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Wensley Pithey (1914–1993)

Character actor who started performing on stage at the age of 12 in his native South Africa. He moved to England in 1947 and continued to appear on stage, screen and TV often as portly authority figures. A notable portrayer of Sir Winston Churchill. He was married 3 times and had 1 son. See full bio »

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(age 79) in London, England, UK

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 1993 Lipstick on Your Collar (TV Mini-Series)
Elderley Gentleman
- Episode #1.6 (1993) ... Elderley Gentleman
 1991 American Friends
Cave
 1988 The Diamond Trap (TV Movie)
Basil
 1988 Blind Justice (TV Mini-Series)
- Permanent Blue (1988)
 1987 In Sickness and in Health (TV Series)
Equerry
- Episode #3.6 (1987) ... Equerry
 1987 White Mischief
Sheridan
 1986 Howards' Way (TV Series)
George Johnson
- Episode #2.9 (1986) ... George Johnson
 1985 Storyboard (TV Series)
Vicar
- King & Castle (1985) ... Vicar
 1984 Love and Marriage (TV Series)
Owen Merrick
- Lucifer (1984) ... Owen Merrick
 1983 Red Monarch (TV Movie)
Voroshilov
 1983 Number 10 (TV Mini-Series)
King Edward VII
 1982 The Gentle Touch (TV Series)
Dr. Quesne
- Right of Entry (1982) ... Dr. Quesne (uncredited)
 1981 The Cherry Orchard (TV Movie)
Pischik
 1979-1980 The Old Curiosity Shop (TV Mini-Series)
Single Gentleman
- Episode #1.9 (1980) ... Single Gentleman
- Episode #1.8 (1980) ... Single Gentleman
- Episode #1.7 (1980) ... Single Gentleman
- Episode #1.6 (1980) ... Single Gentleman
- Episode #1.5 (1980) ... Single Gentleman
 1979 Suez 1956 (TV Movie)
Sir Winston Churchill
 1979 Ike: The War Years (TV Mini-Series)
Winston Churchill
 1969-1979 BBC Play of the Month (TV Series)
George Booth / Fr. Clement
- The Marquise (1969) ... Fr. Clement
 1979 Return of the Saint (TV Series)
Franklyn
- Collision Course: The Sixth Man (1979) ... Franklyn
- Collision Course: The Brave Goose (1979) ... Franklyn
 1978 The Devil's Crown (TV Series)
Saladin
 1977 Premiere (TV Series)
Chief Insp. Lymington
- A Hymn from Jim (1977) ... Chief Insp. Lymington
 1976 Beasts (TV Series)
Mr. Liversedge
- Special Offer (1976) ... Mr. Liversedge
 1975 Poldark (TV Series)
Jeffrey Clymer
- Episode #1.10 (1975) ... Jeffrey Clymer
- Episode #1.9 (1975) ... Jeffrey Clymer
 1972-1974 Coronation Street (TV Series)
Wilfred Perkins
- Episode #1.1391 (1974) ... Wilfred Perkins
- Episode #1.1390 (1974) ... Wilfred Perkins
- Episode #1.1313 (1973) ... Wilfred Perkins
- Episode #1.1312 (1973) ... Wilfred Perkins
- Episode #1.1310 (1973) ... Wilfred Perkins
 1974 Zodiac (TV Series)
Inspector Duggan
- Sting Sting Scorpio (1974) ... Inspector Duggan
 1973 Sykes (TV Series)
- Salesman (1973)
- Protest (1973)
- Bird (1973)
- Fancy Dress (1973)
 1972 Doomwatch (TV Series)
Dr. Ericson
- Flood (1972) ... Dr. Ericson
 1972 To Encourage the Others (TV Movie)
Cassels
 1972 The Adventurer (TV Series)
Nicholas
- Thrust and Counter Thrust (1972) ... Nicholas
