Willoughby Goddard

Willoughby Wittenham Rees Goddard (4 July 1926 – 11 April 2008) was an English actor whose trademark rotund figure was well known on television and in films for more than 40 years.[1][2]

Willoughby Goddard
Actor Willoughby Goddard.jpg
with Paul Stassino in The Saint (1969)
Born(1926-07-04)4 July 1926
Died11 April 2008(2008-04-11) (aged 81)
London, England


Goddard was born in Bicester, Oxfordshire. He played Mr. Bumble in two versions of Charles Dickens's Oliver Twist – a 1962 television adaptation, and the original Broadway production of the musical Oliver!. He originated the role of Cardinal Wolsey in the West End production of Robert Bolt's A Man for All Seasons. He appeared in the television series The Adventures of William Tell (which lasted 39 episodes) in 1958 and 1959 as the villain Landburgher Gessler and as Sir Geoffrey in The Man in Room 17, which ran two series of 13 hour-long black-and-white episodes in 1965 and 1966. He was cast as Reeder's boss, Sir Jason Toovey, (head of the Department of Public Prosecutions) in The Mind of Mr. J.G. Reeder, a TV series of 16 hour-long episodes with first season 1969 and second season 1971 based on short stories by Edgar Wallace.[2][3]

Goddard retired from the industry in 1987 and died in 2008, aged 81.[4]

Goddard is buried in Teddington Cemetery.


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  1. ^ "Willoughby Goddard". BFI. Archived from the original on 22 July 2012.
  2. ^ a b Shorter, Eric (16 April 2008). "Obituary: Willoughby Goddard". The Guardian. Retrieved 23 September 2020.
  3. ^ Hayward, Anthony (1 May 2008). "Willoughby Goddard: Rotund actor often cast as a baddie". The Independent. Retrieved 23 August 2020.
  4. ^ "Willoughby Goddard movies, photos, movie reviews, filmography, and biography - AllMovie". AllMovie.

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