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    A very talented actor and a great human being. Roy died early in a tragic accident that should have been prevented.Thank goodness we have him on film to remind us of his talent. My favourite performance was in the Deadly Affair, he was just fantastic in that role. He was also excellent in Juggernaut, apart from these two roles that I know, is there any other favourites out there??? thanks

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    liked roy best as the cowboy builder jerry in both man about the house and george and mildred he made a great double act with brian murphy

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    Actors like Mr. Kinnear were just great in everything weren't they?

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    For me, it was in The Informers from 1963 when he played a crook called Shorty and in The Hill from 1965 playing Monty Bartlett.

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    He was fine in Hammett one of his few American based films.



    It is very sad that he died on a film directed by his most frequent collaborator.

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    He was indeed good in The Deadly Affair. He usually has a very good cynical/downtrodden demeanour that seemed to fit the seedy character of Scarr especially when he is beaten to a pulp by Harry Andrews. However his violent demise is quite shocking for the time.



    He was good in The Hill and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. I seem to remember him being in a lot of BBC childrens productions during the early 80's and wasnt he a regular on Blankety Blank? - probably sitting next to Lorraine Chase and Joe Brown!

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    My favourite was his small part as a bus conductor in THE BOYS. He was so totally believable in that part!

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    I like him in the Avengers - The Hour That Never Was, but my favourite was the film Albert Carter QOSO.



    Anyone remember it?

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    As the father of two in the age of the VHS, I must have watched him in Willie Wonka 300 times. My personal favourite is probably The Hill, but I don't think I've ever seen a poor Roy Kinnear performance.

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    Too many great roles to choose from, but I just love him as Moriarty's assistant in The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother.

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    As Moor has quite rightly pointed out, Roy Kinnear excelled in everything that he did. He was the type of actor who could rise above the limitations of even the smallest role to make himself noticed in the best possible way. I would put Roy on a par with actors of the range of Leo McKern - another who seemed to be able to turn his hand to any role with great success.



    Coming back to THE AVENGERS I have to say that (much as I too loved the comic foil of Jerry from MATH and character performances in such films as SPARROWS CAN'T SING) that probably my most favourite Roy Kinnear performance comes from this series too. In the sadness of the original Avengers final episode, BIZARRE!, we have a perfect comedy performance from Roy as Mr. Happychap, the owner of the Happy Meadows cemetery where the dead just won't lie down.



    Roy is spot on with his surreal characterisation to match the surreal plot taking place beneath his feet, and his disintegration as things become more and more bizarre is wonderfully done.



    Gone, but never forgotten...the wonderful Roy Kinnear.



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    As Moor has quite rightly pointed out, Roy Kinnear excelled in everything that he did. He was the type of actor who could rise above the limitations of even the smallest role to make himself noticed in the best possible way. I would put Roy on a par with actors of the range of Leo McKern - another who seemed to be able to turn his hand to any role with great success.



    Coming back to THE AVENGERS I have to say that (much as I too loved the comic foil of Jerry from MATH and character performances in such films as SPARROWS CAN'T SING) that probably my most favourite Roy Kinnear performance comes from this series too. In the sadness of the original Avengers final episode, BIZARRE!, we have a perfect comedy performance from Roy as Mr. Happychap, the owner of the Happy Meadows cemetery where the dead just won't lie down.



    Roy is spot on with his surreal characterisation to match the surreal plot taking place beneath his feet, and his disintegration as things become more and more bizarre is wonderfully done.



    Gone, but never forgotten...the wonderful Roy Kinnear.



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    cheers Smudge, I must have another look at the Avengers episode

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    when i was a child growing up in the eighties Roy Kinnear was one of the most recognisable faces on tv, the role i best remember him in is Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory when he was excellent as varuca salt's dad and i can also remember him in Eggheads Robot with a very young Keith Chegwin.

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    As someone mentioned earlier Roy Kinnear was one of those actors who never gave a bad performance. He played alongside Dick Emery in his TV shows of the 1970's. Also I recently saw him in a couple of episodes of 'Minder'.

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    Roy was kewl, remember the series he was in that was taken off air after complaints called Hardwick House.

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    I think he just steals the film Juggernaut as the harassed entertainment officer.



    Dick Lester always put him to excellent use - especially in the Musketeer movies.



    How come he didn't get to play Friar Tuck in Robin and Marion?

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    He popped up in some awful archive TV show last night. He was being beaten up by a bobby in a sketch. It might have been Lance Percival as the bobby




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    How come he didn't get to play Friar Tuck in Robin and Marion?
    That part went to Ronnie Barker.

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    That part went to Ronnie Barker.
    Yes, I know, thank you.

    I just wondered why - since Kinnear is greatly associated with Lester (being part of his stock repertory company) and would have been perfect in the part.



    Barker was hardly the figure in films that Kinnear was. Just odd that's all.

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    I like him in the Avengers - The Hour That Never Was, but my favourite was the film Albert Carter QOSO.



    Anyone remember it?


    So pleased SOMEONE else has seen this minor classic!



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