James Villiers

James Villiers was an English character actor known for his aristocratic lineage and the precise, even clichd, articulation often associated with such supreme breeding. A graduate of RADA, where he schooled with and ... Read more »
Born: 09/29/1930

Filmography

Actor (37)

The Tichborne Claimant 1998 (Movie)

Uncle Henry Seymour (Actor)

Uncovered 1995 (Movie)

Montegrifo (Actor)

Wavelength 1994 (Movie)

Mullins (Actor)

House of Cards 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

King Ralph 1991 (Movie)

Hale (Actor)

Let Him Have It 1991 (Movie)

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Scandal 1989 (Movie)

Martin Redmayne (Actor)

Fortunes of War 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

The Irish R.M. Part II 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Honor, Profit and Pleasure 1984 (Movie)

Addison (Actor)

Under the Volcano 1984 (Movie)

Brit (Actor)

Mantrap 1983 (Movie)

Tony Walmsley (Actor)

Notes From Under the Volcano 1983 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Saint Jack 1979 (Movie)

Frogget (Actor)

Joseph Andrews 1977 (Movie)

Mr Booby (Actor)

Seven Nights in Japan 1976 (Movie)

Finn (Actor)

Ghost in the Noonday Sun 1973 (Movie)

Parsely-Frack (Actor)

The Ruling Class 1972 (Movie)

Dinsdale (Actor)

Asylum 1971 (Movie)

George (Actor)

Blood From the Mummy's Tomb 1970 (Movie)

Corbeck (Actor)

Married Alive 1969 - 1970 (TV Show)

Actor

A Nice Girl Like Me 1969 (Movie)

Freddie (Actor)

Otley 1969 (Movie)

Hendrickson (Actor)

Some Girls Do 1969 (Movie)

Carl Petersen (Actor)

Half a Sixpence 1967 (Movie)

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The Alphabet Murders 1965 (Movie)

Franklin (Actor)

The Nanny 1965 (Movie)

Bill Fane (Actor)

Eve 1964 (Movie)

Arthur McCormick (Actor)

Nothing But the Best 1964 (Movie)

Hugh (Actor)

King and Country 1963 (Movie)

Captain (Actor)

These Are the Damned 1961 (Movie)

Capt Gregory (Actor)

A Perfect Hero (TV Show)

Actor

Hemingway (TV Show)

Actor

Spectre (TV Show)

Actor

The Double Kill (TV Show)

Actor

The First Churchills (TV Show)

Actor

The Scarlet Pimpernel (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

James Villiers was an English character actor known for his aristocratic lineage and the precise, even clichéd, articulation often associated with such supreme breeding. A graduate of RADA, where he schooled with and befriended Peter O'Toole, Villiers had a lifelong love for the theater, performing live Shakespeare with the Old Vic and on the BBC. After debuting on television and in film in 1958, Villiers took on several intriguing projects in the mid-'60s, including Roman Polanski's horror thriller "Repulsion", alongside Catherine Deneuve, and a supporting role in "The Wrong Box", a comedy with then-rising English star Michael Caine. In the '70s, he appeared with old pal O'Toole in, appropriately, the comedy "The Ruling Class", and he later appeared as Mr. Booby in the Ann-Margret comedy "Joseph Andrews". Villiers gained wider visibility when he played Tanner, a secret service colleague of Roger Moore's James Bond in "For Your Eyes Only", a thankfully high-profile role. Villiers especially hit his stride on television with roles including Professor Henry Higgins in the romantic drama "Pygmalion", a 1973 part on the "BBC Play of the Month" series, and, in perhaps an even more perfect bit of casting, as Baron de Batz in the 1982 version of the drama "The Scarlet Pimpernel", with Jane Seymour and Ian McKellen in co-starring roles. Villiers continued acting in films well into the '90s, making his final feature performance in the 1998 drama "The Tichborne Claimant", about an heir seeking his inheritance. Villiers passed away from cancer at age 67.

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