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Overview (4)

Born in Wigan, Lancashire, England, UK
Died in Madrid, 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 (9)

Educated at George Heriot's School, Edinburgh.
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 music video Mike + the Mechanics: All I Need Is a Miracle (1986) because the producer (Paul Flattery) and director (James Yukich) were huge fans of The Beatles, so they cast Kinnear (Help! (1965), How I Won the War (1967)) and Victor Spinetti (A Hard Day's Night (1964), Help! (1965)) not only because they were great actors, but so that they could talk to them about their Beatles experiences. Flattery also loved Mick Jagger's movie Performance (1970) 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).
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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