Percy Herbert

Humble Cockney origins eventually paid off for Percy Herbert, a beefy and bent-nosed veteran of World War II who became a reliable resource for directors needing a gruff, working-class British soldier for their war ... Read more »
Born: 07/31/1920

Filmography

Actor (36)

The Love Child 1988 (Movie)

Maurice (Actor)

The Sea Wolves 1979 (Movie)

Dennison (Actor)

The Omega Connection 1978 (Movie)

Ship's Captain (Actor)

The Wild Geese 1977 (Movie)

Keith (Actor)

Valentino 1977 (Movie)

Studio Guard (Actor)

One of Our Dinosaurs Is Missing 1974 (Movie)

Mr Gibbons (Actor)

Sweet Suzy 1972 (Movie)

Overseer (Actor)

The Mackintosh Man 1972 (Movie)

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Man in the Wilderness 1971 (Movie)

Fogarty (Actor)

Captain Apache 1970 (Movie)

Moon (Actor)

Too Late the Hero 1970 (Movie)

Johnstone (Actor)

One More Time 1969 (Movie)

Mander (Actor)

The Royal Hunt of the Sun 1969 (Movie)

Diego (Actor)

Tobruk 1967 (Movie)

Dolan (Actor)

One Million Years B.C. 1966 (Movie)

Sakana (Actor)

Becket 1964 (Movie)

Henry II's Baron (Actor)

Bunny Lake Is Missing 1964 (Movie)

Policeman at Station (Actor)

Guns at Batasi 1964 (Movie)

Sergeant Ben Parkin (Actor)

Call Me Bwana 1962 (Movie)

Henchman (Actor)

Mutiny on the Bounty 1962 (Movie)

Matthew Quintal (Actor)

Sea of Sand 1961 (Movie)

Trooper White (Actor)

The Captive City 1961 (Movie)

Sgt Reed (Actor)

The Guns of Navarone 1961 (Movie)

Grogan (Actor)

Mysterious Island 1960 (Movie)

Sergeant Pencroft (Actor)

Curse of the Demon 1958 (Movie)

Farmer (Actor)

Yesterday's Enemy 1958 (Movie)

Wilson (Actor)

All at Sea 1957 (Movie)

Tommy (Actor)

Enemy From Space 1957 (Movie)

Gorman (Actor)

No Time to Die 1957 (Movie)

1st English Soldier (Actor)

Sea Fury 1957 (Movie)

Walker (Actor)

The Bridge on the River Kwai 1957 (Movie)

Grogan (Actor)

The Safecracker 1957 (Movie)

Sergeant Harper (Actor)

Hell in Korea 1956 (Movie)

Private Moon (Actor)

Steel Bayonet 1956 (Movie)

Clark (Actor)

The Cockleshell Heroes 1956 (Movie)

Loman (Actor)

The Night My Number Came Up 1954 (Movie)

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Biography

Humble Cockney origins eventually paid off for Percy Herbert, a beefy and bent-nosed veteran of World War II who became a reliable resource for directors needing a gruff, working-class British soldier for their war pictures. In Jose Ferrer's "The Cockleshell Heroes" he plays one of the doomed soldiers on a bizarre kayaking mission into occupied France. In David Lean's "The Bridge on the River Kwai", he appears as one of the more reluctant bridge-building prisoners. And for director Ronald Neame he became reacquainted with Alec Guinness, once again playing a mildly deranged character, in "Tunes of Glory". Science fiction movies also attracted Herbert, who could make an unworldly impression with his imposing physique and distinctive accent. He appeared in the second installment of the quirky Quatermass franchise, and played a dangerous farmer in Jacques Tourneur's "Curse of the Demon". His military and fantastical qualities were brought together in 1961's "Mysterious Island", where he played a soldier caught up in a Jules Verne phantasmagoria. For the British television series "The Worker", he had a recurring role opposite Charlie Drake. Herbert had an American sojourn for the late '60s series "Cimarron Strip", for which he affected a believable Scottish brogue. In his twilight years, he was one of the aging seamen in the 1980 film "The Sea Wolves", his penultimate film role.

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