Ernest Thesiger (1879–1961)


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Although he made nearly 60 films in a 50-year acting career, it is for the two he made with director James Whale that Ernest Thesiger will be best remembered. Born Ernest Frederic Graham Thesiger in London on January 15, 1879, he was the grandson of the first Baron of Chelmsford. Educated at Marlbrough college and the Slade, he originally hoped to ... See full bio »

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Known For

Bride of Frankenstein Doctor Pretorius
(1935)
A Christmas Carol The Undertaker
(1951)
The Robe Emperor Tiberius
(1953)
The Old Dark House Horace Femm
(1932)

Filmography

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 1960 Somerset Maugham Hour (TV Series)
His Lordship
- The Verger (1960) ... His Lordship
 1957-1960 ITV Television Playhouse (TV Series)
Calvin Broderick / Sir Walter Stanham / Colonel Gyll / ...
- Night Run to the West (1960) ... Calvin Broderick
- The Touch of Fear (1958) ... Sir Walter Stanham
- Do as I Do (1958) ... Colonel Gyll
- The Queen's Husband (1957) ... Phipps
 1960 Sons and Lovers
Mr. Hadlock
 1960 The Battle of the Sexes
Old Macpherson
 1959-1960 Armchair Theatre (TV Series)
The Dean / Professor Galton / Millionaire
- Lord Arthur Savile's Crime (1960) ... The Dean
- Suspicious Mind (1959) ... Professor Galton
- Invitation to Murder (1959) ... Millionaire
 1959 Result of an Accident (TV Short)
Mr. Justice Finston
 1958 Chaucer's England (Short)
Death
 1958 The Horse's Mouth
Hickson
 1957 The Truth About Women
Judge
 1957 Joyous Errand (TV Series)
Mr. Skaife
- Episode #1.1 (1957) ... Mr. Skaife
 1957 Doctor at Large
First Examiner
 1956-1957 ITV Play of the Week (TV Series)
Ronny Sanctuary / Polonius
- A Man About the House (1957) ... Ronny Sanctuary
- Hamlet (1956) ... Polonius
 1956 Three Men in a Boat
3rd Old Gentleman
 1953-1956 BBC Sunday-Night Theatre (TV Series)
John Cadmus / Montané
- Marching Song (1956) ... John Cadmus
- The Public Prosecutor (1953) ... Montané
 1956 Who Done It ?
Sir Walter
 1955 An Alligator Named Daisy
Notcher (uncredited)
 1955 The Adventures of Quentin Durward
Lord Crawford
 1955 Value for Money
Lord Dewsbury
 1955 Make me an Offer!
Sir John
 1955 Simon and Laura (TV Movie)
Wilson
 1954 The Detective
The Vicomte
 1954 Man with a Million
Mr. Garrett, Bank Director (uncredited)
 1953 Meet Mr. Lucifer
Mr. Macdonald
 1953 Thought to Kill
Burden Senior
 1953 The Robe
Emperor Tiberius
 1953 A Fish in the Family (TV Movie)
Rev. Philip Hodgson
 1953 Rheingold Theatre (TV Series)
Burdon Sr.
- Thought to Kill (1953) ... Burdon Sr.
 1952 The Woman's Angle
Judge
 1951 A Christmas Carol
The Undertaker
 1951 The Magic Box
Earl
 1951 The Man in the White Suit
Sir John Kierlaw
 1951 Laughter in Paradise
Endicott
 1950 Last Holiday
Sir Trevor Lampington
 1949 The Bad Lord Byron
Count Guiccioli
 1949 Macbeth/II (TV Movie)
Weird Sister
 1949 Macbeth (TV Movie)
Witch
 1949 Lost Daughter
Bloomfield (scenes deleted)
 1948 Brass Monkey
Ryder-Harris
 1948 Quartet
Henry Dashwood (segment "The Colonel's Lady")
 1948 The Winslow Boy
Mr. Ridgeley Pierce
 1947 The Ghosts of Berkeley Square
Dr. Cruickshank of Psychical Research Society
 1947 Jassy
Sir Edward Follesmark
 1947 The Smugglers
Farne
 1946 Androcles and the Lion (TV Movie)
Caesar
 1946 Beware of Pity
Baron Emil de Kekesfalva
 1945 Caesar and Cleopatra
Theodotus
 1945 A Place of One's Own
Dr. Marsham
 1944 Henry V
Duke of Berri French Ambassador
 1944 Don't Take It to Heart!
Justices' Clerk
 1943 The Lamp Still Burns
Chairman
 1943 My Learned Friend
Ferris
 1939 Geneva (TV Movie)
Sir Orpheus Midlander
 1938 Lightning Conductor
Professor
 1938 They Drive by Night
Walter Hoover
 1938 The Ware Case
Carter
 1935 The Murder Party
Chiddiatt
 1935 Bride of Frankenstein
Doctor Pretorius
 1935 My Heart Is Calling
Fevrier
 1934 The Only Girl
The Chamberlain
 1933 The Ghoul
Laing
 1932 The Old Dark House
Horace Femm
 1930 Ashes (Short)
Announcer
 1929 The Vagabond Queen
Lidoff
 1929 Week-End Wives
Bertram
 1922 Number 13
Mr. Peabody
 1921 The Adventures of Mr. Pickwick
Mr. Jingle
 1921 The Bachelor's Club
Israfel Mondego
 1919 A Little Bit of Fluff
Bertram Tully
 1918 Nelson
Wiliam Pitt
 1918 The Life Story of David Lloyd George
Joseph Chamberlain
 1916 The Real Thing at Last (Short)
Witch
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Other Works:

Stage: Appeared as Polonius William Shakespeare's "Hamlet" at the Alexandra Theatre in Birmingham, England, with Paul Scofield, Alec Clunes, Diana Wynyard, Mary Ure, Richard Johnson, Richard Pasco, and Harry H. Corbett in the cast. Peter Brook was director. See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Print Biography | 1 Portrayal | 5 Articles | See more »

Alternate Names:

Ernst Thesiger

Height:

6' (1.83 m)
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Personal Quote:

Often I am laughed at when I first am given a part, because I say at once: 'What rings shall I wear?' Luckily I have some hundred and fifty to choose from, and I can generally find one that suits the character. See more »

Trivia:

More than three decades after his death, he appeared in archive footage taken from Bride of Frankenstein (1935) in the opening credits of Weird Science (1994). The same was true of Boris Karloff. See more »

Trademark:

Chiseled elfin nose See more »

Star Sign:

Capricorn

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