Lionel Jeffries


Actor
Lionel Jeffries

About

Birth Place
London, England, GB
Born
June 10, 1926
Died
February 19, 2010

Biography

Due to his premature baldness, British actor Lionel Jeffries often played characters who were much older than he was. This was the case in 1968's "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang," in which Jeffries played the father of Dick Van Dyke's character, Caractacus Potts, even though Van Dyke was six months older. Jeffries reached the pinnacle of his acting career in the 1960s with starring roles in "Th...

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Biography

Due to his premature baldness, British actor Lionel Jeffries often played characters who were much older than he was. This was the case in 1968's "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang," in which Jeffries played the father of Dick Van Dyke's character, Caractacus Potts, even though Van Dyke was six months older. Jeffries reached the pinnacle of his acting career in the 1960s with starring roles in "The Trials of Oscar Wilde," "First Men in the Moon," and 1967's "Camelot," the Academy Award-winning film adaptation of the popular Broadway musical. Unhappy with the dearth of family-oriented movies, in the early 1970s Jeffries turned to writing and directing children's movies. In 1970 he wrote and directed the celebrated film adaptation of the British novel "The Railway Children" and followed that up with an equally beloved family mystery movie, 1972's "The Amazing Mr. Blunden." Despite directing these two critically acclaimed films, one of which, "The Railway Children," consistently ranks as one of the greatest British films ever made (as surveyed by the British Film Institute and Total Film magazine), Jeffries never directed again and spent the remainder of his career acting in British television shows before retiring in 2001. Following a long illness, Jeffries died in a nursing home in 2010.

Filmography

 

Director (Feature Film)

The Water Babies (1979)
Director
Wombling Free (1978)
Director
The Railway Children (1978)
Director
Baxter! (1972)
Director
The Amazing Mr. Blunden (1972)
Director

Cast (Feature Film)

First and Last (1994)
Jekyll & Hyde (1990)
Mr Jekyll
A Chorus Of Disapproval (1989)
Better Late Than Never (1983)
Berthie Hargreaves
The Prisoner of Zenda (1979)
Wombling Free (1978)
Voice Of Womble
Royal Flash (1976)
Who Slew Auntie Roo? (1971)
Inspector Willoughby
Lola (1971)
Mr. Creighton
Sudden Terror (1971)
Grandpa
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968)
Grandpa Potts
Oh Dad, Poor Dad, Mama's Hung You in the Closet and I'm Feelin' So Sad (1967)
Airport commander
Those Fantastic Flying Fools (1967)
Sir Charles Dillworthy
Camelot (1967)
King Pellinore
Arrivederci, Baby! (1966)
Parker
The Spy With a Cold Nose (1966)
Stanley Farquhar
The Secret of My Success (1965)
Inspector Hobart/Baron von Lukenburg/President Esteda/Earl of Aldershot
You Must Be Joking! (1965)
Sergeant-Major McGregor
The Truth About Spring (1965)
Cark
The Long Ships (1964)
Aziz
First Men IN the Moon (1964)
Joseph Cavor
Murder Ahoy (1964)
Captain de Courcy Rhumstone
The Crimson Blade (1964)
Colonel Judd
The Wrong Arm of the Law (1963)
Inspector Parker
Call Me Bwana (1963)
Dr. Ezra Mungo
Girls at Sea (1962)
Tourist
Life Is a Circus (1962)
Genie
The Hellions (1962)
Luke Billings
Operation Snatch (1962)
Evans
Kill or Cure (1962)
Inspector Hook
The Notorious Landlady (1962)
Inspector Oliphant
Two-Way Stretch (1961)
Sidney Crout
Fanny (1961)
Brun
Bobbikins (1960)
Gregory Mason
Jazz Boat (1960)
Det. Sgt. Thompson
Tarzan the Magnificent (1960)
Ames
Let's Get Married (1960)
Marsh
The Trials Of Oscar Wilde (1960)
Marquis Of Queensbury
The Nun's Story (1959)
Dr. Goovaerts
Nowhere to Go (1959)
Pet shop man
The Vicious Circle (1959)
Geoffrey Windsor
The Revenge of Frankenstein (1958)
Fritz
All at Sea (1958)
Garrod
Dunkirk (1958)
Colonel, Medical officer
Behind The Mask (1958)
Waltre Froy
Law and Disorder (1958)
Major Proudfoot
Orders to Kill (1958)
Decision Against Time (1957)
Keith
Blue Murder at St. Trinian's (1957)
Joe Mangan
Doctor at Large (1957)
Dr Hatchett
Bhowani Junction (1956)
Lt. Graham McDaniel
Lust for Life (1956)
Dr. Peyron
The Creeping Unknown (1956)
Minister Blake
The Baby And The Battleship (1956)
George
High Terrace (1956)
All For Mary (1955)
Maitre D'Hotel
The Colditz Story (1955)
Harry

