Kenneth Griffith

Kenneth Griffith (12 October 1921 – 25 June 2006) was a Welsh actor and documentary filmmaker. He was born Kenneth Reginald Griffiths in Tenby, Pembrokeshire, Wales. Six months after his birth his parents split up and left Tenby, leaving Kenneth with his paternal grandparents, Emily and Ernest, who immediately adopted him. A lively rugby union scrum-half, he attended the local Wesleyan Methodist chapel three times every Sunday. Griffiths passed the Eleven plus and attended Greenhill Grammar School, where he met English literature teacher Evelyn Ward, who recognised his writing and acting talent. Before leaving school, his headmaster J. T. Griffth suggested that he drop the English "s" from his name (an anglicisation). In 1937 he left school and moved to Cambridge, taking a job at an ironmonger's weighing nails. This lasted only a day and proved to be the only job he ever had outside of the acting world. He approached the Cambridge Festival Theatre for work, and at the age of 16 was cast by Peter Hoare as Cinna the Poet in a modern-dress version of Julius Caesar.


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