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Cecil Kellaway is a Actor British born on 22 august 1890 at Cape Town (South africa)

Cecil Kellaway

Cecil Kellaway
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Birth name Cecil Lauriston Kellaway
Nationality United-kingdom
Birth 22 august 1890 at Cape Town (South africa)
Death 28 february 1973 (at 82 years) at Los Angeles (USA)

Cecil Lauriston Kellaway (22 August 1890 – 28 February 1973) was a South African-born character actor.


Cecil Kellaway was born on 22 August 1890 in Cape Town, South Africa, where he gained an early interest in theatre acting, much to the displeasure of his parents. He was educated in South Africa and England, before becoming a touring stock company actor. By the early 1920s, he had settled in Australia, becoming a popular character comedian of the local stage.

After receiving acclaim for his main role in the Australian Cinesound film It Isn't Done (1937), for which he also provided the original story, he was screen-tested by RKO Pictures and put under contract. He returned to Australia for a second Cinesound film, Mr. Chedworth Steps Out (1938), before going on to a long career as a Hollywood character actor, with prominent roles in William Wyler's Wuthering Heights (1939), The House of the Seven Gables (1940), The Letter (1940), Kitty (1945) (giving an excellent performance as the portrait painter Thomas Gainsborough), (1945), Love Letters (1945), as the husband of Lana Turner's character in The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946), Portrait of Jennie (1948), Harvey (1950), Hush… Hush, Sweet Charlotte (1964), and Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967).

He was twice nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, for The Luck of the Irish in 1948 and Guess Who's Coming to Dinner in 1967.

In 1959 Kellaway made a guest appearance on Perry Mason as chemist and murderer Darrell Metcalf in "The Case of the Glittering Goldfish". In 1961, Kellaway guest starred as MacKay in the episode "Incident In The Middle of Nowhere" on CBS's Rawhide.. In 1967, Kellaway played the part of a wealthy older suitor in one episode of "That Girl".

Cecil Kellaway died after a long illness at West Los Angeles convalescent home on February 28, 1973. He was survived by his wife Doreen, his two sons, and his four grandchildren. His interment was at Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery. His cousins were fellow actors Edmund Gwenn and Arthur Chesney.

Best films

Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967)
Kim (1951)
Unconquered (1947)
Interrupted Melody (1955)
Harvey (1950)
Portrait of Jennie (1948)

Usually with

Hans Dreier
Hans Dreier
(20 films)
Edith Head
Edith Head
(17 films)
Charles Coleman
Charles Coleman
(14 films)
Ray Milland
Ray Milland
(10 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Cecil Kellaway (110 films)

