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Richard Wattis

Highest Rated:   100% Carry On Spying (1964)
Lowest Rated:   29% Casino Royale (1967)
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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

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
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
No Score Yet Wonderwall
  • Perkins
1969
65% Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
  • Secretary at Sweet Factory
1968
29% 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
83% Bunny Lake Is Missing
  • Clerk in Shipping Office
1965
60% Operation Crossbow
  • Sir Charles Sims
1965
No Score Yet Amorous Adventures of Moll Flanders
  • Jeweler
1965
No Score Yet The Alphabet Murders
  • Wolf
1965
100% Carry On Spying
  • Cobley
1964
No Score Yet 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
83% 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
74% 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
No Score Yet Doctor in the House
  • Salesman
1955
No Score Yet The Colditz Story
  • Richard
1955
No Score Yet The Final Test
  • Actor
1954
95% Hobson's Choice
  • Albert Prosser
1953
No Score Yet Norman Conquest
  • Theodore Feather
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
94% 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 The Clouded Yellow
  • Employment Agent
1951
No Score Yet Appointment with Venus
  • Higher Executive
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

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