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Kenneth Williams

Biography

British comic actor who’s known for his work in 26 films from the ‘Carry On’ series. He also caused Tony Hancock and Kenneth Horne in various tv shows and radio comedies. He became a member of a repertory theatre in 1948 after portion within the Royal Designers, where his initial performance knowledge was with Stanley Baxter and Peter Nichols within the Mixed Providers Entertainment. He obtained great popularity within the “KEEP ON” film series, but he was badly paid out and harshly vital of his and others’ shows within the film; he once stated he earned even more performing within a United kingdom Gas industrial than he do while using the film series. His dad, Charles Williams, was a barber; his mom, Louisa, acquired mothered a half-sister, Alice Patricia, before marrying his dad; he had a hard relationship along with his dad, due to the fact he felt the person was homophobic and selfish. He was presented with his big break in 1954 on the air present, “Hancock’s Half Hour,” by radio manufacturer Dennis Primary Wilson, who was simply impressed along with his functionality as Dauphin in “St. Joan” by George Bernard Shaw.

Quick Facts


Full Name Kenneth Williams
Date Of Birth February 22, 1926
Died April 15, 1988, London Borough of Camden, London, United Kingdom
Place Of Birth England
Profession Comedian
Nationality British, English
Parents Charles Williams, Louisa Williams
Siblings Alice Patricia
Awards Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series, Independent Spirit Robert Altman Award
Nominations British Academy Television Award for Best Single Drama, British Academy Television Award for Best Actor
Movies Carry On, Carry On Camping, Carry On Cleo, Carry On Doctor, Carry On Matron, Carry On Screaming!, Carry On Up the Khyber, Carry On Again Doctor, Carry On Cowboy, Carry On Abroad, Carry On Sergeant, Carry On Spying, Carry On Nurse, Carry On Cruising, Carry On Emmannuelle, Carry On Behind, Carry On Constable, Carry On Henry, Carry On Teacher, Follow That Camel, Don't Lose Your Head, Carry On Loving, Carry On at Your Convenience, Carry On Dick, Carry On Regardless, Carry On Jack, That's Carry On!, Twice Round the Daffodils, The Thief and the Cobbler, Make Mine Mink, The Seekers, Tommy the Toreador, Valley of Song, Raising the Wind, Moby Dick—Rehearsed, The Hound of the Baskervilles, That's Carry On, His and Hers, Love Me, Love Me, Love Me, Carry On Spaceman
TV Shows Willo the Wisp, Jackanory, Galloping Galaxies!, Comic Roots, Hancock's Half Hour, International Cabaret (UK), The Kenneth Williams Show
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#Fact
1He and Gordon Jackson co-wrote "Ma Crepe Suzette", a comedy song in which Williams sings random unrelated French words and phrases, in a suggestive fake French accent, to the tune of "Auld Lang Syne". Williams performed it live on TV the night after he and Jackson had written it.
2Was a big fan of Gilbert and Sullivan' operas. They wrote fourteen comic operas between 1871 and 1896, of which H.M.S. Pinafore, The Pirates of Penzance, and The Mikado are among the best known.
3Had a stepsister named Alice Patricia (Pat) (1924-1996). She grew up with him.
4Although his education was nothing special, he was a voracious reader throughout his life and in his interviews he could often quote entire poems or literary extracts purely from memory.
5His relationship with his parents - he adored his supportive, theatrical mother, Louisa ("Lou" or "Louie"), but hated his homophobic, morose and selfish father - was key to his personality. Williams later claimed that all his acting and comedic talent came from his mother.
6Kept falling asleep while filming Carry on Nurse (1959), due to the combination of warm studio lights and acting on a bed. When director Gerald Thomas woke him up, Kenny would swear blind that he wasn't asleep. So the next time it happened, Thomas put a sign around his neck, and took a photograph. When Kenny tried to wriggle his way out of it again with protestations of not being asleep, Gerald showed him the photograph - apparently Kenny's language became very colorful.
7Was offered the part of Albright in Carry on Cabby (1963), but turned it down because he believed that it was an inferior script. The part was cut down and the best lines given to Charles Hawtrey. Norman Chappell played Albright.
8Son of Charles (1899-1962) and Louisa (Lou) Williams (nee Morgan) (1901-1991).
9Favourite Carry On was Carry On... Up the Khyber (1968). Kenneth also thought that of all his Carry On appearances, The Khasi of Kalabar will be the one that the audience will never forget.
10Was very fond of the company of fellow "Carry On" regulars Barbara Windsor, Kenneth Connor, Hattie Jacques, Joan Sims and Bernard Bresslaw.
11Close friends included Stanley Baxter, Gordon Jackson and his wife Rona Anderson, Sheila Hancock, Maggie Smith and her playwright husband Beverley Cross.
12Regarded as a brilliant raconteur, he made many guest appearances on the original run of the television series Parkinson (1971), eight in total. Ironically, Williams was initially reluctant to be interviewed by Michael Parkinson, whom he described in his diary as a "north country nit".
13Of the 30 films in the "Carry On..." series Kenneth Williams appeared in 25, more than any other actor. For the record he did not appear in Carry on Cabby (1963) , Carry on Up the Jungle (1970) , Carry on Girls (1973) , Carry on England (1976) and Carry on Columbus (1992) .
14Upon his sudden death, the coroner recorded an open verdict, saying it was possible (but unlikely) that Williams had taken an overdose of sleeping pills in addition to his regular pain killers that caused a lethal cocktail. To this day, views are still divided as to whether it was deliberate or not. On one hand, he mentioned many times in his diaries that suicide was the only option, but he always seemed to bounce back from his bouts of depression. Many seem to think that suicide is unlikely simply because he would never have entertained such ideas while his mother was alive (she was left nothing in his will, presumably because Ken was expecting to outlive her).
15Williams publicly insisted that he was celibate, but in private found his homosexuality difficult for him to deal with. Was good friends with gay playwright Joe Orton and his companion Kenneth Halliwell, and performed in Orton's play "Loot" in 1965. Halliwell later murdered Orton in 1967 in a fit of rage with a hammer.
16A self-confessed hypochondriac, he was plagued by ill health, including ulcers, toward the end of his life. His death from an overdose of sleeping pills and painkillers remains a mystery as to whether it was accidental or deliberate.
17His big break came about while playing a serious role on stage -- as the Dauphin in a production of "Saint Joan."
18The only actor in the "Carry On..." films to appear, along with Kenneth Connor and Eric Barker in the first (Carry on Sergeant (1958)) and last authentic "Carry On... films (Carry on Emmannuelle (1978)). This does not include the heavily criticised Carry on Columbus (1992).
19He and his family accompanied Barbara Windsor and her first husband Ronnie Knight on their honeymoon in Madeira.
20Was originally trained as a draftsman.
21Was in the Royal Engineers in 1945.
22Son of a hairdresser.


Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Carry on Screaming!1966Doctor Orlando Watt
Carry on Cowboy1965Judge Burke
A World of Comedy1965TV Mini-SeriesPeabody
Carry on Cleo1964Julius Caesar
The Wednesday Play1964TV SeriesNapoleon
Carry on Spying1964Desmond Simkins
Carry On Jack1963Captain Fearless
Carry on Cruising1962First Officer Leonard Marjoribanks
Twice Round the Daffodils1962Henry Halfpenny
Love Me, Love Me, Love Me1962ShortNarrator (English Version) (voice)
Roommates1961Harold Chesney
Carry on Regardless1961Francis Courtenay
His and Hers1961Policeman
Make Mine Mink1960Hon. Freddie Warrington
Carry on Constable1960PC Stanley Benson
Tommy the Toreador1959Vice-Consul
Carry on Teacher1959Edwin Milton
Carry on Nurse1959Oliver Reckitt
Saint Joan1958TV MovieThe Dauphin
BBC Sunday-Night Theatre1952-1958TV SeriesCaptain Chalford / The Angel
Time Out for Peggy1958TV SeriesMr. Simms
Carry On Sergeant1958James Bailey
Sword of Freedom1958TV SeriesTizio
Hancock's Half Hour1957TV SeriesOld man / Prince Paul / Policeman / ...
Dick and the Duchess1957TV SeriesClive
Three Men in a Boat1956Hampton Court Maze Attendant (uncredited)
Moby Dick Rehearsed1955TV MovieA Very Serious Actor / Elijah and others
Misalliance1954TV MovieBentley Summerhays
Land of Fury1954Peter Wishart
Innocents in Paris1953Window Dresser at London Airport (uncredited)
The Beggar's Opera1953Jack the Pot Boy
Valley of Song1953Lloyd the Haulage
Trent's Last Case1952Horace Evans (uncredited)
The Princess and the Cobbler1993Goblet / Tickle (voice)
Galloping Galaxies!1985-1986TV SeriesSID / Junior
Some You Win1984TV Series
Aladdin and the Forty Thieves1984TV MovieMustapha Drink
Whizzkid's Guide1981-1983TV Series
CBTV Channel 141982TV SeriesGuest
Willo the Wisp1981TV Series voice
The Light Princess1978TV MovieThin Frog / Cat (voice)
Carry on Emmannuelle1978Emile Prevert
The Hound of the Baskervilles1978Sir Henry Baskerville
That's Carry On!1977Introduced by / Interrupted by / Various Characters
Carry on Behind1975Professor Roland Crump
Super Natural Gas1975Short voice
Carry on Dick1974Captain Desmond Fancey
Carry on Abroad1972Stuart Farquhar
Carry on Matron1972Sir Bernard Cutting
Carry on at Your Convenience1971W. C. Boggs
Meanwhile on BBC21971TV Series
Carry on Henry VIII1971Thomas Cromwell
Carry on Loving1970Percival Snooper
Carry on Again Doctor1969Doctor Frederick Carver
Carry on Camping1969Doctor Kenneth Soaper
Carry On... Up the Khyber1968The Khasi of Kalabar
Carry on Doctor1967Dr. Kenneth Tinkle
Carry On... Follow That Camel1967Commandant Maximilian Burger
Carry On... Don't Lose Your Head1966Citizen Camembert

