about his memories of him.

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Filmographie de A. E. Matthews (43 films)

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Jumping for Joy, 1h31
Réalisé par John Paddy Carstairs
Origine Royaume-uni
Genres Comédie
Acteurs Frankie Howerd, Lindsay Pulsipher, Stanley Holloway, Joe Estevez, Joan Hickson, Lionel Jeffries
Rôle Lord Reginald Cranfield
Note59% 2.9568652.9568652.9568652.9568652.956865
Alors qu'il vient d'être licencié du cynodrome, Willie Joy se retrouve propriétaire d'un lévrier. Après l'avoir inscrit pour une course importante, il se rend compte que le chien est mal en point. Pendant qu'il le soigne, il se retrouve aux prises avec des criminels qui veulent truquer la course en dopant des chiens.
Carry on Admiral
Réalisé par Val Guest
Genres Comédie
Acteurs David Tomlinson, Peggy Cummins, Joan Sims, Eunyce Gayson, A. E. Matthews, Reginald Beckwith
Rôle Admiral Sir Maximillian Godfrey, K.C.B.
Note53% 2.670882.670882.670882.670882.67088
In the course of a drunken reunion, two old friends (one a junior Government minister, the other a Royal Navy officer in uniform about to take command for the first time) switch clothes before passing out. Next morning, their changed clothes result in a series of cases of mistaken identity. The film follows the efforts of each to reunite himself with his own destiny.
Le Tour du monde en 80 jours, 2h47
Réalisé par John Farrow, Michael Anderson
Origine Etats-Unis
Genres Comédie, Fantasy, Aventure, Romance
Thèmes La mer, Transport, Adaptation d'une œuvre littéraire de science-fiction
Acteurs David Niven, Cantinflas, Robert Newton, Shirley MacLaine, Charles Boyer, Cedric Hardwicke
Rôle a Reform Club member
Note66% 3.3497153.3497153.3497153.3497153.349715
Phileas Fogg, gentleman anglais, parie, contre les membres de son club, qu'il est capable de faire le tour du monde en 80 jours. Il part aussitôt, emmenant Passepartout, son valet français, ancien clown et homme de ressources, et emportant, comme bagage, un sac plein de billets de banque. Une infinité de moyens de transport variés (ballon, bateau, train, éléphant…) leur permettent de parcourir une très longue suite d'étapes : Paris, Espagne, le canal de Suez, Calcutta, Hong Kong, San Francisco, New York et Londres.
Qui perd gagne, 1h28
Réalisé par Ken Annakin
Origine Royaume-uni
Genres Comédie
Acteurs Glynis Johns, Rossano Brazzi, Robert Morley, Tony Britton, Felix Aylmer, Joyce Carey
Rôle Man
Note50% 2.5357152.5357152.5357152.5357152.535715
Un couple de jeunes mariés va se trouver pris par la fièvre du jeu à Monte-Carlo.
Trois hommes dans un bateau, 1h24
Réalisé par Ken Annakin
Origine Royaume-uni
Genres Comédie
Thèmes La mer, Transport
Acteurs Laurence Harvey, David Tomlinson, Jimmy Edwards, Shirley Eaton, Jill Ireland, Lisa Gastoni
Rôle 1st Cricketer
Note54% 2.7172452.7172452.7172452.7172452.717245
Trois amis entreprennent un voyage sur la Tamise...
Miss Tulip Stays the Night, 1h8
Réalisé par Leslie Arliss
Origine Royaume-uni
Genres Comédie, Policier
Acteurs Diana Dors, Patrick Holt, Jack Hulbert, Cicely Courtneidge, Joss Ambler, A. E. Matthews
Rôle Mr Potts
Note54% 2.7277252.7277252.7277252.7277252.727725
A novelist (Patrick Holt) and his wife (Diana Dors) are sleeping peacefully in their new cottage when a mysterious lady (Cicely Courtneidge) arrives, apparently stranded in a storm. She hands the writer her gun, and some jewellery, and asks for a bed for the night. Unfortunately, someone shoots her during the night and the author is accused of the crime. He is forced to turn detective to defend himself.
Héritage et vieux fantômes, 1h28
Réalisé par Mario Zampi
Origine Royaume-uni
Genres Comédie
Acteurs David Niven, Yvonne De Carlo, Barry Fitzgerald, George Cole, A. E. Matthews, Robert Urquhart
Rôle General O'Leary
Note61% 3.09553.09553.09553.09553.0955
À la mort du Général O'Leary, son héritier pense faire main basse sur la fortune du défunt avant de quitter le pays. Mais certaines traditions ont la vie dure, et les villageois ne seront pas les seuls à tenter de lui faire entendre raison...
