Tuesday, April 21, 2015
4/21/1923 John Mortimer is born
Mortimer became a barrister in 1948, and his most famous cases involved obscenity charges. His other career was as an author of novels, plays and radio scripts. But his most memorable character was one he claimed he invented as a retirement plan: the feisty, unbearable, utterly lovable barrister Horace Rumpole. As portrayed by Australian Leo McKern Rumpole was an instant classic. He started in radio, moved to television, and Mortimer also carried him into novels. Rumpole, who had proudly served in the RAF ground staff during the war, was still defending bad guys and innocents with equal defiance in Rumpole Misbehaves (2007).