Peter Bull (I) (1912–1984)


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He was born 21st March 1912 in London, the fourth son of Sir William James Bull M.P. and Lillian Heather Brandon . After studying at Winchester University he started in journalism before studying for the stage with Elsie Fogerty and made his stage debut at London's Shaftsbury Theatre as the Janitor in As You Like It on 15th June 1933. In 1941 he ... See full bio »

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(age 72) in London, England, UK

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Known For

The African Queen Captain of Louisa
(1951)
Tom Jones Thwackum
(1963)

Filmography

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 1983 Yellowbeard
Queen Anne
 1983 Dead on Time (Short)
Old Man in Waiting Room
 1982 The Magic Shop (Short)
 1979 The Tempest
Alonso, the King of Naples
 1978 The Light Princess (TV Movie)
Fat Frog (voice)
 1978 Rosie Dixon - Night Nurse
August Visitor
 1977 The Brute
Housemaster
 1977 Joseph Andrews
Sir Thomas Booby
 1974 Great Expectations (TV Movie)
Wemmeck
 1973 Jack Paar Tonite (TV Series)
 1972 Lady Caroline Lamb
Minister
 1972 Up the Front
Von Kobler / Kobler
 1971 Girl Stroke Boy
Peter Hovendon
 1970 The Executioner
Butterfield
 1967 Doctor Dolittle
Gen. Bellowes
 1965 You Must Be Joking!
Ferocious Man in Library
 1965 Six Shades of Black (TV Series)
Mokhtar
- There Is a Happy Land... (1965) ... Mokhtar
 1965 The Intelligence Men
Philippe
 1963 The Old Dark House
Caspar & Jasper Femm
 1963 Tom Jones
Thwackum
 1962 BBC Sunday-Night Play (TV Series)
Henry Field
- The Big Eat (1962) ... Henry Field
 1962 The Girl on the Boat
Blacksmith
 1961 Follow That Man
Gustav
 1961 If the Crown Fits (TV Series)
Maj. Domus
- Royal Divorce (1961) ... Maj. Domus
- The Ballet (1961) ... Maj. Domus
- Peppercorn Rent (1961) ... Maj. Domus
- Gambling (1961) ... Maj. Domus
- Kythos (1961) ... Maj. Domus
 1961 Goodbye Again
Client
 1961 Call Me Genius
Manager of Art Gallery, Paris
 1960 Rendezvous (TV Series)
Walter
- The Stray Cat (1960) ... Walter
 1960 The 3 Worlds of Gulliver
Lord Bermogg
 1960 ITV Play of the Week (TV Series)
Demokos
- Tiger at the Gates (1960) ... Demokos
 1960 An Arabian Night (TV Movie)
Kutayt
 1960 International Detective (TV Series)
Baldo Falcone
- The Raffael Case (1960) ... Baldo Falcone
 1959 Ask for King Billy (TV Series)
Man in Black
- Part 5 (1959) ... Man in Black
- Part 4 (1959) ... Man in Black
- Part 3 (1959) ... Man in Black
- Part 2 (1959) ... Man in Black
- Part 1 (1959) ... Man in Black
 1959 Tales of the Vikings (TV Series)
Haldar
- Saracen's Gold (1959) ... Haldar
 1959 Armchair Theatre (TV Series)
Mr. Creakle
- Young David (1959) ... Mr. Creakle
 1959 The Scapegoat
Aristide
 1959 The Eustace Diamonds (TV Series)
The Dean
- Episode #1.3 (1959) ... The Dean
 1959 Boyd Q.C. (TV Series)
Morley
- In Camera (1959) ... Morley
 1958 Fredric March Presents Tales from Dickens (TV Series)
Mr. Creakle
- David and His Mother (1958) ... Mr. Creakle
 1950-1958 BBC Sunday-Night Theatre (TV Series)
Smith / Sid Rolands / Circus Director / ...
- The Laughing Woman (1958) ... Smith
- Shout Aloud Salvation (II) (1956) ... Sid Rolands
- It Could Happen Only in Paris (1955) ... Circus Director
- Our Marie (1953) ... George Ware
- The Silent Village (1951) ... Tommy
 1958 Tom Thumb
Town Crier
 1958 The Horse's Mouth
Man in Taxi (uncredited)
 1958 The Lost King (TV Series)
Baron Von Ense
- The Flight to Geneva (1958) ... Baron Von Ense
 1958 Dixon of Dock Green (TV Series)
Arthur Coburn
- The Gent from Siberia (1958) ... Arthur Coburn
 1958 Dial 999 (TV Series)
Blowey
- The Killing Job (1958) ... Blowey
 1957 The Silver Sword (TV Series)
Burgomaster
- Escape from Bavaria (1957) ... Burgomaster
 1957 Change of Air (TV Short)
Maxie Bull
 1957 The Adventures of Peter Simple (TV Series)
Peter's father
- The Plot Against Peter (1957) ... Peter's father
 1956 Aggie (TV Series)
Pierre
- Cut Glass (1956) ... Pierre
 1956 The Green Man
General Niva
 1956 Who Done It?
Scientist
 1955-1956 The Gordon Honour (TV Series)
Chief Sitting Bull / Mynheer Strubelstrasse
- The Red Indian Candlestick (1956) ... Chief Sitting Bull
- The Secret Agent's Candlestick (1955) ... Mynheer Strubelstrasse
 1956 Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (TV Movie)
Duchess
