Richard Wattis Overview:

Character actor, Richard Wattis, was born Richard Cameron Wattis on Feb 25, 1912 in Wednesbury, England. Wattis died at the age of 62 on Feb 1, 1975 in London, England .


Bespectacled, heron-like British supporting actor whose neat light-brown hair concealed an unexpected bald patch at the back and whose thin, elongated lips could open wide and screw themselves into expressions of Donald Duck-like outrage, while the plaintively light, upper-class Wattis tones complained of some new affront. He was the happy butt of many British comedians, often as salesmen, butlers, solicitors, and teachers. Died from a heart attack.

(Source: available at Amazon Quinlan's Film Character Actors: an Illustrated Directory).



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Richard Wattis Quotes:

Peter Fox: [an upset Helen wants to accompany him to see the Lama] You'll stay right there. If you should feel like another nip of that
[indicating the decanter]
Peter Fox: , nobody's gonna call you a tippler.

Elsie Marina: [about dress] Say, is it all right over the you-know-what?
Fanny: Wonderful over the you-know-what.
Fanny: [Northbrook comes out from behind screen] What do you think?
Northbrook: Very nice.
Fanny: Is that all you can say?
Northbrook: Very nice indeed.

'Boysie' Oakes: [piloting an airplane] Just get me out of here, I'm scared sick!
Flying Instructor: Were all scared... from time to time.

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A small residential development, Richard Wattis Drive, is named in his honour in his home town of Wednesbury.

Began his professional career with the Croydon Repertory Theatre in 1934.

He served in the Royal Army Medical Corps during World War Two.

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