James Beck

Actor

Actor


Londoner James Beck took to the Theatre at the end of his National Service, playing roles as diverse as Shylock to Archie Rice in "The Entertainer". His role as Cockney spiv Private Walker in Dad's Army made him a familiar face, if not a familiar name. His life was cut short before a potentially much more interesting career.
Birth date
1929-02-21
Death date
1973-08-06
Height
5' 11" (1.8 m)

Known For


Dad's Army
Dad's Army
Pte. Joe Walker (1968-1973)
Dad's Army
Dad's Army
Pte. Walker (1971)
Outbreak of Murder
Outbreak of Murder
Det. Sgt. David (1962)
Flower of Evil
Flower of Evil
Policeman (1961)
 

Activities


RoleTitleYear
ActorDad's Army
(TV Series) Pte. Joe Walker - The Recruit (1973) ... Pte. Joe Walker (credit only) - Things That Go Bump in the Night (1973) ... Pte. Joe Walker - The Honourable Man (1973) ... Pte. Joe Walker - We Know Our Onions (1973) ... Pte. Joe Walker - The Royal Train (1973) ... Pte. Joe Walker Show all 60 episodes
1968-1973
ActorRomany Jones
(TV Series) Bert Jones - Pack Up Your Troubles (1973) ... Bert Jones - Not So Sweet Charity (1973) ... Bert Jones - For Better or Worse (1973) ... Bert Jones - Just the Job (1973) ... Bert Jones - The Shower (1973) ... Bert Jones Show all 14 episodes
1972-1973
ActorLove Thy Neighbour
Cyril
1973
ActorA Christmas Night with the Stars
(TV Series) Private Joe Walker - Dad's Army segment / Private Walker - Dad's Army segment / Private Joe Walker - Christmas Night with the Stars 1972 (1972) ... Private Walker - Dad's Army segment - Episode dated 25 December 1970 (1970) ... Private Joe Walker - Dad's Army segment - Episode dated 25 December 1969 (1969) ... Private Joe Walker - Dad's Army segment - Episode dated 25 December 1968 (1968) ... Private Joe Walker
1968-1972
ActorMy Wife Next Door
(TV Series) Mr. Fielding - Undesirable Residence (1972) ... Mr. Fielding
1972
ActorScoop
(TV Series) Corker - The Scoop (1972) ... Corker - Stones £20 (1972) ... Corker - The War Torn Ishmaelia (1972) ... Corker - The Complete Traveller (1972) ... Corker
1972
ActorComedy Playhouse
(TV Series) Johnny / Policeman / Sydney - Bus Conductor - Born Every Minute (1972) ... Johnny - The Bishop Rides Again (1966) ... Policeman - The Chars (1963) ... Sydney - Bus Conductor
1963-1972
ActorThe Fenn Street Gang
(TV Series) Auctioneer - Horse of the Year (1972) ... Auctioneer
1972
ActorA Couple of Beauties
(Short) Sidney
1971
ActorThe Trouble with Lilian
(TV Series) Man - The Presence (1971) ... Man
1971
ActorThe Morecambe & Wise Show
(TV Series) Captain Bligh's Crewman - Episode #5.2 (1971) ... Captain Bligh's Crewman
1971
ActorThe Dick Emery Show
(TV Series) - Episode #10.5 (1971)
1971
ActorDad's Army
Pte. Walker
1971
ActorCarry on Loving
Mr. Roxby (scenes deleted)
1970
ActorJackanory
(TV Series) Storyteller - Humbert, Mr Firkin, and the Lord Mayor of London/The Golden Horse (1970) ... Storyteller
1970
ActorMogul
(TV Series) Jack Robbins / Dave Sandy / Alan Boyd - The Price of a Bride (1970) ... Jack Robbins - Some Days You Just Can't Win (1967) ... Dave Sandy - Wild Cat (1965) ... Alan Boyd
1965-1970
ActorA Family at War
(TV Series) Bob O'Connell - The War Office Regrets (1970) ... Bob O'Connell
1970
ActorI Am a Groupie
Brian
1970
ActorDoctor in the House
(TV Series) Mr. Wale - What Seems to Be the Trouble? (1970) ... Mr. Wale
1970
ActorCounterstrike
(TV Series) Gold - Backlash (1969) ... Gold
1969
ActorTwo in Clover
(TV Series) Dr. Molineux - Episode #1.7 (1969) ... Dr. Molineux
1969
ActorSherlock Holmes
(TV Series) James Ryder - The Blue Carbuncle (1968) ... James Ryder
1968
ActorHarry Worth
(TV Series) Flight Lieutenant Conner / Smithers - Private Pimpernel (1968) ... Flight Lieutenant Conner - It's in the Bag (1966) ... Smithers
1966-1968
ActorNever a Cross Word
(TV Series) - The Baldocks at Bay (1968)
1968
ActorDayton's Devils
Mark Scott
1968
ActorITV Playhouse
