Roy Kinnear

Roy Mitchell Kinnear (8 January 1934 – 20 September 1988) was a British character actor. He was familiar to UK audiences for his appearances in many British television comedy shows, and is also remembered for his film appearances as Veruca Salt's father, Mr. Salt, in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971) and as Planchet to Michael York's D'Artagnan in The Return of the Musketeers (1989). It was during the filming of the latter that Kinnear died as a result of a riding accident. Kinnear was born in Wigan, Lancashire, England, the son of Annie Smith (née Durie) and Roy Muir Kinnear. His father was a dual international in rugby union and league - having played for Scotland and Great Britain national rugby league team international, making one Lions appearance and three for Other Nations, and scoring 81 tries in 184 games for Wigan; he collapsed and died while playing rugby union with the RAF in 1942, at age 38. Scotland Rugby League have named their Student Player of the Year Award after him. Kinnear was educated at George Heriot's School, in Edinburgh.


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