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Kenneth Williams

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Excerpt from Peepholism:

After Kenneth Williams' death earlier in 1988, Morrissey had said of him: "I loved his bomb-shelter Britishness, his touch-me-not wit, his be-ironed figure, stylishly non-sexual; his facial features were as funny as anything he ever said... those special clenched timings and aghast priggish close-ups. The passion absent in his celibate existence appeared to the brim, and past the brin, in his work. Another irreplaceable strip of Britishness falls away."

Wikipedia Information


Kenneth Charles Williams (22 February 1926 – 15 April 1988) was an English actor. He was best known for his comedy roles and in later life as a raconteur and diarist. He was one of the main ensemble in 26 of the 31 Carry On films, and appeared in many British television programmes and radio comedies, including series with Tony Hancock and Kenneth Horne, as well as being a regular panellist on BBC Radio 4's comedy panel show Just a Minute from its second series in 1968 until his death 20 years later. Williams grew up in Central London in a working-class family; claiming his father spoke as a cockney. He served in the Royal Engineers during World War II, where he first became interested in becoming an entertainer. After a short spell in repertory theatre as a serious actor, he turned to comedy and achieved national fame in Hancock's Half Hour. He sustained continued success throughout the 1960s and 1970s with his regular appearances in Carry On films, and subsequently kept himself in the public eye with chat shows and other television work. Williams was fondly regarded in the entertainment industry; in private life, however, he suffered from depression. He kept a series of diaries throughout his life that achieved posthumous acclaim.