Richard Wattis

Biography

Richard Cameron Wattis (February 25, 1912 in Wednesbury, Staffordshire, England — February 1, 1975), was a British character actor. His first appearance in a film was A Yank At Oxford in 1938, but war service interrupted his career as an actor. Wattis served as a Second Lieutenant with the Arms Section of Special Operations Executive at Station VI during World War II. He is best known for his appearances in innumerable British comedies of the 1950s and 1960s, including in 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", who is a Civil Servant in the Ministry of Education Other films included Hay Fever, The Colditz Story, Dentist on the Job, Very Important Person, The Happiest Days of Your Life and even The Longest Day, among many others. Richard Wattis also appeared on television, including a long-running role opposite Eric Sykes and Hattie Jacques in Sykes as their next-door neighbour, as well as appearances in Danger Man, The Goodies and Father, Dear Father, among others. A gay man in an era when this was a taboo subject, he died of a heart attack while visiting a restaurant.

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The Prince And The Showgirl

Northbrook

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The Importance of Being Earnest

Seton

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The Abominable Snowman

Peter Fox

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Tam Lin

Elroy

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Wonderwall

Perkins

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Play it Cool!

Nervous Man

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Your Money or Your Wife

Hubert Fry

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Lady Chatterly Versus Fanny Hill

Lothran

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Colonel March Investigates

Cabot (archive footage)

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Second Fiddle

Bill Turner

Starring In
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Confessions of a Window Cleaner

Carole's Father

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Take Me High

Sir Charles Furness

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That's Your Funeral

Simmonds

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Lady Chatterly Versus Fanny Hill

Lothran

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Tam Lin

Elroy

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Those Daring Young Men in their Jaunty Jalopies

Golf Club Secretary

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Wonderwall

Perkins

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Casino Royale

British Army Officer

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Dentist on the Job

Macreedy

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The Great St. Trinian's Train Robbery

Manton Bassett

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The Liquidator

Flying Instructor

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Bunny Lake Is Missing

Clerk in Shipping Office

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The Alphabet Murders

Wolf

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You Must Be Joking!

Parkins

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Operation Crossbow

Sir Charles Sims

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Die amourösen Abenteuer der Moll Flanders

Jeweler

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Up Jumped a Swagman

Lever, Music Publisher

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The Battle of the Villa Fiorita

Travel Agent

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Carry On Spying

Cobley

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Flieg mit mir ins Glück

Oliver Garson

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The V.I.P.s

Sanders

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The Longest Day

British Paratrooper

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Bon Voyage!

Party guest

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Bon Voyage!

Party guest

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Play it Cool!

Nervous Man

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I Thank a Fool

Ebblington

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A Coming-Out Party

Woodcock, Entertainments Officer

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Your Money or Your Wife

Hubert Fry

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Libel

The Judge

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Ten Seconds to Hell

Maj. Haven

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Left Right and Centre

Right - Harding-Pratt

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The Ugly Duckling

Inspector Barclay

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Follow A Star

Dr. Chatterway

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The Inn Of The Sixth Happiness

Mr. Murphy

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Kapitän Seekrank

Registrar of Shipping

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The Prince And The Showgirl

Northbrook

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The Abominable Snowman

Peter Fox

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Second Fiddle

Bill Turner

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Blue Murder at St. Trinian's

Manton Bassett

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The Little Hut

Official

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The Man Who Knew Too Much

Assistant Manager

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The Iron Petticoat

Lingerie Clerk

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The Man Who Never Was

Shop Assistant

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The Green Man

Doctor

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Ein Alligator Namens Daisy

Hoskins

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Doctor In The House

Medical book salesman (uncredited)

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Simon und Laura

Controller of Television Drama ('CT')

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Escapade

Peace Committee Member (uncredited)

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Shop Spoiled

Mr. Christopher

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Hobson's Choice

Albert Prosser

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The Belles of St. Trinian's

Manton Bassett

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The Colditz Story

Richard Gordon

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The Intruder

School Master

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The Final Test

Cricket Fan in the Stand. (uncredited)

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Three Stops to Murder

Detective Inspector MacLeod

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Colonel March Investigates

Cabot (archive footage)

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Small Town Story

Marsh (uncredited)

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Appointment in London

Pascal

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The Importance of Being Earnest

Seton

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Bachelor in Paris

Carter

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Vampire over London

Police Constable Freddie

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Mr. Lord Says No

M.P.

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Derby Day

Editor (uncredited)

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Stolen Face

Mr. Wentworth, Store Manager

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The Lavender Hill Mob

Opposition MP (uncredited)

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The Clouded Yellow

Employment Agent

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The Happiest Days Of Your Life

Arnold Billings

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Your Witness

Minor Role (uncredited)

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Kind Hearts and Coronets

Defence Counsel (uncredited)

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The Chiltern Hundreds

Vicar (uncredited)

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Marry Me

Minor Role (uncredited)

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A Yank at Oxford

Latin Speaker at Dinner (uncredited)

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