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Connor, Kenneth Biography




biography of Connor, Kenneth

6 June 1918, Islington, London, England, UK
28 November 1993, Harrow, Middlesex, England, UK (cancer)
5' 2"
The son of a naval officer who ran what were called "concert parties", Kenneth Connor made his stage debut at age two, and by 11 was performing in both a solo act and a doubles act with his brother in various revue shows. He later decided to become a serious actor rather than just a revue performer, and attended a professional music and drama school. After a six-year stint in the army, he returned to the theater as an actor, and secured quite a few roles on the stage. For all his training, though, he found his greatest success doing voice characterizations on radio comedy shows. His success there led to his being cast in the first "Carry On" film, and he went on to become one of the regulars in the long-running series. After it ended Connor did a lot of television work, and achieved another round of success as the undertaker Alphonse in the popular TV series, _"'Allo 'Allo!" (1982)_ (qv). He died of cancer in 1993.
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-   'Margaret Connor' (? - 28 November 1993) (his death); 1 child


-   Father of 'Jeremy Connor (I)' (qv) and grandfather of child actors 'Thomas Connor' (qv), Hayley and Rose.

-   He was awarded the MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) in 1991 for his services to drama.

-   His last screen performance was on BBC Television's _"Noel's House Party" (1991)_ (qv) in 1993, just two days before he died.

-   The only actor in the "Carry On..." films to appear, along with 'Kenneth Williams (I)' (qv) and 'Eric Barker (I)' (qv) in the first (_Carry on Sergeant (1958)_ (qv)) and last authentic "Carry On... films (_Carry on Emmannuelle (1978)_ (qv)). This does not include the heavily criticised _Carry on Columbus (1992)_ (qv).

-   Attended the Central School of Music and Drama, where he won a gold medal.

-   Called his wife Margaret - MiKi.


-   Contributed to the album: "Parade of Disney Hits"

-   (1950) He acted in 'Hugh Hastings (I)' (qv)' play, "Red Dragon", at the Q Theatre in London, England with 'Richard Pearson (II)' (qv) in the cast.

-   (1950) He acted in Talbot Rothwell, George S. Kaufman, and Moss Hart's play, "Queen Elizabeth Slept Here," at the Strand Theatre in London, England with Jimmy Hanley and Rosalyn Boulter in the cast.

-   (1951) He acted in R.F. Delderfield's play, "Waggonload O' Monkeys," at the Savoy Theatre in London, England with Jimmy Hanley and Rosalyn Boulter in the cast.

-   (April 1948) He acted in William Shakespeare's play, "Coriolanus," at the Old Vic at the New Theatre in London, England with Mark Dignam, John Clements, Alec Guinness, Harry Andrews, Peter Copley, Rosalind Atkinson, Pauline Jameson, and George Rose in the cast. E. Martin Browne was director.

-   (February 1948) He acted in Nikolai Gogol's play, "The Government Inspector," at the Old Vic at the New Theatre in London, England with Mark Dignam, Alec Guinness, Harry Andrews, Bernard Miles, George Rose, Peter Copley, Rosalind Atkinson, Renee Asherson, and Penelope Munday in the cast. John Burrell was director. Felix Topolski was designer.

-   (January 1948) He acted in George Bernard Shaw's play, "Saint Joan," at the Old Vic at the New Theatre in London, England with Celia Johnson, Mark Dignam, Bernard Miles, Patricia Burke, John Clements, Harry Andrews, Peter Copley, George Rose, and Penelope Munday in the cast. John Burrell was director. Gordon Jacob was musical director.

-   (November 1947, January 1948, & March 1948) He acted in William Shakespeare's play, "The Taming of the Shrew," at the Old Vic at the New Theatre in London, England with Trevor Howard (1947), John Clements (1948), Mark Dignam, Patricia Burke, Bernard Miles, Rosalind Atkinson, George Rose, Peter Copley, Harry Andrews, Renee Asherson, and Penelope Munday in the cast. John Burrell was director.

-   (1962) He performed in Peter Cook's revue, "One Over the Eight," at the Duke of York's Theatre in London, England with Sheila Hancock, Lance Percival, Ben Aris, and Lynda Baron in the cast. Paddy Stone was director.

