About Robertson Hare
<ROBERTSON HARE DIES AT 87>
<Daily Telegraph, January 26, 1979>
ROBERTSON HARE - _Bunny_ Hare as he was so long to so many - died yesterday, aged 87.
All those who have enough humility to imagine themselves at the wrong end of a raw deal, have a feeling of sympathy with the underdog, and it was Robertson Hare's good fortune in the theatre to be the under-most, and therefore the best loved dog of all.
It was his fate to suffer indignities; or rather, it was his fate to be bullied into accepting them.
The last differentiation is important, because Robertson Hare merely at the mercy of circumstance was not the truly comic figure. It was not fate but his friends that he had to fear.
He had to suffer at the hands of well-intentioned but ruthless men, cruel only to be kind, if he was to excite our deepest sympathies and earn our deepest laughter.
His period of greatest fame began in the 1920s, when he was teamed with Tom Walls and Ralph Lynn in _the Aldwych farces_ most of them by Ben Travers.
He would utter a characteristic despairing cry _Oh calamity_, or the like - and his audience revelled in his discomfiture, their hearts went out to him.
Born in London, he began his West End career at £1 a week in a walk-on part in _Oedipus Rex_ in 1912. His first big part, and his favourite, was as _Grumpy_ in the play of that which he starred from 1914-16.
After Army service in 1917-18 he toured the provinces and returned to London in _Tons of Money_ at the Shaftesbury in April, 1922. When Ralph Lynn, the star of the play, moved on to the Aldwych in _ It Pays to Advertise_ Hare went with him.
He starred in many films, and his autobiography _Yours Indubitably_, appeared in 1957. In 1915 he married Irene Mewton, who died in 1969. They had one daughter.
He received the OBE earlier this month. TV viewers saw him a few years ago playing the archdeacon in the BBC comedy _All Gas and Gaiters_.