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Kenneth Williams: Fantabulosa!2006TV Movie book "The Kenneth Williams Diaries"
An Audience with Kenneth Williams1983TV Movie
International CabaretTV Series special material - 56 episodes, 1966 - 1968 writer - 8 episodes, 1974
The Kenneth Williams Show1970TV Series

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Carry on Screaming!1966performer: "Drink to Me Only With Thine eyes" - uncredited

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Wogan1985-1987TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest Presenter
Through the Keyhole1987TV SeriesHimself - Panellist
Aspel & Company1987TV SeriesHimself
Looks Familiar1982-1986TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Joan Rivers: Can We Talk?1986TV SeriesHimself
Jackanory1968-1986TV SeriesHimself - Storyteller
All Star Secrets1985TV SeriesHimself
The Golden Gong1985TV Movie documentaryHimself - Interviewee
An Audience with Kenneth Williams1983TV MovieHimself
Carry on Laughing's Christmas Classics1983TV Special shortPresenter / Various Characters
Comic Roots1983TV SeriesHimself
Countdown1982-1983TV SeriesHimself
Look Who's Talking1983TV SeriesHimself - Interviewee
Arena1982TV Series documentaryHimself
On Safari1982TV SeriesHimself
Parkinson1972-1982TV SeriesHimself
Give Us a Clue1979-1981TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Panelist
The Theatre Quiz1981TV SeriesHimself - Panellist
Friday Night, Saturday Morning1981TV SeriesHimself
Chaos Supersedes E.N.S.A..1980TV Mini-Series documentaryInterviewee
Every Night Something Atrocious1980TV Movie documentaryInterviewee
Tell Me Another1978TV SeriesHimself
Let's Make a Musical1977TV MovieHimself
Record Breakers1977TV Series documentaryHimself
Night of 100 Stars1977TV SpecialHimself
Everyman1977TV Series documentaryHimself
Just a Minute1976TV MovieHimself
The Kenneth Williams Show1970-1976TV SeriesHimself
International Cabaret1966-1974TV SeriesHimself - Host
Read All About It1974TV SeriesHimself
What's My Line?1973-1974TV SeriesHimself - Panellist
The David Frost Show1970TV SeriesHimself
Just a Minute1969TV MovieHimself
A Christmas Night with the Stars1967-1969TV SeriesHimself
Join Jim Dale1969TV SeriesHimself
Call My Bluff1969TV SeriesHimself
Pick of the Year1968TV MovieHimself
Frost on Sunday1968TV SeriesHimself
The Tennis Elbow Foot Game1968TV SeriesHimself
Film Review1968TV Mini-SeriesHimself
Dee Time1967TV SeriesHimself
The Eamonn Andrews Show1966-1967TV SeriesHimself
Acting in the Sixties1967TV Series documentaryHimself
Juke Box Jury1963-1966TV SeriesHimself - Panellist
Monitor1963TV Series documentaryHimself
Showtime1960TV SeriesHimself
Laugh Line1960TV SeriesHimself
The Julie Andrews Show1959TV Mini-SeriesHimself
Spectacular1958TV SeriesHimself
Chelsea at Nine1958TV SeriesHimself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Talking Comedy2016TV Series
From Andy Pandy to Zebedee: The Golden Age of Children's TV2015TV Movie documentaryHimself - Jackanory Storyteller
TV's Nastiest Villains2014TV Movie documentaryEvil Edna
The Native Hue of Resolution2013DocumentaryHimself
Death in Paradise2013TV SeriesButler
The Many Faces of...2013TV Series documentaryVarious Characters
The Unforgettable Gordon Jackson2012TV Movie documentaryHimself
Tales of Television Centre2012TV Movie documentaryHimself (uncredited)
The Roasts of Christmas Past2011TV Movie documentaryHimself (uncredited)
Breakfast2011TV SeriesHimself - Actor
30 Years of 'An Audience With...'2010TV Series documentaryHimself
Countdown: One Last Consonant Please, Carol2008TV Movie documentaryHimself (uncredited)
The Comedy Map of Britain2007-2008TV Series documentaryVarious / Himself
50 Greatest Comedy Catchphrases2008TV Movie documentaryVarious (uncredited)
The Story of Jackanory2007TV Movie documentaryHimself - 'Jackanory' Storyteller
Timeshift2007TV Series documentaryHimself - Storyteller, Jackanory
All the Best from Denis Norden2007TV Movie documentaryHimself (uncredited)
Carry on Quizzing2006Video GameVarious Characters (uncredited)
Kenneth Williams: Fantabulosa!2006TV MovieHimself (uncredited)
Kenneth Williams: In His Own Words2006TV Movie documentaryHimself / Various Characters
Crumpet! A Very British Sex Symbol2005TV Movie documentaryVarious (uncredited)
I'm Free! Inside the Comedy Closet2004TV Movie documentaryHimself
Arena2002TV Series documentaryHimself
The Unforgettable Joan Sims2002TV Special documentaryActing Role (uncredited)
Heroes of Comedy1998-2002TV Series documentaryHimself / Various
The Unforgettable Kenneth Williams2001TV Movie documentaryHimself
On Location: The Carry Ons2001TV Movie documentaryVarious
Legends2000TV Series documentaryHimself
The Unforgettable Hattie Jacques2000TV Movie documentaryHimself
What's a Carry On?1998TV Movie documentaryHimself / Various Characters
A Perfect Carry On1998TV Movie documentary
Carry on Darkly1998TV Movie documentaryVarious / Himself
Kenneth Williams: A Life on the Box1998TV Movie documentaryHimself / Various Characters
Reputations1998TV Series documentaryHimself
Stop Messin' About!: The Very Best of Kenneth Williams1996Video documentaryVarious / Himself
The Very Best of Sid James1996Video documentary
Kicking & Screaming1995TV Series documentaryHimself
Laugh with the Carry Ons1993TV Series
Monkey Business1993Video documentary shortPG Tips Chimp
Distant Voices, Still Lives1988Himself - Character on Beyond Our Ken (uncredited)
What a Carry On1983-1984TV SeriesCitizen Camembert Doctor Kenneth Tinkle Rhandi Lal, the Khasi of Kalabar ...
Carry on Laughing1981TV SeriesCaptain Desmond Fancey Professor Roland Crump Thomas Cromwell ...
To See Such Fun1977DocumentaryHimself