-   (October 23,1963) He acted in 'Stephen Sondheim' (qv)'s musical, "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum", at the Strand Theatre in London, England with 'Frankie Howerd' (qv) and 'Jon Pertwee' (qv) in the cast.

-   (March 3,1964) He acted in Stephen Sondheim's musical, "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum," in a Gala Performance (Gala Midnight Matinee in Aid of Oxfam) at the Strand Theatre in London, England with Frankie Howerd, Jon Pertwee, Robertson Hare, "Monsewer" Eddie Gray, Isla Blair, and Leon Greene in the cast.

-   (1967) He acted in 'Laurie Johnson (I)' (qv)'s musical, "The Four Musketeers", at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane in London, England with 'Harry Secombe' (qv) and 'Elizabeth Larner' (qv) in the cast.


-   _Cor Blimey! (2000) (TV)_


-   "The Times" (UK), 28 October 1961, "Mr. Kenneth Connor for One Over The Eight"

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  2. Carry on Quizzing (2006) (VG)
  3. The Unforgettable Joan Sims (2002) (TV)
  4. "Heroes of Comedy" (1995) {Sidney James (#6.2)}
  5. On Location: The Carry Ons (2001) (TV)
  6. The Unforgettable Hattie Jacques (2000) (TV)
  7. A Perfect Carry On (1998) (TV)
  8. Kenneth Williams: A Life on the Box (1998) (TV)
  9. The Very Best of Sid James (1996) (V)
  10. The Best of 'Allo 'Allo! (1994) (TV)
  11. "The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes" (1994) {The Red Circle (#1.4)}
  12. "Laugh with the Carry Ons" (1993)
  13. "Telly Addicts" (1985) {(#9.12)}
  14. "'Allo 'Allo!" (1982) {A Fishy Sendoff (#9.5)}
  15. "'Allo 'Allo!" (1982) {A Fistful of Francs (#8.6)}
  16. "'Allo 'Allo!" (1982) {A Winkle in Time (#9.6)}
  17. "'Allo 'Allo!" (1982) {A Woman Never Lies (#8.2)}
  18. "'Allo 'Allo!" (1982) {Arousing Suspicions (#8.1)}
  19. "'Allo 'Allo!" (1982) {Awful Wedded Wife (#8.4)}
  20. "'Allo 'Allo!" (1982) {Fighting with Windmills (#9.1)}
  21. "'Allo 'Allo!" (1982) {Firing Squashed (#8.5)}
  22. "'Allo 'Allo!" (1982) {Hitler's Last Heil (#8.3)}
  23. "'Allo 'Allo!" (1982) {Missing and Presumed Dead (#9.2)}
  24. "'Allo 'Allo!" (1982) {René Artois Is Still Dead (#9.3)}
  25. "'Allo 'Allo!" (1982) {Swan Song (#8.7)}
  26. "'Allo 'Allo!" (1982) {The Fishmonger Float (#9.4)}
  27. "'Allo 'Allo!" (1982) {A Bun in the Oven (#8.0)}
  28. "'Allo 'Allo!" (1982) {A Quiet Honeymoon (#7.1)}
  29. "'Allo 'Allo!" (1982) {An Almighty Bang (#7.2)}
  30. "'Allo 'Allo!" (1982) {Fleeing Monks (#7.3)}
  31. "'Allo 'Allo!" (1982) {Leg It to Spain! (#7.7)}
  32. "'Allo 'Allo!" (1982) {Prior Engagements (#7.8)}
  33. "'Allo 'Allo!" (1982) {René of the Gipsies (#7.10)}
  34. "'Allo 'Allo!" (1982) {Soup and Sausage (#7.9)}
  35. "'Allo 'Allo!" (1982) {The Gestapo Ruins a Picnic (#7.5)}
  36. "'Allo 'Allo!" (1982) {The Spirit of Nouvion (#7.6)}
  37. The British Comedy Awards 1990 (1990) (TV)
