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Frederick Charles Emney — 7 January , known professionally as Fred Emney , was an English comedian, known for his appearances in farce , comic opera , musical comedy , music hall and pantomime. He was a member of a theatrical family: among his uncles was the popular comedian Arthur Williams , and he was the father of Fred Emney , a comic character actor frequently seen on stage and screen in the midth century. Emney's family had theatrical connections: his uncles were the comic performers Arthur Williams and Fred Williams c. For the rest of his career Emney divided his time between the West End and touring. From Emney began to appear in music hall shows, in a long-running sketch A Sister to Assist 'er , which he played around the country, first with Sydney Fairbrother and later with Louise Tinsley. During a performance of a pantomime version of Cinderella at the London Opera House in , Emney slipped and fatally damaged his spine, and despite two emergency operations he died a few days later, at the age of From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.