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Thurston Hall (1882–1958)

Movies, especially comedies, have always needed big, blustery, booming authoritarian types for the lead to play off of (or against), and one of the best was Thurston Hall, most famous for his role of Mr. Schuyler in the Topper (1953) series of the early 1950s. Hall was a tall, distinguished, imposing-looking man, which fit perfectly with the ... See full bio »

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 1960 Joyful Hour (TV Movie)
 1958 Maverick (TV Series)
- The Savage Hills (1958) ... Judge
 1957 Men of Annapolis (TV Series)
- Obstacle Course (1957) ... Father
 1957 Circus Boy (TV Series)
Major Buffington
- Major Buffington (1957) ... Major Buffington
 1957 Tales of the Texas Rangers (TV Series)
Colonel Titus
- Quarter Horse (1957) ... Colonel Titus
 1957 The Loretta Young Show (TV Series)
- A Mind of Their Own (1957) ... Judge
 1957 Affair in Reno
J.B. Del Monte
 1957 The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin (TV Series)
Colonel Ulysses X. Stonewall
- The Southern Colonel (1957) ... Colonel Ulysses X. Stonewall
 1956-1957 The Adventures of Hiram Holliday (TV Series)
Harrison Prentice
- Sturmzig Cuneiform (1957) ... Harrison Prentice
- Adventure of the Romantic Pigeon (1956) ... Harrison Prentice
- Dancing Mouse (1956) ... Harrison Prentice
- The Swiss Titmouse (1956) ... Harrison Prentice
- Hawaiian Hamzah (1956) ... Harrison Prentice
 1956 The Go-Getter
Mr. Higgins
 1956 TV Reader's Digest (TV Series)
Homer Claibourne / Capt. Warren
- Family Reunion USA (1956) ... Homer Claibourne
- Down on the Tennessee (1956) ... Capt. Warren
 1956 It's a Great Life (TV Series)
Horace Tepper
- Beauty Contest (1956) ... Horace Tepper
 1953-1955 Topper (TV Series)
Mr. Schuyler / Schuyler / Humphrey / ...
- Topper's Vacation (1955) ... Mr. Schuyler
- Topper's Other Job (1955) ... Mr. Schuyler
- Topper's Insurance Scandal (1955) ... Mr. Schuyler
- Topper's Counterfeiters (1955) ... Mr. Schuyler
- Topper's Desert Island (1955) ... Mr. Schuyler
 1955 The Lone Ranger (TV Series)
Claud Pierce
- Sheriff's Sale (1955) ... Claud Pierce
 1955 The Eddie Cantor Comedy Theater (TV Series)
- The Practical Joker (1955) ... Gordon
 1954 Lassie (TV Series)
Phineas Monroe
- The Job (1954) ... Phineas Monroe
 1954 Born in Freedom: The Story of Colonel Drake (Short)
James M. Townsend
 1953-1954 The Abbott and Costello Show (TV Series)
Mr. Smith / J. Peter Stuyvesant - Philanthropist
- The Tax Return (1954) ... Mr. Smith
- The Actors' Home (1953) ... J. Peter Stuyvesant - Philanthropist
 1953 Wonder Valley
 1953 Four Star Playhouse (TV Series)
- The Girl on the Park Bench (1953) ... Judge
 1953 My Little Margie (TV Series)
Mr. Crater / Reynolds
- What's Cooking? (1953) ... Mr. Crater
- Stock Control (1953) ... Reynolds
 1952-1953 Hopalong Cassidy (TV Series)
Dan Clemens / Arnold Rivers
- The Jinx Wagon (1953) ... Dan Clemens
- The Promised Land (1952) ... Arnold Rivers
 1953 The Band Wagon
Colonel Tripp (uncredited)
 1952 Dangerous Assignment (TV Series)
- The Civil War Map Story (1952) ... Carruthers
 1952 Our Miss Brooks (TV Series)
Mr. Whipple
- Mr. Whipple (1952) ... Mr. Whipple (uncredited)
 1952 Big Town (TV Series)
Pete Staker
- Please Murder Me (1952) ... Pete Staker
 1952 Cavalcade of America (TV Series)
 1952 The WAC from Walla Walla
Col. Mayfield
 1952 It Grows on Trees
John Sleamish--Bank President (uncredited)
 1952 Racket Squad (TV Series)
- The Strange Case of James Doyle (1952) ... Avedon
 1952 Woman of the North Country
Mayor Spencer (uncredited)
