Frank Williams (actor)
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Frank Williams in May 2011.
2 July 1931 |
Hampstead, London, England
Frank Williams (born 2 July 1931) is an English actor best known for playing the Reverend Timothy Farthing in the popular BBC comedy Dad's Army. Following the death of Pamela Cundell in 2015, he and Ian Lavender are the last surviving major cast members. He will return to reprise the role of The Reverend Timothy Farthing in the 2016 film adaptation of the series.
Born in London, Williams was educated at Ardingly College, West Sussex and Hendon School (then Hendon County School). He appeared regularly in the TV series The Army Game (1957–60) as Captain Pocket. His film roles include Norman Wisdom films: The Square Peg (1958), The Bulldog Breed (1960), and A Stitch In Time (1963). He had a leading role in the BBC TV series Diary of a Young Man (1964), which was partly directed by Ken Loach, in addition to small parts in numerous popular TV series of the 1950s and 1960s.
It is however for his role in Dad's Army  as the Reverend Timothy Farthing, that Williams is best known. Coincidentally, while at Hendon County, he had played the lead in the school play of his final year, The Ghost Train, written nearly 30 years earlier by Arnold Ridley, who became one of his fellow-actors in Dad's Army.
In 1970, he starred with Tessie O'Shea in the short-lived sitcom As Good Cooks Go. In 1967 and again in 1971, Williams appeared in an episode of All Gas and Gaiters as one of the vicars choral. In 1972, at the height of his Dad's Army fame, he had a cameo role in Monty Python's Flying Circus. He also had an occasional role as a Bishop in You Rang, M'Lord?.
He lived for many years in Edgware, Middlesex. Until 2000, he was a lay member of the General Synod of the Church of England. Williams was a guest on This Morning on Thursday 31 July 2008, talking about Dad's Army with fellow cast members, Ian Lavender and Bill Pertwee. He also appeared on BBC1's Jonathan Ross Salutes Dad's Army show on Sunday 3 August 2008.
He is the author of several plays, including The Playing Fields and Murder Weekend, some of which have been performed in the pro-amateur theatre.
His autobiography, Vicar to Dad's Army: the Frank Williams story, was published in 2002.
With other surviving members of the Dad's Army cast he walked in the 100th Birthday parade for Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, whose favourite programme it had been.
Williams is the patron of Veneratio, a charity established to counter the social isolation of the elderly.
|1958–1961||The Army Game||Captain T R Pocket|
|1969–1977||Dad's Army||Reverend Timothy Farthing|
|1970||As Good Cooks Go||Mr Bullock|
|1979||You're Only Young Twice||Mr Horrace Maddox in 1 episode, 'Cissie's Last Chance'|
|1984||Minder||Mr. CHicory - tobacconist|
|1990||House of Cards||Party Treasurer (episode 1).|
|1990–1993||You Rang, M'Lord?||Bishop Charles|
- The Glass Cage (1955)
- The Extra Day (1956)
- The One That Got Away (1957)
- Bachelor of Hearts (1958)
- Inn for Trouble (1960)
- The Bulldog Breed (1960)
- The V.I.P.s (1963) as Assistant to Airport Director
- A Stitch in Time (1963)
- Hide and Seek (1964)
- The Deadly Affair (1966)
- Robbery (1967)
- Headline Hunters (1968)
- Dad's Army (1971)
- The Morecambe and Wise Show (1973)
- One of Our Dinosaurs Is Missing (1975)
- Jabberwocky (1977)
- What's Up Nurse! (1978)
- Revenge of the Pink Panther (1978)
- The Human Factor (1979)
- Oh! Heavenly Dog (1980)
- Dad's Army (2015 film) (2016)