Jack Howarth was a British actor best known for his role as Albert Tatlock in the long-running television soap opera “Coronation Street.” He was born on January 23, 1896, in Rochdale, Lancashire, England.

Howarth grew up in Rochdale, where he attended Belfield Primary School and later Wardleworth Secondary School. As a young man, he developed a passion for acting and began performing in local amateur dramatic productions. Despite his early interest in acting, he initially pursued a career as a clerk at the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway Company.

In 1914, Howarth enlisted in the British Army during World War I and served in the 9th Royal Fusiliers. He saw action in France and was wounded twice, earning the Military Medal for his bravery. After the war, he returned to the railway company but soon decided to pursue acting full-time.

Howarth’s career in acting began in the 1920s when he joined the repertory company at the Oldham Coliseums. He honed his craft on stage, performing in various plays and touring productions. In 1960, Howarth was approached by Granada Television to play the role of Albert Tatlock in the newly created soap opera “Coronation Street.” His portrayal of the grouchy and lovable pensioner quickly endeared him to viewers, and he became one of the show’s most beloved characters.

Howarth remained with “Coronation Street” for more than 20 years, making him one of the longest-serving actors on the show. During his time on the show, he received critical acclaim for his performance and was widely regarded as one of British television’s finest actors. Howarth’s portrayal of Albert Tatlock showcased his ability to bring depth and authenticity to the character, earning him a place in television history.

Outside of his role in “Coronation Street,” Howarth appeared in various television dramas and films. Some of his notable film roles include “Beyond the City,” “The Wicked Lady,” and “The Bells Go Down.” Howarth’s versatility as an actor allowed him to tackle a wide range of characters, showcasing his tremendous talent and acting range.

In recognition of his contribution to British television, Howarth received several awards and honors throughout his career. In 1975, he was awarded the MBE (Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) for his services to drama. Additionally, he was named an honorary freeman of his hometown of Rochdale.

Jack Howarth’s dedication to his craft and his memorable portrayal of Albert Tatlock made him a beloved figure in the entertainment industry. His character became synonymous with “Coronation Street” and made a lasting impression on generations of viewers. Howarth’s talent, passion, and longevity in the industry continue to inspire actors and entertainers today.

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