Richard Wattis 1912 - 1975

Richard Cameron Wattis was born in a Wednesbury in Staffordshire in 1912. 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.

Richard appeared with Harry in Anyone For Golf where he played a gardener living next to a golf course having to contend with Harry after he had played his ball into his garden. He also appeared with Harry where he played Po Bah in a 1969 BBC version of TiTiPu, a version of The Mikado

Richard died on 1st February 1975 from a heart attack.

Richard Wattis

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