Norman Clifford Bowler was born in London, England, U.K. on August 1, 1932. The son of a watch repairer, he became a member of the 1950s Soho set alongside John Minton, Francis Bacon and Daniel Farson. There he met Henrietta Moraes, who divorced her first husband, Michael Law, and married Bowler. This marriage ended in 1957. They had two children, Joshua and Caroline, although many years later it transpired that Joshua's father was actually Colin Tennant, 3rd Baron Glenconner. Berjourhi Bowler, his second wife, and Norman were divorced in 1969, after 10 years of marriage, mother of Tamara.
Bowler played a variety of bit parts and single episode roles throughout the 1960s. He was featured in one episode of ‘The Avengers’ and starred alongside James Caan in the 1969 war film “Submarine X-1”, about World War II British midget submarines.
From 1966-1976, Bowler played Det. Chief Inspector Harry Hawkins for the entire run of the BBC TV police drama ‘Softly, Softly’ (later ‘Softly, Softly: Taskforce’). He also appeared as Titinius in “Julius Caesar” (1970), as Saturninus in “Jesus of Nazareth” (1977), as Bill Smugs in “The Island of Adventure” (1982), and as Moose in the Terence Hill modern day western film “They Call Me Renegade” (1987). He later played the part of Frank Tate in the ITV soap opera ‘
Bowler has been very active in charity work and adult education in the Bristol area (where the original ‘Softly, Softly’ series was filmed in the 1960s).
Bowler and his third wife, Dianne, spent several years at Auroville International Township in Tamil Nadu, India. There he engaged in development work with people in the surrounding Tamil villages and often entertained the village children. He also worked with and directed the amateur actors of the township.
In August 2012 Bowler released a recorded reading of Samuel Taylor Coleridge's Rime of the ancient mariner to raise money for The Auroville Trust.
Bowler's wife Dianne died in May 22, 2012. He continues to alternate between India and the UK.
BOWLER, Norman (Norman Clifford Bowler) [8/1/1932, London, England, U.K. - ] - TV actor, married to model Henrietta Moraes (Audrey Wendy Abbott) [1931-1999] (1956-1957), stepfather of Joshua Bowler (Joshua Tennant) [1956- ], father of Caroline Bowler [1957- ], married to Berjourhi Bowler (1959-1969), father of Tamara Bowler, married to Dianne Bowler [1939-2012] (198?-2012), father of ?, foster father of Lhamo Dolma [1987- ]
Renegade - 1987 (Moose)