Writer (Feature Film)

Wombling Free (1978)
Screenwriter
The Railway Children (1978)
Screenwriter

Misc. Crew (Feature Film)

The Water Babies (1979)
Other

Cast (Special)

The Sins of the Fathers (1992)

Cast (TV Mini-Series)

Ending Up (1993)
Look at It This Way (1993)
Bernie
Cream in My Coffee (1990)
Bernanrd Wilsher
Danny, The Champion of the World (1989)

Life Events

Photo Collections

First Men IN the Moon - Color Still Set
Here is a set of color stills from Columbia Pictures' First Men IN the Moon (1964). For certain prestigious color productions, studios would send out sets of color stills as promotional material.
First Men IN the Moon - Lobby Cards
Here are a few lobby cards from First Men IN the Moon (1964). Lobby Cards were 11" x 14" posters that came in sets of 8. As the name implies, they were most often displayed in movie theater lobbies, to advertise current or coming attractions.

Videos

Movie Clip

Jazz Boat (1960) - I Wanna Jive Tonight The actual and highly popular Ted Healy band performs, inside the real Chislehurst Caves in south-east London, Anthony Newley as just introduced Bert, Joyce Blair his date, Bernie Winters his pal Jinx, whose friends Spider, Holy Mike and “The Dancer” (James Booth, David Lodge and Al Mulock) are planning a heist, in Jazz Boat, 1960.
Jazz Boat (1960) - I'll Bleed All Over You Opening in south-east London, approaching Chislehurst Caves, James Booth as biker Spider leads “The Doll” (Anne Aubrey), Holy Mike, Jinks and “The Dancer” (David Lodge, Bernie Winters, Al Mulock), where they meet his dad (Liam Gaffney) taking tickets, in the crime-caper and Teddy-boy musical hybrid Jazz Boat, 1960, starring Anthony Newley.
Murder Ahoy -- (1964) - To Put Backbone Into Young Jellyfish In her village where Miss Marple (Margaret Rutherford, in an original, non-Agathae Christie story), who was outfitted with a naval suit during the credits, joins a meeting chaired by the bishop (Miles Malleson) but derailed by Ffolly-Hardwicke (Henry Longhurst), from the third in the MGM series, Murder Ahoy, 1964.
Murder Ahoy -- (1964) - Neptune's Mother Miss Marple (Margaret Rutherford) aims to solve a murder by investigating on the ship operated by the youth-reform institute for which she’s a board member, meeting the captain (Lionel Jeffries) and staff (William Mervyn, Gerald Cross, Francis Matthews, Derek Nimmo, Norma Foster, Joan Benham), in Murder Ahoy, 1964.
Bhowani Junction (1956) - They'll Say You Led The Englishman On British officer McDaniel (Lionel Jeffries) insisted on escorting Anglo-Indian army employee Victoria (Ava Gardner) home during a night of rioting, his intentions becoming clear, witness Ranjit (Francis Matthews) leading her home to his mother (Freda Jackson) in George Cukor’s Bhowani Junction, 1956.
Nun's Story, The (1959) - Too Much Congo Sun Now at tropical medicine school in Antwerp, Sister Luke (Audrey Hepburn) in the lab with Dr. Goodvaerts (Lionel Jeffries), and her rival Sister Pauline (Margaret Phillips), with the first fleeting appearance of Peter Finch as Dr. Fortunati, in director Fred Zinnemann's The Nun's Story, 1959.
Colditz Story, The - Just Like A Firing Squad From ominous to droll, Brits Reid (John Mills) and McGill (Christopher Rhodes) are led into the famous German castle and prison, where they meet Harry (Lionel Jeffries) and Jimmy (Bryan Forbes), opening The Colditz Story, 1955.
Secret Of My Success, The (1965) - She's Dazed, Confused! Policeman Tate (James Booth) infuriates Inspector Hobart (Lionel Jeffries, in one of three roles) with his sympathy for suspected murderess Violet (Stella Stevens), in the first "case" in The Secret Of My Success, 1965.
Secret Of My Success, The (1965) - -- Rather Unusual Interest Mad-ish scientist Lionel Jeffries (as "Baron von Lukenberg," second of three roles) is being investigated, along with the nutty Baroness (Honor Blackman) by newly-promoted Inspector Tate (James Booth) in The Secret Of My Success, 1965.
Secret Of My Success, The (1965) - -- You Look Like Cary Grant! Shirley Jones (as "Marigold") is a revolutionary pretending to be a film-maker, luring both President Esteda (Lionel Jeffries) and aide Tate (James Booth) in the third vignette from The Secret Of My Success, 1965.

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