 1955 Theatre Royal (TV Series)
Jasper
- The No Man (1955) ... Jasper
 1955 Rheingold Theatre (TV Series)
General Tuishnov
- A Borderline Case (1955) ... General Tuishnov
 1955 Footsteps in the Fog
Brasher
 1955 Miss Patterson (TV Movie)
Kubik
 1955 The Queen Came By (TV Movie)
George Frisby, in Management
 1954 Beau Brummell
Mr. Fox
 1953 Saadia
Village potentate
 1953 Strange Stories
Captain Breen
 1953 Your Favorite Story (TV Series)
- Strange Journey (1953)
 1953 Malta Story
Flying Officer (uncredited)
 1953 The Honours of Scotland (TV Movie)
HRH the Prince of Wales, later King George IV
 1953 The Captain's Paradise
Kalikan Officer
 1953 Strictly Personal (TV Series)
The Rev. P. Pinsent
- The Rev. Pinsent Explodes a Theory (1953) ... The Rev. P. Pinsent
- Enter the Villain (1953) ... The Rev. P. Pinsent
- By Hook or by Crook (1953) ... The Rev. P. Pinsent
 1953 The Passing Show (TV Series)
George Ware
- Our Marie (1953) ... George Ware
 1952-1953 The Pickwick Papers (TV Series)
Mr. Tony Weller
- The Seventh and Last Paper (1953) ... Mr. Tony Weller
- The Fifth Paper (1953) ... Mr. Tony Weller
- The Fourth Paper (1952) ... Mr. Tony Weller
- The Third Paper (1952) ... Mr. Tony Weller
 1952 The Second Mrs. Tanqueray
Misquith
 1952 Brighthaven Express
Lorne
 1951 The African Queen
Captain of Louisa
 1951 A Christmas Carol
First Businessman / Narrator
 1951 The Six Men
The Chief
 1951 The Lavender Hill Mob
Joe the Gab (uncredited)
 1951/II Smart Alec
Prosecuting Counsel
 1951 Lucky Nick Cain
Hans
 1950 Assassin for Hire (TV Movie)
Catesby
 1950 Such Is Life (TV Series)
- Bella Visitor (1950)
- Pay as You Yearn (1950)
 1950 The Inheritance
Coach Passenger
 1949 The Lost People
Wolf
 1949 Alice in Wonderland
Puppet Character (voice)
 1949 Cardboard Cavalier
Mosspot
 1948 Look Before You Love
Ship Passenger (uncredited)
 1948 Woman Hater
Mr. Fletcher
 1948 Saraband
Prince George Louis
 1948 Oliver Twist
Landlord Of 'Three Cripples'
 1947 Six Gentlemen in a Row (TV Short)
Second Gentleman
 1947 The Man Who Was Thursday (TV Movie)
President (Sunday)
 1947 I Became a Criminal
Fidgity Phil
 1947 The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus (TV Movie)
Covetousness / Horse-Courser
 1947 The Turners of Prospect Road
J.G. Clarkson
 1947 The Grand Escapade
Jennings
 1941 Quiet Wedding
Tenor (uncredited)
 1940 Suicide Legion
Turk Outside Café (uncredited)
 1940 Dead Man's Shoes
Defense Counsel
 1940 Blackout
Third Brother Grimm
 1939 Inspector Hornleigh on Holiday
Radio Ham Operator (uncredited)
 1939 Young Man's Fancy
French Soldier (uncredited)
 1938 The Ware Case
Eustace Ede
 1938 Marie Antoinette
Gamin (uncredited)
 1938 Second Best Bed
Tennis match spectator (uncredited)
 1937 The Jar (TV Movie)
Don Lolo, A Farmer
 1937 Non-Stop New York
Spurgeon
 1937 The Tudor Touch (TV Short)
Henry VIII
 1937 Knight Without Armor
Commissar (uncredited)
 1936 Sabotage
Michaelis - Conspirator (uncredited)
 1936 As You Like It
William
 1936 The Beloved Vagabond
Artist in bar (uncredited)
 1936 The Secret Voice
Minor Role (uncredited)
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Other Works:

He acted in Christopher Fry's play, "The Dark is Light Enough", at the Opera House in Manchester, England with Edith Evans, James Donald, Frances Hyland, John Moffatt, Hugh Griffith and Peter Barkworth in the cast. Peter Brook was the director. See more »

Publicity Listings:

3 Print Biographies | 5 Articles | 1 Pictorial | See more »

Height:

5' 7½" (1.72 m)
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

The name is so important for an actor, a foremost part of one's image. I like my name . . . but as an actor, it has often been a detriment. I have been mistakenly billed as Peter Dull, and under my correctly spelled name I've been reviewed as having delivered a performance which was "pure Bull". See more »

Trivia:

He often claimed that his first film had been made in Hollywood - "Marie Antoinette" (1938), also the debut in films of his friend Robert Morley. He also usually added that he had been entirely cut out from the film. In fact, he had been in eight previous films in Britain (all in uncredited roles) and can still be seen briefly in the Hollywood film. See more »

Trademark:

Rich, commanding voice.

Star Sign:

Aries

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