Richard Wattis

Highest Rated: 100% The Man Who Never Was (1956)
Lowest Rated: 0% The V.I.P.s (1963)
Birthday: Feb 25, 1912
Birthplace: Not Available
For almost 40 years, from the end of the 1930s to the mid-'70s, Richard Wattis enjoyed a reputation as one of England's more reliable character actors, and -- in British films, at least -- developed something akin to star power in non-starring roles. Born in 1912, as a young man he managed to avoid potential futures in both electric contracting and chartered accountancy, instead becoming an acting student in his twenties. His stage career began in the second half of the 1930s, and in between acting and sometimes producing in repertory companies, Wattis became part of that rarified group of British actors who appeared on the BBC's pre-World War II television broadcasts. He made his big-screen debut with a role in the 1939 feature A Yank at Oxford, but spent the most of the six years that followed serving in uniform. It was after World War II that Wattis came to the attention of critics, directors, and producers for his comic timing and projection, and began getting cast in the kinds of screen and stage roles for which he would ultimately become famous, as pompous, dry, deadpan authority figures, snooping civil servants, and other comical pests. Beginning with Frank Launder and Sidney Gilliat's The Happiest Days of Your Life (1950), his roles and billing got bigger, and he was cast to perfection as Manton Bassett in the "St. Trinian's" films of Launder and Gilliat. Wattis became so well liked by audiences in those kinds of parts -- as annoying government officials, in particular -- that producers would see to it, if his part was big enough, that he was mentioned on posters and lobby cards. He remained very busy in films right up until the time of his death in the mid-'70s.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
No Score Yet Sex and the Other Woman Actor 2001
No Score Yet Confessions of a Window Cleaner Carol's Father 1974
No Score Yet Take Me High Sir Charles Furness 1974
No Score Yet That's Your Funeral Simmonds 1974
No Score Yet Diamonds on Wheels Actor 1973
No Score Yet Tam Lin Elroy 1971
No Score Yet Those Daring Young Men in Their Jaunty Jalopies Golf Club Secretary 1969
80% Wonderwall Perkins 1969
67% Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Secretary at Sweet Factory 1968
26% Casino Royale British Army Officer 1967
No Score Yet The Liquidator Flying Instructor 1966
No Score Yet The Great St. Trinian's Train Robbery Bassett 1966
86% Bunny Lake Is Missing Clerk in Shipping Office 1965
67% Operation Crossbow Sir Charles Sims 1965
No Score Yet Amorous Adventures of Moll Flanders Jeweler 1965
No Score Yet The Alphabet Murders Wolf 1965
83% Carry On Spying Cobley 1964
0% The V.I.P.s Sanders 1963
No Score Yet Come Fly with Me Oliver Garson 1963
No Score Yet I Thank a Fool Ebblington 1962
No Score Yet Very Important Person Woodcock 1962
91% The Longest Day British soldier 1962
No Score Yet Bon Voyage! Englishman 1962
No Score Yet The Pure Hell of St. Trinian's Actor 1961
No Score Yet Captain's Table Prittlewell 1960
No Score Yet Left Right and Centre Harding-Pratt 1959
No Score Yet Ten Seconds to Hell Maj. Haven 1959
No Score Yet Follow a Star Dr. Chatterway 1959
No Score Yet The Captain's Table Actor 1959
No Score Yet The Inn of the Sixth Happiness Mr. Murfin 1958
No Score Yet Barnacle Bill Registrar of Shipping 1957
67% The Prince and the Showgirl Northbrooke 1957
No Score Yet The Iron Petticoat Lingerie Clerk 1957
No Score Yet The Abominable Snowman of the Himalayas Peter Fox 1957
No Score Yet Blue Murder at St. Trinian's Manton Bassett 1957
71% Around the World in 80 Days Actor 1956
91% The Man Who Knew Too Much Assistant Manager 1956
100% The Man Who Never Was Shop Assistant 1956
No Score Yet Lease of Life Solicitor 1956
No Score Yet The Green Man Doctor 1956
No Score Yet Jumping for Joy Carruthers 1956
No Score Yet Simon and Laura Controller 1955
80% Doctor in the House Salesman 1955
No Score Yet The Colditz Story Richard 1955
No Score Yet The Final Test Actor 1954
90% Hobson's Choice Albert Prosser 1953
No Score Yet Norman Conquest Theodore Feather 1953
No Score Yet The Intruder School Master 1953
No Score Yet Innocents in Paris Secretary 1953
No Score Yet The Belles of St. Trinian's Manton Bassett 1953
No Score Yet Background David Wallace 1953
No Score Yet My Son, the Vampire PC Freddie 1952
No Score Yet Stolen Face Wentworth 1952
87% The Importance of Being Earnest Seton 1952
No Score Yet Made in Heaven The Vicar 1952
No Score Yet Lady Godiva Rides Again Casting director 1951
No Score Yet Appointment with Venus Higher Executive 1951
No Score Yet The Clouded Yellow Employment Agent 1951
No Score Yet The Happiest Days of Your Life Arnold Billings 1950
No Score Yet Eye Witness Minor Role (uncredited) 1950
100% Kind Hearts and Coronets Actor 1949
No Score Yet Second Fiddle Actor 1939
No Score Yet A Yank at Oxford Latin Speaker at Dinner 1938

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet The Avengers (1961)
1969
Clarke
100% The Prisoner
1967-1968
Fotheringay

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