Cecil Parker

Actor
Cecil Parker is a British actor who, over the course of his career, made the transition between leading man to character actor, playing a series of stuffy, pompous upper crust Englishmen. Parker served in World War I ... Read more »
Born: 09/03/1897 in Hastings, England, GB

Filmography

Actor (36)

The Lady Vanishes 1999 (Movie)

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Lady L 1966 (Movie)

Sir Percy (Actor)

A Man Could Get Killed 1965 (Movie)

Sir Huntley Frazier (Actor)

The Amorous Adventures of Moll Flanders 1965 (Movie)

The Mayor (Actor)

A Study in Terror 1964 (Movie)

Prime Minister (Actor)

Guns at Batasi 1964 (Movie)

Fletcher (Actor)

Vengeance 1964 (Movie)

Stevenson (Actor)

Heavens Above! 1962 (Movie)

Archdeacon Aspinall (Actor)

On the Fiddle 1960 (Movie)

Group Capt Bascombe (Actor)

Pure Hell of St. Trinian's 1960 (Movie)

Professor Canford (Actor)

The Swiss Family Robinson 1960 (Movie)

Captain Moreland (Actor)

A French Mistress 1959 (Movie)

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Sotto dieci bandiere 1959 (Movie)

Colonel Howard (Actor)

A Tale of Two Cities 1958 (Movie)

Jarvis Lorry (Actor)

Hell, Heaven or Hoboken 1958 (Movie)

Col. Logan (Actor)

Indiscreet 1958 (Movie)

Alfred Munson (Actor)

The Wreck of the Mary Deare 1958 (Movie)

Chairman (Actor)

Happy Is the Bride 1957 (Movie)

Arthur Royd (Actor)

23 Paces to Baker Street 1956 (Movie)

Matthews (Actor)

The Admirable Crichton 1956 (Movie)

Lord Loam (Actor)

The Court Jester 1956 (Movie)

King Roderick (Actor)

The Constant Husband 1955 (Movie)

Llewellyn (Actor)

The Ladykillers 1955 (Movie)

Major Courteney (Actor)

Father Brown 1954 (Movie)

Bishop (Actor)

For Better For Worse 1954 (Movie)

Anne's Father (Actor)

The Magic Box 1950 (Movie)

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The Man in the White Suit 1950 (Movie)

Alan Birnley (Actor)

The Citadel 1938 (Movie)

Charles Every (Actor)

The Stars Look Down 1938 (Movie)

Stanley Millington (Actor)

Caesar and Cleopatra (Movie)

Britannus (Actor)

Captain Boycott (Movie)

Capt. Boycott (Actor)

Dark Journey (Movie)

Captain of Q-Boat (Actor)

I Believe in You (Movie)

Henry Phipps (Actor)

The Saint's Vacation (Movie)

Rudolph Hauser (Actor)

The Weaker Sex (Movie)

Geoffrey Radcliffe (Actor)

Under Capricorn (Movie)

Sir Richard, the tutor (Actor)

Biography

Cecil Parker is a British actor who, over the course of his career, made the transition between leading man to character actor, playing a series of stuffy, pompous upper crust Englishmen. Parker served in World War I, receiving an injury that left his head positioned in a rightward tilt. He began pursuing a career on the stage after his discharge, making his theatrical debut in 1922 and his on-screen debut in 1933. In the 1930s, Parker appeared mainly in supporting roles, frequently working with comic actor/director Tom Walls, and he had a small but memorable role as an adulterer in the Alfred Hitchcock mystery "The Lady Vanishes." In the late 1940s, Parker played a small number of roles, including the lead character in 1947's "Captain Boycott." As the '50s wore on, Parker gained weight and lost hair, consigning him to the character roles for which he would become known. Parker appeared in two of the best-loved Alec Guinness comedies directed by Alexander Mackendrick for Ealing Studios: 1951's "The Man in the White Suit" and 1955's "The Ladykillers." He occasionally appeared in Hollywood films, but he's probably best-recognized by American audiences for his role as the doomed captain whose shipwreck strands the family in the 1960 Disney film, "Swiss Family Robinson." His final role was in "Oh! What a Lovely War," Richard Attenborough's anti-war satire of the conflict in which Parker himself had served 50 years before.

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