  38. "Made in Heaven" (1990) {Best of Enemies (#1.1)}
  39. Norbert Smith, a Life (1989) (TV)
  40. "'Allo 'Allo!" (1982) {All Aboard (#5.21)}
  41. "'Allo 'Allo!" (1982) {Christmas Puddings (#5.19)}
  42. "'Allo 'Allo!" (1982) {Crabtree's Podgeon Pist (#6.7)}
  43. "'Allo 'Allo!" (1982) {Desperate Doings in the Graveyard (#6.1)}
  44. "'Allo 'Allo!" (1982) {Enigma (#5.23)}
  45. "'Allo 'Allo!" (1982) {Enigma's End (#5.26)}
  46. "'Allo 'Allo!" (1982) {Renewing the Vows (#5.24)}
  47. "'Allo 'Allo!" (1982) {Rising to the Occasion (#6.8)}
  48. "'Allo 'Allo!" (1982) {The Big Flush (#5.25)}
  49. "'Allo 'Allo!" (1982) {The Crooked Fences (#6.6)}
  50. "'Allo 'Allo!" (1982) {The Nicked Airmen (#6.4)}
  51. "'Allo 'Allo!" (1982) {The Nouvion Oars (#6.3)}
  52. "'Allo 'Allo!" (1982) {A Marriage of Inconvenience (#5.6)}
  53. "'Allo 'Allo!" (1982) {Communists in the Cupboard (#5.14)}
  54. "'Allo 'Allo!" (1982) {Criminal Developments (#5.3)}
  55. "'Allo 'Allo!" (1982) {Desperate Doings in the Dungeon (#5.1)}
  56. "'Allo 'Allo!" (1982) {Enter Denise (#5.5)}
  57. "'Allo 'Allo!" (1982) {Feathers (#5.17)}
  58. "'Allo 'Allo!" (1982) {Forged Francs & Fishsellers (#5.15)}
  59. "'Allo 'Allo!" (1982) {Michelle's Secret Love (#5.10)}
  60. "'Allo 'Allo!" (1982) {Parade of Prams (#5.12)}
  61. "'Allo 'Allo!" (1982) {Post-Matrimonial Depression (#5.7)}
  62. "'Allo 'Allo!" (1982) {The Bank Job (#5.13)}
  63. "'Allo 'Allo!" (1982) {The Camera in the Potato (#5.2)}
  64. "'Allo 'Allo!" (1982) {The Exploding Bedpan (#5.16)}
  65. "'Allo 'Allo!" (1982) {The Generals' Conference (#5.9)}
  66. "'Allo 'Allo!" (1982) {The Long-Distance Duck (#5.8)}
  67. "Hi-de-Hi!" (1980) {Let Them Eat Cake (#9.4)}
  68. "Hi-de-Hi!" (1980) {Marry Go Round (#9.2)}
  69. "Hi-de-Hi!" (1980) {The Perils of Peggy (#9.3)}
  70. "Hi-de-Hi!" (1980) {The Wind of Change (#9.6)}
  71. "Hi-de-Hi!" (1980) {Wedding Bells (#9.5)}
  72. "'Allo 'Allo!" (1982) {Pretty Maids All in a Row (#3.5)}
  73. "'Allo 'Allo!" (1982) {Prisoners of War (#4.1)}
  74. "'Allo 'Allo!" (1982) {The Flying Nun (#4.4)}
  75. "'Allo 'Allo!" (1982) {The Great Un-Escape (#3.6)}
  76. "'Allo 'Allo!" (1982) {The Jet Propelled Mother-In-Law (#4.6)}
  77. "'Allo 'Allo!" (1982) {The Sausage in the Trousers (#4.5)}
  78. "Black Adder the Third" (1987) {Sense and Senility (#1.4)}
  79. "Hi-de-Hi!" (1980) {Tell It to the Marines (#9.1)}
  80. "Wogan" (1982) {(1987-05-25)}
  81. "'Allo 'Allo!" (1982) {Gruber Does Some Mincing (#3.2)}
  82. "'Allo 'Allo!" (1982) {The Nicked Knockwurst (#3.1)}
  83. "3-2-1" (1978) {Special: Christmas at Toad Hall (#9.13)}
  84. "Hi-de-Hi!" (1980) {A Lack of Punch (#7.5)}
  85. "Hi-de-Hi!" (1980) {God Bless Our Family (#8.4)}
  86. "Hi-de-Hi!" (1980) {Only the Brave (#8.5)}
  87. "Hi-de-Hi!" (1980) {Orphan of the Storm (#8.3)}
  88. "Hi-de-Hi!" (1980) {September Song (#8.6)}
