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Torin Thatcher

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Torin Thatcher (15 January 1905 - 4 March 1981) was an English actor born in Bombay, British India, India), to English parents. He was an imposing, powerfully built figure noted for his flashy portrayals of screen villains. He was educated in England at Bedford School and at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. He worked as a schoolmaster before first appearing on the London stage in 1927 and then entering British films in 1934. He appeared in the 1937 Old Vic stage production of Hamlet, in which Laurence Olivier made his first appearance in the title role, opposite Vivien Leigh as Ophelia. During the Second World War, he served with the Royal Artillery and was demobilized with the rank of lieutenant colonel. Thatcher appeared in classic British films of the late 1930s and 1940s, including Major Barbara (1941) and Great Expectations (1946), in which he played Bentley Drummle. He moved to Hollywood in the 1950s. He was constantly in demand, invariably lending his looming figure and baleful countenance to sinister or stern roles in popular costume thrillers such as The Crimson Pirate (1952), Blackbeard the Pirate (1952), The Robe (1953) (as the disapproving father of Richard Burton's character), The Black Shield of Falworth (1954), Helen of Troy (1956), Darby's Rangers (1958), and The 7th Voyage of Sinbad (1958). He also appeared in the Marlon Brando and Trevor Howard 1962 remake of Mutiny on the Bounty. He returned to the stage quite frequently, notably on Broadway, in such esteemed productions as Edward, My Son (1948), That Lady (1949) and Billy Budd (1951). In 1959, he portrayed Captain Keller in the award-winning play The Miracle Worker with Anne Bancroft and Patty Duke. All of these plays were filmed, but Thatcher did not appear in the movie versions. Also a steady fixture on television, he appeared in such made-for-TV films as adaptations of A. J. Cronin's Beyond This Place (1957) and The Citadel (1960),Bonanza(1961), and Brenda Starr (1976). He also played the title role in a Philco Television Playhouse version of Othello and acted in a CBS production of Beyond This Place (1957). Thatcher died of cancer on March 4, 1981, in Thousand Oaks, California, in the Los Angeles area. Description above from the Wikipedia article Torin Thatcher, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.


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Born:
Jan 15, 1905 In Bombay, British India, India
Movie/TV Credits:
69
First Appeared:
In the movie Drake of England 1935-06-10
Latest Project:
Series Petrocelli 1974-09-11
Known For
Poster of The Next of Kin
Poster of The Case of the Frightened Lady
Poster of Old Mother Riley, MP
Poster of Climbing High
Filmography

Petrocelli (1974)

Drama
Series
as Unknown
8.7 3 votes

Search (1972)

Action & Adventure Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Series
as Unknown
9.2 3 votes

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1968)

Drama Science Fiction Thriller
Movie
as Sir Turnbull

Land of the Giants (1968)

Sci-Fi & Fantasy Action & Adventure
Series
as Unknown
5.8 6 votes

The King's Pirate (1967)

Adventure
Movie
as Captain Cullen

The Guns of Will Sonnett (1967)

Western
Series
as Unknown
8 1 votes

Hell of Borneo (1967)

Adventure
Movie
as Mr. Bellflower

Star Trek (1966)

Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Series
as Unknown
8 210 votes

The Time Tunnel (1966)

Action & Adventure Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Series
as Unknown
7.3 21 votes

Mission: Impossible (1966)

Action & Adventure Crime Drama
Series
as Unknown
7.1 31 votes

Lost in Space (1965)

Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Series
as Unknown
7.2 15 votes

The Sandpiper (1965)

Drama Romance
Movie
as le juge Thompson
4.9 8 votes

Get Smart (1965)

Comedy
Series
as Unknown
7.6 33 votes

Daniel Boone (1964)

Action & Adventure Drama
Series
as Unknown
5.8 5 votes

Profiles in Courage (1964)

War & Politics Drama
Series
as Unknown

The Great Adventure (1963)

Drama
Series
as Unknown

Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre (1963)

Drama
Series
as Unknown
8 1 votes

Jack the Giant Killer (1962)

Adventure Fantasy Family
Movie
as Pendragon
5 10 votes

The Canadians (1961)

Action Drama
Movie
as Superintendent Walker

Thriller (1960)

Horror Thriller
Series
as Unknown
4.5 3 votes

Alcoa Presents: One Step Beyond (1959)

Mystery Drama Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Series
as Unknown
8 1 votes

Adventures in Paradise (1959)

Action & Adventure Drama
Series
as Unknown
7.5 2 votes

Darby's Rangers (1958)

