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Ernest Torrence (1878–1933)

He was the man you loved to hiss. This towering (6' 4"), highly imposing character star with cold, hollow, beady eyes and a huge, protruding snout would go on to become one of the silent screen's finest arch villains. Born Ernest Thayson Torrence-Thompson on June 26, 1878, in Edinburgh, Scotland, he was, unlikely enough, an exceptional pianist and... See full bio »

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 1933 I Cover the Waterfront
Eli Kirk
 1932 Hypnotized
Prof. Horace S. Limberly - Hypnotist
 1931 The Cuban Love Song
 1931 Sporting Blood
Mr. Jim Rellence
 1931 Shipmates
 1931 Fighting Caravans
Bill Jackson
 1930 Call of the Flesh
 1930 Sweet Kitty Bellairs
Sir Jasper Standish
 1930 Officer O'Brien
John P. O'Brien
 1929 Untamed
Ben Murchison
 1929 The Unholy Night
Dr. Ballou
 1929 Speedway
Jim MacDonald
 1929 Desert Nights
Lord Stonehill
 1927 Twelve Miles Out
Red McCue
 1927 Captain Salvation
Captain of the 'Panther'
 1926 The Lady of the Harem
 1926 The Rainmaker
 1926 The Blind Goddess
Ernest Torrence
 1925 The Pony Express
'Ascension' Jones
 1925 Night Life of New York
John Bentley
 1925 The Wanderer
 1925 The Dressmaker from Paris
Angus McGregor
 1924 North of 36
Jim Nabours
 1924 The Side Show of Life
Andrew Lackaday
 1924 The Heritage of the Desert
August Naab
 1923 West of the Water Tower
Rev. Adrian Plummer
 1923/I The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Clopin (as Ernest Torrance)
 1923 The Covered Wagon
William Jackson
 1922 The Kingdom Within
 1922 Broken Chains
Boyan Boone
 1922 Singed Wings
 1922 The Prodigal Judge
Solomon Mahaffy
 1921 Tol'able David
Luke Hatburn
 1919 A Dangerous Affair
Abner (as Ernest Torrance)
 1918 Marrying Off Dad (Short) (as Ernest Thompson)
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Other Works:

Stage: Appeared in a production of "The Emerald Isle".

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Alternate Names:

Ernest Thompson | Ernest Torrance


6' 4" (1.93 m)

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Big, burly Scottish-born character actor, active on film from 1919 until his death, who usually specialized in heavies. See more »

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