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Frank Thornton (I) (1921–2013)


Frank Thornton was born on January 15, 1921 in Dulwich, London, England as Frank Thornton Ball. He was an actor, known for Last of the Summer Wine (1973), Are You Being Served? (1972) and Gosford Park (2001). He was married to Beryl Jane Margaret Evans. He died on March 16, 2013 in Barnes, London. See full bio »

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 2012 Run for Your Wife
Man getting off bus
 2007 Back in Business
Gardener
 2004 Holby City (TV Series)
Douglas Archer
- We'll Meet Again (2004) ... Douglas Archer
 2003 Doctors (TV Series)
Gerard Mears
- A Soldier's Lot (2003) ... Gerard Mears
 2001 Out of the Black
Philip Hart
 2001 Casualty (TV Series)
Edward Gutheridge
- Heroes and Villains (2001) ... Edward Gutheridge
 1996 All Rise for Julian Clary (TV Series)
Judge Geoffrey Parker-Knoll (Series 1) (1996)
 1995 The Upper Hand (TV Series)
Reverend Hale
- The Wedding (1995) ... Reverend Hale
 1995 The Old Curiosity Shop (TV Movie)
Mr. Witherden
 1991 Great Expectations (TV Mini-Series)
Mr. Trabb
- Chapter One (1991) ... Mr. Trabb
 1990 Mr. Majeika (TV Series)
Headmaster
- Bye Bye Barty, Barty Bye Bye (1990) ... Headmaster
 1989 The BFG
Mr. Tibbs (voice)
 1989 T-Bag and the Revenge of the T-Set (TV Series)
William Wagadaggar
- The Bard (1989) ... William Wagadaggar
 1983-1988 The Kenny Everett Television Show (TV Series)
Various
- Episode #5.5 (1988)
- Episode #3.2 (1985) ... Various
- Episode dated 26 December 1983 (1983) ... Various
- Episode #2.7 (1983) ... Various
 1987 The Ronnie Corbett Show (TV Series)
Various Roles
 1987 T-Bag Bounces Back (TV Series)
Count Boris
- Ivan the Horrible (1987) ... Count Boris
- Nights in Arabia (1987) ... Count Boris (uncredited)
 1987 The Sooty Show (TV Series)
- On the Piste (1987)
 1984 Jane (TV Series)
Commander L
- Episode #2.5 (1984) ... Commander L
- Episode #2.4 (1984) ... Commander L
- Episode #2.3 (1984) ... Commander L
- Episode #2.2 (1984) ... Commander L
- Episode #2.1 (1984) ... Commander L
 1982 The Gentle Touch (TV Series)
Leo
- Right of Entry (1982) ... Leo
 1981 The Dick Emery Show (TV Series)
- Episode #19.3 (1981)
 1980 The Taming of the Shrew (TV Movie)
Gremio
 1979 Kelly Monteith (TV Series)
- Episode #1.4 (1979)
- Episode #1.1 (1979)
 1971-1977 The Goodies (TV Series)
Master of Ceremonies / Waiter
- Rock Goodies (1977) ... Master of Ceremonies
- Farm Fresh Food (1971) ... Waiter
 1976 The New Avengers (TV Series)
Roland
- House of Cards (1976) ... Roland
 1976 Spanish Fly
Dr. Johnson
 1976 The Molly Wopsies (TV Series)
Chief Constable
- Arrowing Times (1976) ... Chief Constable
 1975 Keep It Up, Jack
Mr. Clarke
 1975 Side by Side
Inspector Crumb
 1975 Shades of Greene (TV Series)
Rev. Simon Milan
- When Greek Meets Greek (1975) ... Rev. Simon Milan
 1975 Whodunnit? (TV Series)
Gerald Harvey
- Nothing to Declare (1975) ... Gerald Harvey
 1975 The Boundary (TV Movie)
 1974 Holiday with Strings (TV Movie)
Travel Agent
 1974 Fall of Eagles (TV Mini-Series)
Prince Albert
 1974 Crown Court (TV Series)
Professor McIver
- A Case of Murder: Part 1 (1974) ... Professor McIver
 1962-1973 Steptoe and Son (TV Series)
Travel Agency Clerk / The Frenchman / Butler / ...
- The Party (1973) ... Travel Agency Clerk
- Pilgrim's Progress (1965) ... The Frenchman
- Steptoe a la Cart (1964) ... Butler
- Sixty-Five Today (1963) ... Barman
- The Economist (1962) ... Seller
 1973 The Three Musketeers
Man in Small Carriage (uncredited)
 1961-1973 Armchair Theatre (TV Series)
Arthur - groom's father / Station Sergeant / Frank / ...
- That Sinking Feeling (1973) ... Arthur - groom's father
