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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.

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Feb 25, 1912 In Wednesbury, Staffordshire, England, UK
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Helter Skelter 1949-01-07
Latest Project:
Movie Confessions of a Window Cleaner 1974-01-01
Known For
Poster of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
Poster of The Troublesome Double
Poster of The Longest Day
Poster of The Man Who Knew Too Much
Movie Confessions of a Window Cleaner Carole's Father 1974-01-01
Movie Take Me High Sir Charles Furness 1973-12-07
Series Sykes 1972-09-14
Movie That's Your Funeral Simmonds 1972-12-01
Movie Sex and the Other Woman Presenter 1972-12-30
Movie Games That Lovers Play Mr. Lothran 1971-01-01
Series Coppers End Unknown 1971-02-19
Series The Goodies Unknown 1970-11-08
Movie Egghead's Robot 1970-01-01
Movie The Ballad of Tam Lin Elroy 1970-12-01
Movie Wonderwall Perkins 1968-05-17
Movie Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Secretary at Sweet Factory (Uncredited) 1968-12-17
Movie The Troublesome Double Unknown 1967-01-01
Movie Casino Royale British Army Officer 1967-04-13
Series The Prisoner Unknown 1967-09-29
Movie The Great St. Trinian's Train Robbery Manton Bassett 1966-03-11
Movie The Battle of the Villa Fiorita Travel Agent 1965-05-26
Movie The Liquidator Flying Instructor 1965-01-01
Movie You Must be Joking 1965-08-03
Movie Operation Crossbow Sir Charles Sims 1965-04-01
Movie The Alphabet Murders Wolf 1965-12-26
Movie Up Jumped a Swagman Lever, Music Publisher 1965-12-21
Movie Bunny Lake Is Missing Shipping clerk 1965-10-03
Movie Carry On Spying Cobley 1964-06-01
Movie The V.I.P.s Sanders 1963-09-01
Movie Play It Cool Nervous Man 1962-03-01
Movie Venus fra Vestø Unknown 1962-12-21
Movie Bon Voyage! Party Guest 1962-05-17
Movie The Longest Day British Paratrooper 1962-09-25
Movie Very Important Person Woodcock, Entertainments Officer 1961-04-24
Series The Avengers Clarke 1961-01-07
Movie Dentist on the Job Macreedy 1961-06-01
Movie Your Money or Your Wife Hubert Fry 1960-03-01
Series Sykes and a... Unknown 1960-01-29
Movie Follow That Horse! Unknown 1960-07-11
Movie The Captain's Table Prittlewell 1959-01-06
Movie Follow a Star Dr. W. Chatterway 1959-01-01
Movie Ten Seconds to Hell Major Haven 1959-06-16
Movie Left Right and Centre Harding-Pratt 1959-06-23
Movie Libel The Judge 1959-10-23
Movie The Ugly Duckling Barclay 1959-09-09
Movie The Inn of the Sixth Happiness Mr. Murfin 1958-12-11
Movie The Prince and the Showgirl Northbrook 1957-06-13
Movie Second Fiddle Bill Turner 1957-06-10
Movie The Abominable Snowman Dr. Peter Fox 1957-08-26
Movie Barnacle Bill Registrar of Shipping 1957-12-17
Movie High Flight Wilson 1957-09-17
Movie Blue Murder at St. Trinian's Manton Bassett 1957-12-01
Movie The Man Who Knew Too Much Assistant Manager 1956-05-16
Movie The Man Who Never Was Shop Assistant 1956-04-03
Movie Jumping for Joy Carruthers 1956-01-01
Movie Eyewitness Anaesthetist 1956-08-14
Series Colonel March of Scotland Yard Unknown 1956-02-29
Movie It's a Wonderful World Harold 1956-08-28
Movie The Green Man Doctor 1956-12-21
Movie The Silken Affair Worthington 1956-10-02
Movie A Touch of the Sun Purchase 1956-10-01
Movie A Yank in Ermine Boone 1955-01-01
Movie The Time of His Life Edgar 1955-01-01
Movie The Colditz Story Richard Gordon 1955-01-25
Movie I Am a Camera Bespectacled Man at Book Launch 1955-07-21
Movie As Long as They're Happy Hippodrome Stage Manager 1955-03-15
Movie An Alligator Named Daisy Hoskins 1955-12-13
Movie Simon and Laura Controller of Television Drama 1955-11-02
Movie The Belles of St. Trinian's Manton Bassett 1954-09-28
Movie Doctor in the House Bookstore clerk 1954-03-23
Movie Hobson's Choice Albert Prosser 1954-04-19
Movie Lease of Life Solicitor 1954-10-18
Movie The Crowded Day Mr. Christopher 1954-10-01
Movie Top of the Form 1953-02-01
Movie Blood Orange Detective Inspector MacLeod 1953-01-01
Movie Appointment in London Pascal 1953-02-17
Movie The Final Test Cricket Fan 1953-04-09
Movie Small Town Story Marsh 1953-12-21
Movie Background David Wallace 1953-11-09
Movie Park Plaza 605 Theodore Feather 1953-12-07
Movie The Intruder School Master 1953-10-18
Series The Liberace Show Unknown 1952-05-16
Movie Song of Paris Carter 1952-02-10
Movie The Importance of Being Earnest Seton 1952-06-02
Movie Made in Heaven The vicar 1952-11-01
Movie Derby Day Editor 1952-06-09
Movie Top Secret Barnes 1952-11-10
Movie Mother Riley Meets the Vampire P.C. Freddie 1952-07-11
Movie Lady Godiva Rides Again Casting Director 1951-10-25
Movie The Happiest Days of Your Life Arnold Billings: Staff of Nutbourne 1950-03-08
Movie The Clouded Yellow Employment Agent 1950-11-21
Movie Helter Skelter Compere of Nick Nack Show 1949-01-07
Movie Marry Me Minor Role (uncredited) 1949-06-07
Movie Kind Hearts and Coronets Defence Counsel (uncredited) 1949-06-21
Movie The Chiltern Hundreds Vicar 1949-09-27