Fred Emney

Frederick Arthur Round Emney (12 February 1900 25 December 1980) was an English character actor and comedian.[1]

Fred Emney
Frederick Arthur Round Emney

(1900-02-12)12 February 1900
Died25 December 1980(1980-12-25) (aged 80)
Bognor Regis, Sussex, England, UK
Spouse(s)Hazel Wiles

Emney was born in Prescot, Lancashire,[2][3] the son of Blanche (née Round) and Fred Emney, a music hall entertainer.[4] His great-uncle was the actor Arthur Williams. Emney junior grew up in London and was educated at Cranleigh School.[5]

He made his film debut in 1935, having previously worked in music hall.[1][6] He became a familiar figure to screen audiences, usually playing the "posh fat bloke", usually gruff and invariably wearing a monocle.[5] During the 1950s, he had his own television show which featured sketches and deft piano pieces often composed by him.[7] Some were released on record.[8] He had a short spell as straight man to puppets Pinky and Perky.[9]

His sister Joan Emney was an actress who sometimes appeared with him in the same stage productions.[10]

Fred Emney died in Bognor Regis, Sussex, on Christmas Day 1980.[11]



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  2. GRO Register of Births Mar 1900 Frederick Arthur R Emney 8b 725 PRESCOT
  3. 1901 Census: RG13/500 f.123 p.3 Fred Arthur Emney aged 1 living in Camberwell, but born Liverpool, Lancashire
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  5. "Fred Emney - Cranleigh School 1865".
  6. "Fred Emney - Biography, Movie Highlights and Photos - AllMovie". AllMovie.
  7. McCabe, Bob (26 May 2005). "Ronnie Barker: The Authorized Biography". BBC Books via Google Books.
  8. Fred Emney an extended play released on UK Decca (DFE 6554) in 1958
  9. "For the Children: Children's Television in the UK".
  10. "Production of The Flying Trapeze – Theatricalia".
  11. GRO Register of Deaths: DEC 1980 18 1714 CHICHESTER – Frederick Patrick R. Emney, DoB = 12 Feb 1900

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