Frank Thornton Poster


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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 15 January 1921Dulwich, London, England, UK
Date of Death 16 March 2013Barnes, London, England, UK  (natural causes)
Birth NameFrank Thornton Ball
Height 6' 1" (1.86 m)

Mini Bio (1)

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.

Spouse (1)

Beryl Jane Margaret Evans (5 June 1945 - 16 March 2013) (his death) (1 child)

Trivia (10)

Left an early career in insurance to pursue acting.
Father of Jane Higgs. He has three grandsons, Jonathan, Andrew and David.
Enjoys music, photography, bird watching and wildlife conservation.
Featured in a UK public information film on road safety in the mid-1970s.
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.
Trained at RADA and made his professional debut at the age of nineteen at Thurles in County Tipperary, Ireland.
Left £1.6 million in his will.
His father was a bank employee.
Worked for an insurance firm while attending acting classes at drama school in the evenings. He made his theatrical debut in 1940.
A memorial service was held for him at St. Paul's, Covent Garden (commonly known as the Actors' Church) on 12 July 2013.

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