Wensley Pithey

Wensley Pithey (21 June 1914 10 November 1993) was a South African-born character actor who had a long stage and film career in England.[1][2]

Wensley Pithey
Born21 June 1914
Died10 November 1993 (1993-11-11) (aged 79)
London, England, UK


Pithey was born in Cape Town, South Africa.[1] A graduate of the University of Cape Town where he studied music and drama, he travelled to Britain in 1947.[3] He appeared in various Shakespearean roles in his long career (memorably as Sir Toby Belch) as well as appearing in Eugene O'Neill's Anna Christie.[3] He also directed and produced plays in the West End and appeared in a range of roles on television including the 1976 drama Edward and Mrs Simpson (as Winston Churchill a role he also played in the miniseries Ike) as well as Special Branch and Poldark.[1][4] His British television appearances included Danger Man (1961) among others.[5]

Between 1961 and 1976, Pithey appeared in German TV commercials as a fake coffee expert for Tchibo.[6]



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