He acted in Major Robert Presnel's play, "Her First Murders," at the Hanna Theatre in Cleveland, Ohio with Zasu Pitts, St. Clair Bayfield, Joseph Caskey, Richard Taber, Merle Maddern, John Parrish, Ann Mason, Osna Palmer, Tito Vuolo, Frank Milton, George Spaulding, Alfred Webster, and William Challee in the cast. The play is ...
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The "Oliver Thorndike Acting Award" is given in his memory, "awarded annually to an actor in Yale School of Drama who best exemplifies the spirit of fellowship, cooperation, and devotion to the theater that characterized Mr. Thorndike.".