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Oliver Thorndike (1917–1954)

Oliver Thorndike was born on September 12, 1917 in Boston, Massachusetts, USA as Oliver Thorndike Simpkins. He was an actor, known for The Story of Dr. Wassell (1944), Unconquered (1947) and Bulldog Drummond at Bay (1947). He died on April 14, 1954 in St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands. See full bio »

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Known For

Unconquered Lt. Baillie
Bulldog Drummond at Bay
Bulldog Drummond at Bay Richard Hamilton
Laughter in Paris


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 1953 The Revlon Mirror Theater (TV Series)
- The Happy Tingle (1953)
 1953 Danger (TV Series)
 1953 The Harp of Erin (TV Movie)
 1953 Suspense (TV Series)
- Vacancy for Death (1953) ... Jojo
 1952 Lux Video Theatre (TV Series)
- Amo, Amas, Amat (1952) ... Walter
 1952 Armstrong Circle Theatre (TV Series)
- Dismal Swamp (1952)
 1952 The Face of Spain (TV Movie)
 1951 The Web (TV Series)
- Volcano (1951)
 1949-1951 Kraft Theatre (TV Series)
- The Climax (1951)
- Climax (1949)
 1949-1950 The Clock (TV Series)
- Lease of Death (1949)
- The Web (1949)
- The Wives (1949)
 1950 Starlight Theatre (TV Series)
- Her Son (1950)
 1950 Escape (TV Series)
- Rest in Peace (1950) ... (as Oliver Thorndyke)
 1949 The Chevrolet Tele-Theatre (TV Series)
Colonel Geraldine
- The Suicide Club (1949) ... Colonel Geraldine
 1948 The Ford Theatre Hour (TV Series)
- Night Must Fall (1948) ... Danny
 1947 Unconquered
Lt. Baillie
 1947 Bulldog Drummond at Bay
Richard Hamilton
 1946 Laughter in Paris (TV Movie)
 1944 The Story of Dr. Wassell
 1932 The Sign of the Cross
Lt. Robert Hammond (1944 Re-Release Prologue) (uncredited)

Personal Details

Other Works:

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 ... See more »

Alternate Names:

Oliver Thorndyke

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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.".

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