  89. "Hi-de-Hi!" (1980) {The New Broom (#8.2)}
  90. "That's My Boy" (1981) {Something to Love (#5.4)}
  91. "'Allo 'Allo!" (1982) {Herr Flick's Revenge (#2.6)}
  92. "'Allo 'Allo!" (1982) {Swiftly and with Style (#2.4)}
  93. "'Allo 'Allo!" (1982) {The Duel (#2.5)}
  94. "3-2-1" (1978) {The Magic of Merlin (#8.12)}
  95. "'Allo 'Allo!" (1982) {The Funeral (#1.5)}
  96. "3-2-1" (1978) {Robin Hood (#7.7)}
  97. "What a Carry On" (1983) {(#1.10)}
  98. "What a Carry On" (1983) {(#1.11)}
  99. "What a Carry On" (1983) {(#1.13)}
  100. "What a Carry On" (1983) {(#1.9)}
  101. Carry on Laughing's Christmas Classics (1983) (TV)
  102. "3-2-1" (1978) {Dick Whittington (#6.4)}
  103. "3-2-1" (1978) {London (#5.6)}
  104. "What a Carry On" (1983) {(#1.1)}
  105. "What a Carry On" (1983) {(#1.2)}
  106. "What a Carry On" (1983) {(#1.3)}
  107. "What a Carry On" (1983) {(#1.4)}
  108. "What a Carry On" (1983) {(#1.5)}
  109. "What a Carry On" (1983) {(#1.6)}
  110. "What a Carry On" (1983) {(#1.7)}
  111. East Lynne (1982) (TV)
  112. The Royal Variety Performance 1982 (1982) (TV)
  113. "3-2-1" (1978) {Egypt (#4.13)}
  114. "3-2-1" (1978) {New Year Special (#4.1)}
  115. "Movie Memories" (1981) {(#2.4)}
  116. "3-2-1" (1978) {Spring (#3.13)}
  117. "Carry on Laughing" (1981) {(#1.1)}
  118. "Carry on Laughing" (1981) {(#1.10)}
  119. "Carry on Laughing" (1981) {(#1.11)}
  120. "Carry on Laughing" (1981) {(#1.12)}
  121. "Carry on Laughing" (1981) {(#1.13)}
  122. "Carry on Laughing" (1981) {(#1.2)}
  123. "Carry on Laughing" (1981) {(#1.3)}
  124. "Carry on Laughing" (1981) {(#1.4)}
  125. "Carry on Laughing" (1981) {(#1.5)}
  126. "Carry on Laughing" (1981) {(#1.6)}
  127. "Carry on Laughing" (1981) {(#1.7)}
  128. "Carry on Laughing" (1981) {(#1.8)}
  129. "Carry on Laughing" (1981) {(#1.9)}
  130. Frankie Howerd Reveals All (1980) (TV)
  131. Ted on the Spot (1979) (TV)
  132. That's Carry On (1979)
  133. "3-2-1" (1978) {British Empire (#2.6)}
  134. Carry on Emmannuelle (1978)
  135. To See Such Fun (1977)
  136. "Rentaghost" (1976)
  137. Carry on England (1976)
  138. Carry on Behind (1975)
  139. "Carry on Laughing!" (1975) {And in My Lady's Chamber (#2.3)}
  140. "Carry on Laughing!" (1975) {Lamp-Posts of the Empire (#2.7)}
  141. "Carry on Laughing!" (1975) {One in the Eye for Harold (#1.5)}
  142. "Carry on Laughing!" (1975) {Orgy and Bess (#1.4)}
  143. "Carry on Laughing!" (1975) {Short Knight, Long Daze (#2.4)}
  144. "Carry on Laughing!" (1975) {The Baron Outlook (#1.2)}
  145. "Carry on Laughing!" (1975) {The Case of the Coughing Parrot (#2.5)}
  146. "Carry on Laughing!" (1975) {The Case of the Screaming Winkles (#2.2)}
  147. "Carry on Laughing!" (1975) {The Nine Old Cobblers (#1.6)}
  148. "Carry on Laughing!" (1975) {The Prisoner of Spenda (#1.1)}
  149. "Carry on Laughing!" (1975) {Under the Round Table (#2.1)}
