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Valentine Dyall (1908–1985)

He could have been described as the "British Vincent Price". This distinguished actor was probably best known for his voice work. His low, resonant and mellifluous tones were employed to chill and excite for at least half a century. His most famous radio role was as "The Man In Black", back in the late 1940s, but he was making radio appearances as... See full bio »

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 1982 Britannia Hospital
Mr. Rochester
 1979 Arabian Adventure
Jinnee (voice)
 1977 Come Play with Me
Minister of Finance
 1975 The Great McGonagall
Army Sergeant / Lord Tennyson / Doctor / ...
 1974 The Beast Must Die
Narrator of the Werewolf Break (voice, uncredited)
 1971 Lust for a Vampire
Count Karnstein (voice, uncredited)
 1970 Bizarre
The Mummy (voice)
 1968 Oedipus the King
Chorus leader (voice)
 1967 Bedazzled
God (voice, uncredited)
 1967 The Dream World of Harrison Marks
Narrator (voice)
 1967 Casino Royale
Vesper Lynd's Assistant / Dr. Noah's Voice (uncredited)
 1967 The Night of the Generals
German Radio Announcer (voice, uncredited)
 1966 The Wrong Box
Oliver Pike Harmsworth
 1965 One Man Band
Sir Lance Corporal
 1964 The Horror of It All
Reginald Marley
 1961 Fate Takes a Hand
 1961 Fury at Smugglers' Bay
Narrator (uncredited)
 1960 Identity Unknown
 1960 Night Train for Inverness
Inspector Kent (uncredited)
 1957 Suspended Alibi
Inspector Kayes
 1954 The Devil's Jest
Intelligence Director
 1954 Johnny on the Spot
 1953 Knights of the Round Table
Narrator (uncredited)
 1953 The Final Test
Man in Black (uncredited)
 1953 Strange Stories
Storyteller / Narrator
 1952 Bombay Waterfront
Superintendant Bradley
 1952 Ivanhoe
Norman Guard
 1950 Stranger at My Door
Paul Wheeler
 1950 Room to Let
Dr. Fell
 1950 The Body Said No!
John Sutherland
 1950 Golden Salamander
Ben Ahrim (uncredited)
 1949 The Man in Black
The Man in Black - Story-Teller
 1949 Miss Pilgrim's Progress
 1949 Diamond City
Opening narration (uncredited)
 1949 Helter Skelter
Man Telling Story at BBC (uncredited)
 1949 Vengeance Is Mine
Charles Heywood
 1949 Christopher Columbus
Narrator (voice)
 1949 Man on the Run
Army Judge Advocate
 1949 For Them That Trespass
Toastmaster at Drew Party
 1949 The Queen of Spades
St. Germain's messenger
 1949 The Glass Mountain
Opera Narrator (uncredited)
 1949 The Case of Charles Peace
 1948 The Story of Shirley Yorke
Edward Holt
 1948 Woman Hater
 1948 My Brother's Keeper
Inspector at Milton Wells
 1948 The Ghost of Rashmon Hall
Dr. George Clinton
 1948 Corridor of Mirrors
Counsel for Defence (uncredited)
 1947 Bad Sister
 1946 Cyprus Is an Island
Narrator (voice)
 1946 Night Boat to Dublin
Sir George Bell
 1945 Caesar and Cleopatra
1st. Guardsman
 1945 Pink String and Sealing Wax
Police Inspector
 1945 Brief Encounter
Stephen Lynn - Alec's 'Friend' (uncredited)
 1945 'I Know Where I'm Going!'
Mr. Robinson
 1945 Frenzy
Prefecture of Police
 1944 Hotel Reserve
Warren Skelton
 1943 Yellow Canary
German Commander
 1943 The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp
von Schönborn
 1943 The Silver Fleet
 1942 Much Too Shy
Defence Councel (uncredited)
 1942 The Avengers
German Guard at Cell Door Hatchway (uncredited)
 1942 The Missing Million
Supporting Role (uncredited)
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Stage: Appeared in William Shakespeare's play, "Julius Caesar," at His Majesty's Theatre in London, England, with Godfrey Tearle, Balliol Holloway, Lyn Harding, Oscar Asche (also director), James Dale, Lily Brayton, Dorothy Green and Abraham Sofaer in the cast. See more »

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Father of the costume designer Christian Dyall. See more »


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