War Drama Action
Movie
as Sgt. McTavish
6 2 votes

The 7th Voyage of Sinbad (1958)

Action Adventure Family Fantasy
Movie
as Sokurah the Magician
6.7 36 votes

Peter Gunn (1958)

Crime
Series
as Unknown
8.7 3 votes

Istanbul (1957)

Romance Adventure Crime Drama
Movie
as Douglas Fielding
7 1 votes

Witness for the Prosecution (1957)

Drama Mystery Crime
Movie
as Mr. Myers
8.1 202 votes

Band of Angels (1957)

Adventure Romance Drama History
Movie
as Capt. Canavan
5 4 votes

Perry Mason (1957)

Mystery Drama Crime Family
Series
as Unknown
7.8 21 votes

Diane (1956)

Drama History Romance
Movie
as Louis - Count de Breze
5.8 3 votes

Helen of Troy (1956)

Action Adventure Drama Romance War
Movie
as Ulysses
6.8 7 votes

Telephone Time (1956)

Drama
Series
as Unknown
6 1 votes

Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theater (1956)

Western Drama
Series
as Unknown
8 1 votes

Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing (1955)

Drama Romance
Movie
as Humphrey Palmer-Jones
5.5 16 votes

The Millionaire (1955)

Drama
Series
as Unknown
7 2 votes

Gunsmoke (1955)

Western Action & Adventure
Series
as Unknown
6.4 16 votes

The 20th Century Fox Hour (1955)

Drama
Series
as Unknown

Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955)

Mystery Drama
Series
as Unknown
7.7 40 votes

Lady Godiva of Coventry (1955)

Drama History
Movie
as Lord Godwin
5 2 votes

Knock On Wood (1954)

Action Comedy
Movie
as Godfrey Langston
6.8 3 votes

The Black Shield Of Falworth (1954)

Adventure
Movie
as Sir James
6.2 9 votes

Bengal Brigade (1954)

War Adventure
Movie
5.3 2 votes

Climax! (1954)

Drama Mystery
Series
as Unknown
6 1 votes

La Révolte des Cipayes (1954)

Adventure War
Movie
as acteur

The Desert Rats (1953)

Action Adventure Drama
Movie
as Col Barney White
6.4 17 votes

The Robe (1953)

Drama
Movie
as Sen. Gallio
6.4 29 votes

Houdini (1953)

Drama Romance History
Movie
as Otto
6.4 15 votes

Affair in Trinidad (1952)

Thriller Mystery Romance
Movie
as Inspector Smythe
6.5 3 votes

The Snows of Kilimanjaro (1952)

Action Adventure Drama Romance
Movie
as Johnson
6.5 11 votes

The Crimson Pirate (1952)

Action Adventure Comedy
Movie
as Humble Bellows
6.6 21 votes

Blackbeard, the Pirate (1952)

Action Adventure
Movie
as Sir Henry Morgan
6.7 6 votes

Hallmark Hall of Fame (1951)

Drama
Series
as Unknown

Now Barabbas (1949)

Movie

The Philco Television Playhouse (1948)

Drama
Series
as Unknown

The Fallen Idol (1948)

Drama Mystery Thriller
Movie
as Policeman
7.1 24 votes

When The Bough Breaks (1947)

Drama
Movie
as Adams

Jassy (1947)

Adventure Drama Romance
Movie
as Bob Wicks
6.5 1 votes

The End of the River (1947)

Drama
Movie
as Lisboa

I See a Dark Stranger (1946)

Drama Thriller War
Movie
as Police Constable
4.5 5 votes

The Next of Kin (1942)

Drama War Thriller Mystery
Movie
as German General

Contraband (1940)

Adventure Romance
Movie
as Sailor
7 1 votes

Let George Do It! (1940)

Comedy
Movie
as U-Boat commander
4.3 2 votes

Night Train to Munich (1940)

Drama Thriller War
Movie
as Minor Role
7.1 17 votes

The Case of the Frightened Lady (1940)

Mystery Thriller
Movie
as Jim Tilling, the Groundsman
6.5 1 votes

Saloon Bar (1940)

Thriller
Movie
as Mr. Garrod
7 1 votes

Old Mother Riley, MP (1939)

Movie
as Jack Nelson
5 1 votes

The Spy in Black (1939)

Thriller War
Movie
as Submarine Officer
5.3 10 votes

Climbing High (1938)

Comedy
Movie
as Jim Castle
6.5 1 votes

Drake of England (1935)

Action Drama
Movie