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Thorley Walters

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Thorley Swinstead Walters (born 12 May 1913, Teigngrace, Devon – 6 July 1991, London) was an English character actor. He is probably best remembered for his comedy film roles such as in Two-Way Stretch and Carlton-Browne of the FO. He also appeared in the acclaimed TV drama Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. Walters played Sherlock Holmes sidekick Doctor Watson in four unrelated films: Sherlock Holmes and the Deadly Necklace (1962), The Best House in London (1969), The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother (1975), and Silver Blaze (1977). He featured in three of the St Trinian's movies, starting as an army major in Blue Murder at St Trinian's. He later appeared as Butters, assistant to Education Ministry senior civil servant Culpepper-Brown (Eric Barker) in The Pure Hell of St Trinian's and played the part of Culpepper-Brown in The Wildcats of St Trinian's. In the 1960s he also appeared in several Hammer horror films, including The Phantom of the Opera (1962), Dracula, Prince of Darkness (1966), Frankenstein Created Woman (1967) and Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed (1969). In the DVD commentary to The Man Who Haunted Himself, Roger Moore mentioned that co-star Walters lived in Dolphin Square, the prestigious apartment block in Pimlico, London in which some scenes of the film were shot. Thorley and Richard Hope-Hawkins visited the ailing Terry-Thomas in Barnes, London in 1989. Walters had starred with Terry in the Boulting Brother's film Carlton-Browne of the F.O., and was shocked at his appearance (he was ill with Parkinson's Disease). That visit resulted in the "Terry-Thomas Gala" held in the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane in the same year which raised funds to help Terry live the rest of his life in comfort. Hope-Hawkins was with Walters and actress Siobhan Redmond, when he died in a London nursing home. Actor Ian Bannen gave the main address at his funeral held at Golders Green. Description above from the Wikipedia article Thorley Walters, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

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May 12, 1913 In Teigngrace, Devon, England, UK
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Once in a New Moon 1935-01-01
Latest Project:
Movie A Cup O' Tea An' A Slice O' Cake - Worzel Gummidge Christmas Special 2022
Known For
Poster of The Dunroamin' Rising
Poster of Tales of the Unexpected
Poster of The Persuaders!
Poster of Play for Today
Movie A Cup O' Tea An' A Slice O' Cake - Worzel Gummidge Christmas Special Colonel Bloodstock 2022
Movie A Murder of Quality Unknown 1991-10-04
Movie He's Asking For Me Unknown 1990-02-18
Movie The Dunroamin' Rising Mr Finister 1988-02-19
Movie Hammer: The Studio That Dripped Blood (archive footage) 1987-01-01
Series Paradise Postponed Unknown 1986-09-15
Series Bulman Unknown 1985-06-05
Movie The Little Drummer Girl Ned Quilley 1984-10-19
Movie The Sign of Four Major John Sholto 1983-12-06
Movie Soft Targets Old Wedding Guest 1982-10-19
Movie Spider's Web Hugo Birch 1982-12-26
Series Cribb Unknown 1980-04-13
Movie The Wildcats of St. Trinian's Hugo Culpepper Brown 1980-09-10
Series Worzel Gummidge Unknown 1979-02-25
Series Tales of the Unexpected Harry Gold 1979-03-24
Movie Henry V Charles the Sixth, King of France 1979-12-23
Series Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy Tufty Thessinger 1979-09-10
Series Strangers Unknown 1978-06-05
Series BBC Television Shakespeare Unknown 1978-12-01