(TV Series) Police Sergeant - There's a Hole in Your Dustbin, Delilah (1968) ... Police Sergeant
1968
ActorDetective
(TV Series) Bathwick - The Case of the Late Pig (1968) ... Bathwick
1968
ActorStar!
Drunken Soldier (uncredited)
1968
ActorChampion House
(TV Series) Frank Knight - Go West, Young Man (1968) ... Frank Knight - Sonata for a Solo Fiddle (1967) ... Frank Knight
1967-1968
ActorNot in Front of the Children
(TV Series) House Agent - Home Chat (1968) ... House Agent
1968
ActorPublic Eye
(TV Series) Tom Vowden / Marty Cornwell - But What Good Will the Truth Do? (1968) ... Tom Vowden - No, No, Nothing Like That (1966) ... Marty Cornwell
1966-1968
ActorHugh and I Spy
(TV Series) - Yellow Peril (1968)
1968
ActorSoftly Softly
(TV Series) Chief Supt. Colson - Who's Mr. Smith? (1967) ... Chief Supt. Colson
1967
ActorDixon of Dock Green
(TV Series) Gordon / Tommy Preston / Jim Carter / ... - The Step-Brother (1967) ... Gordon - Other People's Lives (1965) ... Tommy Preston - Facing the Music (1964) ... Jim Carter - The Switch (1963) ... Don - Outside the Gates (1962) ... Bert Mason Show all 6 episodes
1961-1967
ActorCity '68
(TV Series) Dave Cook - The Shooting War (1967) ... Dave Cook
1967
ActorTrapped
(TV Series) Deputy - You're a Brave Man, Jack (1967) ... Deputy
1967
ActorThe Gamblers
(TV Series) Stewart - When the Chips Are Down (1967) ... Stewart
1967
ActorThe Secret Agent
(TV Movie) The Carter
1967
ActorCoronation Street
(TV Series) Sergeant Bowdon / Sergeant Bowden / Police Sergeant - Episode #1.669 (1967) ... Sergeant Bowdon - Episode #1.668 (1967) ... Sergeant Bowdon - Episode #1.493 (1965) ... Police Sergeant - Episode #1.415 (1964) ... Sergeant Bowdon - Episode #1.409 (1964) ... Sergeant Bowden Show all 6 episodes
1964-1967
ActorNo Hiding Place
(TV Series) Bill - The Price on My Head (1967) ... Bill
1967
ActorBeggar My Neighbour
(TV Series) Policeman - Have Car, Won't Travel (1967) ... Policeman
1967
ActorDrama 61-67
(TV Series) Police sergeant - Drama '67: Cross My Heart and Hope She'll Die (1967) ... Police sergeant
1967
ActorTheatre 625
(TV Series) Graves - Sword of Honour #2: Officers and Gentlemen (1967) ... Graves
1967
ActorBlackmail
(TV Series) Eamonn Donovan - The Tax Man Cometh (1966) ... Eamonn Donovan
1966
ActorForeign Affairs
(TV Series) Burke / Waiter - The Leak (1966) ... Burke - Can We Have Our Ball Back? (1966) ... Waiter
1966
ActorQuick Before They Catch Us
(TV Series) Policeman - Mark of Distinction: Part 1 (1966) ... Policeman
1966
ActorAll Gas and Gaiters
(TV Series) Policeman - Pilot: The Bishop Rides Again (1966) ... Policeman
1966
ActorMild and Bitter
(TV Series) Various Roles - Episode #1.4 (1966) ... Various Roles - Episode #1.1 (1966) ... Various Roles
1966
ActorGideon C.I.D.
(TV Series) Inspector Smith - A Perfect Crime (1966) ... Inspector Smith (uncredited)
1966
ActorHere's Harry
(TV Series) - The Identification Parade (1965) - The Worker (1964)
1964-1965
ActorA World of Comedy
(TV Mini-Series) Chief Laboratory Manager / Voice only - role unknown - Sanop 409 (1965) ... Chief Laboratory Manager - The Enormous Ear (1965) ... Voice only - role unknown
1965
ActorOur Man at St. Mark's
(TV Series) PC. Bailey - The Yo-Yo Again (1965) ... PC. Bailey
1965
ActorYou and the World
(TV Series) Dad - Taking a Chance (1965) ... Dad
1965
ActorHit and Run
(TV Series) Det. Sgt. Reece - Trial (1965) ... Det. Sgt. Reece - Arrest (1965) ... Det. Sgt. Reece - Enquiry (1965) ... Det. Sgt. Reece - Accident (1965) ... Det. Sgt. Reece
1965
ActorTaxi!
(TV Series) Len Gladwin - It's a Mug's Game (1964) ... Len Gladwin - Two-Five-Two (1964) ... Len Gladwin - Will You Marry Face? (1964) ... Len Gladwin - Sunday Mornings Are for Sleeping (1964) ... Len Gladwin - It's a Long Way Home (1964) ... Len Gladwin
1964
ActorTelevision Club
