Hugh Williams

Hugh Anthony Glanmore Williams (6 March 1904 – 7 December 1969) was an English actor, playwright and dramatist of Welsh descent.[1]

Hugh Williams
Hugh Anthony Glanmor Williams

(1904-03-06)6 March 1904
Died7 December 1969(1969-12-07) (aged 65)
London, England
Years active1930–66
Spouse(s)Gwynne Whitby (1925–40; divorced) 2 children
Margaret Vyner (1940–69; his death) 3 children

Personal life

Born in Bexhill-on-Sea, Sussex as Hugh Anthony Glanmor Williams, his nickname was "Tam". He trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.[2][3] He was a popular film and stage actor, who became a major film star in the British cinema of the 1930s. In 1930 he toured America in the cast of the R.C. Sheriff play Journey's End and appeared in his first film Charley's Aunt during a spell in Hollywood.[4] He then returned to Britain and became a mainstay of the British film industry. He made 57 film appearances as an actor between 1930 and 1967. He collaborated with his second wife on several plays, such as The Grass Is Greener and the screenplay for the subsequent film. He died from throat cancer, aged 65, in London.[2][5][6]

Marriages and grandchildren

He was married twice:

and his grandchildren included:

  • Kate Dunn, actress
  • Amy Williams, actress
  • Tam Williams, actor


Writing credits

Selected stage roles

Notable television appearances



  • Sweet, Matthew. Shepperton Babylon: The Lost Worlds of British Cinema. Faber and Faber, 2005.
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