Kenneth Williams: The Very Best Of Rambling Syd Rumpo

Kenneth Charles Williams (22 February 1926 – 15 April 1988) was a British comic actor, star of 26 Carry On films and radio comedies with Tony Hancock and Kenneth Horne, as well as being a witty raconteur. Kenneth Charles Williams was born on 22 February 1926 in Bingfield Street, King's Cross, London. The son of Louisa and Charles Williams (a barber), and with a sister called Alice Patricia, he was educated at Lyulph Stanley School. Although his education was nothing special, he was a voracious reader throughout his life and in his interviews he could often quote entire poems or literary extracts purely from memory. He adored his supportive, theatrical mother Louisa ("Lou" or "Louie"), but hated his homophobic, morose and selfish father, and these relationships were key to his personality, and at one time he claimed that all his acting and comedic talent came from his mother. Williams became an apprentice draughtsman to a mapmaker and joined the army in 1944 at the age of 18. He was...

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