Hugh Williams

Hugh Anthony Glanmor Williams (6 March 1904 – 7 December 1969) was a British actor and dramatist of Welsh descent.[1]

Hugh Williams
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Hugh Anthony Glanmor Williams

(1904-03-06)6 March 1904
Died7 December 1969(1969-12-07) (aged 65)
London, England
Years active1930–66
Spouse(s)Gwynne Whitby (1925–40; divorced) 2 children
Margaret Vyner (1940–69; his death) 3 children

Personal lifeEdit

Hugh Anthony Glanmor Williams (nicknamed "Tam") was born at Bexhill-on-Sea, Sussex to Hugh Dafydd Anthony Williams (1869-1905) and Hilda (née Lewis). The Williams family lived at Bedford Park, in Chiswick, West London. His paternal grandfather was Hugh Williams (1796-1874), a Welsh solicitor and anti-establishment political activist.[2][3][4] He trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.[5][6] He was a popular film and stage actor, who became a major film star in the British cinema of the 1930s. In 1930 he toured America in the cast of the R.C. Sheriff play Journey's End and appeared in his first film Charley's Aunt during a spell in Hollywood.[7] He then returned to Britain and became a mainstay of the British film industry. He made 57 film appearances as an actor between 1930 and 1967. He collaborated with his second wife on several plays, such as The Grass Is Greener and the screenplay for the subsequent film. He died from throat cancer, aged 65, in London.[5][8][9]

Marriages and grandchildrenEdit

He was married twice:

and his grandchildren included:

  • Kate Dunn, actress
  • Amy Williams, actress
  • Tam Williams, actor


Writing creditsEdit

Selected stage rolesEdit

Notable television appearancesEdit


  1. ^ "Hugh Williams". BFI. Archived from the original on 21 July 2012.
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  3. ^ Encyclopedia of Early Television Crime Fighters: All Regular Cast Members in American Crime and Mystery Series, 1948-1959, Everett Aaker, McFarland, 2006, p. 582
  4. ^ Who's Who, 120th edition, A. & C. Black, 1968, p. 1937
  5. ^ a b "Hugh Williams movies, photos, movie reviews, filmography, and biography - AllMovie". AllMovie.
  6. ^ RADA profile of Hugh Williams
  7. ^ Sweet p.90
  8. ^ "Hugh Williams". Archived from the original on 16 March 2016.
  9. ^ Hal Erickson (2014). "The-Grass-Is-Greener". Movies & TV Dept. The New York Times. Baseline & All Movie Guide. Archived from the original on 12 August 2014.


  • Sweet, Matthew. Shepperton Babylon: The Lost Worlds of British Cinema. Faber and Faber, 2005.

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