  150. Carry on Dick (1974)
  151. Carry on Christmas (1973) (TV)
  152. Carry on Girls (1973)
  153. What a Carry On! (1973) (TV)
  154. "Looks Familiar" (1970) {(#3.1)}
  155. "The Kenneth Connor Show" (1972)
  156. Carry on Abroad (1972)
  157. Carry on Christmas: Carry on Stuffing (1972) (TV)
  158. Carry on Matron (1972)
  159. The 14th Annual TV Week Logie Awards (1972) (TV)
  160. "Sez Les" (1969) {(#4.2)}
  161. All This, and Christmas Too! (1971) (TV)
  162. Carry on Henry (1971)
  163. "On the House" (1970) {Take Me to Your Leader (#2.3)}
  164. "On the House" (1970) {The Secret Life of Charlie Cattermole (#2.1)}
  165. "On the House" (1970) {The Wettest Day of the Year (#2.4)}
  166. "On the House" (1970) {Treasure Trove (#2.2)}
  167. Carry on Again Christmas (1970) (TV)
  168. Carry on Up the Jungle (1970)
  169. "Film Night" (1970) {Carry on Forever}
  170. "On the House" (1970) {A Little Bit on the Side (#1.3)}
  171. "On the House" (1970) {Forty Feet of Roofing Felt Do Not Just Get Up and Walk Away (#1.2)}
  172. "On the House" (1970) {Let My People Go (#1.1)}
  173. "On the House" (1970) {Thank You Fred Spooner and Goodbye (#1.6)}
  174. "On the House" (1970) {The Fickle Finger of Arnold Pugh (#1.4)}
  175. "On the House" (1970) {The Great McGonigle (#1.5)}
  176. "Jokers Wild" (1969)
  177. Captain Nemo and the Underwater City (1969)
  178. Rhubarb (1969)
  179. "According to Dora" (1968) {(#2.7)}
  180. "The Jimmy Logan Show" (1969) {(#1.4)}
  181. "Hullabaloo" (1968) {(1968-07-15)}
  182. Cuckoo Patrol (1967)
  183. Danny the Dragon (1967)
  184. That's Show Business (1967) (TV)
  185. "ABC Stage 67" (1966) {David Frost's Night Out in London (#1.17)}
  186. "Comedy Playhouse" (1961) {Room at the Bottom (#5.5)}
  187. "Room at the Bottom" (1966) {(#1.0)}
  188. "Spare a Copper" (1965)
  189. Gonks Go Beat (1965)
  190. "A Slight Case of..." (1965) {Opium (#1.2)}
  191. Carry on Cleo (1964)
  192. Ninety Years On (1964) (TV)
  193. "Don't Say a Word" (1963) {(#2.1)}
  194. "Don't Say a Word" (1963) {(#2.2)}
  195. "Don't Say a Word" (1963) {(#2.3)}
  196. "Don't Say a Word" (1963) {(#2.4)}
  197. "Don't Say a Word" (1963) {(#2.5)}
  198. "Don't Say a Word" (1963) {(#2.6)}
  199. "Don't Say a Word" (1963) {(#2.7)}
  200. "How to Be an Alien" (1964) {Courtship (#1.6)}
  201. Carry on Cabby (1963)
  202. Fit for Heroes (1963) (TV)
  203. "Boyd Q.C." (1956) {What the Eye Doesn't See (#6.4)}
  204. "Don't Say a Word" (1963) {(#1.1)}
  205. "Don't Say a Word" (1963) {(#1.10)}
  206. "Don't Say a Word" (1963) {(#1.11)}
  207. "Don't Say a Word" (1963) {(#1.12)}
  208. "Don't Say a Word" (1963) {(#1.13)}
  209. "Don't Say a Word" (1963) {(#1.2)}
  210. "Don't Say a Word" (1963) {(#1.3)}
  211. "Don't Say a Word" (1963) {(#1.4)}
  212. "Don't Say a Word" (1963) {(#1.5)}
  213. "Don't Say a Word" (1963) {(#1.6)}
