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Thorley Walters

Thorley Walters

78 (passed away Jul. 6th, 1991)
May. 12th, 1913
Born in
Teingrace, England, UK

Thorley Walters' Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
Bulman (UK) TV Show
Bulman (UK)
Strangers (UK) TV Show
Strangers (UK)
The Adventures of Don Quick (UK) TV Show
The Adventures of Don Quick (UK)
A Question of Guilt (UK) TV Show
A Question of Guilt (UK)
Jennie: Lady Randolph Churchill (UK) TV Show
Jennie: Lady Randolph Churchill (UK)
Spyship (UK) TV Show
Spyship (UK)
Beasts (UK) TV Show
Beasts (UK)
David Copperfield (UK) (1986) TV Show
David Copperfield (UK) (1986)
Life of Shakespeare (UK) TV Show
Life of Shakespeare (UK)
Menace (UK) TV Show
Menace (UK)
Misleading Cases (UK) TV Show
Misleading Cases (UK)
Mr. Rose (UK) TV Show
Mr. Rose (UK)
Ooh La La! (UK) TV Show
Ooh La La! (UK)
Room At The Bottom (UK) (1966) TV Show
Room At The Bottom (UK) (1966)
The Edwardians (UK) TV Show
The Edwardians (UK)
The Many Wives Of Patrick (UK) TV Show
The Many Wives Of Patrick (UK)
Treasure Island (UK) TV Show
Treasure Island (UK)

Main Movie Roles

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Son of a clergyman, the British character actor Thorley Walters was born in 1913 in Teingrace, Devonshire, England. After stage experience, in which he played Shakespearean and light leading roles, he made his film debut in The Love Test (1935) and continued his early film career with numerous quota quickies. Walters quickly found his acting niche in comic parts and became a featured player in films. During the 1950s and 1960s, he made his name in the comedies of the Boulting Brothers (e.g., Private's Progress (1956), Carlton-Browne of the F.O. (1959), Rotten to the Core (1965), et al.) and the Launder-Gilliat team [e.g., _Ring of Spies (1963)_, Joey Boy (1965), and the St. Trinian's films). He also became well-known to horror fans through his numerous appearances for Hammer (The Phantom of the Opera (1962), Dracula: Prince of Darkness (1966), Frankenstein Created Woman (1967), and Vampire Circus (1972)), Amicus (The Psychopath (1966) and The People That Time Forgot (1977)).

With his beefy build, square mustache, and befuddled manner, Walters was a natural to play Dr. Watson, which he did in several films, including Sherlock Holmes und das Halsband des Todes (1962), The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother (1975), and Silver Blaze (1977) (TV). In the latter part of his career, he became a familiar figure on television in such popular series as "The Duchess of Duke Street" (1976) and _"Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy" (1979)(mini)_ . Walters was active in film and television until his death in 1991, appearing mostly in cameo roles as incompetent officers, bumbling authority figures, and muddle-headed assistants.


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