Ernest Thesiger

Actor
Gaunt, sharp-featured British character actor whose film appearances were too few but almost invariably delightful. A veteran of the stage, Thesiger brought his rich, fruity delivery and polished timing to a series of ... Read more »
Born: 01/15/1879 in London, England, GB

Filmography

Actor (24)

The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone 1961 (Movie)

Stefano (Actor)

Sons and Lovers 1960 (Movie)

Hadlock (Actor)

The Battle of the Sexes 1959 (Movie)

Old MacPherson (Actor)

The Horse's Mouth 1957 (Movie)

Hickson (Actor)

The Truth About Women 1957 (Movie)

Judge (Actor)

An Alligator Named Daisy 1956 (Movie)

Notcher (Actor)

Doctor at Large 1956 (Movie)

1st Examiner (Actor)

Quentin Durward 1955 (Movie)

Lord Crawford (Actor)

Three Men in a Boat 1955 (Movie)

Umpire (Actor)

Father Brown 1954 (Movie)

Vicomte (Actor)

The Man With a Million 1953 (Movie)

Bank Director (Actor)

A Christmas Carol 1951 (Movie)

Undertaker (Actor)

The Man in the White Suit 1950 (Movie)

Sir John Kierlaw (Actor)

The Bad Lord Byron 1948 (Movie)

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Beware of Pity 1945 (Movie)

Baron Emil DeKekesfalva (Actor)

Henry V 1943 (Movie)

French Ambassador (Actor)

The Man Who Could Work Miracles 1935 (Movie)

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Bride of Frankenstein 1934 (Movie)

Dr. Pretorius (Actor)

The Old Dark House 1931 (Movie)

Horace Femm (Actor)

Caesar and Cleopatra (Movie)

Theodotus (Actor)

The Robe (Movie)

Tiberius (Actor)

The Winslow Boy (Movie)

Mr. Ridgeley-Pearce (Actor)

Value for Money (Movie)

Lord Dewsbury (Actor)

Who Done It? (Movie)

Sir Walter Finch (Actor)

Biography

Gaunt, sharp-featured British character actor whose film appearances were too few but almost invariably delightful. A veteran of the stage, Thesiger brought his rich, fruity delivery and polished timing to a series of eccentric, sometimes menacing, but usually comically haughty character roles. He was perhaps most brilliant in two classic horror films directed by his friend James Whale, "The Old Dark House" (1932) and "The Bride of Frankenstein" (1935). He also graced the unjustly neglected thriller "They Drive By Night" (1938) as a crazed killer, and stole scenes in such satirical films as "The Man in the White Suit" (1951) and "Value for Money" (1955).

Milestones

1961

Last film, "The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone"

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