Kenneth Williams
English actor and comedian
Kenneth Williams
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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I am gay and in love with shop checkout man – but is he in denial? - Mirror.co.uk
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Another time he sounded so camp when he was talking about women “taking their blooming time” – he even put on his best Kenneth Williams voice! However, recently he told me there's a girl (another cashier) he likes but she's in love with another fella
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Obit: Dorothy Geneva Watson - Dover Post
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... Rose Wilson (Sylvester) of Hartly, five brothers-in-law Robert Watson, Homer Watson, Frankie Watson, Kenneth Williams, and Kevin Williams, five sisters-in-law Geraldine Williams, Vanessa Williams, Donna Winfield, Audiey Jackson and Theresa Miller,
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Cher Lloyd Is A Monster, According To The Monstrous Louis Walsh - hecklerspray
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When it's a straight shoot-out between argumentative Kenneth Williams impersonator Louis Walsh and pint-sized “hater” hater and Swagger Jagger inflicter Cher Lloyd the lines become blurred and shades of grey begin to set in. Eventually we just had to
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'Life During Wartime' An Unfamiliar Twist on a Seemingly Familiar Tale - PopMatters
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In a nutshell, the misfortunately named Joy (Shirley Henderson) is coping with the sexual problems of her husband Allen (Michael Kenneth Williams) while dealing with surprise visits by the ghost of her former boyfriend Andy (Paul Reubens),
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Tyler Kuhn ends 0-for-21 skid with walk-off win against the Montgomery Biscuits - al.com
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With the bases loaded, Kuhn lined a shot to right field, scoring Alden Carrithers with the tying run and Kenneth Williams with the game winner in a 4-3 decision. Anthony Carter picked up the win with a scoreless inning of relief, benefitting from the
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Two arrested after Fayetteville officer hit by car - WRAL.com
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The officer, who was not seriously injured, ordered the driver to stop the car. When the driver did not stop, the officer shot at the vehicle. No one was injured. The driver, identified as Kenneth Williams, 36, and his passenger, Sidney Osborne, 55,
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Saline County Jail Inmate Beaten - KSAL
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The five inmates allegedly involved in the beating are identified as 18-year-old Blake Nicol, 38-year-old Kenneth Williams, 23-year-old Zachary Payton, 20-year-old Michael Wagnor, and 23-year-old Timothy Stone all could face a new charge of aggravated
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Michael Kenneth Williams to star in 'Community' - Digital Spy
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The actor will appear in at least three episodes of the NBC comedy, TV Guide reports. His character will arrive at Greendale when he takes his first teaching job since leaving prison, where he earned a degree in ... -
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The Week in TV: Omar Comin' to Class - Houston Press (blog)
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This was the week in TV Land: • Michael Kenneth Williams -- known to The Wire fans as Omar -- has been tapped to appear in at least three episodes of Community next season. He'll play a former convict who teaches the study group's biology class for a
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At chaotic meeting, Thornton Township High School District 205 board strips ... - Chicago Tribune
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Kenneth Williams will keep his title, but he will no longer lead the board meetings, manage the committees or sign off on contracts, officials said. Instead, Edward Crayton will assume Williams' duties, the board decided. The power shift comes just a
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D205 president uses tactics to delay call for state investigation - nwitimes.com
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SOUTH HOLLAND | Thornton Township High School District 205 board President Kenneth Williams used a series of maneuvers Thursday to delay the desire of a majority of the board to have state education officials investigate his conduct in the post
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Man fined $3000 for killing family dog - Herald Sun
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Kenneth Williams Jenkins, 57, of Pullenvale, put a dive belt on golden retriever Gracie before bashing her head with a chair leg and dumping her into his backyard pool, the Brisbane Magistrates Court was told today. RSPCA barrister Michael Alexander
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3 to 6 years for carjacker who bit off part of cabbie's ear | Philadelphia ... - Philadelphia Daily News
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Kenneth Williams, a 12-year military veteran with no criminal record, snapped three years ago, pulling a footlong knife on a cabdriver, biting off part of his ear, robbing him and driving off in the cab while the driver hung on to the
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Inspiration for Omar from 'The Wire,' starts nonprofit group - Washington Post (blog)
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By Baltimore Sun "The Wire" star, Michael Kenneth Williams, as "Omar." (Paul Shiraldi - HBO) Donnie Andrews' life is one that David Simon and Ed Burns would have had to invent if he hadn't already lived it. "I am the real Omar," Andrews tells me by way
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Kenneth Williams
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 1988
    Age 62
    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.