(TV Series) Mr. Wade - The Wade Family: A Day Trip to France - Le Havre (1963) ... Mr. Wade - The Wade Family: A Day Trip to France - Channel Crossing (1963) ... Mr. Wade - The Wade Family: How a Record Is Made (1963) ... Mr. Wade - The Wade Family: Keeping House (1963) ... Mr. Wade - The Wade Family: A Visit to Grandmother (1963) ... Mr. Wade Show all 15 episodes
1963
ActorCompact
(TV Series) John Hendry / Workman - Chicken and Champagne (1963) ... John Hendry - The Winner (1963) ... John Hendry - Talent Contest (1962) ... John Hendry - Musical Evening (1962) ... John Hendry - Stormy Weather (1962) ... John Hendry Show all 7 episodes
1962-1963
ActorZ Cars
(TV Series) Constable - The Five Whistles (1962) ... Constable
1962
ActorCitizen James
(TV Series) - The Old People's Outing (1962)
1962
ActorDr. Finlay's Casebook
(TV Series) Charlie Bell - Conduct Unbecoming (1962) ... Charlie Bell
1962
ActorOutbreak of Murder
(TV Series) Det. Sgt. David - The End of the Hunt (1962) ... Det. Sgt. David - Thumb-Print (1962) ... Det. Sgt. David - The White Cockerel-Bird (1962) ... Det. Sgt. David
1962
ActorJacks and Knaves
(TV Series) Det. Con. Syd - It Was Doing Nothing (1961) ... Det. Con. Syd - The Great Art Robbery (1961) ... Det. Con. Syd - The Master Mind (1961) ... Det. Con. Syd
1961
ActorFlower of Evil
(TV Mini-Series) Policeman - Twelve Hours to Zero (1961) ... Policeman - Death Warrants for Six (1961) ... Policeman - The One That Got Away (1961) ... Policeman
1961
ActorDeadline Midnight
(TV Series) Ambulance man - One Man Went to Fly (1961) ... Ambulance man
1961
ActorCourt of Mystery
(TV Series) John Wright - The Case of the Mary Celeste (1961) ... John Wright
1961
ActorEmergency-Ward 10
(TV Series) Policeman - Episode #1.444 (1961) ... Policeman
1961
ActorThe Fifth Form at St. Dominic's
(TV Series) Roach - The Truth (1961) ... Roach - The New Boy (1961) ... Roach
1961
RoleTitleYear
SelfThis Is Your Life
(TV Series documentary) Self - Guest - Clive Dunn (1971) ... Self - Guest
1971
SelfA Royal Television Gala Performance
(TV Special) Pte. Joe Walker
1970
RoleTitleYear
Archive footageDad's Army: A Stripe for Frazer, Animated
(Short) Pte. Walker
2016
Archive footageComedy Connections
(TV Series documentary) Pte. Joe Walker - Dad's Army (2008) ... Pte. Joe Walker (uncredited) - Just Good Friends (2007) ... Pte. Joe Walker (uncredited) - It Ain't Half Hot, Mum (2007) ... Pte. Joe Walker (uncredited)
2007-2008
Archive footageJonathan Ross Salutes 'Dad's Army'
(TV Movie documentary) Pte. Joe Walker (uncredited)
2008
Archive footageTruly, Madly, Cheaply!: British B Movies
(TV Movie documentary) (uncredited)
2008
Archive footageThe Comedy Map of Britain
(TV Series documentary) Pte. Joe Walker - Episode #2.5 (2008) ... Pte. Joe Walker (uncredited)
2008
Archive footageThe Passing Years
(Video documentary short) Pte. Joe Walker (uncredited)
2007
Archive footageBritish Film Forever
(TV Mini-Series documentary) Pte. Joe Walker - Bullets, Bombs and Bridges: The Story of the War Film (2007) ... Pte. Joe Walker (uncredited)
2007
Archive footageHitler: The Comedy Years
(TV Movie documentary) Pte. Joe Walker (uncredited)
2007
Archive footageSpivs
(TV Movie documentary) Pte. Joe Walker (uncredited)
2005
Archive footage'We Are the Boys...': James Beck
(Video documentary short) Pte. Joe Walker
2005
Archive footage'Dad's Army': Missing Presumed Wiped
(TV Special documentary) Pte. Joe Walker
2001
Archive footageThe Best of Morecambe & Wise
(Video) Self
2001
Archive footageThe Unforgettable John Le Mesurier
(TV Short documentary) Pte. Joe Walker (uncredited)
2001
Archive footageThe Unforgettable Arthur Lowe
(TV Movie documentary) Pte. Joe Walker (uncredited)
2000
Archive footageDon't Panic! The Dad's Army Story
(TV Movie documentary) Pte. Joe Walker
2000
Archive footageSelection Box
(TV Series) Pte. Joe Walker - Dad's Army (1997) ... Pte. Joe Walker (uncredited)
1997
Archive footageOmnibus
(TV Series documentary) Pte. Joe Walker - Perry & Croft: The Sitcoms (1995) ... Pte. Joe Walker (uncredited)
1995