Born in Rochdale, Lancashire, he was the son of comedian
Bert Howarth, and went to school with Gracie Fields.
As a child he sold theatre programmes at the Theatre Royal,
Rochdale and in 1908 at the age of twelve he began playing juvenile
roles on stage. Jack ran a small cinema after the breakout of
World War I having being a member of the Lancashire
Fusiliers in that war.
always had an LF badge in his lapel when on TV.( this badge
was given to him by Terry Joliffe and Dennis Laverick when he
made a visit to the club and museum in 1972 )
Jack toured the country in theatre performances where he
met and married his wife Betty in Hull. He made over a hundred
television appearances in all after 1947, having run a theatre
in Wales from 1935 onwards.
Jack made his Coronation Street debut in the first episode
in December 1960 and appeared in over 1700 episodes until his
final appearance on 25th January 1984. He hadn't been written
out of the show he left the street as he was going to the Lancashire
Fusiliers Museum to take up a position as museum curator
( that is what the Show said he was going to do) but
was having a spell of time away from it and was due to return
in late April 1984. He never did. Jack Howarth died in Llandudno
General Hospital on 31st March 1984, of pneumonia and kidney
failure, with his wife and son John at his bedside.