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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 Gosford Park (2001), The Bed Sitting Room (1969) and Are You Being Served? (1972). He was married to Beryl Jane Margaret Evans. He died on March 16, 2013 in Barnes, London. See full bio »

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Known For

Gosford Park
Gosford Park Mr. Burkett
(2001)
The Bed Sitting Room
(1969)
Are You Being Served?
Are You Being Served? Captain Peacock
(1972-1985)
Are You Being Served?
Are You Being Served? Captain Peacock
(1977)

Filmography

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 2012 Run for Your Wife
Man getting off bus
 1997-2010 Last of the Summer Wine (TV Series)
Truly
- How Not to Cry at Weddings (2010) ... Truly
- Look Whose Wheel's Come Off (2010) ... Truly
- Howard and the Great Outdoors (2010) ... Truly
- Happy Camping (2010) ... Truly
 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 Gosford Park
Mr. Burkett
 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
 1992-1993 Are You Being Served? Again! (TV Series)
Captain Peacock
- Episode #2.6 (1993) ... Captain Peacock
- Episode #2.5 (1993) ... Captain Peacock
- Episode #2.4 (1993) ... Captain Peacock
- Episode #2.3 (1993) ... Captain Peacock
- Episode #2.2 (1993) ... Captain Peacock
 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 T-Bag and the Revenge of the T-Set (TV Series)
William Wagadagger
- The Bard (1989) ... William Wagadagger
 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 BFG
Mr. Tibbs (voice)
 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)
Dr. Hugh
- On the Piste (1987) ... Dr. Hugh
 1972-1985 Are You Being Served? (TV Series)
Captain Peacock
- The Pop Star (1985) ... Captain Peacock
- Friends and Neighbours (1985) ... Captain Peacock
- The Night Club (1985) ... Captain Peacock
- Gambling Fever (1985) ... Captain Peacock
- The Hold Up (1985) ... Captain Peacock
 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
 1978-1984 Jackanory Playhouse (TV Series)
King Balthazar
- The Knighties (1984)
- Princess Griselda's Birthday Gift (1978) ... King Balthazar
 1982 The Gentle Touch (TV Series)
Leo
- Right of Entry (1982) ... Leo
 1976-1981 The Dick Emery Show (TV Series)
- Episode #19.3 (1981)
- Episode #15.8 (1976)
 1980 The Taming of the Shrew (TV Movie)
Gremio
 1979 Kelly Monteith (TV Series)
- Episode #1.4 (1979)
- Episode #1.1 (1979)
 1979 Word for Word (TV Series)
Jogran
- Episode #1.3 (1979) ... Jogran
- Episode #2.1 (1979) ... Jogran
 1971-1977 The Goodies (TV Series)
Master of Ceremonies / Waiter
- Rock Goodies (1977) ... Master of Ceremonies
- Farm Fresh Food (1971) ... Waiter
 1977 Are You Being Served?
Captain Peacock
 1976 The New Avengers (TV Series)
Roland
- House of Cards (1976) ... Roland
 1976 The Molly Wopsies (TV Series)
Chief Constable
- Arrowing Times (1976) ... Chief Constable
 1976 Spanish Fly
Dr. Johnson
 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 Old Dracula
Mr. King
 1974 Holiday with Strings (TV Movie)
Travel Agent
 1974 Keep It Up, Jack
Mr. Clarke
 1974 Fall of Eagles (TV Mini-Series)
Prince Albert
- The English Princess (1974) ... Prince Albert
 1974 Crown Court (TV Series)
Professor McIver
- A Case of Murder: Part 1 (1974) ... Professor McIver
 1970-1974 Scott On... (TV Series)
- Courage (1974)
- Success (1972)
- Culture (1972)
- Language (1972)
 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)
- The Prize (1973)
 1961-1973 Comedy Playhouse (TV Series)
Captain Peacock / Mr Walters / Jessop / ...
- The Birthday (1973)
- Are You Being Served? (1972) ... Captain Peacock
- 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 Our Miss Fred
British Colonel
 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 The Chastity Belt
Master Of Ceremonies
 1971 Bachelor Father (TV Series)
Vicar
- Woman About the House (1971) ... Vicar
 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)
The Store Manager
- Birthday Bike (1971) ... The 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 Plunder (TV Movie)
Simon Veal
 1970 A Cuckoo in the Nest (TV Movie)
Claude Hickett MP
 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
Purvis
 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
 1969 Not in Front of the Children (TV Series)
Mr. Wilkinson
- A Yap in the Night (1969) ... Mr. Wilkinson
 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 The Incredible Adventures of Professor Branestawm (TV Series)
King Kong