 1952 Carson City
Charles Crocker
 1952 Skirts Ahoy!
Thatcher Kinston
 1952 Night Stage to Galveston
Colonel James Bellamy
 1952 One Big Affair
Mr. 'G'
 1951 Texas Carnival
Mr. Gaytes
 1951 Whirlwind
Big Jim Lassiter
 1951 The Bigelow Theatre (TV Series)
- Closeup (1951) ... George
 1951 The Living Christ Series (TV Mini-Series)
- Discipleship (1951) ... Pharisee
 1951 Belle Le Grand
 1950 Dick Tracy (TV Series)
Diet Smith
- The Brain: Part 5 (1950) ... Diet Smith
- The Brain: Part 4 (1950) ... Diet Smith
- The Brain: Part 2 (1950) ... Diet Smith
- The Brain: Part 1 (1950) ... Diet Smith
- The Mole: Part 2 (1950) ... Diet Smith
 1950 One Too Many
Kenneth Simes
 1950 Bandit Queen
 1950 Chain Gang
John McKelvey
 1950 Bright Leaf
 1950 The Silver Theatre (TV Series)
- Closeup (1950) ... George
 1950 Federal Agent at Large
'Big Bill' Dixon
 1950 Belle of Old Mexico
Horatio Huntington
 1950 Girls' School
Colonel Selby Matthews
 1949 Tell It to the Judge
Sen. Caswell (uncredited)
 1949 Bride for Sale
Mr. Trisby (uncredited)
 1949 Square Dance Jubilee
 1949 Rim of the Canyon
Big Tim Hanlon
 1949 The Fountainhead
Businessman at Party (uncredited)
 1949 Stagecoach Kid
Peter Arnold
 1949 Manhattan Angel
Everett H. Burton
 1949 Rusty Saves a Life
Counsellor Frank A. Gibson
 1948 Blondie's Secret
Mr. George Whiteside
 1948 Miraculous Journey
 1948 Up in Central Park
Governor Motley
 1948 King of the Gamblers
'Pop' Morton
 1948 Three Daring Daughters
Howie Howard, Louise's Assistant (uncredited)
 1947 It Had to Be You
Mr. Ned Harrington
 1947 Mourning Becomes Electra
Dr. Blake
 1947 The Unfinished Dance
Mr. Ronsell
 1947 Black Gold
Col. Caldwell
 1947 The Son of Rusty
Franklyn B. Gibson
 1947 The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
Bruce Pierce
 1947 Swing the Western Way
Jasper Jim Bandy
 1947 Welcome Stranger
Congressman Beeker
 1947 The Farmer's Daughter
Wilbur Johnson
 1946 Three Little Girls in Blue
Colonel Clay (uncredited)
 1946 Dangerous Business
B.J. Calhoun
 1946 She Wrote the Book
Horace Van Cleve
 1946 One More Tomorrow
Thomas Rufus Collier II
 1946 Without Reservations
 1946 Two Sisters from Boston
Mr. Lawrence Tyburt Patterson Sr.
