Birthday: January 8, 1934 Birth
Place: Wigan, Lancashire, England, UK Height: 0' 0"
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British comic actor Roy Kinnear received his training at the Theatre Workshop, and made his film debut in 1962's Tiara Tahiti. Short and already balding in his 20s, Kinnear resigned himself early on to character roles; his comic gifts enabled the actor to expand his range as a writer/performer on the fabled early-'60s British TV satirical series That Was the Week that Was. Kinnear became an American favorite for his role as mad scientist Victor Spinetti's harried assistant in the 1965 Beatles film Help! It was the launching pad of a film career comprised mostly of comic relief and cameo roles. One of Kinnear's most popular film appearances was a two-minute bit specially written for him in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1967), wherein the actor played a trainer of Roman gladiators who conducted his classes in the manner of a golf instructor. Richard Lester, director of both Help! and Forum, cast Kinnear as long-suffering lackey Planchet in the star-studded 1974 filmization of The Three Musketeers, and its sequel (shot simultaneously) The Four Musketeers (1974). With virtually every cast member — especially Raquel Welch — clowning it up in the Musketeers films, Kinnear's routines for the first time seemed intrusive. After a decade of variable roles, Kinnear was cast as the Common Man in the 1987 Charlton Heston remake of A Man For all Seasons; it was a brilliant tour de force, with Kinnear displaying a full and versatile range from low comedy to subtle pathos. While recreating his Planchet role in Return of the Musketeers, filmed on location in Spain, Roy Kinnear fell from a horse during a comic chase scene, suffered a heart attack, and died at the age of 54.
Appeared in the music video "All I Need Is A Miracle" by Mike and the Mechanics.
Educated at George Heriot's School, Edinburgh.
Appeared at the beginning of the music video "Taken In" by Mike + The Mechanics.
While filming The Return of the Musketeers (1989), he fell from a horse, breaking his pelvis. Tragically, he subsequently bled to death.
Father of actor Rory Kinnear.
Appeared in Anna Pavlova (1983) with James Fox, who plays the part of Mr. Salt in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005), which is the same role Kinnear played in the original version, Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971).
Did a great deal of charity work for handicapped and disabled children.
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