- Branestawm's Treasure Hunt (1969) ... King Kong
 1969 The Bed Sitting Room
The BBC
 1969 Sophie's Place
Cyril
 1969 Thicker Than Water (TV Series)
Ted Rumbold
- The Fixer (1969) ... Ted Rumbold
 1969 The Assassination Bureau
Elevator victim Count von Kissen (uncredited)
 1969 The Champions (TV Series)
Clerk
- The Night People (1969) ... Clerk
 1968 Till Death Us Do Part
Valuation Officer
 1967-1968 Harry Worth (TV Series)
Mr. Grummit / Inspector Wallace
- Wheel of Misfortune (1968) ... Mr. Grummit
- A Policeman's Lot (1967) ... Inspector Wallace
 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 The Bliss of Mrs. Blossom
Factory manager
 1968 City '68 (TV Series)
- In Memoriam (1968)
 1967 Danny the Dragon
Sergeant Bull
 1967 Ride of the Valkyrie (Short)
 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)
Aldogrando
- Episode #1.7 (1966) ... Aldogrando
 1965 Gonks Go Beat
Mr. A&R
 1965 The Wild Affair
Wine Shop Manager
 1965 The Murder Game
Radio Announcer
 1965 The Early Bird
Drunken Doctor
 1965 Here's Harry (TV Series)
- The Tonic (1965)
- The Dinner Party (1965)
 1965 The Big Job
Bank Official
 1965 A World of Comedy (TV Mini-Series)
Catesby
- The Celebrity (1965) ... Catesby
 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 Call It What You Like (TV Series)
Various Roles
- Episode #1.1 (1965) ... Various Roles
 1965 Emergency-Ward 10 (TV Series)
John Ross
- Episode #1.804 (1965) ... John Ross
- Episode #1.802 (1965) ... John Ross
- Episode #1.801 (1965) ... John Ross
- Episode #1.800 (1965) ... John Ross
- Episode #1.798 (1965) ... John Ross
 1962-1965 Hugh and I (TV Series)
- Terry Mason (1965)
- Episode #1.4 (1962)
 1964-1965 HMS Paradise (TV Series)
Commander Fairweather
- The Great Brain Robbery (1965) ... Commander Fairweather
- This Side Up - Use No Hooks (1964) ... Commander Fairweather
- The New Lieutenant (1964) ... Commander Fairweather
- Let That Be a Four Minute Warning to You (1964) ... Commander Fairweather
- How to Try in Business Without Really Succeeding (1964) ... Commander Fairweather
 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
 1960-1963 It's a Square World (TV Series)
Various Characters
- Episode #6.8 (1963) ... Various Characters
- Episode #6.7 (1963) ... Various Characters
- Episode #6.6 (1963) ... Various Characters
- Episode #6.5 (1963) ... Various Characters
- Episode #6.4 (1963) ... Various Characters
 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
- Time and the Conways (1963) ... Gerald Thornton
- The Apple Cart (1962) ... Pamphlius
 1963 Benny Hill (TV Series)
John Kenwood / Frindyke / Korsikoff
- The Visitor (1963) ... John Kenwood
- The Vanishing Man (1963) ... Frindyke / Korsikoff
 1962 Trial and Error
Photographer at Fowle Wedding
 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 The Cheaters (TV Series)
 1962 Ring-a-Ding Rhythm!
TV Director
 1961 Tarnished Heroes
Trench Officer
 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)
 1960-1961 Billy Bunter of Greyfriars School (TV Series)
Lerouge / Hubert Tankerton
- Bunter Goes to Nice (1961) ... Lerouge
- Bunter's Party (1960) ... Hubert Tankerton
 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
 1961 A Life of Bliss (TV Series)
Theodore Marling / Policeman
- Episode #2.8 (1961) ... Theodore Marling
- Episode #2.6 (1961) ... Policeman
 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 The Granville Melodramas (TV Series)
Geoffrey Ware
- The Silver King (1955) ... Geoffrey Ware
 1955 Stock Car
Doctor
 1954 Radio Cab Murder
Inspector Finch
 1953 The Silent Witness (Short)
George (The Barman) (uncredited)
 1952 My Dear Petitioner (TV Movie)
Miguel Esteban d'Alvarez
 1951 The Empty Street (TV Short)
1st Ambulance man
 1950 BBC Sunday-Night Theatre (TV Series)
Sailor
- The Secret Sharer (1950) ... Sailor
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Other Works:

He played King Duncan in William Shakespeare's "Macbeth" at the Royal Shakespeare Company at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-Upon-Avon, England with Jane Lapotaire, Nicol Williamson, Helen Mirren and Patricia Hayes in the cast. Trevor Nunn was the director. See more »

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Alternate Names:

Frank Thornton Ball

Height:

6' 1" (1.86 m)
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Trained at RADA and made his professional debut at the age of nineteen at Thurles in County Tipperary, Ireland. See more »

Star Sign:

Capricorn

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