Edward Chapman was born on October 13, 1901 in Harrogate, Yorkshire, England. An ex-clerk, Chapman began his stage career in George du Maurier's Trilby which was followed by his first London stage appearance at the Court Theatre in The Farmer's Wife. He was brought to films by Alfred Hitchcock, who cast Chapman prominently in Juno and the Paycock (1929), Murder (1930), and The Skin Game (1931). He also made an appearance in Caste, The Citadel, Just My Luck, The Bulldog Breed, and in the Ealing Studios comedy, Turned out Nice Again. During World War II he took a break from acting and joined the Royal Air Force where he was commissioned as a Pilot Officer and served as the Intelligence Officer. From 1965 onwards, Chapman mainly played characters roles on television and his last screen appearance was in The Man Who Haunted Himself. He died of a heart attack in England at the age of 75, on August 9, 1977.