Willoughby Goddard

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Willoughby Wittenham Rees Goddard
Actor Willoughby Goddard.jpg
with Paul Stassino in The Saint (1969)
Born (1926-07-04)4 July 1926
Bicester, Oxfordshire, England, UK
Died 11 April 2008(2008-04-11) (aged 81)
London, England, UK
Occupation Film, television actor

Willoughby Wittenham Rees Goddard (4 July 1926 – 11 April 2008) was an English actor whose trademark rotund figure was well known on television and in films for more than 40 years. [1] [2]

Goddard was born in Bicester, Oxfordshire. He played Mr. Bumble in two versions of Charles Dickens's Oliver Twist – a 1962 television adaptation, and the original Broadway production of the musical Oliver!. He originated the role of Cardinal Wolsey in the West End production of Robert Bolt's A Man for All Seasons. He appeared in the television series The Adventures of William Tell (which lasted 39 episodes) in 1958 and 1959 as the villain Landburgher Gessler; and as Reeder's boss, Sir Jason Toovey (who was head of the Department of Public Prosecutions) in The Mind of Mr. J. G. Reeder, a TV series of 16 hour-long episodes with first season 1969 and second season 1971; also as Sir Geoffrey in The Man in Room 17, which ran two series of 13 hour-long black-and-white episodes in 1965 and 1966. [3]

Goddard died in 2008 aged 81, 21 years after retiring.[4]

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