Lionel Jeffries Poster


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Overview (4)

Born in Forest Hill, London, England, UK
Died in Poole, Dorset, England, UK
Birth NameLionel Charles Jeffries
Height 5' 10" (1.78 m)

Mini Bio (1)

With his firm jawline and bristling mustache, Lionel Jeffries played a nice line of English eccentrics. This belied his RADA training. Following military service in WWII, he played his major roles - everything from Grandpa Potts in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968) to the Marquis of Queensberry in The Trials of Oscar Wilde (1960) - in the 1960s.

His surprisingly brief career as a director included the highly popular family films The Railway Children (1970) and The Amazing Mr. Blunden (1972).

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

Spouse (1)

Eileen Walsh (30 June 1951 - 19 February 2010) (his death) (3 children)

Trade Mark (1)

Often played characters older than he was in real life

Trivia (9)

An Associate Member of RADA.
Although he played Dick Van Dyke's father in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968), he was six months his junior in real life.
His hair fell out during a single week when he was 19. He tried wearing a wig to cover up his bald head but soon rejected it because it looked like "a dead moth on a boiled egg".
He served in the British Military during World War II where he was stationed at Burma (now Myanmar).
His parents were members of the Salvation Army, and worked in a mission in London's East End.
He was considered for the roles of Dr. Hans Fallada, Dr. Armstrong and Sir Percy in Lifeforce (1985).
Although he played June Thorburn's father in The Crimson Blade (1963), he was only five years her senior in real life.
Father of (Timothy) Ty Jeffries (also known as "Miss Hope Springs"), Elizabeth Jeffries, and Martha Jeffries.
Goth the role of Dr Ezra Mungo in the film Call Me Bwana after Terry-Thomas turned it down.

Personal Quotes (4)

I was constantly rewriting the words of the comedy characters I was given to bring them a comic humanity. Most of the people I played were caught in desperation. In their hearts they knew that they were failures - but they would never admit it, even to themselves.
[on The Colditz Story (1955)] I went to the cast meeting with holes in my shoes, but I was given the third lead to Eric Portman and John Mills.
I was the only bald student at RADA. Of course I was upset. Tried a toupee once, but it looked like a dead moth on a boiled egg.
No one wants family entertainment any more. They want explicit sex.

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