Kenneth Colley

Kenneth Colley

Kenneth Colley (born 7 December 1937) is an English actor. A long-time character actor, he came to wider prominence through his role as Admiral Piett in Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back and Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi.

Colley was born in Manchester. He played Jesus (very briefly indeed) in The Life of Brian, having also appeared in the earlier Monty Python-related production Ripping Yarns episode "The Testing of Eric Olthwaite" alongside Michael Palin. As a Shakespearean actor he played the Duke of Vienna in the BBC Television Shakespeare production of Measure for Measure in 1979.

Colley also held an important role in the Clint Eastwood movie Firefox, where he played a Soviet Colonel tasked with the protection of the Firefox and its secrets.

Colley went on to play SS-Standartenf├╝hrer Paul Blobel in the World War II drama War and Remembrance. His character was charged with hiding the evidence of the Holocaust, and putting dead victims through "Economic Processing".

According to comments Terry Gilliam (who directed him in Jabberwocky and co-starred with him in Life of Brian) made in the DVD audio commentaries for both films, Colley is a terrible stutterer in real life. When he had a role in a film, however, he could recite the lines perfectly. Stuttering is a character trait, however, in his role as the "Accordion Man" in the 1978 BBC television drama, Pennies from Heaven. He has also recently starred in BBC's HolbyBlue as a drunk and violent father, grandfather and father-in-law.

He currently lives at Hythe in Kent.

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YearTitleCharacterRelease Date
2013

Scar Tissue

Weaver2013-09-12
2012

Lego Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Out

Admiral Piett (voice)2012-09-24
2009

The Queen

2009-11-29
2005
Like Father Like Son
Rawsthorne2005-01-24
1999
Hold Back the Night
Uncle Bob1999-06-10
1996

Brassed Off

Greasley1996-11-01
1996

Robert Rylands' Last Journey

Archdale1996-10-18
1995

Solomon & Sheba

1995-01-01
1993
Unnatural Causes
Inspector Gerry Reckless1993-01-02
1990
I Hired a Contract Killer
Killer1990-09-13
1990
The Plot to Kill Hitler
Wilhelm Keitel1990-01-30
1989
The Rainbow
Mr. Brunt1989-05-05
1988
A Summer Story
Jim1988-08-11
1987
Casanova
Le Duc1987-03-01
1985
Mussolini: The Untold Story
King Vittorio Emmanuele1985-11-24
1985
Wallenberg: A Hero's Story
Adolph Eichmann1985-04-07
1984
Return to Waterloo
1984-11-01
1983
Return of the Jedi
Admiral Piett1983-05-23
1983
The Scarlet and the Black
Capt. Hirsch1983-02-02
1982
Giro City
1982-11-01
1982
Firefox
Colonel Kontarsky1982-06-13
1980
The Empire Strikes Back
Imperial Force Admiral Piett1980-05-17
1979
Life of Brian
Jesus1979-08-16
1978
Pennies from Heaven
The Accordion Man1978-03-07
1977
The Testing of Eric Olthwaite
1977-09-27
1977
Jabberwocky
1st Fanatic1977-03-28
1975
Lisztomania
Frederic Chopin1975-10-10
1975
Flame
1975-01-01
1974
Juggernaut
Detective Brown1974-09-25
1970
The Music Lovers
Modeste Tchaikovsky1970-12-01
1970
Dance of the Seven Veils
1970-02-15
1968
The Blood Beast Terror
James1968-02-01