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Getting Straight, 2h4
Directed by Richard Rush
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Romance
Actors Elliott Gould, Candice Bergen, Jeff Corey, Harrison Ford, Cecil Kellaway, Max Julien
Roles Dr. Kasper
Rating62% 3.1489553.1489553.1489553.1489553.148955
Harry Bailey, a former student activist and post-graduate, comes back to university to complete an education course to become a teacher. He tries to avoid the increasing student unrest that has surfaced, but finds this difficult as his girlfriend, Jan, is a leader in these protests.
The Adventures of Bullwhip Griffin, 1h45
Directed by James Neilson, Arthur J. Vitarelli
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Action, Adventure, Western
Themes Children's films
Actors Roddy McDowall, Suzanne Pleshette, Karl Malden, Harry Guardino, Richard Haydn, Mike Mazurki
Roles Mr. Pemberton
Rating64% 3.2469553.2469553.2469553.2469553.246955
Griffin est le majordome très propre sur lui d'un habitant de Boston, Jack Flagg. Mais lorsque Flagg décide de déménager pour la Californie lors de la Ruée vers l'or de 1949, Griffin le suit docilement.
Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, 1h48
Directed by Stanley Kramer
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Romantic comedy, Romance
Themes Films about racism
Actors Spencer Tracy, Sidney Poitier, Katharine Hepburn, Katharine Houghton, Cecil Kellaway, Beah Richards
Roles Monsignor Ryan
Rating77% 3.8989653.8989653.8989653.8989653.898965
Joanna Drayton's unannounced early return from a Hawaii holiday causes a stir when she brings to her childhood upper-class home her new fiancé, John: a widowed, black physician. Joanna's parents - newspaper publisher Matt Drayton (Spencer Tracy) and his wife, art gallery owner Christina Drayton (Katharine Hepburn) – are liberals who have instilled in her the idea of racial equality. But to her surprise, Joanna's parents are deeply upset that she is planning to marry a black man. The Draytons' black maid, Tille (Isabel Sanford), is just as horrified, suspecting that John is trying to "get above himself" by marrying a white woman. What was intended to be a sit-down steak dinner for two turns into a meet-the-in-laws dinner party, and during the pre-dinner period, John, Joanna and her parents have to work through their differences.
Spinout (1966)
, 1h33
Directed by Norman Taurog
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Musical, Romance
Themes Sports films, Transport films, Films about automobiles, Auto racing films, Musical films, Road movies
Actors Elvis Presley, Shelley Fabares, Diane McBain, Jimmy Hawkins, Cecil Kellaway, Una Merkel
Roles Bernard Ranley
Rating59% 2.9508352.9508352.9508352.9508352.950835
Mike McCoy (Elvis), the lead singer for a traveling band who is also a part-time race car driver, enjoys his carefree single life, which is threatened by three different women who seek to marry him.
Spinout (1966)

