Richard Davies (actor)

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Richard Davies
Born (1926-01-25) 25 January 1926 (age 88)
Dowlais, Merthyr Tydfil, Glamorgan, Wales, UK
Residence Conford, Hampshire, England, UK
Occupation Actor
Spouse(s) Jill

Richard Davies (born 25 January 1926) is a Welsh actor. He is probably best known for his performance as the exasperated schoolmaster Mr. Price in the LWT popular situation comedy Please Sir!. He uses a broad Welsh accent for much of his work, but has used other accents to play a wide range of characters, in addition to several Welsh stereotypes.

Early life[edit]

Davies was born in Dowlais, Merthyr Tydfil, Glamorgan.

Career[edit]

Davies played Idris Hopkins in Coronation Street between 1974 and 1975, and appeared in several science-fiction series, among them Robert's Robots, Out of the Unknown, and a well-received performance as Burton in the 1987 Doctor Who story Delta and the Bannermen. He played Mr. White in the Fawlty Towers episode "The Kipper and the Corpse" and also appeared in Yes Minister, Wyatt's Watchdogs, May to December, Whoops Apocalypse, 2point4 Children and One Foot in the Grave. In 1970, he appeared in an episode of Two In Clover as Victor Spinetti's character's brother when Spinetti was unavailable. His other main role was in the comedy series 'Oh no it's Selwyn Frogitt' where he played Clive.

Davies had a recurring role as Jim Sloan in Z-Cars between 1962 and 1965, returning to the series playing different characters in 1968 and in its sequel Softly, Softly. He also appeared in Dixon of Dock Green, The Sweeney and Van der Valk. He impersonated Clive Jenkins in a spoof edition of Question Time in a sketch on Not the Nine O'Clock News. He appeared in the Please Sir! spin-off series The Fenn Street Gang. In 1951, he made an uncredited appearance in the Ealing Studios comedy The Lavender Hill Mob. He has appeared in films such as Zulu (1964), the film adaptation of Please Sir! (1971), and Under Milk Wood (1972). In 1988, he played the schoolteacher in Queen Sacrifice.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title
1951 The Lavender Hill Mob
1962 Some People
1964 Zulu
1965 Sky West and Crooked
1968 Twisted Nerve
1971 Please Sir!
1972 Under Milk Wood
1973 Blue Blood
1974 The Mutations
1988 Queen Sacrifice

Television[edit]

Year Title Role
1962–1965 Z-Cars Jim Sloan
1968 Softly, Softly
1962 Z-Cars
1968–1972 Please Sir! Mr. Price
1970 Two In Clover
1974–1975 Coronation Street Idris Hopkins
1974–1977 Oh No, It's Selwyn Froggitt! Clive
1979 Fawlty Towers Mr. White
1982 Whoops Apocalypse Chancellor of the Exchequer
1987 Doctor Who Burton
1988 Wyatt's Watchdogs
1992 One Foot in the Grave Billy Whitney
1992 2point4 Children Gareth

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