ROYAL NAVY OFFICER ● ACTOR ● HUSBAND & FATHER
Born in Gerrards Cross, Buckinghamshire, Kenneth Gilbert More C.B.E. (20th September 1914 – 12th July 1982) was one of Britain’s most successful actors, with a career in theatre, film and television spanning over 4 decades.
His effortless charm, perfect comic timing and happy-go-lucky attitude made him Britain’s most popular, and highest paid actor of the 1950’s. Adored by the public and admired by critics, ‘Kenny’ (as he was known to his friends and peers), picked up multiple awards for his acting over the years, including a BAFTA and a C.B.E in the 1971 New Year’s Honours List.
What is somewhat lesser known is his war record… A Lieutenant in the Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve, Kenny served aboard two ships during WW2: HMS Victorious and HMS Aurora, receiving medals for his gallantry.
Though he passed away well over 30 years ago Kenny’s appeal has not diminished and his performances continue to screen worldwide. From lighthearted comedy classics: Genevieve (1953), Doctor in the House (1954), The Admirable Crichton (1957), to serious and dramatic adventures: Reach for the Sky (1956), The Thirty-Nine Steps (1959), A Night to Remember (1958), and Sink the Bismarck! (1960), his performances continue to thrill whole new audiences.
Opened in 1974 and named in his honour, The Kenneth More Theatre continues to flourish to this day.
Kenny was married on three occasions during his lifetime:
- Beryl Johnstone (1939 – 1946), fathering daughter Jane
- Mabel Edith “Bill” Barkby (18 August 1952 – 7 July 1967), fathering daughter Sarah
- Angela Josephine Douglas (17 March 1968 – 12 July 1982).
Run with the authorisation of the family estate, KennethMore.com shares information about his life and work to help honour and protect his legacy for future generations to discover.
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