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Overview (4)

Born in Tenby, Pembrokeshire, Wales, UK
Died in London, England, UK  (undisclosed)
Birth NameKenneth Griffiths
Height 5' 8" (1.73 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Kenneth Griffith was born on October 12, 1921 in Tenby, Pembrokeshire, Wales as Kenneth Griffiths. He was an actor and writer, known for Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994), I'm All Right Jack (1959) and A Night to Remember (1958). He was married to Karol Hagar, Doria Noar and Joan Stock. He died on June 25, 2006 in London, England.

Spouse (3)

Karol Hagar (1966 - ?) ( divorced) ( 3 children)
Doria Noar (1960 - 1966) ( divorced) ( 1 child)
Joan Stock (1944 - ?) ( divorced) ( 2 children)

Trivia (15)

Besides Patrick McGoohan, he was the only other actor to appear in the finales of both Secret Agent (1964) and The Prisoner (1967).
Was a close friend of Peter O'Toole.
Was a friend of Patrick McGoohan during the 1960s.
He served in the RAF during WWII. He gained stage experience at the Old Vic and in repertory theatre. He went on to make more than 80 movies, mostly in character parts, many of them unsympathetic. He was also an authority on the Boer War.
In 1982, Griffith wrote and directed The Most Valuable Englishman Ever, exploring the life of Thomas Paine.
All three marriages ended in divorce. He had three sons and two daughters.
Griffith was very much a political animal with firmly held views on British imperialism. These were reflected in some no-holds-barred documentaries about Winston Churchill, Cecil Rhodes and Napoléon Bonaparte.
Did not enjoy the long rehearsal process and virtually abandoned the theatre to work solely in cinema and television.
The Welshman was encouraged to drop the "s" from his surname for professional reasons, because it sounded too British.
Father of Eva Griffith.
Was cast as "Berkley" in Where Eagles Dare (1968), but was replaced by Peter Barkworth.
President of a society for the emancipation of the Untouchables caste in India.
Avidly supported Sinn Fein.
Theatrical debut in 1937 at the Festival Theatre in Cambridge as Cinna the Poet in 'Julius Caesar'.
His interest in the Boer War began when he visited South Africa to play Oberon in Tyronre Guthrie's Old Vic production of 'A Midsummer Nights Dream'. His collection of the war memorabilia was so vast that it took over 2 floors of his house. He wrote books and television programmes on the subject. A projected film on Baden Powell by a union ban on filming in South Africa.

Personal Quotes (2)

In my time I've been accused of being a Marxist, a fascist, a traitor and, probably worst in most people's eyes, inconsistent. I was a radical Socialist. I'm now a radical Tory. It has been a very painful journey.
My grandparents were Victorians with Victorian values and anything decent about me I owe to my non-conformist Protestant upbringing.

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