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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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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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Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 74

Birthday 1905-01-15

Day of Death 1981-03-04

Place of Birth Bombay, British India, India

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Acting TV ShowsMovies

1974 Petrocelli(1 episode)
1972 Search(1 episode)
1968 Land of the Giants(1 episode)
1968 The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde as Sir Turnbull
1967 Hell of Borneo as Mr. Bellflower
1967 The Guns of Will Sonnett(1 episode)
1967 The King's Pirate as Captain Cullen
1966 Mission: Impossible(2 episodes)
1966 The Time Tunnel(1 episode)
1966 Star Trek(1 episode) as Marplon
1965 Get Smart(1 episode)
1965 Lost in Space(1 episode)
1965 The Sandpiper as le juge Thompson
1964 Profiles in Courage(2 episodes)
1964 Daniel Boone(3 episodes)
1963 Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre(2 episodes)
1963 The Great Adventure(2 episodes)
1963 Drums of Africa as Jack Cuortemayn
1962 Jack the Giant Killer as Pendragon
1961 The Canadians as Superintendent Walker
1960 Thriller(1 episode)
1959 Adventures in Paradise(1 episode)
1959 One Step Beyond(1 episode)
1958 The 7th Voyage of Sinbad as Sokurah the Magician
1958 Peter Gunn(1 episode)
1958 Darby's Rangers as Sgt. McTavish
1957 Witness for the Prosecution as Mr. Myers
1957 Perry Mason(1 episode)
1957 Band of Angels as Capt. Canavan
1957 Istanbul as Douglas Fielding
1956 Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theater(1 episode)
1956 Telephone Time(1 episode)
1956 Helen of Troy as Ulysses
1956 Diane as Louis - Count de Breze
1955 Lady Godiva of Coventry as Lord Godwin
1955 The 20th Century Fox Hour(2 episodes)
1955 Alfred Hitchcock Presents(2 episodes)
1955 Gunsmoke(1 episode)
1955 Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing as Humphrey Palmer-Jones
1955 The Millionaire(1 episode)
1954 Bengal Brigade as Colonel Morrow
1954 Climax!(2 episodes)
1954 The Black Shield Of Falworth as Sir James
1954 Knock On Wood as Godfrey Langston
1953 The Robe as Sen. Gallio
1953 Houdini as Otto
1953 The Desert Rats as Col Barney White
1952 Blackbeard, the Pirate as Sir Henry Morgan
1952 The Crimson Pirate as Humble Bellows
1952 The Snows of Kilimanjaro as Johnson
1952 Affair in Trinidad as Inspector Smythe
1951 Hallmark Hall of Fame(1 episode)
1949 Now Barabbas
1948 The Philco Television Playhouse(2 episodes)
1948 The Fallen Idol as Policeman
1947 The End of the River as Lisboa
1947 When The Bough Breaks as Adams
1947 Jassy as Bob Wicks
1946 Great Expectations as Bentley Drummle
1946 I See a Dark Stranger as Police Constable
1942 The Next of Kin as German General
1941 Major Barbara as Todger Fairmile
1940 Saloon Bar as Mr. Garrod
1940 The Case of the Frightened Lady as Jim Tilling, the Groundsman
1940 Night Train to Munich as Minor Role
1940 Let George Do It! as U-Boat commander
1940 Contraband as Sailor
1940 Gasbags as SS Man
1939 The Spy in Black as Submarine Officer
1939 Old Mother Riley, MP as Jack Nelson
1938 Climbing High as Jim Castle
1936 Crime Over London
1936 The Common Round as Martin
1935 Drake of England

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