Kenneth Williams

BirthDay:

22 Feb 1926

BirthPlace:

Islington, London, England, UK

BirthName:

Kenneth Charles Williams

Bio:

The acting bug bit Kenneth Williams when, as a student, his English teacher suggested he try out for a school play. He found that he enjoyed it tremendously, but when he raised the possibility at home of becoming an actor, his father forbade it. Williams was eventually sent to art school in London in 1941. In 1944 he was drafted into the army, and although posted to the Royal Engineers, he managed to land a job in the Combined Services Entertainment unit, where he got a chance to act in shows that were put on to entertain the troops, and even designed the posters that advertised the shows.

After his discharge from the army he began to work as a professional actor, and traveled the country in repertory companies. It was in a production of "Saint Joan", where he played the Dauphin, that a radio producer saw him and hired him to do voice characterizations on a popular radio comedy show, "Hancock's Half Hour". His penchant for wild, off-the-wall characters led to his being hired by the producers of the "Carry On" comedy series, where he performed in 26 entries in the long-running series. When the series ended, Williams returned to radio work, and also made the rounds of the TV talk shows in addition to writing several books, including his autobiography. Later in his life Williams developed a serious ulcer, and was given medication to combat the pain. On April 15th 1988, he was found dead in his bed; it was determined that in addition to his regular pain pills, he had apparently taken some sleeping pills the night before, and the combination of those and his regular medication proved fatal.
Filmography

Actor ( 102 credits )

