Richard Davies (actor)

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Richard Davies
Actor Richard Davies.jpg
Born
Dennis Wilfred Davies

(1926-01-25)25 January 1926
Died8 October 2015(2015-10-08) (aged 89)
Conford, Hampshire, England, UK
OccupationActor
Spouse(s)Jill Britton
Beryl Armstrong (divorced)
Children3

Dennis Wilfred "Richard" Davies (25 January 1926 – 8 October 2015) was a Welsh character actor.[1] He was probably best known for his performance as the exasperated schoolmaster Mr. Price in the popular LWT situation comedy Please Sir!.[2] He used a broad Welsh accent for much of his work, but had used other accents to play a wide range of characters, in addition to several Welsh stereotypes.[3]

Biography[edit]

Davies was born in Dowlais, Merthyr Tydfil, Glamorgan, the son of a railway guard.[2] He 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.[2][4][5][6] 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.[7] In 1970, he appeared in an episode of Two in Clover as Victor Spinetti's character's brother when Spinetti was unavailable.[8] His other main role was in the comedy series Oh No, It's Selwyn Froggitt! where he played Clive.[2]

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 spin-off Softly, Softly.[1] 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.[9] 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.[2] He had appeared in films such as Zulu (1964), the film adaptation of Please Sir! (1971), and Under Milk Wood (1972).[10] In 1988, he played the schoolteacher in Queen Sacrifice.[11] He died on 8 October 2015 at the age of 89, survived by his wife and two children, and a son from his first marriage.[3] He had Alzheimer's disease.[12]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Roles Notes
1949 A Run for Your Money Rugby Fan Uncredited
1951 The Lavender Hill Mob Police Driver Uncredited
1955 The Night My Number Came Up Wireless Operator
1956 The Long Arm Detective Uncredited
1961 A Fever in the Blood Bates Uncredited
1962 Some People Harper
1963 Critic's Choice Spectator Uncredited
1964 Zulu Private 593 Jones
1966 Sky West and Crooked Rick
1968 Twisted Nerve 'Taffy' Evans
1968 The Fiction Makers Reporter
1969 Oh! What a Lovely War Sergeant in Burial Party Uncredited
1971 Please Sir! Mr. Price
1972 Under Milk Wood Mr. Pritchard
1973 Steptoe and Son Ride Again Butcher
1974 The Mutations Doctor
1974 Blue Blood Jones
1988 Queen Sacrifice Wil Bevan Short

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1962–1965 Z-Cars Jim Sloan
1968 Softly, Softly
1962 Z-Cars
1968–1972 Please Sir! Mr. Price
1970 Two in Clover David Evans
1974–1975 Coronation Street Idris Hopkins
1974–1977 Oh No, It's Selwyn Froggitt! Clive
1979 Fawlty Towers Mr. White
1980 Yes, Minister Joe Morgan
1982 Whoops Apocalypse Chancellor of the Exchequer
1984 Bottle Boys Stan Evans
1985 Big Deal Dai Phillips
1987 Doctor Who Burton
1988 Wyatt's Watchdogs
1992 One Foot in the Grave Billy Whitney
1992 2point4 Children Gareth
1993 The Bill Caretaker

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Richard Davies, actor - obituary". 15 October 2015 – via www.telegraph.co.uk.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Richard Davies: Character actor best known as Mr Price in 'Please Sir!". The Independent. 23 October 2015.
  3. ^ a b Anthony Hayward. "Richard Davies obituary". The Guardian.
  4. ^ "Follow That Robot (1973)". BFI.
  5. ^ "The Midas Plague (1965)". BFI.
  6. ^ "BBC - Doctor Who Classic Episode Guide - Delta and the Bannermen - Details". www.bbc.co.uk.
  7. ^ "Richard Davies". www.aveleyman.com.
  8. ^ "Two in Clover[26/02/70] (1970)". BFI.
  9. ^ Houghton, Tom (27 October 2015). "Zulu actor Richard Davies dies aged 89". walesonline.
  10. ^ "Richard Davies". BFI.
  11. ^ "Queen Sacrifice (1988)". BFI.
  12. ^ "Richard Davies – Welsh Character Actor – RIP 1926–2015". Toby Hadoke – Comedian, actor, Writer (quite likes Doctor Who).

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