5 November 1927|
Huddersfield, West Riding of Yorkshire, England
|Died||28 January 2000
Experience in local rep at the Oxford Playhouse encouraged him to move to London, where he made his West End debut in Julian Slade and Dorothy Reynolds' 1957 musical Free as Air. He was later in the original cast of Give a Dog a Bone in 1964, and took over various roles in various other London productions such as Salad Days and Anne of Green Gables: The Musical. Waller was also associated the Open Air Theatre, Regent's Park, but always looked forward to the times when his work took him on location further afield, including Rome, India and Scandinavia.
An excellent pianist and an ardent lover of classical and choral music, Waller was extremely knowledgeable on the subject of oratorio and sang with Anthony Bowles' Actors' choir and the BBC Chorus. He also appeared as the Narrator in Peter and the Wolf, and Carl Davis a special concert piece, Duck's diary, for Waller.
From the fifties to the seventies, his career as an actor saw him appear on both television and film. On the big screen, he had modest roles in Room at the Top (1959), Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968), Scrooge (1970), Fiddler on the Roof (1971) and Carry On Behind (1975). Other small screen credits included Big Deal, Crossroads, The Fenn Street Gang, Dixon of Dock Green, Z-Cars, The Professionals, Doctor Who, All Creatures Great and Small, Terry and June and Juliet Bravo. Waller also portrayed the father of Curly Watts in Coronation Street.
Waller also made an appearance in the Series 5 episode, "Boxing Day Social", on On the Buses, as well appearing in the 1984 miniseries, Ellis Island and even lending his voice for Romuald the Reindeer.
Waller continued to stay in touch with the theatre during the final years of his life, touring successfully with Barbara Windsor in Joe Orton's classic black comedy, Entertaining Mr Sloane and appearing in a musical version of Beauty and the Beast at the Manchester Opera House, in 1998.
Personal life and death
Despite his television fame, Waller never lost his affection for Yorkshire, taking great pride in retaining both his accent and his many friends within the Huddersfield Choral Society.
TV and Filmography
- Romuald the Reindeer (voice, 1996)
- Arthur Watts, Curly Watts's father Coronation Street (1988).
- Boon "Mr. Newell" (1987)
- Bread "Grandad" (1986–91)
- The Pickwick Papers "Mr. Fogg" (1985)
- Roll Over Beethoven "Mr. Beckett" (1985)
- Minder "Roland" in episode "A Number of Old Wives Tales" (1984)
- Ellis Island "Shepherd #1" (1984)
- Big Deal "Ferret" (1984)
- Fair Ground! "Mr. Grant" (1983)
- Juliet Bravo "Sidney Dorkins" in episode "Where There's Muck..." (1982)
- Are You Being Served? "Old Mr. Henry Grace" (1981)
- All Creatures Great and Small "Mr. Beresford" ,the bank manager, in episode "Every Dog His Day..." (1980) and "Charity Begins at Home" (1980)
- The Mayor of Casterbridge "Clerk of Court" (1978)
- The Famous Five "Enemy Agent" (1978)
- Z-Cars "Wilfred Wilson" (1977)
- Target "Warehouse Transport Manager" (1977)
- Doctor Who "Hedges" in episode The Invisible Enemy (1977)
- The Venetian Twins (1976)
- Doctor on the Go "Mr. Pole" (1975)
- Carry On Behind "Barman" (1975)
- Dixon of Dock Green "Dealer" (1974)
- Menace "Manager" (1973)
- Z-Cars "Pianist" (1972)
- Dixon of Dock Green "Porter" (1972)
- On the Buses "Busman" (1971)
- Fiddler on the Roof uncredited (1971)
- The Onedin Line "Drayman" in episode "The High Price" (1971)
- The Love Pill "Professor Edwards" (1971)
- The Onedin Line "Drayman" (uncredited) in episode "Other Points of the Compass" (1971)
- Scrooge (uncredited) "Party Guest" (1970)
- Softly, Softly "Potter" (1970)
- Chitty Chitty Bang Bang "Inventor" (1968)
- Z-Cars "Fred Jones" (1968)
- A Game of Murder "Dr. Hasting" (1966)
- Crossroads "Mr. Hardgreaves" (1964)
- Z-Cars "Stanley Collins" (1963)
- Room at the Top "Reggie" (uncredited) (1959)
- Walker, Craig (2011). On The Buses: The Complete Story. Andrews UK Limited. ISBN 9781908382849.
- Kenneth Waller obituary
- Kenneth Waller
- "Family history: Alan and Elaine Danielson's memories of Christ Church, Woodhouse men's choir.". 29 June 2011. Retrieved 30 March 2015.
- Collins, Laura (25 April 2009). "The Guardian's 'Prison Diarist': The murderer who wrote lies and got paid for it". Mail Online. Retrieved 30 March 2015.