Directed by Norman Taurog
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Musical, Romance
Themes Films about music and musicians, Sports films, Transport films, Films about automobiles, Auto racing films, Musical films
Actors Elvis Presley, Shelley Fabares, Diane McBain, Deborah Walley, Jack Mullaney, Cecil Kellaway
Roles Bernard Ranley
Rating59% 2.9508352.9508352.9508352.9508352.950835
Mike Mc Coy est le leader d'un groupe de rock et sa vie change à la rencontre de trois femmes complètement différentes les unes des autres qui le demandent en mariage. Less, la bassiste du groupe, Cynthia, une fille à papa complètement excentrique puis Diana qui écrit des livres sur les hommes entraîneront notre rocker dans les pires fantaisies !
Hush... Hush, Sweet Charlotte, 2h13
Directed by Robert Aldrich
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Horror, Crime
Themes Children's films
Actors Bette Davis, Olivia de Havilland, Joseph Cotten, Agnes Moorehead, Cecil Kellaway, Mary Astor
Roles Harry Willis
Rating75% 3.7972553.7972553.7972553.7972553.797255
In 1927, young belle Charlotte Hollis (Bette Davis) and her married lover, John Mayhew (Bruce Dern), plan to elope during a party at the Hollis family's antebellum mansion in Ascension Parish, Louisiana. However, after Charlotte's father intimidates him, telling him that John's wife had visited the day before and revealed the affair, John pretends he no longer loves Charlotte and tells her they must part.
The Confession, 1h36
Directed by William Dieterle
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama
Actors Ginger Rogers, Ray Milland, Barbara Eden, Walter Abel, Pippa Scott, Elliott Gould
Roles The Bishop
Rating47% 2.357552.357552.357552.357552.35755
Ginger Rogers, propriétaire d'un bordel, aide le voleur Ray Milland à trouver un ancien trésor enfoui.
The Cardinal, 2h55
Directed by Otto Preminger
Origin USA
Genres Drama, War, Historical
Themes Films about religion
Actors Tom Tryon, Raf Vallone, Jill Haworth, John Saxon, Romy Schneider, Carol Lynley
Roles Monsignor Monaghan
Rating67% 3.3974453.3974453.3974453.3974453.397445
A newly ordained Irish Catholic priest, Stephen Fermoyle (Tom Tryon) returns home to Boston in 1917. He discovers that his parents are upset about daughter Mona (Carol Lynley) having become engaged to marry a Jewish boy, Benny Rampell (John Saxon). Mona seeks Stephen's counsel as a priest.
Zotz! (1962)
, 1h27
Directed by William Castle
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Fantasy, Spy, Horror
Themes Spy films, Films about magic and magicians
Actors Tom Poston, Julia Meade, Jim Backus, Cecil Kellaway, Margaret Dumont, Mike Mazurki
Roles Dean Joshua Updike
Rating59% 2.952572.952572.952572.952572.95257
A brilliant but peculiar professor of Ancient Eastern languages, Jonathan Jones, finds that an amulet sent to his niece Cynthia by a boyfriend from an archeological dig has magical powers.
Francis of Assisi, 1h45
Directed by Michael Curtiz
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Biography, Historical
Themes Films about religion
Actors Bradford Dillman, Dolores Hart, Stuart Whitman, Pedro Armendáriz, Eduard Franz, Cecil Kellaway
Roles Cardinal Hugolino
Rating63% 3.156163.156163.156163.156163.15616
Francis Bernardone (Bradford Dillman) is the son of a wealthy cloth merchant in Assisi, who gives up all his worldly goods to dedicate himself to God. Clare (Dolores Hart) is a young aristocratic woman who, according to the film, is so taken with St. Francis that she leaves her family and becomes a nun. By this time (1212 A.D.), St. Francis has a well-established reputation for his vows of poverty. The movie goes on to note miracles (such as the appearance of the stigmata on Francis's hands and feet) and other aspects of his life, up to and including his death on October 3, 1226. The funeral befitted a man loved by man and beast alike, and ended with the birds he loved doing a flyby.
Tammy Tell Me True
Directed by Harry Keller
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Romantic comedy, Romance
Actors Sandra Dee, John Gavin, Charles Drake, Virginia Grey, Julia Meade, Beulah Bondi
Roles Captain Joe
Rating64% 3.247263.247263.247263.247263.24726
Tammy is waiting to hear from her lover Pete, who has gone to agricultural college. She decides to go to college to improve herself.
The Private Lives of Adam and Eve, 1h26
Directed by Mickey Rooney, Albert Zugsmith
Origin USA
Genres Comedy
Actors Mickey Rooney, Mamie Van Doren, Martin Milner, Mel Tormé, Fay Spain, Tuesday Weld
Roles Doc
Rating47% 2.3517952.3517952.3517952.3517952.351795
A bus heading toward Reno, Nevada is being driven by Doc Bayles, whose passengers include a traveling salesman, Hal Sanders, and a runaway teen, Vangie Harper.
The Shaggy Dog, 1h44
Directed by Charles Barton, Arthur J. Vitarelli
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Fantasy
Themes Films about animals, Films about dogs, Children's films, Mise en scène d'un mammifère
Actors Fred MacMurray, Jean Hagen, Tommy Kirk, Annette Funicello, Tim Considine, Cecil Kellaway
Roles Professor Plumcutt
Rating64% 3.2471453.2471453.2471453.2471453.247145
Wilbur "Wilby" Daniels is a boy who is misunderstood by his father, Wilson. Wilson thinks Wilby is crazy half the time because of his elder son's often dangerous inventions. As a retired mailman who often ran afoul of canines, he is allergic to dogs, and he simply cannot understand why his younger son, Montgomery "Moochie" would want a dog.
The Proud Rebel, 1h39
Directed by Michael Curtiz
Origin USA
Genres Western
Actors Alan Ladd, Olivia de Havilland, Dean Jagger, David Ladd, Cecil Kellaway, Harry Dean Stanton
Roles Dr. Enos Davis
Rating67% 3.3928353.3928353.3928353.3928353.392835
A former Confederate soldier, John Chandler (Alan Ladd) has come to an Illinois town with his 10-year-old son David (David Ladd) to see Dr. Enos Davis (Cecil Kellaway). The boy was struck mute after witnessing his mother's death in a fire, and hasn't spoken a word since. Davis recommends a doctor he knows in Minnesota.