Fred Emney

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For Emney's father, the comedian, see Fred Emney Sr.
Fred Emney
Born Frederick Arthur Round Emney
(1900-02-12)12 February 1900
Prescot, Lancashire, England, UK
Died 25 December 1980(1980-12-25) (aged 80)
Bognor Regis, Sussex, England, UK
Occupation Actor
Spouse(s) Hazel Wiles

Frederick Arthur Round "Fred" Emney (12 February 1900 - 25 December 1980) was an English character actor and comedian.

Emney was born in Prescot, Lancashire,[1][2] the son of Blanche (née Round) and Fred Emney, a music hall entertainer. His great-uncle was the actor Arthur Williams. Emney junior grew up in London and was educated at Cranleigh School.

He made his film debut in 1935, having previously worked in music hall. He became a familiar figure to screen audiences, usually playing the "posh fat bloke", usually gruff and invariably wearing a monocle. During the 1950s, he had his own television show which featured sketches and deft piano pieces often composed by him. Some were released on record.[3] He had a short spell as straight man to puppets Pinky and Perky.

His sister Joan Emney was an actress who sometimes appeared with him in the same stage productions.

Fred Emney died in Bognor Regis, Sussex on Christmas Day 1980.[4]



  1. ^ GRO Register of Births Mar 1900 Frederick Arthur R Emney 8b 725 PRESCOT
  2. ^ 1901 Census: RG13/500 f.123 p.3 Fred Arthur Emney aged 1 living in Camberwell, but born Liverpool, Lancashire
  3. ^ Fred Emney an extended play released on UK Decca (DFE 6554) in 1958
  4. ^ GRO Register of Deaths: DEC 1980 18 1714 CHICHESTER - Frederick Patrick R. Emney, DoB = 12 Feb 1900

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