Torin Thatcher

Actor, Teacher
Severe and beefy, with a name that suggests a malignant Norse legend, Torin Thatcher made a career out of being the bad guy. After studying at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, he had a stint as a schoolteacher. He ... Read more »
Born: 01/15/1905 in India

Filmography

Actor (35)

Brenda Starr 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

Star Trek 1966 - 1969 (Tv Show)

Actor

Lost in Space 1965 - 1968 (TV Show)

Actor

Hawaii 1966 (Movie)

Reverend Thorn (Actor)

King's Pirate 1966 (Movie)

Captain Cullen (Actor)

The Sandpiper 1965 (Movie)

Judge Thompson (Actor)

Mutiny on the Bounty 1962 (Movie)

Staines (Actor)

Jack the Giant Killer 1961 (Movie)

Pendragon (Actor)

The Count of Monte Cristo 1958 - 1959 (TV Show)

Actor

The Miracle 1958 (Movie)

Duke of Wellington (Actor)

The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad 1958 (Movie)

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Witness For the Prosecution 1958 (Movie)

Mr Myers (Actor)

Band of Angels 1957 (Movie)

Captain Canavan (Actor)

Darby's Rangers 1957 (Movie)

Sergeant McTavish (Actor)

Istanbul 1957 (Movie)

Douglas Fielding (Actor)

Helen of Troy 1956 (Movie)

Ulysses (Actor)

Diane 1955 (Movie)

Count DeBreze (Actor)

Love Is a Many Splendored Thing 1955 (Movie)

Mr Palmer-Jones (Actor)

Bengal Brigade 1954 (Movie)

Colonel Morrow (Actor)

Knock on Wood 1954 (Movie)

Langston (Actor)

Lady Godiva 1954 (Movie)

Lord Godwin (Actor)

The Black Shield of Falworth 1954 (Movie)

Sir James (Actor)

The Desert Rats 1953 (Movie)

Barney (Actor)

Houdini 1952 (Movie)

Otto (Actor)

The Crimson Pirate 1952 (Movie)

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The Nash Airflyte Theater 1950 - 1951 (TV Show)

Actor

The Snows of Kilimanjaro 1951 (Movie)

Johnson (Actor)

Contraband 1940 (Movie)

Sailor (Actor)

Old Mother Riley M.P. 1938 (Movie)

Jack Nelson (Actor)

Affair in Trinidad (Movie)

Inspector Smythe (Actor)

Blackbeard the Pirate (Movie)

Sir Henry Morgan (Actor)

Climbing High (Movie)

Jim (Actor)

Knight Without Armour (Movie)

Passport Official (Actor)

Major Barbara (Movie)

Todger Fairmile (Actor)

The Robe (Movie)

Sen. Gallio (Actor)

Biography

Severe and beefy, with a name that suggests a malignant Norse legend, Torin Thatcher made a career out of being the bad guy. After studying at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, he had a stint as a schoolteacher. He first appeared on the West End in the 1920s and, within a decade, had the chance to play the Ghost to Laurence Olivier's Hamlet and Vivien Leigh's Ophelia. By that point, he'd already had his fair share of work in the British film industry; he even had an uncredited bit in "Sabotage," one of Alfred Hitchcock's pre-Hollywood thrillers. World War II interrupted Thatcher's career--he rose to the rank of major in the Royal Artillery--but he then found his way into such postwar classics as Carol Reed's "The Fallen Idol" and David Lean's "Great Expectations." Eventually, he was exported to Hollywood, which dressed him in period clothes and sent him out to sea in such swashbucklers as "The Crimson Pirate," "Blackbeard, the Pirate," and the infamous Marlon Brando remake of "Mutiny on the Bounty." Thatcher went even further back in history: as a Roman senator at the time of Christ in "The Robe," Ulysses in the Homeric "Helen of Troy," and an evil sorcerer in Ray Harryhausen's quirky classic "The 7th Voyage of Sinbad." In his later years, Thatcher's villainy was relegated mainly to TV, but the thespian always made time for the theater; he played opposite Anne Bancroft in the first production of "The Miracle Worker."

EDUCATION

Royal Academy of Dramatic Art

London, England

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