Lionel Jeffries

Actor, Director
Due to his premature baldness, British actor Lionel Jeffries often played characters who were much older than he was. This was the case in 1968's "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang," in which Jeffries played the father of Dick ... Read more »
Born: 06/10/1926 in London, England, GB

Filmography

Actor (50)

First and Last 1993 (Movie)

(Actor)

Long Ago and Far Away 1988 - 1993 (TV Show)

Voice

Look at It This Way 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The Sins of the Fathers 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Jekyll & Hyde 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

A Chorus of Disapproval 1989 (Movie)

Jarvis Huntley-Pike (Actor)

Better Late Than Never 1983 (Movie)

Berthie Hargreaves (Actor)

The Prisoner of Zenda 1979 (Movie)

General Sapt (Actor)

Wombling Free 1977 (Movie)

of Womble (Voice)

Royal Flash 1976 (Movie)

Kraftstein (Actor)

Who Slew Auntie Roo? 1971 (Movie)

Inspector Willoughby (Actor)

Eyewitness 1969 (Movie)

Colonel (Actor)

Twinky 1969 (Movie)

Mr Creighton (Actor)

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang 1968 (Movie)

Grandpa Potts (Actor)

Arrivederci, Baby! 1966 (Movie)

Parker (Actor)

Camelot 1966 (Movie)

King Pellinore (Actor)

The Spy With a Cold Nose 1965 (Movie)

Stanley Farquhar (Actor)

The Secret of My Success 1964 (Movie)

Inspector Hobart/Baron von Lukenberg/President Esteda/Earl of Aldershot (Actor)

The Truth About Spring 1964 (Movie)

(Actor)

First Men in the Moon 1963 (Movie)

Joseph Cavor (Actor)

The Long Ships 1963 (Movie)

Aziz (Actor)

Call Me Bwana 1962 (Movie)

Dr Ezra Mungo (Actor)

The Notorious Landlady 1962 (Movie)

Inspector Oliphant (Actor)

Fanny 1961 (Movie)

Brun (Actor)

The Wrong Arm of the Law 1961 (Movie)

Inspector Parker (Actor)

Let's Get Married 1960 (Movie)

Marsh (Actor)

The Trials of Oscar Wilde 1959 (Movie)

Marquis of Queensbury (Actor)

Behind the Mask 1958 (Movie)

Waltre Froy (Actor)

Dunkirk 1958 (Movie)

Colonel--Medical Officer (Actor)

Law and Disorder 1958 (Movie)

Major Proudfoot (Actor)

Nowhere to Go 1958 (Movie)

Pet Shop Man (Actor)

The Nun's Story 1958 (Movie)

Dr Goovaerts (Actor)

The Vicious Circle 1958 (Movie)

Geoffrey Windsor (Actor)

All at Sea 1957 (Movie)

Garrod (Actor)

Orders to Kill 1957 (Movie)

Interrogator (Actor)

The Revenge of Frankenstein 1957 (Movie)

Fritz (Actor)

Up the Creek! 1957 (Movie)

Steady Barker (Actor)

Bhowani Junction 1956 (Movie)

Lieutenant Graham McDaniel (Actor)

Blue Murder at St. Trinian's 1956 (Movie)

Joe Mangan (Actor)

Doctor at Large 1956 (Movie)

Dr Hatchett (Actor)

Lust For Life 1956 (Movie)

Dr Peyron (Actor)

The Baby and the Battleship 1956 (Movie)

George (Actor)

The Creeping Unknown 1956 (Movie)

Blake (Actor)

The Colditz Story 1955 (Movie)

Harry (Actor)

All For Mary 1954 (Movie)

Maitre d'Hotel (Actor)

Cream in My Coffee (TV Show)

Actor

Ending Up (TV Show)

Actor

Holby City (Tv Show)

Actor
Director (5)

The Water Babies 1978 (Movie)

(Director)

Wombling Free 1977 (Movie)

(Director)

Baxter 1971 (Movie)

(Director)

The Amazing Mr. Blunden 1971 (Movie)

(Director)

The Railway Children 1970 (Movie)

(Director)
Writer (2)

Wombling Free 1977 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Railway Children 1970 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Biography

Due to his premature baldness, British actor Lionel Jeffries often played characters who were much older than he was. This was the case in 1968's "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang," in which Jeffries played the father of Dick Van Dyke's character, Caractacus Potts, even though Van Dyke was six months older. Jeffries reached the pinnacle of his acting career in the 1960s with starring roles in "The Trials of Oscar Wilde," "First Men in the Moon," and 1967's "Camelot," the Academy Award-winning film adaptation of the popular Broadway musical. Unhappy with the dearth of family-oriented movies, in the early 1970s Jeffries turned to writing and directing children's movies. In 1970 he wrote and directed the celebrated film adaptation of the British novel "The Railway Children" and followed that up with an equally beloved family mystery movie, 1972's "The Amazing Mr. Blunden." Despite directing these two critically acclaimed films, one of which, "The Railway Children," consistently ranks as one of the greatest British films ever made (as surveyed by the British Film Institute and Total Film magazine), Jeffries never directed again and spent the remainder of his career acting in British television shows before retiring in 2001. Following a long illness, Jeffries died in a nursing home in 2010.

EDUCATION

Royal Academy of Dramatic Art

London , England

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