Kenneth Williams

Actor and Comedian
Born Feb 22, 1926

Kenneth Charles Williams was a British comic actor and comedian. He was one of the main ensemble in 26 of the Carry On films and appeared in numerous British television shows and radio comedies with Tony Hancock and Kenneth Horne.

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1926 Birth Kenneth Charles Williams was born on 22 February 1926 in Bingfield Street, King's Cross, London, the son of Louisa ("Lou" or "Louie") Morgan (1901-1991) and Charles Williams (1899-1962), a barber and strict Methodist from Somers Town, London.
1935 9 Years Old Between 1935 and 1956, Kenneth lived with his parents above his father's barber shop at 57 Marchmont Street, Bloomsbury, and on 11 October 2009 Nicholas Parsons, the actor and TV presenter, unveiled a blue plaque on the building. … Read More


1944 18 Years Old In 1944, aged 18, he was called up to the Army. … Read More


1948 22 Years Old Williams's professional career began in 1948 in repertory theatre.
1954 28 Years Old Failure to become a serious dramatic actor disappointed him, but his potential as a comic performer gave him his break when he was spotted playing the Dauphin in Bernard Shaw's St Joan in the West End, in 1954 by radio producer Dennis Main Wilson. … Read More
1955 29 Years Old In 1955 he appeared in Orson Welles's London stage production Moby Dick—Rehearsed. … Read More


1960 34 Years Old Williams's last revue, in 1960, was One Over The Eight at the Duke of York's Theatre, with Sheila Hancock. … Read More
1963 37 Years Old On 22 February 2014 – on what would have been Williams' 88th birthday – an English Heritage blue plaque was unveiled at Farley Court off Marylebone Road, where Williams lived between 1963 and 1970 in Flat 62. … Read More


1968 42 Years Old Williams was a regular on the BBC radio panel game Just a Minute from its second season in 1968 until his death. … Read More
1971 45 Years Old On television, he co-hosted his own TV variety series on BBC2 with The Young Generation entitled Meanwhile On BBC2, which ran for 10 episodes from 17 April 1971.
1973 47 Years Old He was a frequent contributor to the 1973–74 revival of What's My Line?, hosted the weekly entertainment show International Cabaret and was a regular reader on the children's storytelling series Jackanory on BBC1, hosting 69 episodes. … Read More


1986 60 Years Old Williams was a stand-in host on the Wogan talk show in 1986. … Read More
1988 62 Years Old He died on 15 April 1988 in his flat; his last words (recorded in his diary) were "Oh, what's the bloody point?" – the cause of death was an overdose of barbiturates. … Read More
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