Ernest Thesiger


Actor
Ernest Thesiger

About

Birth Place
London, England, GB
Born
January 15, 1879
Died
January 14, 1961

Biography

Gaunt, sharp-featured British character actor whose film appearances were too few but almost invariably delightful. A veteran of the stage, Thesiger brought his rich, fruity delivery and polished timing to a series of eccentric, sometimes menacing, but usually comically haughty character roles. He was perhaps most brilliant in two classic horror films directed by his friend James Whale, ...

Biography

Gaunt, sharp-featured British character actor whose film appearances were too few but almost invariably delightful. A veteran of the stage, Thesiger brought his rich, fruity delivery and polished timing to a series of eccentric, sometimes menacing, but usually comically haughty character roles. He was perhaps most brilliant in two classic horror films directed by his friend James Whale, "The Old Dark House" (1932) and "The Bride of Frankenstein" (1935). He also graced the unjustly neglected thriller "They Drive By Night" (1938) as a crazed killer, and stole scenes in such satirical films as "The Man in the White Suit" (1951) and "Value for Money" (1955).

Life Events

1961

Last film, "The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone"

Videos

Movie Clip

Horse's Mouth, The (1958) - Mr. Hickson, Please Painter Gulley Jimson (Alec Guinness) attempts to shake down patron Hickson (Ernest Thesiger) on the phone in The Horse's Mouth, 1958, directed by Ronald Neame from a script by Guinness.
Old Dark House, The (1932) - Not A Very Good Chorus Girl Strangers waiting out a storm (including Raymond Massey, Melvyn Douglas, Gloria Stuart and Ernest Thesiger) learn about Sir William (Charles Laughton) and chorus-girl Gladys (Lillian Bond) in The Old Dark House, 1932.
Bride Of Frankenstein (1935) - She's Alive! A spoiler in that it comes a good 70-minutes into the picture, evil Pretorius (Ernest Thesiger) has forced Baron Frankenstein (Colin Clive) to create a bride for the monster (Boris Karloff), and darned if it doesn’t work, Elsa Lanchester in the title role, with mixed result, in James Whale’s electric Bride Of Frankenstein, 1935.
Robe, The (1953) - He Was Made Ill At the Isle of Capri, Diana (Jean Simmons) ward to Roman emperor Tiberius (Ernest Thesiger), lobbies for tribune Gallio (Richard Burton), to whom she is secretly devoted, and who has returned traumatized from overseeing the execution of a Jewish carpenter in Palestine, in The Robe, 1953.
Bride Of Frankenstein (1935) - Gods And Monsters The doctor (Colin Clive) is persuaded by professor turned blackmailing partner Pretorius (Ernest Thesiger) to observe his own work, offering a now famous phrase, then little people (including Joan Woodbury, Pop Byron, Norman Ainsley, Peter Shaw), in James Whale's Bride Of Frankenstein, 1935.
Man in the White Suit, The (1951) - New Contract Inventor Sidney Stratton (Alec Guinness) meets with Birmley (Cecil Parker), Corland (Michael Gough), Sir John (Ernest Thesiger) to sign a new contract, he smells a rat, in Alexander Mackendrick's The Man in the White Suit, 1951.
Ghoul, The (1933) - I Will Come Back! Creepy Egyptologist Professor Morlant (Boris Karloff) instructs his aide Laing (Ernest Thesiger) regarding his burial and shows off fantastic hand make-up in The Ghoul, 1933.

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