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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.

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Jan 15, 1905 In Bombay, British India, India
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Drake the Pirate 1935-06-10
Latest Project:
Series Petrocelli 1974-03-16
Known For
Poster of The 7th Voyage of Sinbad
Poster of Witness for the Prosecution
Poster of The Robe
Poster of The End of the River
Series Petrocelli Unknown 1974-03-16
Series Search Unknown 1972-09-13
Movie The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Sir Turnbull 1968-01-07
Series Land of the Giants Dr. Berger 1968-09-22
Movie The King's Pirate Captain Cullen 1967-07-20
Series The Guns of Will Sonnett Unknown 1967-09-08
Movie Hell of Borneo Mr. Bellflower 1967-12-10
Series The Time Tunnel Dr. Everett Holland 1966-09-09
Series Star Trek Marplon 1966-09-08
Series Mission: Impossible Unknown 1966-09-17
Movie Hawaii Rev. Dr. Thorn 1966-10-10
Movie The Sandpiper le juge Thompson 1965-06-23
Movie The Holy Terror Dr. Poole 1965-04-07
Series Get Smart Unknown 1965-09-18
Series Lost in Space The Space Trader 1965-09-15
Series Daniel Boone Unknown 1964-09-24
Series Profiles in Courage Unknown 1964-11-08
Movie Drums of Africa Jack Cuortemayn 1963-05-15
Series The Great Adventure Unknown 1963-09-27
Series Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre Unknown 1963-10-04
Movie Jack the Giant Killer Pendragon 1962-05-17
Movie Mutiny on the Bounty Staines 1962-11-08
Series The Alfred Hitchcock Hour Unknown 1962-09-20
Movie Shirley Temple's Storybook: The Little Mermaid Human King 1961-03-05
Movie The Canadians Superintendent Walker 1961-03-11
Series Thriller Unknown 1960-09-13
Series One Step Beyond Unknown 1959-01-20
Series Adventures in Paradise Unknown 1959-10-05
Movie Darby's Rangers Sergeant McTavish 1958-02-12
Series Peter Gunn Unknown 1958-09-22
Movie The 7th Voyage of Sinbad Sokurah the Magician 1958-12-05
Movie Istanbul Douglas Fielding 1957-05-22
Movie Band of Angels Capt. Canavan 1957-08-03
Movie Witness for the Prosecution Mr. Myers 1957-12-17
Series Perry Mason Unknown 1957-09-21
Movie Diane Louis - Count de Breze 1956-01-12
Movie Helen of Troy Ulysses 1956-01-26
Series Telephone Time Unknown 1956-04-08
Series Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theater Unknown 1956-10-05
Series Gunsmoke Unknown 1955-09-10
Series The Millionaire Unknown 1955-01-19
Movie Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing Humphrey Palmer-Jones 1955-08-18
Series Alfred Hitchcock Presents Unknown 1955-10-02
Series The 20th Century Fox Hour Unknown 1955-10-05
Movie Lady Godiva of Coventry Lord Godwin 1955-11-02
Movie The Black Shield of Falworth Sir James 1954-09-02
Movie Knock On Wood Godfrey Langston 1954-04-06
Series Climax! Unknown 1954-10-07
Movie Bengal Brigade Colonel Morrow 1954-11-06
Movie The Desert Rats Col Barney White 1953-05-20
Movie Houdini Otto 1953-07-02
Movie The Robe Sen. Gallio 1953-09-16
Movie Affair in Trinidad Inspector Smythe 1952-07-29
Movie The Crimson Pirate Humble Bellows 1952-08-27
Movie Blackbeard, the Pirate Sir Henry Morgan 1952-12-24
Movie The Snows of Kilimanjaro Johnson 1952-10-08
Series Hallmark Hall of Fame Unknown 1951-12-24
Movie The Black Rose Harry 1950-09-01
Movie Now Barabbas Unknown 1949-05-24
Series The Philco Television Playhouse Unknown 1948-10-03
Movie The Fallen Idol Policeman 1948-09-30
Movie Jassy Bob Wicks 1947-08-13
Movie When The Bough Breaks Adams 1947-11-19
Movie The End of the River Lisboa 1947-12-01
Movie I See a Dark Stranger Police Constable 1946-07-04
Movie Great Expectations Bentley Drummle 1946-12-26
Movie The Next of Kin German General 1942-06-15
Movie Major Barbara Todger Fairmile 1941-05-14
Movie Gasbags SS Man 1941-02-01
Movie Let George Do It! U-Boat commander 1940-07-12
Movie Contraband Sailor 1940-05-11
Movie The Case of the Frightened Lady Jim Tilling, the Groundsman 1940-09-28
Movie Saloon Bar Mr. Garrod 1940-11-02
Movie Old Mother Riley, MP Jack Nelson 1939-08-15
Movie The Lion Has Wings Seaman Receiving Information About German Activity 1939-11-03
Movie The Spy in Black Submarine Officer 1939-10-07
Movie Climbing High Jim Castle 1938-10-31
Movie Young and Innocent Nobby's Lodging House Caretaker (uncredited) 1937-11-01
Movie Sabotage Mr. Verloc's Visitor (uncredited) 1937-01-08
Movie The Common Round Martin 1936-03-12
Movie Crime Over London Unknown 1936-10-21
Movie The Man Who Could Work Miracles Observer 1936-07-23
Movie Drake the Pirate Unknown 1935-06-10