Dennis Wilfred Davies
25 January 1926
|Died||8 October 2015 (aged 89)|
Conford, Hampshire, England, UK
|Spouse(s)||Jill Britton 1955-2015 (2 Children)|
Beryl Armstrong 1944-? (1 Child) (divorced)
Dennis Wilfred "Richard" Davies (25 January 1926 – 8 October 2015) was a Welsh character actor. He was probably best known for his performance as the exasperated schoolmaster Mr. Price in the popular LWT situation comedy Please Sir!. He used a broad Welsh accent for much of his work, but had used other accents to play a wide range of characters, in addition to several Welsh stereotypes.
Davies was born in Dowlais, Merthyr Tydfil, Glamorgan, the son of a railway guard. He played Idris Hopkins in Coronation Street between 1974 and 1975, and appeared in several science-fiction series, among them Robert's Robots, Out of the Unknown, and a well-received performance as Burton in the 1987 Doctor Who story Delta and the Bannermen. He played Mr. White in the Fawlty Towers episode "The Kipper and the Corpse" and also appeared in Yes Minister, Wyatt's Watchdogs, May to December, Whoops Apocalypse, 2point4 Children and One Foot in the Grave. In 1970, he appeared in an episode of Two in Clover as Victor Spinetti's character's brother when Spinetti was unavailable. His other main role was in the comedy series Oh No, It's Selwyn Froggitt! where he played Clive.
Davies had a recurring role as Jim Sloan in Z-Cars between 1962 and 1965, returning to the series playing different characters in 1968 and in its spin-off Softly, Softly. He also appeared in Dixon of Dock Green, The Sweeney and Van der Valk. He impersonated Clive Jenkins in a spoof edition of Question Time in a sketch on Not the Nine O'Clock News. He appeared in the Please Sir! spin-off series The Fenn Street Gang. In 1951, he made an uncredited appearance in the Ealing Studios comedy The Lavender Hill Mob. He had appeared in films such as Zulu (1964), the film adaptation of Please Sir! (1971), and Under Milk Wood (1972). In 1988, he played the schoolteacher in Queen Sacrifice. He died on 8 October 2015 at the age of 89, survived by his wife and two children, and a son from his first marriage. He had Alzheimer's disease.
|1949||A Run for Your Money||Rugby Fan||Uncredited|
|1951||The Lavender Hill Mob||Police Driver||Uncredited|
|1955||The Night My Number Came Up||Wireless Operator|
|1956||The Long Arm||Detective||Uncredited|
|1961||A Fever in the Blood||Bates||Uncredited|
|1964||Zulu||Private 593 Jones|
|1966||Sky West and Crooked||Rick|
|1968||Twisted Nerve||'Taffy' Evans|
|1968||The Fiction Makers||Reporter|
|1969||Oh! What a Lovely War||Sergeant in Burial Party||Uncredited|
|1971||Please Sir!||Mr. Price|
|1972||Under Milk Wood||Mr. Pritchard|
|1973||Steptoe and Son Ride Again||Butcher|
|1988||Queen Sacrifice||Wil Bevan||Short|
|1968–1972||Please Sir!||Mr. Price|
|1970||Two in Clover||David Evans|
|1974–1975||Coronation Street||Idris Hopkins|
|1974–1977||Oh No, It's Selwyn Froggitt!||Clive|
|1979||Fawlty Towers||Mr. White|
|1980||Yes, Minister||Joe Morgan|
|1982||Whoops Apocalypse||Chancellor of the Exchequer|
|1983||Give Us a Break||Taffy|
|1984||Bottle Boys||Stan Evans|
|1985||Big Deal||Dai Phillips|
|1986||That Uncertain Feeling||Mr. Davis|
|1992||One Foot in the Grave||Billy Whitney|
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