 1946 Colonel Effingham's Raid
Ed - the Mayor
 1945 Saratoga Trunk
Mr. Pound (uncredited)
 1945 Song of the Prairie
Jerome Wingate
 1945 West of the Pecos
Colonel Lambeth
 1945 The Gay Senorita
J.J. Frentiss
 1945 Lady on a Train
Josiah Waring
 1945 Blonde from Brooklyn
'Colonel' Hubert Farnsworth
 1945 Don Juan Quilligan
First Judge
 1945 Thrill of a Romance
J.P. Bancroft (uncredited)
 1945 Brewster's Millions
Colonel Drew
 1945 Bring on the Girls
 1944 Something for the Boys
Colonel Jefferson L. Calhoun (uncredited)
 1944 Ever Since Venus
Edgar Pomeroy
 1944 In Society
Mr. Van Cleve
 1944 Song of Nevada
John Barrabee
 1944 Wilson
Senator Edward H. 'Big Ed' Jones
 1944 The Great Moment
Senator Borland
 1944 Goodnight, Sweetheart
Judge James Rutherford
 1944 The Adventures of Mark Twain
Politician (uncredited)
 1944 Follow the Boys
Man (uncredited)
 1944 Cover Girl
Tony Pastor (uncredited)
 1943 Here Comes Elmer
P. J. Ellis
 1943 Footlight Glamour
Randolph Wheeler (uncredited)
 1943 I Dood It
Kenneth Lawlor
 1943 Hoosier Holiday
Henry P. Fairchild
 1943 This Land Is Mine
Mayor Henry Manville
 1943 Crash Dive
Senator from Texas (uncredited)
 1943 He Hired the Boss
Mr. Bates
 1943 Sherlock Holmes in Washington
Senator Henry Babcock
 1943 The Youngest Profession
Mr. Drew
 1943 One Dangerous Night
Inspector Crane
 1943 The Hard Way
Harry - Motion Picture Executive (uncredited)
 1942 The Great Gildersleeve
Governor John Stafford
 1942 Counter-Espionage
Inspector Crane
 1942 Call of the Canyon
Grantley B. Johnson
 1942 Her Cardboard Lover
Mr. Garthwaite - Barling's Lawyer (uncredited)
 1942 Twin Beds
Horace Touchstone (uncredited)
 1942 The Great Man's Lady
Mr. Sempler
 1942 Hello, Annapolis
Capt. Wendall
 1942 Shepherd of the Ozarks
James Maloney
 1942 Rings on Her Fingers
Mr. Harvey Beasley
 1942 The Night Before the Divorce
Bert 'Mousey' Harriman
 1942 Sleepytime Gal
Mr. Adams
 1942 We Were Dancing
Senator Quimby (uncredited)
 1941 Design for Scandal
 1941 Pacific Blackout
Williams - Civil Defense Official
 1941 Remember the Day
Gov. Teller
 1941 West of the Rockies (Short)
 1941 Tuxedo Junction
Doug Gordon
 1941 Secrets of the Lone Wolf
Inspector Crane
 1941 Swing It Soldier
Oscar Simms, Wheezies Sponsor
 1941 Unexpected Uncle
Jerry Carter (uncredited)
 1941 Nine Lives Are Not Enough
H.S.Huntley (uncredited)
 1941 Hold That Ghost
Alderman Birch (uncredited)
 1941 Accent on Love
T.J. Triton
 1941 In the Navy
Lead Senator (uncredited)
 1941 She Knew All the Answers
J.D. Sutton
 1941 Washington Melodrama
Senator Morton
 1941 The Great Lie
Oscar Worthington James
 1941 Repent at Leisure
Jay Buckingham
 1941 The Lone Wolf Takes a Chance
Inspector Crane
 1941 Flight from Destiny
Dean Somers
 1941 Four Mothers
Mr. Davis (uncredited)
 1941 Where Did You Get That Girl?
Stuyvesant, Four Star Record Co. President
 1940 The Invisible Woman
 1940 Kiddie Kure (Short)
Bill 'Old Man' Morton
 1940 The Lone Wolf Keeps a Date
Inspector Crane
 1940 Friendly Neighbors
The Governor
 1940 Life with Henry
Mr. Woodring (uncredited)
 1940 City for Conquest
Max Leonard
 1940 The Golden Fleecing
Charles Engel
 1940 The Great McGinty
Mr. Maxwell
 1940 Millionaires in Prison
Harold Kellogg
 1940 The Lone Wolf Meets a Lady
Inspector M.L. Crane
 1940 Alias the Deacon
Jim Cunningham
 1940 In Old Missouri
John Pittman Sr.
