Edward Charles James ‘Jimmy’ Gardner was born on August 24, 1924 in Newmarket, Suffolk, England. During World War II, Gardner served in the Royal Air Force as an air gunner with #10 Squadron. He completed 30 missions as a Halifax rear gunner and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Medal.
His first film appearance was in “The Curse of the Mummy's Tomb” released during 1964. Thereafter he appeared in over 30 films and also made extensive TV and theatre appearances. Some of his best known Shakespearean roles such as “Adam in As You Like It”, and as the gravedigger in “Hamlet” were performed under the direction of Terry Hands.
He played Knight Bus driver Ernie Prang in “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban”, the third film in the Harry Potter film series.
Gardener appeared in only one Euro-western: “Gunslinger’s Revenge” (1998) as Sam Comet.
Jimmy died on May 3, 2010 in London at the age of 86.
Today we remember Jimmy Gardener on what would have been his 90th birthday.