 1970 The Main Chance (TV Series)
Lord Bennett
- The Best Legal System in the World (1970) ... Lord Bennett
 1970 Nearest and Dearest (TV Series)
Leonard Longbottom
- When Love Walks In (1970) ... Leonard Longbottom
 1969 Callan (TV Series)
Det. Insp. Charwood
- Land of Light and Peace (1969) ... Det. Insp. Charwood
 1968 Her Majesty's Pleasure (TV Series)
Governor (1968)
 1967-1968 City 68' (TV Series)
Alderman Sankey / Old crowkey
- Freedom of the City (1968) ... Alderman Sankey
- Who Pays? (1968) ... Alderman Sankey
- The Shooting War (1967) ... Old crowkey
 1956-1967 ITV Play of the Week (TV Series)
Dr. Clive / Dr. Chebutikin / Gilchrist / ...
- Little Moon of Alban (1967) ... Dr. Clive
- The Girl in the Window (1960) ... Gilchrist
- The Guinea Pig (1957) ... Mr. Read
 1966 Mrs Thursday (TV Series)
George Dunrich
- A Ride in a Rolls Royce (1966) ... George Dunrich
 1965 Blackmail (TV Series)
Eric Palmer
- Cobb (1965) ... Eric Palmer
 1965 The Sullavan Brothers (TV Series)
Corcoran
- This Town Is Mine (1965) ... Corcoran
 1964 Gideon C.I.D. (TV Series)
Supt. Bill Hemmingway
- Big Fish, Little Fish (1964) ... Supt. Bill Hemmingway
 1964 Love Story (TV Series)
Jack Wightman
- An Apple for the Teacher (1964) ... Jack Wightman
 1964 Sergeant Cork (TV Series)
Sir Hector Bundy
- The Case of the Hero's Return (1964) ... Sir Hector Bundy
 1964 The Plane Makers (TV Series)
Bill Ingram
- "The Homecoming" (1964) ... Bill Ingram
 1963 The Saint (TV Series)
Inspector Teal
 1963 Man of the World (TV Series)
President Ruschek
- In the Picture (1963) ... President Ruschek
 1963 Suspense (TV Series)
Bradwell
- Killer Lie Waiting (1963) ... Bradwell
 1962 Zero One (TV Series)
 1962 The Scales of Justice (TV Series)
Mr. Robbins
- The Guilty Party (1962) ... Mr. Robbins
 1962 The Boys
Mr. Coulter (as Wensley Athey)
 1961 BBC Sunday-Night Play (TV Series)
Col. Von Schwendi
- The Judge and His Hangman (1961) ... Col. Von Schwendi
 1961 Jacks and Knaves (TV Series)
Chief Inspector
- It Was Doing Nothing (1961) ... Chief Inspector
- The Great Art Robbery (1961) ... Chief Inspector
- The Interrogation (1961) ... Chief Inspector
- The Master Mind (1961) ... Chief Inspector
 1961 Sir Francis Drake (TV Series)
Davey Preston
- The Lost Colony of Virginia (1961) ... Davey Preston
 1961 Deadline Midnight (TV Series)
Frederick Hall
- The Unforgiven (1961) ... Frederick Hall
 1961 Boyd Q.C. (TV Series)
Mr. Wodhurst
- The Needle Match (1961) ... Mr. Wodhurst
 1961 ITV Television Playhouse (TV Series)
- The Reception (1961)
 1961 Here's Harry (TV Series)
Police chief
- The Bicycle (1961) ... Police chief
 1961 Danger Man (TV Series)
Senor Lazar
- The Hired Assassin (1961) ... Senor Lazar
 1961 Dixon of Dock Green (TV Series)
Paul Wigram
- The Glass of Fury (1961) ... Paul Wigram
 1961 No Hiding Place (TV Series)
Joe Smith
 1961 An Enemy of the People (TV Series)
Hovstad
- Episode #1.1 (1961) ... Hovstad
 1960-1961 Persuasion (TV Mini-Series)
Mr. Musgrove
- Episode #1.3 (1961) ... Mr. Musgrove
- Episode #1.2 (1961) ... Mr. Musgrove
