Cecil Kellaway

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Cecil Kellaway
Cecil Kellaway in The Postman Always Rings Twice trailer.jpg
from the trailer for
The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946)
BornCecil Lauriston Kellaway
(1890-08-22)22 August 1890
Cape Town, Cape Colony
Died28 February 1973(1973-02-28) (aged 82)
Hollywood, California
Years active1933–1972
Spouse(s)Doreen Elizabeth Joubert
(m.1919-1973; his death; 2 sons)
 
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Cecil Kellaway
Cecil Kellaway in The Postman Always Rings Twice trailer.jpg
from the trailer for
The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946)
BornCecil Lauriston Kellaway
(1890-08-22)22 August 1890
Cape Town, Cape Colony
Died28 February 1973(1973-02-28) (aged 82)
Hollywood, California
Years active1933–1972
Spouse(s)Doreen Elizabeth Joubert
(m.1919-1973; his death; 2 sons)

Cecil Lauriston Kellaway (22 August 1890 – 28 February 1973)[1] was a South African-born character actor.[2]

Biography[edit]

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.[3] He was educated in South Africa and England, before becoming a touring stock company actor.[4] 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.[5] 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), Love Letters (1945), The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946, as Lana Turner's husband), Portrait of Jennie (1948), 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.[6]

In 1959 Kellaway made a memorable guest appearance on Perry Mason as chemist and murderer Darrell Metcalf in "The Case of the Glittering Goldfish". His interment was at Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Kellaway, Cecil Lauriston (1890 - 1973)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. Australian National University. Retrieved 1 June 2011. 
  2. ^ Obituary Variety, 7 March 1973, page 78.
  3. ^ "THE KELLAWAY FAMILY ON STAGE AND SCREEN.". The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954) (NSW). 4 August 1938. Retrieved 13 September 2012. 
  4. ^ "Character Actor Cecil Kellaway is Dead at 79.". Daily Times. 1 March 1973. Retrieved 13 September 2012. 
  5. ^ "CECIL KELLAWAY.". The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954) (NSW). 5 June 1937. Retrieved 13 September 2012. 
  6. ^ "Character Actor Cecil Kellaway is Dead at 79.". Daily Times. 1 March 1973. Retrieved 13 September 2012. 

Selected filmography[edit]

References[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ "Kellaway, Cecil Lauriston (1890 - 1973)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. Australian National University. Retrieved 1 June 2011. 
  2. ^ Obituary Variety, 7 March 1973, page 78.
  3. ^ "THE KELLAWAY FAMILY ON STAGE AND SCREEN.". The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954) (NSW). 4 August 1938. Retrieved 13 September 2012. 
  4. ^ "Character Actor Cecil Kellaway is Dead at 79.". Daily Times. 1 March 1973. Retrieved 13 September 2012. 
  5. ^ "CECIL KELLAWAY.". The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954) (NSW). 5 June 1937. Retrieved 13 September 2012. 
  6. ^ "Character Actor Cecil Kellaway is Dead at 79.". Daily Times. 1 March 1973. Retrieved 13 September 2012. 

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