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Roy Kinnear

Lowest Rated:   33% Pirates (1986)
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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

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
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
No Score Yet 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
89% Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
  • Mr. Salt
$4M 1971
No Score Yet Melody
  • 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
No Score Yet The Bed Sitting Room
  • Plastic Mac Man
1969
54% How I Won the War
  • Clapper
1967
83% 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
91% 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

Quotes from Roy Kinnear's Characters