Person Details

Birthday: 1912-02-25 05:07:52

Death: 1975-02-01 05:07:52

Aliases: No known aliases

Gender: Male

Place of birth: Wednesbury, Staffordshire, England, UK

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Movie Involvements: 35

TV Involvements: 3


Most Famous Work

Biography

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.

Most Famous Work

The Avengers
Average
8

The Avengers

(1961) Clarke
The Longest Day
Average
8

The Longest Day

(1962) British Paratrooper
The Man Who Knew Too Much
Average
8

The Man Who Knew Too Much

(1956) Assistant Manager
The Prisoner
Average
8

The Prisoner

(1967) Fotheringay
The Man Who Never Was
Average
7

The Man Who Never Was

(1956) Shop Assistant
Bunny Lake Is Missing
Average
7

Bunny Lake Is Missing

(1965) Shipping clerk
The Inn of the Sixth Happiness
Average
7

The Inn of the Sixth Happiness

(1958) Mr. Murfin
Operation Crossbow
Average
7

Operation Crossbow

(1965) Sir Charles Sims

Acting

Year Character Movie/Tv
1974 Carole's Father
1973 Sir Charles Furness
1972 Presenter
Simmonds
N/A
1971 N/A
Mr. Lothran
1970 Elroy
N/A
N/A
1969 N/A
1968 Secretary at Sweet Factory (Uncredited)
Perkins
1967 Fotheringay
British Army Officer
Mr. Wentworth
1966 Manton Bassett
1965 Wolf
Lever, Music Publisher
Shipping clerk
N/A
Travel Agent
Sir Charles Sims
Flying Instructor
Narrator
1964 Cobley
1963 Sanders
1962 N/A
British Paratrooper
Ebblington
Party Guest
Nervous Man
1961 Macreedy
Woodcock, Entertainments Officer
Clarke
1960 N/A
Hubert Fry
N/A
1959 The Judge
Barclay
Harding-Pratt
Major Haven
Prittlewell
Dr. W. Chatterway
1958 Mr. Murfin
1957 Registrar of Shipping
Manton Bassett
Wilson
Dr. Peter Fox
Northbrook
Bill Turner
1956 Doctor
Worthington
Purchase
Lingerie Clerk
Harold
Anaesthetist
Assistant Manager
Shop Assistant
Arthur Cabot
Carruthers
1955 Hoskins
Controller of Television Drama
Cabot
Bespectacled Man at Book Launch (uncredited)
Hippodrome Stage Manager
Richard Gordon
Boone
Edgar
1954 Solicitor
Mr. Christopher
Manton Bassett
Albert Prosser
Medical Book Salesman (uncredited)
1953 Marsh
Theodore Feather
David Wallace
School Master
Cricket Fan
Pascal
N/A
Detective Inspector MacLeod
1952 Barnes
The vicar
P.C. Freddie
Editor
Seton
Carter
1951 Casting Director
Carruthers - Higher Executive
1950 Employment Agent
Arnold Billings: Staff of Nutbourne
1949 Vicar (uncredited)
Defence Counsel (uncredited)
Minor Role (uncredited)
Compere of Nick Nack Show
1938 Latin Speaker at Dinner (uncredited)
Year Character Movie/Tv

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