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Richard Wattis

Richard Wattis

  • Born on
    • February 25th, 1912
  • Died on
    • February 1st, 1975
Richard Cameron Wattis (25 February 1912 – 1 February 1975) was an English actor. After leaving the family business, Wattis became an actor. His debut was with Croydon Repertory Theatre, and he made many stage appearances in the West End in London. His first appearance in a film was A Yank at Oxford (1938), but war service interrupted his career as an actor. He served as a second lieutenant in the Small Arms Section of Special Operations Executive at Station VI during World War II (James Bond author, Ian Fleming worked in the same section). He is best known for his appearances, wearing his thick-rimmed round spectacles, in British comedies of the 1950s and 1960s, often as a "Man from the Ministry" or similar character. He was also involved as the secretary to Lord Scrumptious in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Such appearances included the St Trinian's films (The Belles of St Trinian's, Blue Murder at St Trinian's, and The Great St Trinian's Train Robbery) as Manton Bassett, a civil servant who was the Deputy Director of Schools in the Ministry of Education, where he was often seen frowning and expressing indignation at the outrageous behaviour of other characters. To American audiences, Wattis is probably best known for his performance as the British civil servant Northbrook in The Prince and the Showgirl (1957). He broke from this typecasting in his later films, such as his starring role in Games That Lovers Play. Wattis's other films included Hobson's Choice, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Carry On Spying, The Colditz Story, Dentist on the Job, Very Important Person, The Happiest Days of Your Life, and The Longest Day. He also appeared on television, including a long-running role in Sykes, and appearances in Danger Man, The Prisoner, The Goodies, Hancock's Half Hour, and Father, Dear Father. From 1957 to 1958, he appeared as Peter Jamison in three episodes of the American sitcom Dick and the Duchess.

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Filmography

Acting (36 Credits)

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1974Confessions of a Window Cleaner as Carole's Father
1968Wonderwall as Perkins
1968Chitty Chitty Bang Bang as Secretary at Sweet Factory (Uncredited)
1967Casino Royale as British Army Officer
1966The Great St. Trinian's Train Robbery as Manton Bassett
1965The Alphabet Murders as Wolf
1965The Liquidator as Flying Instructor
1965Bunny Lake Is Missing as Shipping clerkWatch Free
1965Operation Crossbow as Sir Charles Sims
1964Carry on Spying as Cobley
1963The V.I.P.s as Sanders
1962Bon Voyage! as Party Guest
1962The Longest Day as British Paratrooper
1961A Coming-Out Party as Woodcock, Entertainments Officer
1959Libel as The Judge
1959Ten Seconds to Hell as Major Haven
1959Follow a Star as Dr. W. Chatterway
1958The Inn of the Sixth Happiness as Mr. Murfin
1957The Prince and the Showgirl as Northbrook
1957The Abominable Snowman as Dr. Peter Fox
1957All at Sea as Registrar of Shipping
1957Blue Murder at St. Trinian's as Manton Bassett
1956The Man Who Knew Too Much as Assistant Manager
1956The Green Man as Doctor
1956The Man Who Never Was as Shop Assistant
1955The Colditz Story as Richard Gordon
1955I Am a Camera as Bespectacled Man at Book Launch
1954Hobson's Choice as Albert Prosser
1954The Belles of St. Trinian's as Manton Bassett
1954Doctor in the House as Bookstore clerk
1953Raiders in the Sky as Pascal
1952Vampire Over London as P.C. Freddie
1952The Importance of Being Earnest as Seton
1950The Happiest Days of Your Life as Arnold Billings: Staff of Nutbourne
1950The Clouded Yellow as Employment Agent
1949Kind Hearts and Coronets as Defence Counsel (uncredited)

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