Thorley Walters

Thorley Walters

  • Born on
    • May 12th, 1913
  • Died on
    • July 6th, 1991
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Thorley Swinstead Walters (born 12 May 1913, Teigngrace, Devon – 6 July 1991, London) was an English character actor. He is probably best remembered for his comedy film roles such as in Two-Way Stretch and Carlton-Browne of the FO. He also appeared in the acclaimed TV drama Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. Walters played Sherlock Holmes sidekick Doctor Watson in four unrelated films: Sherlock Holmes and the Deadly Necklace (1962), The Best House in London (1969), The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother (1975), and Silver Blaze (1977). He featured in three of the St Trinian's movies, starting as an army major in Blue Murder at St Trinian's. He later appeared as Butters, assistant to Education Ministry senior civil servant Culpepper-Brown (Eric Barker) in The Pure Hell of St Trinian's and played the part of Culpepper-Brown in The Wildcats of St Trinian's. In the 1960s he also appeared in several Hammer horror films, including The Phantom of the Opera (1962), Dracula, Prince of Darkness (1966), Frankenstein Created Woman (1967) and Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed (1969). In the DVD commentary to The Man Who Haunted Himself, Roger Moore mentioned that co-star Walters lived in Dolphin Square, the prestigious apartment block in Pimlico, London in which some scenes of the film were shot. Thorley and Richard Hope-Hawkins visited the ailing Terry-Thomas in Barnes, London in 1989. Walters had starred with Terry in the Boulting Brother's film Carlton-Browne of the F.O., and was shocked at his appearance (he was ill with Parkinson's Disease). That visit resulted in the "Terry-Thomas Gala" held in the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane in the same year which raised funds to help Terry live the rest of his life in comfort. Hope-Hawkins was with Walters and actress Siobhan Redmond, when he died in a London nursing home. Actor Ian Bannen gave the main address at his funeral held at Golders Green. Description above from the Wikipedia article Thorley Walters, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

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Acting (30 Credits)

1991A Murder of Quality
1984The Little Drummer Girl as Ned Quilley
1983The Sign of Four as Major John Sholto
1979Worzel Gummidge
1979Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy as Tufty Thessinger
1977The People That Time Forgot as Norfolk
1976The Duchess of Duke Street
1974Undercovers Hero as General Erhardt
1972Vampire Circus as Burgermeister
1970Trog as Magistrate
1970The Man Who Haunted Himself as Frank Bellamy
1970There's a Girl in My Soup as Manager of Carlton Hotel
1969Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed as Insp. Fritsch
1969Oh! What a Lovely War as Staff Officer
1968Twisted Nerve as Sir John Forrester
1967Frankenstein Created Woman as Dr. Hertz
1966Dracula: Prince of Darkness as Ludwig
1966The Psychopath as Martin Roth
1966The Family Way as Vicar
1966The Wrong Box as Lawyer
1964The Earth Dies Screaming as Edgar Otis
1963Heavens Above! as Tranquilax Executive
1962The Phantom of the Opera as Lattimer
1962Sherlock Holmes and the Deadly Necklace as Dr. Watson
1961Murder She Said as Cedric Ackenthorpe
1960The Pure Hell of St. Trinian's as Butters
1960Two Way Stretch as Col. Parkright
1959Man in a Cocked Hat as Colonel Bellingham
1957Blue Murder at St. Trinian's as Major Whitehart
1956Private's Progress as Captain Bootle

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