Kenneth Colley

Kenneth Colley

  • Born on
    • December 7th, 1937
Kenneth Colley (born 7 December 1937) is an English actor. A long-time character actor, he came to wider prominence through his role as Admiral Piett in Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back and Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi. Colley was born in Manchester. He played Jesus (very briefly indeed) in The Life of Brian, having also appeared in the earlier Monty Python-related production Ripping Yarns episode "The Testing of Eric Olthwaite" alongside Michael Palin. As a Shakespearean actor he played the Duke of Vienna in the BBC Television Shakespeare production of Measure for Measure in 1979. Colley also held an important role in the Clint Eastwood movie Firefox, where he played a Soviet Colonel tasked with the protection of the Firefox and its secrets. Colley went on to play SS-Standartenführer Paul Blobel in the World War II drama War and Remembrance. His character was charged with hiding the evidence of the Holocaust, and putting dead victims through "Economic Processing". According to comments Terry Gilliam (who directed him in Jabberwocky and co-starred with him in Life of Brian) made in the DVD audio commentaries for both films, Colley is a terrible stutterer in real life. When he had a role in a film, however, he could recite the lines perfectly. Stuttering is a character trait, however, in his role as the "Accordion Man" in the 1978 BBC television drama, Pennies from Heaven. He has also recently starred in BBC's HolbyBlue as a drunk and violent father, grandfather and father-in-law. He currently lives at Hythe in Kent. Description above from the Wikipedia article Kenneth Colley, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

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Acting (29 Credits)

2012Lego Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Out as Admiral Piett (voice)
1998Shadow Run as Larcombe
1996Brassed Off as Greasley
1992La Vie de Bohème as Street Sweeper
1991Prisoner of Honor as Capt. Dreyfus
1990I Hired a Contract Killer as The Killer
1989The Rainbow as Mr. Brunt
1988A Summer Story as Jim
1986The Whistle Blower as Bill Pickett
1985Mussolini: The Untold Story as King Vittorio Emmanuele
1983The Scarlet and the Black as Capt. Hirsch
1983Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi as Admiral Piett
1982Firefox as Colonel Kontarsky
1980Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back as Admiral Piett
1979Monty Python's Life of Brian as Jesus
1978Pennies from Heaven as The Accordion Man
1977Jabberwocky as 1st Fanatic
1975Slade in Flame
1975Lisztomania as Frederic Chopin
1974Mahler as Krenek
1974Juggernaut as Detective Brown
1973Hitler: The Last Ten Days as Boldt
1972The Triple Echo as Provo Corporal
1971The Music Lovers as Modeste Tchaikovsky
1971The Devils as Legrand
1970Performance as Tony Farrell
1968The Blood Beast Terror as James
1967How I Won the War as 2nd Replacement
1967The Jokers as De Winter (chauffeur)


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