Kenneth Colley

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 ... Read more »
Born: 12/07/1937

Filmography

Actor (42)

Scar Tissue 2014 (Movie)

Weaver (Actor)

The Electric Vendetta 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Shadow Run 2000 (Movie)

(Actor)

Hold Back the Night 1999 (Movie)

Bob (Actor)

Robert Rylands' Last Journey 1996 (Movie)

Archdale (Actor)

Unnatural Causes 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

La Vie de Boheme 1993 (Movie)

Street Sweeper (Actor)

Second Time Around 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Agatha Christie's Poirot 1990 (Tv Show)

Actor

I Hired a Contract Killer 1990 (Movie)

Harry--The Killer (Actor)

The Last Island 1990 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Rainbow 1989 (Movie)

Mr Brunt (Actor)

A Summer Story 1988 (Movie)

Jim (Actor)

Casanova 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

The Whistle Blower 1987 (Movie)

Bill Pickett (Actor)

Return to Waterloo 1985 (Movie)

Traveller (Actor)

Return of the Jedi 1983 (Movie)

Admiral Piett (Actor)

And Nothing But the Truth 1982 (Movie)

Martin (Actor)

Firefox 1982 (Movie)

Colonel Kontarsky (Actor)

Giro City 1981 (Movie)

Martin Osborne (Actor)

Pennies From Heaven 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

The Empire Strikes Back 1980 (Movie)

Admiral Piett (Actor)

Les Miserables 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

Monty Python's Life Of Brian 1979 (Movie)

Jesus (Actor)

Mahler 1974 (Movie)

Krenek (Actor)

Three Days in Szczecin 1974 (Movie)

Edmund Baluka (Actor)

Hitler: The Last Ten Days 1973 (Movie)

Boldt (Actor)

Performance 1970 (Movie)

Tony Farrell (Actor)

The Devils 1970 (Movie)

Legrand (Actor)

The Music Lovers 1970 (Movie)

Modeste Tchaikovsky (Actor)

How I Won the War 1967 (Movie)

Replacemant (Actor)

Holby City (Tv Show)

Actor

Measure For Measure (TV Show)

Actor

Mussolini: The Untold Story (TV Show)

Actor

Peaky Blinders (Tv Show)

Actor

Peter and Paul (TV Show)

Actor

Prisoner of Honor (TV Show)

Actor

Solomon & Sheba (TV Show)

Actor

The Plot to Kill Hitler (TV Show)

Actor

The Scarlet and the Black (TV Show)

Actor

Wallenberg: A Hero's Story (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

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.

SIMILAR ARTICLES