Richard Davies, Welsh character actor, Died at 89

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Richard Davies, born on January 25, 1926, and passed away October 8, 2015, Richard was a Welsh character actor.

He was probably best known for his performance as the exasperated schoolmaster Mr. Price in the LWT popular situation comedy Please Sir!.

Richard 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.

Richard was born in Dowlais, Merthyr Tydfil, Glamorgan.

Richard 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 Frogitt’ where he played Clive.

Richard 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 sequel Softly, Softly.

Richard 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.

Richard 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.

Richard 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.

Richard Davies died on the 8th of October 2015 at the age of 89 having suffered with Alzheimer’s.

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