Harry H Corbett (he added the “H” to avoid being confused with Sooty’s friend) was born in Burma in 1925. His father was an officer in the army. His mother died when he was very young and he moved to England as a child and was brought up in Manchester by an aunt.
After his war service, he joined a repertory company and during the 1950s appeared in many stage productions. At the end of this period he made the move to the big screen and appeared in about twenty movies (mostly ‘B’ pictures) during the years from 1959 to 1980, including the starring role of Detective Sergeant Bung in Carry on Screaming! (1966), Rattle of a Simple Man (1964) and the two “Steptoe and Son” movies in the early 1970s. He suffered a series of heart attacks between 1979 and 1982, before his premature death aged 57.