Frank Thring Poster


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Overview (5)

Date of Birth 11 May 1926Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Date of Death 29 December 1994Melbourne, Victoria, Australia  (cancer)
Birth NameFrancis William Thring Jr.
Nickname The Many-Splendoured Thring
Height 6' 2" (1.88 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Frank Thring was born on May 11, 1926 in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia as Francis William Thring Jr. He was an actor, known for Ben-Hur (1959), Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985) and El Cid (1961). He was married to Joan Cunliffe. He died on December 29, 1994 in Melbourne.

Spouse (1)

Joan Cunliffe (? - ?)

Trade Mark (1)

Often played refined, autocratic villains

Trivia (6)

His father, F.W. Thring, invented the forerunner of the clapperboard still in use today. He was also big in early theatre and film production in Australia.
Cold-eyed Australian character actor known particularly for his biblical villains Pontius Pilate in Ben-Hur (1959) and King Herod in King of Kings (1961). Also played Herod in an acclaimed 1950s stage production of "Salome.".
Formed his own stock company as actor-manager, after acquiring the Middle Park Repertory Company in Melbourne, renaming it The Arrow.
Served just six weeks in the RAF in 1945, then made his stage debut at the age of 19 in 'Henry VIII' at the Melbourne Repertory Theatre in Middle Park. First theatrical appearance in Britain at the Q Theatre in Chiswick in 1954. Became a regular player with the Union Theatre Repertory Company in Melbourne from 1959.
Started as a sound effects man on radio with 3XY, before becoming an actor. His first regular role on radio was as part-Aboriginal detective Napoleon Bonaparte (later made into a television serial entitled Boney (1972), starring James Laurenson).
Kirk Douglas happened to see Thring chop off Laurence Olivier's hand in the Lord's Stratford-on-Avon's production of "Titus Andronicus." Actor-producer Douglas was sufficient impressed to do the same with Tony Curtis' hand in his upcoming production of "The Vikings.".

Personal Quotes (1)

I didn't like school, and it didn't like me. When I first auditioned for the school play at age twelve, I was asked to imagine that I was on a crowded tram like the ones in San Francisco. The headmaster was not impressed with my work, characterizing it as terrible and inserting that I'd never be an actor. My rebuttal was that I'd never been on a tram because I was always driven to school in the family Rolls-Royce.

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