Buster Merryfield

Buster Merryfield

78 (passed away Jun. 23rd, 1999)
Nov. 27th, 1920
Born in
Battersea, South London, England, UK
5' 4

Buster Merryfield's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
Only Fools and Horses (UK) TV Show
Only Fools and Horses (UK)

Main Movie Roles

Guest TV Roles

[none found]


Born in Battersea, South London, England, Merryfield was from a working-class background. His father, also called Harry Merryfield, was a packer, and his mother Lily Merryfield (née Stone), was a part-time waitress. His sister Irene Merryfield died when she was 8 years old. He was given the name "Buster" by his grandfather, as he weighed nine pounds at birth, and it stuck throughout his entire life, not least because he refused to divulge his real name to anyone during his lifetime and it only became open knowledge after his death.
He always prided himself on his fitness, following a strict fitness regime of daily press-ups and swimming sessions. Unlike his TV character, forever replenishing his mariner's pipe, Merryfield never smoked. His efforts to stay fit could be traced back to his time as a child boxing star in the 1930s. He was British schoolboy champion in 1936 and Southern Command army champion in 1945. Merryfield was also a keen amateur football player.
Buster was a keen Millwall Football Club fan and regularly attended games at The Den.

  • Was a bank manager for 40 years.
  • Was a physical training instructor in WWII.
  • Nursed a black eye after hurting himself in a tumble during the British Comedy Awards on 15th December 1997.
  • Was a British schoolboy boxing champion in 1936.
  • Died aged 78, after being admitted to hospital 11 days before with a brain tumor. His wife Iris was at his bedside when he died.
  • Was a jungle warfare instructor in WWII.
  • Only became an actor at age 57, after having worked in a bank for 40 years, only interrupted by the 2nd WW

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