30 Years of 'An Audience With...' (2010)  Himself (archive footage) (uncredited) (1 episode, 201
The Comedy Map of Britain (2007)  Himself / ... (archive footage) (2 episodes, 2007-2008
Timeshift (2002)  Himself - Storyteller, Jackanory (archive footage) (1
Legends (2000)  Himself (archive footage) (1 episode, 2000)
Breakfast (2000)  Himself - Actor (archive footage) (1 episode, 2011)
Heroes of Comedy (1995)  Himself / ... (4 episodes, 1998-2002)
Kicking & Screaming (1995)  Himself (archive footage) (1 episode, 1995)
Reputations (1994)  Himself (2 episodes, 1998)
The Princess and the Cobbler (1993) Goblet / Tickle (voice)
Laugh with the Carry Ons (1993) (unknown episodes)
Distant Voices, Still Lives (1988) Himself - Character on Beyond Our Ken (voice) (archive
Joan Rivers: Can We Talk? (1986)  Himself (1 episode, 1986)
Galloping Galaxies! (1985)  SID / ... (10 episodes, 1985-1986)
All Star Secrets (1985)  Himself (2 episodes, 1985)
Aspel & Company (1984)  Himself (1 episode, 1987)
Some You Win (1984) (unknown episodes)
Through the Keyhole (1983)  Himself - Panellist (1 episode, 1987)
What a Carry On (1983)  Citizen Camembert / ... (13 episodes, 1983-1984)
Wogan (1982)  Himself / ... (12 episodes, 1985-1987)
Countdown (1982)  Himself (48 episodes, 1982-1983)
Comic Roots (1982)  Himself (1 episode, 1983)
CBTV Channel 14 (1982)  Guest (1 episode, 1982)
On Safari (1982)  Himself (1 episode, 1982)
Willo the Wisp (1981) (voice)
Carry on Laughing (1981)  Captain Desmond Fancey / ... (13 episodes, 1981)
The Theatre Quiz (1981)  Himself - Panellist (1 episode, 1981)
Whizzkid's Guide (1981) (6 episodes, 1981-1983)
Give Us a Clue (1979)  Himself / ... (2 episodes, 1979-1981)
Friday Night, Saturday Morning (1979)  Himself (1 episode, 1981)
Carry On Emmannuelle (1978) Emile Prevert
The Hound of the Baskervilles (1978) Sir Henry Baskerville
To See Such Fun (1977) Himself (archive footage)
That's Carry On! (1977) Introduced by / Interrupted by / Various Characters
Everyman (1977)  Himself (1 episode, 1977)
Tell Me Another (1976)  Himself (4 episodes, 1978)
Carry on Behind (1975) Professor Roland Crump
Arena (1975)  Himself (2 episodes, 1982-2002)
Super Natural Gas (1975) (voice)
Carry on Dick (1974) Captain Desmond Fancey
Look Who's Talking (1973)  Himself - Interviewee (1 episode, 1983)
What's My Line? (1973)  Himself - Panellist (3 episodes, 1973-1974)
Carry on Abroad (1972) Stuart Farquhar
Carry On Matron (1972) Sir Bernard Cutting
Record Breakers (1972)  Himself (1 episode, 1977)
Carry On at Your Convenience (1971) W. C. Boggs
Parkinson (1971)  Himself (8 episodes, 1972-1982)
Meanwhile on BBC2 (1971)
Carry on Henry VIII (1971) Thomas Cromwell
Carry on Loving (1970) Percival Snooper
The Kenneth Williams Show (1970)  Himself (7 episodes, 1970-1976)
Looks Familiar (1970)  Himself - Guest (4 episodes, 1982-1986)
Carry On Again Doctor (1969) Doctor Frederick Carver
Carry on Camping (1969) Doctor Kenneth Soaper
The David Frost Show (1969)  Himself (1 episode, 1970)
Join Jim Dale (1969)  Himself (1 episode, 1969)
Carry On Up the Khyber (1968) The Khasi of Kalabar
The Tennis Elbow Foot Game (1968)  Himself (1 episode, 1968)
Frost on Sunday (1968)  Himself (2 episodes, 1968)
Carry on Doctor (1967) Dr. Kenneth Tinkle
Follow That Camel (1967) Commandant Maximilian Burger
Dee Time (1967)  Himself (1 episode, 1967)
Acting in the Sixties (1967)  Himself (1 episode, 1967)
Don't Lose Your Head (1966) Citizen Camembert
Carry on Screaming! (1966) Doctor Orlando Watt
International Cabaret (1966)  Himself - Host (62 episodes, 1966-1974)
Carry on Cowboy (1965) Judge Burke
Jackanory (1965)  Storyteller (16 episodes, 1968-1986)
Call My Bluff (1965)  Himself (6 episodes, 1969)
Carry on Cleo (1964) Julius Caesar
Carry On Spying (1964) Desmond Simkins
The Wednesday Play (1964)  Napoleon (1 episode, 1964)
The Eamonn Andrews Show (1964)  Himself (2 episodes, 1966-1967)
Carry on Jack (1963) Captain Fearless
Carry On Cruising (1962) First Officer Leonard Marjoribanks
Twice Round the Daffodils (1962) Henry Halfpenny
Love Me, Love Me, Love Me (1962) Narrator (English Version) (voice)
His and Hers (1961) Policeman
Carry On Regardless (1961) Francis Courtenay
Roommates (1961) Harold Chesney
Carry On Constable (1960) PC Stanley Benson
Make Mine Mink (1960) Hon. Freddie Warrington
Laugh Line (1960)  Himself (2 episodes, 1960)
Carry On Nurse (1959) Oliver Reckitt
Tommy the Toreador (1959) Vice-Consul
Showtime (1959)  Himself (1 episode, 1960)
Carry On Teacher (1959) Edwin Milton
Carry On Sergeant (1958) James Bailey
Time Out for Peggy (1958)  Mr. Simms (1 episode, 1958)
Monitor (1958)  Himself (1 episode, 1963)
A Christmas Night with the Stars (1958)  Himself (2 episodes, 1967-1969)
Sword of Freedom (1957)  Tizio (1 episode, 1958)
Dick and the Duchess (1957)  Clive (1 episode, 1957)
Chelsea at Nine (1957) (1 episode, 1958)
Three Men in a Boat (1956) Hampton Court Maze Attendant (uncredited)
Hancock's Half Hour (1956)  Another Prince Nicolai / ... (6 episodes, 1957)
Spectacular (1956) (1 episode, 1958)
Land of Fury (1954) Peter Wishart
Innocents in Paris (1953) Window Dresser at London Airport (uncredited)
Valley of Song (1953) Lloyd the Haulage
The Beggar's Opera (1953) Jack the Pot Boy
Trent's Last Case (1952) Horace Evans (uncredited)
BBC Sunday-Night Theatre (1950)  Captain Chalford / ... (2 episodes, 1952-1958)

Writer ( 2 credits )

The Kenneth Williams Show (1970) (unknown episodes)
International Cabaret (1966) (7 episodes, 1974)