    More Details Hide Details An inquest recorded an open verdict, as it was not possible to establish whether his death was a suicide or an accident. His diaries reveal that he had often had suicidal thoughts and some of his earliest diaries record periodic feelings that there was no point in living. His authorised biography argues that Williams did not take his own life but died of an accidental overdose. The actor had doubled his dosage of antacid without discussing this with his doctor; this, combined with the aforementioned mixture of medication, is the widely accepted cause of death. He had a stock of painkilling tablets and it is argued that he would have taken more of them if he had been intending suicide. He was cremated at East Finchley Cemetery and his ashes were scattered in the memorial gardens. Posthumous publication of his private diaries and letters, edited by Russell Davies, caused controversy—particularly Williams's caustic remarks about fellow professionals—and revealed bouts of despair, often primed by feelings of personal isolation and professional failure. Williams wrote his diaries from the age of 14 in 1940 until his death 48 years later, although the earliest to survive to publication was for 1942 when he reached 16. Williams kept pocket-sized diaries for 1942 and 1947 (he kept no diaries for 1943 to 1946 as he was touring the Far East in the army); a desk diary for 1948; pocket-sized diaries for 1949 and 1950; desk diaries for 1951 to 1965; standard edition desk diaries for 1966 to 1971, and finally A4-sized executive desk diaries for 1972 to 1988.
  • FIFTIES
  • 1986
    Age 60
    Williams was a stand-in host on the Wogan talk show in 1986.
    More Details Hide Details He voiced the cartoon series Willo the Wisp (1981). On 14 October 1962, Kenneth's father, Charlie Williams, was taken to hospital after drinking carbon tetrachloride that had been stored in a cough-mixture bottle. Kenneth, who had never got on well with his father, refused to visit him. The following day, Charlie died and, an hour after being given the news, Kenneth went on stage in the West End. The coroner's court recorded a verdict of accidental death due to corrosive poisoning by carbon tetrachloride. Several years later Williams turned down work with Orson Welles in America because he disliked the country. Many years after his death, The Mail on Sunday, quoting Wes Butters, co-writer of the book Kenneth Williams Unseen: The Private Notes, Scripts And Photographs, claimed Williams had been denied a visa because Scotland Yard considered him a suspect in his father's death.
  • FORTIES
  • 1973
    Age 47
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He appeared on Michael Parkinson's chat show on eight occasions, regaling audiences with anecdotes from his career.
  • 1971
    Age 45
    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.
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  • 1968
    Age 42
    Williams was a regular on the BBC radio panel game Just a Minute from its second season in 1968 until his death.
    More Details Hide Details He usually got into arguments with Nicholas Parsons the host and other members of the show. He was also remembered for such phrases as "I've come all the way from Great Portland Street" and "They shouldn't have women on the show!" (Directed at Sheila Hancock, Aimi MacDonald and others). On this show, he once talked for almost a minute about a supposed Austrian psychiatrist called Heinrich Swartzberg, correctly guessing that the show's creator, Ian Messiter, had just made the name up. He appeared with Ted Ray and Miriam Margolyes on the BBC Radio 2 comedy series The Betty Witherspoon Show in 1974.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1963
    Age 37
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Speaking at the ceremony, his Carry On co-star Barbara Windsor said: "Kenny was a one off, a true original". The Newquay Repertory Players (1948) in order of performance: The Dolphin Players (1948) in order of performance: Other plays:
  • 1960
    Age 34
    Williams's last revue, in 1960, was One Over The Eight at the Duke of York's Theatre, with Sheila Hancock.
