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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 8 January 1934Wigan, Lancashire, England, UK
Date of Death 20 September 1988Madrid, Madrid, Spain  (heart attack)
Birth NameRoy Mitchell Kinnear
Height 5' 5" (1.65 m)

Mini Bio (1)

After his schooling in Edinburgh, the British character actor Roy Kinnear attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. Following national service, Kinnear appeared on stage, radio, and television in Scotland before becoming a household name in Britain in the early 1960s as one of the original members of the television series That Was the Week That Was (1962). Around this time, he also established his film career, specializing in jovial, yet sometimes slightly sinister, characters, such as Finney, Moriarty's henchman, in The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother (1975). Another characteristic role was that of Planchet in the Musketeer movies, a role that tragically led to his death from a riding accident during the filming of The Return of the Musketeers (1989).

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Lyn Hammond

Spouse (1)

Carmel Cryan (29 August 1970 - 20 September 1988) (his death) (3 children)

Trivia (11)

He appeared in the music video, "All I Need Is A Miracle", by Mike + The Mechanics.
Educated at George Heriot's School, Edinburgh.
He appeared at the beginning of the music video, "Taken In", by Mike + The Mechanics.
While filming The Return of the Musketeers (1989), he fell from a horse, breaking his pelvis. Tragically, he died the next day in hospital, from a heart attack brought on by his injuries.
Father of actor Rory Kinnear and casting director Kirsty Kinnear.
Appeared in Anna Pavlova (1983) with James Fox, who plays the part of Mr. Salt in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005), which is the same role Kinnear played in the original version, Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971).
Did a great deal of charity work for handicapped and disabled children, after his daughter Karina was born with cerebral palsy.
He was asked to be in the Mike+The Mechanics video because the producer (Paul Flattery) and director (Jim Yukich) were huge Beatles fans so they cast Kinnear ("Help," "How I Won The War) and Victor Spinetti ("A Hard Days Night.""Help") not only because they were great actors, but so that they could talk to them about their Beatle experiences. Flattery also loved Jagger's movie "Performance" so they also added Johnny Shannon who played Harry Flowers in that.
He appeared in eight films directed by his close friend Richard Lester: Help! (1965), A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1966), How I Won the War (1967), The Bed Sitting Room (1969), The Three Musketeers (1973), Juggernaut (1974), The Four Musketeers: Milady's Revenge (1974) and The Return of the Musketeers (1989).
His son is Rory Kinnear of James Bond Films Skyfall, Quantum of Solace, and Spectre.
He did, in fact, make a ninth appearance for Richard Lester in "Royal Flash" (1975), playing a customer in a brothel near the beginning of the film. The film originally opened in London at a length of nearly two hours and was a surprise disappointment at the box-office, leading to several bits and pieces being cut, so that it was generally released in Britain (several months after the premiere) in a double-bill with a Burt Reynolds movie. It then ran less than a hundred minutes, and it was this version that was shown in America. Pauline Kael, reviewing it unfavorably, commented that Kinnear was nowhere to be seen in it. His part, like that of Rula Lenska in the same scene, had been deleted entirely.

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