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TitleSalary
Carry on Emmannuelle (1978)£5,750
Carry on Behind (1975)£5,000
Carry on Dick (1974)£5,000
Carry on Abroad (1972)£5,000
Carry on Matron (1972)£5,000
Carry on at Your Convenience (1971)£5,000
Carry on Henry (1971)£5,000
Carry on Loving (1970)£5,000
Carry on Again Doctor (1969)£5,000
Carry on Camping (1969)£5,000
Carry On... Up the Khyber (1968)£5,000
Carry on Doctor (1967)£5,000
Follow That Camel (1967)£6,000
Don't Lose Your Head (1966)£5,000
Carry on Screaming! (1966)£5,000
Carry on Cowboy (1965)£5,000
Carry on Cleo (1964)£5,000
Carry on Spying (1964)£5,000
Carry on Jack (1963)£5,000
Carry on Cruising (1962)£5,000
Carry on Regardless (1961)£3,000
Carry on Constable (1960)£2,000
Carry on Teacher (1959)£1,500
Carry on Nurse (1959)£450
Carry on Sergeant (1958)£900

#Quote
1[on Dirty Harry (1971)] The morality behind the Don Siegel film is almost Homeric and epic. One man tries to do his job properly and when he does it for the last time under Promethean provocation, he resigns from the police force. It is the story of an individual conscience and it is beautifully shown. One is very glad that such pictures are being made and I hope they make a lot of money at the box office.
2It's frightening to think, that with all the modern medicine and all the technique available to them, they can't really help you. I should think in the old days, you were better off, because nowadays they are all specialists. Everyone is becoming better and better, at less and less. Eventually someone is going to be superb, at nothing!
3By 6:30 pain in the back was pulsating as it's never done before; so this, plus the stomach trouble combines to torture me - oh - what's the bloody point? - KW, last item in his diary before his death of an overdose
4This is very odd the way that Carry Ons are just starting to get mentioned: why are they suddenly fashionable? They're even starting to justify the bad scripts now! and talk about the classlessness of them. What hogwash! You can only call a mess a mess.
5The thing to do, in any circumstance, is to appear to know exactly what you are doing and at the same time convey casual doubts about the abilities of everybody else and undermine their confidence. [In 1964]
6Last words: "Oh, what's the bloody point?" (last entry in diary)
7"Oh, stop messing about" (catch phrase)

#Trademark
1Flaring nostrils & a nasal 'posh' accent


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