Cecil Kellaway

Actor
The former character actor Cecil Kellaway began acting in Australia, then came over to the United States for more film work in the late 1930s. His early turning point was playing Earnshaw in the 1939 screen adaptation ... Read more »
Born: 08/22/1890 in South Africa

Filmography

Actor (34)

Call Holme 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Actor

Getting Straight 1970 (Movie)

Dr Kasper (Actor)

Kismet 1967 - 1968 (TV Show)

Actor

Fitzwilly 1967 (Movie)

Buckmaster (Actor)

Guess Who's Coming to Dinner 1966 (Movie)

Monsignor Ryan (Actor)

Spinout 1966 (Movie)

Bernard Ranley (Actor)

The Adventures of Bullwhip Griffin 1966 (Movie)

Mr Pemberton (Actor)

Hush ... Hush, Sweet Charlotte 1964 (Movie)

Harry (Actor)

The Cardinal 1963 (Movie)

Monsignor Monaghan (Actor)

The Confession 1963 (Movie)

The Bishop (Actor)

Francis of Assisi 1961 (Movie)

Cardinal Hugolino (Actor)

Zotz 1961 (Movie)

Dean Updike (Actor)

Tammy Tell Me True 1960 (Movie)

Captain Joe (Actor)

The Private Lives of Adam and Eve 1960 (Movie)

Doc Bayles (Actor)

The Shaggy Dog 1959 (Movie)

Professor Plumcutt (Actor)

Proud Rebel 1958 (Movie)

Dr Enos Davis (Actor)

Johnny Trouble 1957 (Movie)

Tom McKay (Actor)

Female on the Beach 1955 (Movie)

Osbert Sorenson (Actor)

Interrupted Melody 1955 (Movie)

Bill Lawrence (Actor)

The Prodigal 1955 (Movie)

Governor (Actor)

Cruisin' Down the River 1952 (Movie)

Thadeus Jackson (Actor)

Kim 1951 (Movie)

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Harvey 1950 (Movie)

Dr Chumley (Actor)

Joan of Arc 1950 (Movie)

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Portrait of Jennie 1947 (Movie)

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Variety Girl 1947 (Movie)

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Always Together 1946 (Movie)

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Monsieur Beaucaire 1946 (Movie)

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The Postman Always Rings Twice 1946 (Movie)

Nick Smith (Actor)

Mrs. Parkington 1944 (Movie)

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Frenchman's Creek 1943 (Movie)

William (Actor)

Brother Orchid 1939 (Movie)

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Wuthering Heights 1939 (Movie)

Earnshaw (Actor)

Intermezzo 1938 (Movie)

Charles (Actor)

Biography

The former character actor Cecil Kellaway began acting in Australia, then came over to the United States for more film work in the late 1930s. His early turning point was playing Earnshaw in the 1939 screen adaptation of Emily Brontë's "Wuthering Heights", which starred Laurence Oliver and David Niven. Kellaway followed a decade later as a leprechaun--Horace--in the 1948 romantic comedy "The Luck of the Irish", as Tyrone Power's conscience/guardian angel. The role earned Kellaway a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination and led to numerous television theater appearances, along with his continuing film roles, which were primarily in comedy. Whether or not he was the perfect leprechaun, despite not being Irish, Kellaway had a certain quintessential je-ne-sais-quoi character-actor quality that kept him consistently active, and he worked with all the big names. From Olivier in the '30s, he also worked with Lana Turner in "The Postman Always Rings Twice" in 1946, James Stewart in "Harvey" in 1950, and Bette Davis, Olivia de Havilland and Joseph Cotton in "Hush Hush, Sweet Charlotte" in 1964 (the same year he played Santa on an episode of "Bewitched"). Despite his relative anonymity, Kellaway landed an especially significant role--and another Oscar nomination--toward the end of his career, as Monsignor Ryan in the Oscar-winning, landmark race relations film "Guess Who's Coming To Dinner", with Sidney Poitier and Katharine Hepburn, who won the Best Actress Oscar. Kellaway died at age 73.

Relationships

Bryan Kellaway

Son

Leon Kellaway

Brother

Jan Kowsky

Sister

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