Thorley Walters

Actor
Square-faced with a trim moustache, this stage-trained character actor appeared in a series of popular British comedies beginning in the mid-1950s. Walters specialized in aggressive buffoons and ministerial bunglers ... Read more »
Born: 05/12/1913 in Devonshire, England, GB

Filmography

Actor (35)

David Copperfield 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

The Little Drummer Girl 1984 (Movie)

Mr Quilley (Actor)

Sherlock Holmes' The Sign of Four 1982 (Movie)

Major John Sholto (Actor)

The Wildcats of St. Trinian's 1979 (Movie)

Hugh Culpepper-Brown (Actor)

The People That Time Forgot 1976 (Movie)

Norfolk (Actor)

The Gathering Storm 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Actor

The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother 1974 (Movie)

Dr Watson (Actor)

Cousin Bette 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

Young Winston 1972 (Movie)

Major Finn (Actor)

Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed 1970 (Movie)

Inspector Frisch (Actor)

Mr. Forbush and the Penguins 1970 (Movie)

Forbush Sr (Actor)

There's a Girl in My Soup 1970 (Movie)

Manager of Carlton Hotel (Actor)

The Man Who Haunted Himself 1969 (Movie)

Bellamy (Actor)

Trog 1969 (Movie)

The Magistrate (Actor)

Twisted Nerve 1969 (Movie)

Sir John Forrester (Actor)

Frankenstein Created Woman 1966 (Movie)

Dr Hertz (Actor)

The Family Way 1965 (Movie)

The Vicar (Actor)

The Wrong Box 1965 (Movie)

Mountaineer (Actor)

Dracula - Prince of Darkness 1964 (Movie)

Ludwig (Actor)

Rotten to the Core 1964 (Movie)

Preston (Actor)

Heavens Above! 1962 (Movie)

Tranquilax Executive (Actor)

The Phantom of the Opera 1962 (Movie)

Lattimer (Actor)

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

Butters (Actor)

The Risk 1960 (Movie)

Mr Prince (Actor)

Man in a Cocked Hat 1959 (Movie)

Colonel Bellingham (Actor)

Happy Is the Bride 1957 (Movie)

Jim (Actor)

The Truth About Women 1957 (Movie)

Trevor (Actor)

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

Major (Actor)

The Passionate Stranger 1956 (Movie)

Jimmy (Actor)

Private's Progress 1955 (Movie)

Captain Bootle (Actor)

A Murder of Quality (TV Show)

Actor

Death in Small Doses (TV Show)

Actor

Paradise Postponed (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Square-faced with a trim moustache, this stage-trained character actor appeared in a series of popular British comedies beginning in the mid-1950s. Walters specialized in aggressive buffoons and ministerial bunglers. His best work was done in association with the Boulting brothers and the Launder-Gilliat team.

Beginning in the 1960s, Walters became a regular in Hammer Studio's horror/fantasy films, including "The Earth Dies Screaming"(1964), "Dracula--Prince of Darkness"(1966), "The Psychopath"(1966) "Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed!"(1970) and "Vampire Circus"(1971). He amassed numerous British television credits since the 1970s, notably in the classic "Cousin Bette" (1972), "Jeannie: Lady Randolph Churchill"(1975) and "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy"(1980).

Relationships

Prebendary Thomas Collins Walters

Father

Mary Francis Walters

Mother

EDUCATION

Monkton Combe School

Bristol Old Vic Theatre School

studied for the stage

Milestones

1969

Appeared in "Trog", Joan Crawford's last film

1966

Featured in "The Wrong Box", the popular comedy directed by Bryan Forbes

1965

Appeared in "Rotten to the Core", a Boulting brothers comedy

1956

Appeared in "Who Done It?" Directed by Basil Dearden and starring Benny Hill

1950

Played the lead in the musical "Gay's the Word"

1947

Debuted on Broadway in the same part

1944

Established himself as a character comedian in "Under the Counter" which starred Jack Hulbert and Cicely Courtneidge and had a 665-performance run in London

1934

Feature film debut in "Once in a New Moon"

1933

Debuted with a walk-on in an Old Vic production of Shaw's "The Admirable Bashville"; remained with the Old Vic for two years

Appeared in West End musicals and revues (dates approximate)

Worked extensively in British TV in the 1970s and 1980s, most notably in several "Masterpiece Theatre" series

Played supporting roles in many British comedies beginning in the mid-1950s, most notably in films produced by the Boulting brothers and the Launder-Gilliat team

Toured Australia and New Zealand in the same part

Played King Lear after touring with the Sir Philip Ben Greets Company

Played supporting roles in many English horror/fantasy films in the 1960s

Bonus Trivia

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Walters served as a director of the Royal General Theatrical Fund

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