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Walter Leonard Sparrow (born 22nd January 1927 - 31st May 2000) was an English film and television actor who played Harry Moore in Emmerdale Farm in 1980. He also played in Emmerdale Farm in 1987 as Wilson, and also played Bob Thorley in 1993.

CareerEdit

Sparrow began his career as a stand-up comic before moving to acting with a period with the Royal Shakespeare Company. His first film role was in 1964, in Dr. Terror's House of Horrors, with Christopher Lee. Subsequent films, interspersed between countless TV appearances, included the 1969 sex fantasy Zeta One, Young Sherlock Holmes, and the acclaimed 1988 film The Accidental Tourist starring William Hurt, Kathleen Turner and Geena Davis.

His career enjoyed a resurgence in the 1990s, with Sparrow playing key roles in the 1991 film Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves as the blinded retainer Duncan, 1993's The Secret Garden as gruff gardener Ben Weatherstaff, and the 1995 American coming-of-age film Now and Then as tragic drifter 'Crazy Pete'. In 1998 he starred in Tony Harrison's film Prometheus.

Sparrow's even more prolific TV appearances included roles in the comedy Paris, and guest spots on Hugh and I, Adam Adamant Lives!, Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased), Z-Cars, All Creatures Great and Small, Alas Smith and Jones, Rumpole of the Bailey, Only Fools And Horses, EastEnders, Ernie in Birds Of A Feather, and The Bill among many others.

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