Jack Howarth

Uncle Albert Tatlock
Jack Howarth (19 February 1896 – 31 March 1984) was a British actor best known for his role as Albert Tatlock in Coronation Street between 1960 and 1984.

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.