- Episode #1.1 (1960) ... Mr. Musgrove
 1960 Snowball
Jim Adams
 1960 The Pure Hell of St. Trinian's
Chief Constable
 1960 Armchair Mystery Theatre (TV Series)
Willim Barber
- The Man with a Feather in His Hat (1960) ... Willim Barber
 1960 Make Mine Mink
Superintendent (uncredited)
 1958-1960 Armchair Theatre (TV Series)
Dr. Fenwick / Frank Evans
- The Girl in the Market Square (1960) ... Dr. Fenwick
- The Greatest Man in the World (1958) ... Frank Evans
 1960 Probation Officer (TV Series)
- Episode #1.18 (1960)
- Episode #1.17 (1960)
 1959 Serious Charge
Police Sergeant
 1959 The Last Chronicle of Barset (TV Series)
Mr. Walker
- How Did He Get It? (1959) ... Mr. Walker
 1959 Dial 999 (TV Series)
- 24 Hours a Day (1959)
 1958 The New Adventures of Charlie Chan (TV Series)
- Safe Deposit (1958)
 1957 Shadow Squad (TV Series)
Detective
- The Missing Cheese: Part 2 (1957) ... Detective
- The Missing Cheese: Part 1 (1957) ... Detective
 1957 Blue Murder at St. Trinian's
Brigadier (uncredited)
 1957 The Long Haul
Minor Role
 1957 Overseas Press Club - Exclusive! (TV Series)
Father Tsouderos
- Santa Claus in a Jeep (1957) ... Father Tsouderos
 1957 Hell Drivers
Pop
 1957 Kill Me Tomorrow
Inspector Lane
 1957 Doctor at Large
Sam - Poacher
 1957 Assignment Foreign Legion (TV Series)
Captain Mercier
- The Richest Man in the Legion (1957) ... Captain Mercier
 1956 You Can't Escape (uncredited)
 1956 Tiger in the Smoke
Detective Sergeant Pickett
 1956 David Copperfield (TV Series)
Mr. Tungay
- Part 2 (1956) ... Mr. Tungay
 1955-1956 Patrol Car (TV Series)
Jerry Watson
- Cocktail Girl (1956) ... Jerry Watson
 1955 Moby Dick Rehearsed (TV Movie)
A Middle-Aged Actor / Stubb
 1955 Rheingold Theatre (TV Series)
Jim Carter / Official
- Enchanted Doll (1955) ... Jim Carter
- Flight One-Zero-One (1955) ... Official
 1954 The Men of Sherwood Forest
Hugo (as Winsley Pithy)
 1954 Montserrat (TV Movie)
Salas Ina
 1954 Tygers Hart (TV Movie)
John Shakespeare
 1953 The Titfield Thunderbolt
A Policeman
 1953 Little Red Monkey (TV Movie)
Martineau
 1952 Scotland Yard Inspector
Sid - the bartender
 1952 Father's Doing Fine
Policeman (uncredited)
 1952 The Woman's Angle (uncredited)
 1951 BBC Sunday-Night Theatre (TV Series)
Meyer
- Skipper Next to God (1951) ... Meyer
 1951 Midshipman Barney (TV Series)
Snooks
- Episode #1.2 (1951) ... Snooks
 1951 The Powder Monkey (TV Movie)
Snooks
 1950 Guilt Is My Shadow
Tillingham
 1950 Eye Witness
Alfred
 1949 Cardboard Cavalier
Jailer
 1948 It's Hard to Be Good
Vicar (uncredited)
 1948 Dulcimer Street
First Warden
 1947 The Mark of Cain
Opera House Attendant

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Alternate Names:

Wensley Athey | Winsley Pithy
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Trivia:

He played the British Prime Minister Winston Churchill (1874-1965) in three different productions: Edward & Mrs. Simpson (1978), Suez 1956 (1979) and F.D.R.: The Last Year (1980).

Star Sign:

Aquarius

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