Richard Wattis

Richard Wattis

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.
    Known for
    Acting
    Place of birth
    Wednesbury, Staffordshire, England, UK
    Birthday
    2/25/1912
The Bargain
0
Too Close for Comfort
Too Close for Comfort
0
Tam Lin
Tam Lin
5.8
The Time of His Life
The Time of His Life
6.5
Egghead's Robot
Egghead's Robot
3
Your Money or Your Wife
Your Money or Your Wife
4
Follow That Horse!
0
The Prince and the Showgirl
The Prince and the Showgirl
6.4
Wonderwall
Wonderwall
5.2
The Happiest Days of Your Life
The Happiest Days of Your Life
6.2
Play It Cool
Play It Cool
5.9
Left Right and Centre
Left Right and Centre
5.4
Second Fiddle
Second Fiddle
5.6
The Troublesome Double
0
Games That Lovers Play
Games That Lovers Play
4.2
Colonel March Investigates
Colonel March Investigates
6
The Abominable Snowman
The Abominable Snowman
6.2
Top Secret
Top Secret
6
A Touch of the Sun
A Touch of the Sun
5.6
That's Your Funeral
1.5
The Captain's Table
The Captain's Table
5.8
Up Jumped a Swagman
Up Jumped a Swagman
4
Mother Riley Meets the Vampire
Mother Riley Meets the Vampire
4.3
The Ugly Duckling
The Ugly Duckling
5.8
Top of the Form
5
Follow a Star
Follow a Star
6.3
The Great St. Trinian's Train Robbery
The Great St. Trinian's Train Robbery
5.6
Hobson's Choice
Hobson's Choice
7.3
Take Me High
Take Me High
4.9
The Inn of the Sixth Happiness
The Inn of the Sixth Happiness
6.8
Blood Orange
Blood Orange
5.9
Park Plaza 605
Park Plaza 605
5.2
Very Important Person
Very Important Person
5.5
I Thank a Fool
I Thank a Fool
5.4
Eric Sykes: One of the Great Troupers
Eric Sykes: One of the Great Troupers
0
Made in Heaven
Made in Heaven
4
Dentist on the Job
Dentist on the Job
6.2
Song of Paris
Song of Paris
5.5
Libel
Libel
7.4
Simon and Laura
Simon and Laura
5.5
A Yank in Ermine
A Yank in Ermine
4
The Colditz Story
The Colditz Story
6.6
The Importance of Being Earnest
The Importance of Being Earnest
7.2
Ten Seconds to Hell
Ten Seconds to Hell
6.1
Carry On Spying
Carry On Spying
6.7
An Alligator Named Daisy
An Alligator Named Daisy
6.2
It's a Wonderful World
It's a Wonderful World
5.3
Nearly a Nasty Accident
Nearly a Nasty Accident
7
Come Fly with Me
Come Fly with Me
4.8
The Battle of the Villa Fiorita
The Battle of the Villa Fiorita
4.8
Small Town Story
Small Town Story
5.2
The Silken Affair
The Silken Affair
0
Confessions of a Window Cleaner
Confessions of a Window Cleaner
5
Appointment in London
Appointment in London
6.9
You Must Be Joking
You Must Be Joking
5.6
High Flight
High Flight
5.8
Lease of Life
Lease of Life
7.4
Eyewitness
Eyewitness
6.7
The V.I.P.s
The V.I.P.s
6.3
Jumping for Joy
Jumping for Joy
6.5
The Man Who Knew Too Much
The Man Who Knew Too Much
7.5
The Clouded Yellow
The Clouded Yellow
6.1
Background
Background
6
The Green Man
The Green Man
7.2
The Alphabet Murders
The Alphabet Murders
5.9
The Iron Petticoat
The Iron Petticoat
5.8
The Liquidator
The Liquidator
6.2
The Intruder
The Intruder
7.2
Appointment with Venus
Appointment with Venus
5.1
Bunny Lake Is Missing
Bunny Lake Is Missing
7.2
The Crowded Day
The Crowded Day
5.4
As Long as They're Happy
As Long as They're Happy
8
Bon Voyage!
Bon Voyage!
5.3
The Chiltern Hundreds
The Chiltern Hundreds
5
Blue Murder at St. Trinian's
Blue Murder at St. Trinian's
6.1
I Am a Camera
I Am a Camera
6
The Man Who Never Was
The Man Who Never Was
7.1
The Belles of St. Trinian's
The Belles of St. Trinian's
6.2
Operation Crossbow
Operation Crossbow
6.8
Venus fra Vestø
Venus fra Vestø
5.6
Sex and the Other Woman
Sex and the Other Woman
5.4
Lady Godiva Rides Again
Lady Godiva Rides Again
5.9
The Final Test
The Final Test
6.6
Kind Hearts and Coronets
Kind Hearts and Coronets
7.7
Doctor in the House
Doctor in the House
6.3
Barnacle Bill
Barnacle Bill
6.4
Derby Day
Derby Day
6.5
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
6.8
A Yank at Oxford
A Yank at Oxford
6.7
Casino Royale
Casino Royale
5.3
Marry Me
5.5
Helter Skelter
Helter Skelter
6.2
The Longest Day
The Longest Day
7.6
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
6.8
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