- Daughter of the House (1966) ... Station Sergeant
- Always Something Hot (1962) ... Frank
- His Polyvinyl Girl (1961) ... Mr. Leslie
 1973 The Village Concert (TV Movie)
 1973 No Sex Please: We're British
Glass Shop Manager
 1973 Thirty Minutes Worth (TV Series)
- Episode #2.2 (1973)
 1973 Steptoe and Son Ride Again
Mr. Russell
 1973 The Gordon Peters Show (TV Series)
Regular
 1961-1973 Comedy Playhouse (TV Series)
Captain Stephen Peacock / Mr Walters / Jessop / ...
- The Birthday (1973)
- Who's Your Friend (1970) ... Mr Walters
- Our Man in Moscow (1963) ... Mortimer
 1972 The Reg Varney Revue (TV Series)
- Episode #1.5 (1972)
- Episode #1.4 (1972)
- Episode #1.3 (1972)
- Episode #1.2 (1972)
 1972 That's Your Funeral
Town Clerk
 1972 Sykes (TV Series)
Dr. Taplow
- Dream (1972) ... Dr. Taplow
 1972 Bless This House
Mr Jones
 1972 Love Thy Neighbour (TV Series)
The Barman
- Refused a Drink (1972) ... The Barman
 1972 Our Miss Fred
British Colonel
 1971 Bachelor Father (TV Series)
Vicar
- Woman About the House (1971) ... Vicar
 1971 Scott On... (TV Series)
- Entertainment (1971)
- Dress (1971)
- Travel (1971)
 1971 From a Bird's Eye View (TV Series)
Spinks
- Home Is Where the Heart Is (1971) ... Spinks
 1971 And Mother Makes Three (TV Series)
Store Manager
- Birthday Bike (1971) ... Store Manager
 1970 All the Way Up
Mr. Driver
 1970 Here Come the Double Deckers! (TV Series)
Mr Parsons
- Robbie the Robot (1970) ... Mr Parsons
 1970 She Follows Me About (TV Movie)
Meevor
 1970 The Other Reg Varney (TV Movie)
Various Characters
 1970 Mogul (TV Series)
TV Interviewer
- Camelot on a Clear Day (1970) ... TV Interviewer
 1970 Some Will, Some Won't
Hotel Manager
 1970 The Morecambe & Wise Show (TV Series)
Richards the Waiter
- Episode #3.4 (1970) ... Richards the Waiter
 1970 As Good Cooks Go (TV Series)
 1969 The Magic Christian
Police Inspector (uncredited)
 1969 Mr. Digby Darling (TV Series)
Mr. Skidmore
- The Man in Her Life (1969) ... Mr. Skidmore
 1968-1969 The World of Beachcomber (TV Series)
- Episode #2.6 (1969)
- Episode #2.5 (1969)
- Episode #2.4 (1969)
- Episode #2.3 (1969)
- Episode #2.2 (1969)
 1969 Sophie's Place
Cyril
 1969 Thicker Than Water (TV Series)
Ted Rumbold
- The Fixer (1969) ... Ted Rumbold
 1969 The Assassination Bureau
Elevator victim
 1969 The Champions (TV Series)
Clerk
- The Night People (1969) ... Clerk
 1969 Till Death Us Do Part
Valuation Officer
 1968 Inside George Webley (TV Series)
Maitre d'
- Hold Your Breath and Count to Fifty (1968) ... Maitre d'
 1968 A Flea in Her Ear
Charles the Butler
 1968 City 68' (TV Series)
- In Memoriam (1968)
 1967 Danny the Dragon
Sergeant Bull
 1967 Ride of the Valkyrie (Short)
 1967 Harry Worth (TV Series)
Inspector Wallace
- A Policeman's Lot (1967) ... Inspector Wallace
 1966 Lucy in London (TV Movie)
 1966 Carry on Screaming!
Mr. Jones
 1966 Coronation Street (TV Series)
Danny Roach
- Episode #1.545 (1966) ... Danny Roach
 1966 The Liars (TV Series)
Alvardo
- Episode #1.6 (1966) ... Alvardo
 1965 The Murder Game
Radio Announcer
 1965 The Early Bird
Drunken Doctor
 1965 The Big Job
Bank Official
 1965 The Man in Room 17 (TV Series)
Inspector Bascombe
- The Bequest (1965) ... Inspector Bascombe
 1965 Six Shades of Black (TV Series)
Mr. Inchcape-Lewis
- A Loving Disposition (1965) ... Mr. Inchcape-Lewis
 1965 Frankie Howerd (TV Series)
- Episode #1.4 (1965)
 1964 The Tomb of Ligeia
Peperel
 1964 The Comedy Man
Producer (uncredited)
 1964 The Dickie Henderson Show (TV Series)
- The Job (1964)
 1964 The Villains (TV Series)
Fowler
- Time (1964) ... Fowler
 1963 Doomsday at Eleven
BBC announcer
 1963 The Sentimental Agent (TV Series)
Tailor