    More Details Hide Details He appeared with Ingrid Bergman in a production of Shaw's Captain Brassbound's Conversion at the Cambridge Theatre, in 1971. In 1972, Williams starred opposite Jennie Linden in My Fat Friend at the West End's Globe Theatre. Williams worked regularly in British film during the 1960s and 70s, mainly in the Carry On series (1958–78) with its double entendre humour; and appearing in the series more than any other actor. The films were commercially successful but Williams and the cast were apparently poorly paid. In his diaries, Williams wrote that he earned more in a St Ivel advert than for any Carry On film. He often privately criticised and "dripped vitriol" upon the films, considering them beneath him. This became the case with many of the films and shows in which he appeared. He was quick to find fault with his own work, and that of others. Despite this, he spoke fondly of the Carry Ons in interviews. Peter Rogers, producer of the series, recollected, "Kenneth was worth taking care of because, while he cost very little – £5,000 a film, he made a great deal of money for the franchise."
  • TWENTIES
  • 1955
    Age 29
    In 1955 he appeared in Orson Welles's London stage production Moby Dick—Rehearsed.
    More Details Hide Details When Hancock steered the show away from what he considered gimmicks and silly voices, Williams found he had less to do. Tiring of this reduced status, he joined Kenneth Horne in Beyond Our Ken (1958–64), and its sequel, Round the Horne (1965–68). His roles in Round the Horne included Rambling Syd Rumpo, the eccentric folk singer; Dr Chou En Ginsberg, MA (failed), Oriental criminal mastermind; J. Peasemold Gruntfuttock, telephone heavy breather and dirty old man; and Sandy of the camp couple Julian and Sandy (Julian was played by Hugh Paddick). Their double act contained double entendres and Polari, the homosexual argot. Williams also appeared in West End revues including Share My Lettuce with Maggie Smith, written by Bamber Gascoigne, and Pieces of Eight with Fenella Fielding. The latter included material specially written for him by Peter Cook, then a student at Pembroke College, Cambridge. Cook's "One Leg Too Few" and "Interesting Facts" were part of the show and became routines in his own performances.
  • 1954
    Age 28
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Main Wilson was casting Hancock's Half Hour, a radio series starring Tony Hancock. Playing mostly funny voice roles, Williams stayed in the series almost to the end, five years later. His nasal, whiny, camp-cockney inflections (epitomised in his "Stop messing about... " catchphrase) became popular with listeners. Despite the success and recognition the show brought him, Williams considered theatre, film and television to be superior forms of entertainment.
  • 1948
    Age 22
    Williams's professional career began in 1948 in repertory theatre.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1944
    Age 18
    In 1944, aged 18, he was called up to the Army.
    More Details Hide Details He became a sapper in the Engineers Survey section, doing much the same work that he did as a civilian. When the war ended he was in Singapore, and he opted to transfer to the Combined Service Entertainment Unit, which put on revue shows. While in that unit he met Stanley Baxter, Peter Nichols, and John Schlesinger.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1935
    Age 9
    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.
    More Details Hide Details The plaque was organised by the Marchmont Association in partnership with The Heritage Foundation. Kenneth Williams stated in his diaries that he believed he had Welsh ancestors due to his parents' surnames. Williams had a half-sister, Alice Patricia "Pat", born illegitimately before Louie had met Charlie Williams. He was educated at Lyulph Stanley School, later becoming apprenticed as a draughtsman to a mapmaker. His apprenticeship was interrupted by the Blitz, and he was evacuated to Bicester, and the home of a bachelor veterinary surgeon. It provided his first experience of an educated, middle-class life, and he loved it. He returned to London with a new accent.
  • 1926
    Age 0
    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.
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