Aunt Clara
Aunt Clara (1954)
, 1h24
Réalisé par Anthony Kimmins
Origine Royaume-uni
Genres Comédie
Acteurs Margaret Rutherford, Ronald Shiner, A. E. Matthews, Fay Compton, Nigel Stock, Jill Bennett
Rôle Simon Hilton
Note65% 3.288633.288633.288633.288633.28863
Clara Hilton (Margaret Rutherford), is a puritanical old lady whose eccentric uncle dies and leaves her five racing greyhounds, a broken-down pub, and a successful brothel. When confronted with her property, Clara is outraged, but shrewdly finds a way to convert the tainted money to good use for a children’s holiday fund. Clara also keeps Simon’s outspoken valet Henry Martin (Ronald Shiner) on to assist her.
The Weak and the Wicked, 1h21
Réalisé par J. Lee Thompson
Origine Royaume-uni
Genres Drame
Thèmes La prison
Acteurs Glynis Johns, Diana Dors, John Gregson, Olive Sloane, Rachel Roberts, Jane Hylton
Rôle Harry Wicks, Mabel's beau
Note63% 3.190853.190853.190853.190853.19085
Frank "women in prison" story that sympathetically tracks several inmates through their imprisonment and subsequent return to society. Some are successfully rehabilitated; some are not.
L'Homme au million, 1h30
Réalisé par Ronald Neame
Origine Royaume-uni
Genres Comédie, Romance
Acteurs Gregory Peck, Wilfrid Hyde-White, Ronald Squire, Joyce Grenfell, Jane Griffiths, Bryan Forbes
Rôle Duke of Frognal
Note67% 3.398683.398683.398683.398683.39868
Fraîchement arrivé à Londres et sans un sou après s'être fait dévaliser, Adams, un jeune Américain se demande comment survivre. Au moment où il se penche pour ramasser une brioche qu'un gamin vient de jeter, un majordome lui ouvre la porte d'une riche demeure. Deux vieux messieurs, les frères Monpelier, lui remettent une coupure unique d'un million de livres. Il peut l'utiliser pendant un mois. Et si au terme de ce delai, Adams la restitue intacte, sa fortune sera faite.
Fromage à Gogo, 1h31
Réalisé par Val Guest
Genres Comédie, Romance
Acteurs Dirk Bogarde, Yolande Donlan, Reginald Beckwith, A. E. Matthews, Mary Clare, Edwin Styles
Rôle Selby
Note60% 3.003583.003583.003583.003583.00358
Un milliardaire américain meurt après avoir acheté le petit pays de Lampidorra, situe au carrefour de trois pays européens. Une jeune vendeuse de magasin, lointaine parente du milliardaire devient ainsi princesse. Elle y interdit tout d'abord la pratique de la contrebande qui y était légale.
Something Money Can't Buy, 1h23
Réalisé par Pat Jackson
Origine Royaume-uni
Genres Drame, Comédie
Acteurs Anthony Steel, Patricia Roc, Moira Lister, A. E. Matthews, David Hutcheson, Michael Trubshawe
Rôle Lord Haverstock
Note60% 3.006913.006913.006913.006913.00691
À la fin de la guerre, Harry Wilding quitte l'armée et décide avec sa femme de retourner vivre à Londres. Mais le retour à la vie civile est difficile. Harry finit par créer son entreprise, mais sa femme Anne a fait de même. Une certaine rivalité s'installe entre eux.
Castle in the Air, 1h29
Réalisé par Henry Cass
Origine Royaume-uni
Genres Comédie
Thèmes Adaptation d'une pièce de théâtre
Acteurs David Tomlinson, Helen Cherry, Margaret Rutherford, Barbara Kelly, A. E. Matthews, Patricia Dainton
Rôle Blair
Note62% 3.1452653.1452653.1452653.1452653.145265
The impecunious owner of a haunted Scottish castle has to juggle the advances of an American heiress who wishes to buy him out, the love of his longtime assistant who wants to marry him, and a Coal Board official who wishes to commandeer the estate. The British National Coal Board wants to annex the owner's castle as a group home for local miners and their families. Wealthy, much-married American Mrs. Clodfelter Dunne (Barbara Kelly) wants to claim the castle—and its owner, the Earl of Locharne (David Tomlinson)--for herself. Meanwhile, eccentric boarder Miss Nicholson (Margaret Rutherford) is obsessed with the idea that the Earl is actually the rightful King of Scotland. There is also a beautiful ghost, played by Patricia Dainton. "Castle in the Air" was based on the popular stage play by Alan Melville.