Roy Kinnear, who died on September 20 1988, aged 54, was one of Britain 's most loved character actors who enjoyed a career in both film and theatre,
Although a talented actor who excelled in drama, he is probably best known for his comic roles, where he played rotund, jolly characters.
While a dependable lead, his most famous parts were in supporting roles in films such as Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory , A Funny Thing Happened On the Way to the Forum and Help , where he starred alongside The Beatles.
Mr Kinnear was much loved by a general public who sympathised with the beleaguered characters he often played, and was held in high esteem by his fellow actors.
Roy Kinnear was born in Wigan, Lancashire . His father was a prominent rugby league player who represented Great Britain. Mr Kinnear was educated at George Heriot's School, Edinburgh before studying at RADA from the age of 17. His theatrical career was put on hold, however, as National Service intervened.
In the fifties he resumed his career, mostly in repertory theatre in Scotland. In 1959 he joined Joan Littlewood's Theatre Workshop in London's East End.
He was part of many of the group's most successful plays, before he got his big break on the popular TV show That Was The Week That Was. The programme was controversial due to its frequent pillorying of the establishment, and was extremely successful.
Now in the public eye, Mr Kinnear was able to accept roles in high profile films, and in the sixties forged a fruitful relationship with director Richard Lester with whom he made Help, A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum and How I Won The War.
In 1971 he starred alongside Gene Wilder as the father of Veruca Salt in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, perhaps the role he is best known for.
In the seventies he starred in episodes of The Goodies and The Avengers and lent his voice to the children's television show Bertha.
Mr Kinnear kept working in television in various sitcoms up until his death in 1988, when he bled to death after breaking his pelvis falling off a horse during the shooting of Richard Lester's film The Return of the Musketeers.
Mr Kinnear was warmed to by the public for his ordinariness, particularly on That Was The Week That Was, where he was a simple, likeable character surrounded by intellectuals satirising about the government and media.
While often remembered as a character actor and a comic, in his early stage roles he played serious roles with some success, but due to his physicality and natural sense of comedy, moved into comedy.
Such was the affection felt towards him within show business, Richard Lester, traumatised by Mr Kinnear's death, quit the film industry altogether.
In 1994 the Roy Kinnear Trust was formed, a charity organisation helping young adults with multiple disabilities.