- The Scroll of Islam (1963) ... Tailor
 1962-1963 ITV Play of the Week (TV Series)
Richard Acton Hicks / Brig. Gen. Lloyd / Gerald Thornton / ...
- Vicky and the Sultan (1963) ... Richard Acton Hicks
- For King and Country #3: Tunnel Trench (1963) ... Brig. Gen. Lloyd
- The Apple Cart (1962) ... Pamphlius
 1963 The Wild Affair
Manager
 1963 Benny Hill (TV Series)
John Kenwood / Frindyke / Korsikoff
- The Visitor (1963) ... John Kenwood
- The Vanishing Man (1963) ... Frindyke / Korsikoff
 1960-1962 It's a Square World (TV Series)
Various Characters
- Episode #4.6 (1962) ... Various Characters
- Episode #3.4 (1962) ... Various Characters
- Episode #3.1 (1962) ... Various Characters
- Episode #2.4 (1961) ... Various Characters
- Episode #2.3 (1961) ... Various Characters
 1962 Trial and Error
Photographer at Fowle Wedding
 1962 Hugh and I (TV Series)
- Episode #1.4 (1962)
 1962 The Odd Man (TV Series)
Second Under Secretary
- The House of D'Arblay (1962) ... Second Under Secretary
 1962 Suspense (TV Series)
Det Insp Gwilliam
- Needle Point (1962) ... Det Insp Gwilliam
 1962 Tarnished Heroes
Trench Officer
 1962 The Cheaters (TV Series)
 1962 Ring-a-Ding Rhythm!
TV Director
 1961 Citizen James (TV Series)
Ministry Agent
- Episode #2.7 (1961)
- Crusty Bread (1961) ... Ministry Agent
 1961 The Rag Trade (TV Series)
Mr. Davis
- Early Start (1961) ... Mr. Davis
 1961 Our House (TV Series)
 1961 Victim
George - Henry's Assistant (uncredited)
 1961 The Avengers (TV Series)
Sir William Bonner
- Death on the Slipway (1961) ... Sir William Bonner
 1961 Hancock (TV Series)
1st Patient
- The Blood Donor (1961) ... 1st Patient
 1961 The Impersonator
Police Sergeant (uncredited)
 1961 Danger Man (TV Series)
Pepe / Police Captain
- The Hired Assassin (1961) ... Pepe
- Find and Return (1961) ... Police Captain
 1960 The Tell-Tale Heart
Barman (uncredited)
 1959-1960 The Four Just Men (TV Series)
Gendarme / Auctioneer / Hotel Manager / ...
- The Princess (1960) ... Hotel Manager (uncredited)
- The Boy Without a Country (1960) ... Policeman
- Money to Burn (1960) ... Enrique Vidal
- The Man in the Road (1960) ... Gendarme
- The Survivor (1960) ... Announcer
 1959 The Men from Room 13 (TV Series)
The Second Warder
- The Man Who Watched Birds: Part 1 (1959) ... The Second Warder
 1959 William Tell (TV Series)
Heinburgher / Tax Collector
- The Surgeon (1959) ... Heinburgher
- Landslide (1959) ... Tax Collector
 1958 Missiles from Hell
British Scientist (uncredited)
 1957 Dixon of Dock Green (TV Series)
PC Cox
- The New Skipper (1957) ... PC Cox
 1956 Operation Conspiracy
Mr. Markley
 1956 Call Back Yesterday (TV Movie)
Pianist
 1955 Postmark for Danger
Police Photographer
 1955 Stock Car
Doctor
 1954 Radio Cab Murder
Inspector Finch
 1954 The Silent Witness (Short)
George (The Barman) (uncredited)
 1950 BBC Sunday-Night Theatre (TV Series)
Sailor
- The Secret Sharer (1950) ... Sailor
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Other Works:

He acted in Noel Gay's musical, "Me and My Girl", at the Adelphi Theatre in London, England with Robert Lindsay, Emma Thompson, Richard Caldicot, Susannah Fellows, Robert Longden, Ursula Smith and Denise Hurst in the cast. See more »

Publicity Listings:

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Alternate Names:

Frank Thornton Ball

Height:

6' 1" (1.85 m)
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Trivia:

A Flying Officer during WWII, Frank later toured the RAF Gangshows as a talent-spotter. Amongst those he noted as having potential were Sgt Tony Hancock and Cpl Peter Sellers. See more »

Star Sign:

Capricorn

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