Series Life of Shakespeare Unknown 1978-06-13
Series Raffles Unknown 1977-02-25
Movie Silver Blaze Dr. Watson 1977-01-20
Movie The People That Time Forgot Norfolk 1977-07-06
Series Treasure Island Unknown 1977-10-16
Series The Duchess of Duke Street Unknown 1976-09-04
Series Beasts Sir Ramsey 1976-10-16
Movie Goodbye Chalcott-Bentinck 1975-03-06
Movie Soft Beds, Hard Battles General Erhardt 1974-01-24
Series Jennie: Lady Randolph Churchill Unknown 1974-11-05
Series Thriller Unknown 1973-03-14
Series Orson Welles' Great Mysteries Unknown 1973-09-01
Movie Ring Once for Death Dr. Ledworth 1973-12-06
Series The Lotus Eaters Unknown 1972-04-23
Movie Vampire Circus Burgermeister 1972-04-30
Series Crown Court Unknown 1972-10-11
Series The Edwardians King Edward VII 1972-11-21
Movie Mr. Forbush and the Penguins Mr. Forbush Sr. 1971-07-29
Series Cousin Bette Baron Hector Hulot 1971-08-07
Series The Persuaders! Unknown 1971-09-17
Series Play for Today Unknown 1970-10-15
Movie The Man Who Haunted Himself Frank Bellamy 1970-09-17
Movie Trog Magistrate 1970-10-24
Movie Bartleby The Colleague 1970-10-30
Series The Adventures of Don Quick Unknown 1970-10-30
Movie There's a Girl in My Soup Manager of Carlton Hotel 1970-12-15
Movie Oh! What a Lovely War Staff Officer 1969-03-10
Movie The Best House in London Doctor Watson 1969-01-01
Movie The Last Shot You Hear Gen. Jowett 1969-05-14
Movie Crooks and Coronets Hubbard 1969-04-02
Movie Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed Insp. Fritsch 1969-05-22
Movie On the Eve of Publication Holland 1968-11-27
Movie Twisted Nerve Sir John Forrester 1968-12-20
Movie Frankenstein Created Woman Dr. Hertz 1967-03-15
Series Misleading Cases Unknown 1967-06-20
Movie Dracula: Prince of Darkness Ludwig 1966-01-09
Movie The Psychopath Martin Roth 1966-02-04
Movie The Wrong Box Lawyer 1966-06-19
Movie The Family Way Vicar 1966-12-18
Movie Joey Boy Col. Grant 1965-01-01
Movie Rotten to the Core Chief Constable Preston 1965-07-14
Movie The Earth Dies Screaming Edgar Otis 1964-10-14
Movie Ring of Spies Cmdr. Winters 1964-03-23
Movie Heavens Above! Tranquilax Executive 1963-05-20
Movie Sherlock Holmes and the Deadly Necklace Dr. Watson 1962-01-01
Movie The Phantom of the Opera Lattimer 1962-06-25
Movie Invasion Quartet Unknown 1961-09-01
Movie Murder She Said Cedric Ackenthorpe 1961-09-26
Movie Petticoat Pirates Captain Jerome Robertson 1961-11-01
Movie Two Way Stretch Col. Parkright 1960-12-20
Movie Suspect Special Agent Prince 1960-01-01
Movie The Pure Hell of St. Trinian's Butters 1960-12-22
Movie Don't Panic Chaps! Unknown 1959-01-01
Movie Carlton-Browne of the F.O. Colonel Bellingham 1959-03-10
Movie A Lady Mislaid Mr. Smith 1958-01-01
Movie Happy Is the Bride Jim 1958-03-04
Movie The Truth About Women Trevor Eaton 1957-01-01
Movie The Passionate Stranger Jimmy 1957-03-04
Movie Blue Murder at St. Trinian's Major Whitehart 1957-12-01
Movie Second Fiddle Charles 1957-06-10
Movie The Birthday Present Photographer 1957-10-31
Movie You Can't Escape Chadwick 1956-01-01
Movie Private's Progress Captain Bootle 1956-02-17
Movie Who Done It? Raymond Courtney 1956-03-20
Movie Josephine and Men Salesman 1955-11-09
Series Hallmark Hall of Fame Stanley Baldwin 1951-12-24
Movie Captain Boycott Army Officer (uncredited) 1947-08-26
Movie Waltz Time Stefan Ravenne 1945-08-13
Movie Medal for the General Andrew 1944-11-06
Movie It Happened to One Man Ronnie 1940-10-12
Movie Design for Murder Huey Frazer 1939-03-27
Movie Life of St. Paul Unidentified role 1938-09-30
Movie Once in a New Moon Beamish 1935-01-01
Movie The Love Test Chemist 1935-06-30