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Arthur Bostrom (born 6 January 1955 in Rugby, Warwickshiremarker) is an Englishmarker actor, most famous for his role as Officer Crabtree, in the long-running BBC sitcom 'Allo 'Allo!.


Bostrom attended Lawrence Sheriff Schoolmarker in Rugbymarker, and graduated from St Chad's Collegemarker, University of Durhammarker. Besides his television career, he acted on the stage regularly, also being a trained life coach. He lived in Manchestermarker for a long time.

Bostrom had a recurrent character in 'Allo 'Allo!, first appearing mid-way through the second series and remaining until the show's finale. Officer Crabtree was played as an idiotic Englishmarker undercover officer, disguised constantly as a Frenchmarker gendarme during the Second World War. Much of the character's humour derived from his supposed inability to speak good Frenchmarker, which, on an English-language television programme, was represented by ludicrous exaggeration and mispronunciation of ordinary words. For example, "Good Morning" would be pronounced as "Good Moaning!" and, famously, "I was just passing round the corner" would be "I was just pissing roond the corner". Bostrom actually spoke fluent French.In 2005, Bostrom guest-starred in Dead Man Walking, an audio drama based on the television series Sapphire and Steel. Between December 2007 and January 2008, he continued his pantomime run when he appeared in a production as an ugly sister in Cinderella in Middlesbrough. On 8 January 2008, he appeared in an episode of Big Brother's Big Mouth on E4. He discussed events in the house after introducing the show in the familiar character of Officer Crabtree.

Bostrom appeared (alongside fellow 'Allo 'Allo! alumnus Sam Kelly) in the BBC radio dramatisation of The Good Soldier Ċ vejk by Jaroslav Hasek in November 2008, playing the part of Wendler.


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