Cecil Kellaway

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Cecil Kellaway
Cecil Kellaway in The Postman Always Rings Twice trailer.jpg
from the trailer for
The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946)
Born Cecil Lauriston Kellaway
(1890-08-22)22 August 1890
Cape Town, Cape Colony
Died 28 February 1973(1973-02-28) (aged 82)
West Hollywood, California, U.S.
Years active 1921–1972
Spouse(s) Doreen Elizabeth Joubert
(m.1919-1973; his death; 2 sons)

Cecil Lauriston Kellaway (22 August 1890 – 28 February 1973)[1] was a South African-born character actor.[2]


Cecil Kellaway was born on 22 August 1890 in Cape Town, South Africa, where he gained an early interest in theatre acting, much to the displeasure of his parents.[3][n 1] He was educated in South Africa and England, before becoming a touring stock company actor.[4] By the early 1920s, he had settled in Australia, becoming a popular character comedian of the local stage.

After receiving acclaim for his main role in the Australian Cinesound film It Isn't Done (1937), for which he also provided the original story, he was screen-tested by RKO Pictures and put under contract.[5] He returned to Australia for a second Cinesound film, Mr. Chedworth Steps Out (1938), before going on to a long career as a Hollywood character actor, with prominent roles in William Wyler's Wuthering Heights (1939), The House of the Seven Gables (1940), The Letter (1940), Kitty (1945) (giving an excellent performance as the portrait painter Thomas Gainsborough), (1945), Love Letters (1945), as the husband of Lana Turner's character in The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946), Portrait of Jennie (1948), Harvey (1950), Hush… Hush, Sweet Charlotte (1964), and Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967).

He was twice nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, for The Luck of the Irish in 1948 and Guess Who's Coming to Dinner in 1967.[6]

In 1959 Kellaway made a guest appearance on Perry Mason as chemist and murderer Darrell Metcalf in "The Case of the Glittering Goldfish".[citation needed] In 1961, Kellaway guest starred as MacKay in the episode "Incident In The Middle of Nowhere" on CBS's Rawhide.[citation needed]. In 1967, Kellaway played the part of a wealthy older suitor in one episode of That Girl.

Cecil Kellaway died after a long illness at West Los Angeles convalescent home on February 28, 1973. He was survived by his wife Doreen, his two sons, and his four grandchildren. His interment was at Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery. His cousins were fellow actors Edmund Gwenn and Arthur Chesney.

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Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ Some sources state that he was born in 1893, and died at the age of 79; including the German Wikipedia page at http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cecil_Kellaway, which acknowledges the confusion and states that the majority of sources refer to 1893 as his birth year.
  1. ^ "Kellaway, Cecil Lauriston (1890–1973)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. Australian National University. Retrieved 1 June 2011. 
  2. ^ Obituary Variety, 7 March 1973, page 78.
  3. ^ "THE KELLAWAY FAMILY ON STAGE AND SCREEN.". The Sydney Morning Herald. 4 August 1938. Retrieved 13 September 2012. 
  4. ^ "Character Actor Cecil Kellaway is Dead at 79.". Daily Times. 1 March 1973. Retrieved 13 September 2012. 
  5. ^ "CECIL KELLAWAY.". The Sydney Morning Herald. 5 June 1937. Retrieved 13 September 2012. 
  6. ^ "Character Actor Cecil Kellaway is Dead at 79.". Daily Times. 1 March 1973. Retrieved 13 September 2012. 

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