Person Details

Birthday: 1937-12-07 06:15:23

Aliases: Kenneth Cooley , Ken Colley

Gender: Male

Place of birth: Manchester, England

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Movie Involvements: 32

TV Involvements: 8


Most Famous Work

Biography

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.

Most Famous Work

Casualty
Average
5

Casualty

(1986) Arthur Cobb
Agatha Christie's Poirot
Average
8

Agatha Christie's Poirot

(1989) Mathew Davenheim
The Empire Strikes Back
Average
8

The Empire Strikes Back

(1980) Admiral Piett
Return of the Jedi
Average
8

Return of the Jedi

(1983) Admiral Piett
Vera
Average
7

Vera

(2011) Ronald Devreux
Firefox
Average
6

Firefox

(1982) Colonel Kontarsky
The Devils
Average
8

The Devils

(1971) Legrand
Mahler
Average
7

Mahler

(1974) Krenek

Acting

Year Character Movie/Tv
2013 Weaver
2012 Admiral Piett (voice)
2011 Ronald Devreux
2009 N/A
2007 Ken
2005 Rawsthorne
2003 N/A
2002 N/A
1999 N/A
Uncle Bob
N/A
1998 Larcombe
1997 N/A
1996 Greasley
Archdale
1995 Nathan
1994 N/A
1993 Inspector Gerry Reckless
1992 N/A
Street Sweeper
1991 Capt. Dreyfus
1990 N/A
Killer
Wilhelm Keitel
1989 Mr. Brunt
Mathew Davenheim
1988 Jim
1987 Le Duc
N/A
1986 Bill Pickett
Arthur Cobb
Clifford Watkins
Paddy
N/A
1985 King Vittorio Emmanuele
Adolph Eichmann
1984 The Traveller
1983 Admiral Piett
Capt. Hirsch
1982 N/A
Colonel Kontarsky
Vice-Adm. Horatio Viscount Nelson
1980 Admiral Piett
1979 Jesus
Duke Vincentio
1978 N/A
The Accordion Man
N/A
1977 N/A
1st Fanatic
1976 N/A
1975 Frederic Chopin
N/A
1974 Detective Brown
Krenek
Father Gapon
1973 Boldt
1972 N/A
Provo Corporal
1971 N/A
Legrand
Modeste Tchaikovsky
1970 N/A
Tony Farrell
N/A
1969 N/A
N/A
1968 James
1967 2nd Replacement
De Winter (chauffeur)
1965 N/A
Nick
1963 Covent Garden porter
1961 N/A
1959 N/A
Year Character Movie/Tv

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