  214. "Don't Say a Word" (1963) {(#1.7)}
  215. "Don't Say a Word" (1963) {(#1.8)}
  216. "Don't Say a Word" (1963) {(#1.9)}
  217. "Don't Say a Word" (1963) {(1963-12-25)}
  218. Carry on Cruising (1962)
  219. A Weekend with Lulu (1961)
  220. Carry on Regardless (1961)
  221. Dentist on the Job (1961)
  222. His and Hers (1961)
  223. Nearly a Nasty Accident (1961)
  224. Watch Your Stern (1961)
  225. What a Carve Up! (1961)
  226. "The Jo Stafford Show" (1961) {The Age of Chivalry}
  227. Carry on, Constable (1960)
  228. Dentist in the Chair (1960)
  229. "Four Feather Falls" (1960) {Fancy Shooting (#1.36)}
  230. "Four Feather Falls" (1960) {Happy Birthday (#1.37)}
  231. "Four Feather Falls" (1960) {How It Began (#1.1)}
  232. "Four Feather Falls" (1960) {Sheriff for a Day (#1.7)}
  233. "Four Feather Falls" (1960) {Trouble at Yellow Gulch (#1.10)}
  234. "Showtime" (1959) {(#2.5)}
  235. "The Four Just Men" (1959) {The Man in the Royal Suite (#1.27)}
  236. Carry on Nurse (1959)
  237. Carry on Teacher (1959)
  238. Make Mine a Million (1959)
  239. "The Anne Shelton Show" (1958) {(1959-01-19)}
  240. "The Anne Shelton Show" (1958) {(1959-02-09)}
  241. "The Anne Shelton Show" (1958) {(1959-03-09)}
  242. Carry on Sergeant (1958)
  243. Davy (1958)
  244. "A Christmas Night with the Stars" (1958) {(1958-12-25)}
  245. "ITV Television Playhouse" (1955) {Poet's Corner (#3.39)}
  246. "My Pal Bob" (1957) {(#2.3)}
  247. "My Pal Bob" (1957) {(#2.4)}
  248. Pantomania: Babes in the Wood (1957) (TV)
  249. Salute to Show Business (1957) (TV)
  250. The World Our Stage (1957) (TV)
  251. "Six-Five Special" (1957) {(#1.33)}
  252. "Torchy, the Battery Boy" (1957) {Pom-Pom and the Toys (#1.1)}
  253. "The Charlie Farnsbarns Show" (1956)
  254. "A Show Called Fred" (1956) {(#1.1)}
  255. "A Show Called Fred" (1956) {(#1.2)}
  256. "A Show Called Fred" (1956) {(#1.3)}
  257. "A Show Called Fred" (1956) {(#1.4)}
  258. "A Show Called Fred" (1956) {(#1.5)}
  259. "Son of Fred" (1956) {(#1.1)}
  260. "Son of Fred" (1956) {(#1.5)}
  261. "The Idiot Weekly, Price 2d" (1956) {(#1.1)}
  262. "The Idiot Weekly, Price 2d" (1956) {(#1.6)}
  263. The Ladykillers (1955)
  264. Will O' the Gris (1955) (TV)
  265. "The Grove Family" (1954) {Rabbits (#1.41)}
  266. Marilyn (1954)
  267. Stage by Stage: The Relapse or, Virtue in Danger (1954) (TV)
  268. The Black Rider (1954)
  269. The Three Princes (1954) (TV)
  270. There Was a Young Lady (1953)
  271. "BBC Sunday-Night Theatre" (1950) {As You Like It (#4.11)}
  272. Miss Robin Hood (1952)
  273. "Winnie-the-Pooh" (1952) {In Which Rabbit Has a Busy Day (#1.5)}
  274. Rush Job (1951) (TV)
  275. The Boy with a Cart (1951) (TV)
  276. Don't Say Die (1950)
  277. Over the Odds (1950) (TV)
  278. Poison Pen (1939)

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