Torin Thatcher Biography

Birthday: 1905-01-15
Place of Birth: Bombay, British India (now Mumbai
Height: 6' 1" (1.85 m)
Wiki Biography: Associated with gritty, flashy film villainy, veteran character actor Torin Thatcher was born in Bombay, India to British parents on January 15, 1905, and was educated in England at the Bedford School and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. A former schoolteacher, he appeared on the London stage in 1927 before entering British films in 1934. During World War II he served with the Royal Artillery and achieved the rank of lieutenant colonel. He was an extremely imposing, powerfully built specimen and it offered him a number of tough, commanding, often sinister roles over the years primarily in larger-than-life action sequences. He made a number of classic British films in the late 1930s and 1940s including Sabotage (1936), Major Barbara (1941), The Captive Heart (1946), Great Expectations (1946), in which he played Bentley ("The Spider") Drummle, and The Fallen Idol (1948). In Hollywood from the 1950s on, his looming figure and baleful countenance were constantly in demand, gnashing his teeth in a slew of popular costumers such as The Crimson Pirate (1952), Blackbeard, the Pirate (1952) as reformed pirate Sir Henry Morgan, The Robe (1953), Helen of Troy (1956) as Ulysses, The 7th Voyage of Sinbad (1958) as the evil, shaven-domed magician Sokurah who shrinks the princess to miniature size, Witness for the Prosecution (1957) as the prosecuting attorney, The Miracle (1959) as the Duke of Wellington, the Marlon Brando/'Trevor Howard' remake of Mutiny on the Bounty (1962), and Hawaii (1966). Thatcher returned to the stage quite frequently, notably on Broadway, in such esteemed productions as "Edward, My Son" (1948), "That Lady" (1949) and "Billy Budd" (1951). In 1959 he portrayed Captain Keller in the award-winning play "The Miracle Worker" with Anne Bancroft and Patty Duke. Also a steady fixture on TV, he appeared in such made-for-TV films as the Jack Palance version of "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" and "Brenda Starr." Thatcher died of cancer on March 4, 1981, in the near-by Los Angeles area.

Torin ThatcherPhotos & Pictures


TV Title Appeared As Year Genre
Houdini Otto
Profiles in Courage 1964 Drama
Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
Major Barbara 1941 Comedy
The Fallen Idol 1948 Drama, Mystery, Thriller
The Crimson Pirate 1952 0
Affair in Trinidad 1952 Drama, Thriller
The Snows of Kilimanjaro 1952 Adventure, Drama, Romance
The Desert Rats 1953 Romance, 0
Houdini 1953 Drama
Blackbeard the Pirate Sir Henry Morgan 1953 Adventure
Knock On Wood Langston 1954 0
The Black Shield of Falworth 1954 Adventure, Romance
Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing 1955 Drama, Romance
Witness for the Prosecution Mr. Myers 1957 Game Show, Comedy
The 7th Voyage of Sinbad Sokurah the Magician 1958 Family, Fantasy, Action
The Sandpiper 1965 Drama
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde 1968 Sci Fi, Horror, Drama
Jack the Giant Killer 2013 0