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Roy Kinnear Biography

  • Profession: Actor
  • Born: Jan 8, 1934
  • Died: Sep 20, 1988

British comic actor Roy Kinnear received his training at the Theatre Workshop, and made his film debut in 1962's [[Feature~V49896~Tiara Tahiti~tiaratahiti]]. Short and already balding in his 20s, Kinnear resigned himself early on to character roles; his comic gifts enabled the actor to expand his range as a writer/performer on the fabled early-'60s British TV satirical series That Was the Week That Was. Kinnear became an American favorite for his role as mad scientist Victor Spinetti's harried assistant in the 1965 [[Performer~P4797~Beatles~thebeatles]] film [[Feature~V94795~Help!~helphelppolice]]. It was the launching pad of a film career comprised mostly of comic relief and cameo roles. One of Kinnear's most popular film appearances was a two-minute bit specially written for him in [[Feature~V18964~A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum~afunnythinghappenedonthewaytotheforum]] (1967), wherein the actor played a trainer of Roman gladiators who conducted his classes in the manner of a golf instructor. [[Performer~P99442~Richard Lester~richardlester]], director of both [[Feature~V94795~Help!~helphelppolice]] and [[Feature~V18964~Forum~afunnythinghappenedonthewaytotheforum]], cast Kinnear as long-suffering lackey Planchet in the star-studded 1974 filmization of [[Feature~V49690~The Three Musketeers~thethreemusketeers]], and its sequel (shot simultaneously) [[Feature~V18326~The Four Musketeers~thefourmusketeers]] (1974). With virtually every cast member -- especially [[Performer~P75368~Raquel Welch~raquelwelch]] -- clowning it up in the [[Feature~V127627~Musketeers~imoschettieridelmare]] films, Kinnear's routines for the first time seemed intrusive. After a decade of variable roles, Kinnear was cast as The Common Man in the 1987 [[Performer~P94233~Charlton Heston~charltonheston]] remake of A Man for All Seasons; it was a brilliant tour de force, with Kinnear displaying a full and versatile range from low comedy to subtle pathos. While recreating his Planchet role in [[Feature~V41104~Return of the Musketeers~thereturnofthemusketeers]], filmed on location in Spain, Roy Kinnear fell from a horse during a comic chase scene, suffered a heart attack, and died at the age of 54; that film premiered in 1989. Kinnear had completed work on his penultimate feature -- doing one of the voices for the kiddie cartoon [[Feature~V39212~The Princess and the Goblin~theprincessandthegoblin]] -- not long before his death. It wrapped production in 1992 and took its stateside bow in 1994. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi