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      Kenneth Colley

      Kenneth Colley

      Highest Rated: 96% Life of Brian (1979)

      Lowest Rated: 38% Hitler: The Last Ten Days (1973)

      Birthday: Dec 7, 1937

      Birthplace: Manchester, England, UK

      British character actor Kenneth Colley will be recognizable to "Star Wars" devotees, and even casual viewers, for his stateside role as Admiral Piett in the 1980 sci-fi sequel "The Empire Strikes Back" and the 1983 finale, "Return of the Jedi. Well before gaining that modicum of fame, Colley made numerous appearances on British television -- many of them BBC productions -- going all the way back to the early '60s, with recurring parts on the drama series "The Wednesday Play" and the educational series "Look and Read." He made his film debut in 1964 with a small role in the British family film "Seventy Deadly Pills," a title that perhaps foreshadowed his future connection with "Monty Python" lynchpin Terry Gilliam, who has a penchant for psychedelic imagery. In 1977, Gilliam cast Colley in his fantasy comedy "Jabberwocky," which starred Michael Palin, and then in 1979, Colley was cast as Jesus in the Python classic "Life of Brian," a role which, while not huge, lived memorably within a context of unparalleled religious satire. In the early '80s, between his two "Star Wars" appearances, Colley found a key supporting role in Clint Eastwood's thriller "Firefox," a successful if forgettable action film about a fighter pilot with a covert mission into the Soviet Union. Back in the U.K., Colley's standout TV work included a lead on the ensemble comedy "Moving Story" (from 1994 to 1995) and guest stints on the dramas "EastEnders" and "Holby Blue" in the '00s.

      Highest rated movies

      Life of Brian
      A Summer Story
      Mahler
      The Rainbow
      The Music Lovers
      Hitler: The Last Ten Days

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Dan Hawk Psychic Detective Thaddeus Moncrief (Character) - 2024
      No Score Yet 20% Scar Tissue Weaver (Character) - 2013
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Greetings Ken (Character),
      Director,
      Writer
      - 2007
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Like Father Like Son Rawsthorne (Character) - 2005
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Midsomer Murders: Electric Vendetta Lloyd Kirby (Character) - 2001
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Hold Back the Night Uncle Bob (Character) - 1999
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Robert Rylands' Last Journey Archdale (Character) - 1996
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Solomon and Sheba Nathan (Character) - 1995
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Unnatural Causes Inspector Gerry Reckless (Character) - 1993
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Kremlin Farewell Sergej (Character) - 1992
      No Score Yet 88% Prisoner of Honor Capt. Dreyfus (Character) - 1991
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Second Time Around Detective Chief Inspector Patrick Dawson (Character) - 1991
      No Score Yet 53% The Plot to Kill Hitler Field Marshal Wilhelm Keitel (Character) - 1990
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Last Island Nick (Character) - 1990
      No Score Yet 87% I Hired a Contract Killer The Killer (Character) - 1990
      63% 57% The Rainbow Mr. Brunt (Character) $22.2K 1989
      80% 90% A Summer Story Jim (Character) - 1988
      No Score Yet 29% Return to Waterloo The Traveller (Character) - 1985
      No Score Yet No Score Yet And Nothing but the Truth Martin (Character) - 1982
      No Score Yet 77% Measure for Measure Duke Vincentio (Character) - 1979
      96% 93% Life of Brian Jesus (Character) $150.2K 1979
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Three Days in Szczecin Edmund Baluka (Character) - 1976
      No Score Yet 54% Flame Tony Devlin (Character) - 1975
      75% 77% Mahler Krenek (Character) - 1974
      38% 55% Hitler: The Last Ten Days Boldt (Character) - 1973
      59% 74% The Music Lovers Modeste Tchaikovsky (Character) - 1971

      TV

      Credit
      92% 80% Misfits Old Rudy 2 (Character) 2013
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Queen Prince Philip (Character) 2009
      No Score Yet 96% Foyle's War Brian Jones (Character) 2007
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Holby City Don Lawson (Character) 2005
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Like Father Like Son Rawsthorne (Character) 2005
      No Score Yet 56% Relic Hunter Professor Lamenza (Character) 2002
      No Score Yet 88% Midsomer Murders Lloyd Kirkby (Guest Star) 2001
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Heartbeat Unknown (Guest Star) 1998
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Mystery! Unknown (Character) 1994
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Between the Lines Unknown (Guest Star) 1993
      No Score Yet 79% Inspector Morse Detective Chief Inspector Patrick Dawson (Character) 1991
      No Score Yet No Score Yet War and Remembrance SS Col. Paul Blobel (Guest Star) 1988
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Protectors Devlin (Character) 1973
      No Score Yet 86% The Avengers Unknown (Guest Star) 1963