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Kenny Williams

Highest Rated:   100% Carry On Spying (1964)
Lowest Rated:   80% Carry On Screaming! (1966)
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British actor Kenneth Williams preferred movies and theater to contact sports while growing up in London. Though performing appealed to him, Williams didn't want to become a professional actor. Instead, he aspired to a career in art, and to that end studied at the Bolt Court School of Lithography. His artistic talents were modest at best, but his skill and range as a comic actor were remarkable. While serving with the Royal Engineers during World War II, he regaled uniformed audiences as a performer with Combined Services Entertainment. He made his professional stage bow with the Newquay Repertory in 1948, then toured the provinces in a variety of stock companies. In 1954, he joined the cast of comedian Tony Hancock's immensely popular radio and TV series, essaying dozens of sharply etched comic characterizations. He achieved even greater fame as an ensemble player on Kenneth Hornes' BBC radio weekly Round the Horne. In 1959, he attained stardom as a member of filmdom's zany "Carry On" team, appearing in all but four of the popular Carry On comedies of the 1960s and 1970s. His standard characterization was that of the effeminate, condescending twit, given to such catchphrases as "Oh, stop messing about," "Matron!" and "Trouble with the bum, you know." During and after his tenure with the "Carry On" bunch, Williams sustained his popularity as star of his own television series, and also headlined such 1980s TVers as Willow the Wisp, Galloping Galaxies and Whizzkids Guide. A classic example of the clown with the broken heart, Williams was dissatisfied with his fame, yearning to play complex, dramatic roles. In 1988, Williams died of a barbiturate overdose, which his staunchest fans still insist was accidental. Kenneth Williams penned his autobiography, Just Williams, in 1985, but a fuller and sadder portrait of this gifted farceur can be found in The Diaries of Kenneth Williams and The Letters of Kenneth Williams, both edited by Russell Davies.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet The Hound of the Baskervilles
  • Sir Henry Baskerville
1980
No Score Yet Carry on Matron
  • Sir Bernard Cutting
1979
No Score Yet Carry On Emmanuelle
  • Emile, the ambassador
1978
No Score Yet That's Carry On
  • Himself
1977
No Score Yet Carry On Behind
  • Prof. Roland Crump
1975
No Score Yet Carry On Dick
  • Captain Desmond Fancey
1974
No Score Yet Carry On Abroad
  • Stuart Farquhar
1972
No Score Yet Carry On Doctor
  • Dr. Tinkle
1972
No Score Yet Carry on at Your Convenience
  • WC Boggs
1971
No Score Yet Carry On Henry
  • Sir Thomas Cromwell
1971
No Score Yet Carry On Loving
  • Percy Snooper
1970
No Score Yet Carry On Camping
  • Dr. Soper
1969
No Score Yet Carry On...Up the Khyber
  • Khasi Of Kalabar
1968
No Score Yet Carry On... Follow That Camel (Carry on in the Legion)
  • Commandant Burger
1967
No Score Yet Don't Lose Your Head
  • Cheif of Secret Police - Citizen Camembert
1966
No Score Yet Carry On Cowboy
  • Judge Burke
1966
80% Carry On Screaming!
  • Dr. Watt
1966
No Score Yet Carry on Cleo (Caligula: Funniest Home Videos)
  • Julius Caesar
1964
100% Carry On Spying
  • Desmond Simkins
1964
No Score Yet Carry On Jack
  • Capt. Fearless
1963
No Score Yet Twice Round the Daffodils
  • Henry Halfpenny
1962
No Score Yet Carry on Cruising
  • Leonard Marjoribanks
1962
No Score Yet Carry On Regardless
  • Francis Courtenay
1961
No Score Yet Raising the Wind (Roommates)
  • Harold
1961
No Score Yet Make Mine Mink
  • Honorable Fred Warrington
1960
No Score Yet Carry On Nurse
  • Oliver Reckitt
1960
No Score Yet Carry On Constable
  • Constable Stanley Benson
1960
No Score Yet Tommy the Toreador
  • Vice-Consul
1959
No Score Yet Carry on Teacher
  • Edwin Milton
1959
No Score Yet Carry On Sergeant
  • James Bailey
1958
No Score Yet Night Passage
  • O'Brien
1957
No Score Yet Valley of Song (Men Are Children Twice)
  • Lloyd the Haulage
1953
No Score Yet Innocents in Paris
  • Actor
1953
No Score Yet The Beggar's Opera
  • Jack
1953
No Score Yet Pride of St. Louis
  • Castleman
1952
No Score Yet Slattery's Hurricane
  • M.C.
1949
No Score Yet When My Baby Smiles at Me
  • Specialty Dancer
1948
No Score Yet You Were Meant for Me
  • Band Member
1948
No Score Yet Mother Wore Tights
  • Dance director
1947
No Score Yet Irish Eyes Are Smiling
  • Dancer
1944
No Score Yet Fifth Avenue Girl
  • Undetermined Role (uncredited)
1939

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