Roy Kinnear

Birthday: Jan 8, 1934
Birthplace: Not Available
British comic actor Roy Kinnear received his training at the Theatre Workshop, and made his film debut in 1962's Tiara Tahiti. Short and already balding in his 20s, Kinnear resigned himself early on to character roles; his comic gifts enabled the actor to expand his range as a writer/performer on the fabled early-'60s British TV satirical series That Was the Week That Was. Kinnear became an American favorite for his role as mad scientist Victor Spinetti's harried assistant in the 1965 Beatles film Help!. It was the launching pad of a film career comprised mostly of comic relief and cameo roles. One of Kinnear's most popular film appearances was a two-minute bit specially written for him in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1967), wherein the actor played a trainer of Roman gladiators who conducted his classes in the manner of a golf instructor. Richard Lester, director of both Help! and Forum, cast Kinnear as long-suffering lackey Planchet in the star-studded 1974 filmization of The Three Musketeers, and its sequel (shot simultaneously) The Four Musketeers (1974). With virtually every cast member -- especially Raquel Welch -- clowning it up in the Musketeers films, Kinnear's routines for the first time seemed intrusive. After a decade of variable roles, Kinnear was cast as The Common Man in the 1987 Charlton Heston remake of A Man for All Seasons; it was a brilliant tour de force, with Kinnear displaying a full and versatile range from low comedy to subtle pathos. While recreating his Planchet role in Return of the Musketeers, filmed on location in Spain, Roy Kinnear fell from a horse during a comic chase scene, suffered a heart attack, and died at the age of 54; that film premiered in 1989. Kinnear had completed work on his penultimate feature -- doing one of the voices for the kiddie cartoon The Princess and the Goblin -- not long before his death. It wrapped production in 1992 and took its stateside bow in 1994.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
No Score Yet Talking Parcel Actor 2013
60% The Return of the Musketeers Planchet 1989
No Score Yet Diamond's Edge Jack 1988
No Score Yet Casanova Balbi 1987
33% Pirates Dutch 1986
No Score Yet The Zany Adventures of Robin Hood Actor 1984
No Score Yet The Boys in Blue Actor 1983
80% Hammett English Eddie Hagedorn 1982
No Score Yet Hawk the Slayer Innkeeper 1981
0% The Hound of the Baskervilles Seldon 1980
82% Watership Down Pipkin 1978
33% The Last Remake of Beau Geste Cpl. Boldini 1977
67% Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo Quincey 1977
No Score Yet Not Now, Comrade Actor 1976
No Score Yet The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother Moriarty's Aide 1975
No Score Yet Royal Flash Old Roue 1975
No Score Yet One of Our Dinosaurs Is Missing Supt. Grubbs 1975
79% The Four Musketeers Planchet 1975
No Score Yet Eskimo Nell Benny Murdoch 1975
No Score Yet The Amorous Milkman Actor 1975
No Score Yet Juggernaut Ship's Social Director 1974
No Score Yet That's Your Funeral Purvis 1974
No Score Yet Barry McKenzie Holds His Own Bishop of Paris 1974
82% The Three Musketeers Planchet 1973
50% The Pied Piper Burgermeister 1972
No Score Yet Madame Sin Holidaymaker 1972
No Score Yet Alice's Adventures in Wonderland Cheshire Cat 1972
91% Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory Mr. Salt $4.1M 1971
No Score Yet Melody (S.W.A.L.K.) Mr. Perkins 1971
75% Scrooge Portly Gentleman 1970
67% Taste the Blood of Dracula Weller 1970
100% On a Clear Day You Can See Forever Prince Regent 1970
No Score Yet The Firechasers Roscoe 1970
62% The Bed Sitting Room Plastic Mac Man 1969
50% How I Won the War Clapper 1967
84% A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum Instructor 1966
No Score Yet The Deadly Affair Adam Scarr 1966
100% The Hill Monty Bartlett 1965
92% Help! Algernon 1965
No Score Yet French Dressing Henry 1964
No Score Yet The Small World of Sammy Lee Lucky Dave 1963
No Score Yet Sparrows Can't Sing Fred Gooding 1963
No Score Yet Heavens Above! Fred Smith 1963
No Score Yet The Boys Charles Salmon 1962
No Score Yet Tiara Tahiti Capt. Tom Enderby 1962
No Score Yet Oh... Rosalinda!! Actor 1956
No Score Yet Between Heaven and Hell Actor 1956

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet Mystery!
1980-2007
Cabbie
  • 1983
No Score Yet The Avengers
1969
Bagpipes Happychap Prof. Quilby Pte. Jessop Hickey
  • 1967
  • 1965
  • 1964
No Score Yet Blake's 7
1978-1981
Keiller

QUOTES FROM Roy Kinnear CHARACTERS