 1940 Rancho Grande
John Dodge (voice, uncredited)
 1940 Virginia City
Gen. George Meade (uncredited)
 1940 Blondie on a Budget
 1940 The Blue Bird
Father Time
 1939 Money to Burn
 1939 Our Neighbors - The Carters
Mr. Guilfoyle
 1939 First Love
Anthony Drake
 1939/I Jeepers Creepers
M.K. Durant
 1939 Sued for Libel
David Hastings
 1939 Dancing Co-Ed
H.W. Workman
 1939 The Day the Bookies Wept
Colonel March
 1939 Hawaiian Nights
T.C. Hartley
 1939 The Star Maker
Mr. Proctor
 1939 Mutiny on the Blackhawk
Sam Bailey
 1939 Each Dawn I Die
 1939 Million Dollar Legs
Gregory Melton Sr.
 1939 Ex-Champ
Mr. Courtney
 1939 Dodge City
Twitchell (uncredited)
 1939 Three Smart Girls Grow Up
Senator (uncredited)
 1939 You Can't Cheat an Honest Man
Mr. Bel-Goodie
 1938 Going Places
Col. Withering
 1938 Out West with the Hardys
H.R. Bruxton (uncredited)
 1938 Spring Madness
Charles Platt (uncredited)
 1938 Hard to Get
 1938 Campus Confessions
Wayne Atterbury, Sr.
 1938 The Affairs of Annabel
 1938 Fast Company
Dist. Atty. MacMillen
 1938 Squadron of Honor
Bob Metcalf
 1938 The Main Event
Captain Phillips
 1938 Professor Beware
Mr. Van Buren
 1938 Extortion
Prof. Tisdelle
 1938 Women Are Like That
Claudius King
 1938 There's Always a Woman
District Attorney
 1938 Women in Prison
Chairman of the Board (uncredited)
 1938 No Time to Marry
 1938 Penitentiary
Judge (uncredited)
 1938 Little Miss Roughneck
Joe Crowley
 1937 All American Sweetheart
R.O. Davis (uncredited)
 1937 Paid to Dance
State Governor
 1937 Murder in Greenwich Village
Charles Cabot
 1937 Counsel for Crime
Sen. Maddox
 1937 It Can't Last Forever
 1937 Venus Makes Trouble
Harlan Darrow
 1937 I Promise to Pay
Police Captain Hall
 1937 Oh, Doctor
'Doc' Erasmus Thurston
 1937 We Have Our Moments
Frank Rutherford
 1937 Parole Racket
 1937 Women of Glamor
Mr. Stark
 1937 Don't Tell the Wife
Maj. Manning
 1936 Lady from Nowhere
James Gordon Barnes
 1936 Theodora Goes Wild
Arthur Stevenson
 1936 Killer at Large
Inspector O'Hara
 1936 The Man Who Lived Twice
Dr. Clifford L. Schuyler
 1936 Shakedown
T. Gregory Stuart
 1936 Trapped by Television
John Curtis
 1936 The 3 Wise Guys
 1936 The King Steps Out
 1936 Roaming Lady
E. J. Reid
 1936 Devil's Squadron
Major Metcalf
 1936 Pride of the Marines
Col. Gage
 1936 Don't Gamble with Love
Martin Gage
 1935 The Lone Wolf Returns
Inspector Crane
 1935 Too Tough to Kill
Jim Whitney
 1935 Super-Speed
 1935 One-Way Ticket
Mr. Ritchie
 1935 Crime and Punishment
 1935 Guard That Girl
Dr. Silas Hudson
 1935 A Feather in Her Hat
Sir Elroyd Joyce
 1935 Metropolitan
T. Simon Hunter
 1935 She Couldn't Take It
Party Guest (uncredited)
 1935 The Girl Friend
George S. Harmon
 1935 The Public Menace
Captain of Ocean Liner
 1935 Atlantic Adventure
City Editor Rutherford (uncredited)
 1935 After the Dance
District Attorney
 1935 The Black Room
Col. Paul Hassel
 1935 Love Me Forever
 1935 Hooray for Love
Commodore Jason Thatcher
 1931 A Burglar to the Rescue (Short)
The Banker, Steve Corley
 1930 Absent Minded (Short)
 1924 Neglected Women
Peter Starling
 1923 The Royal Oak
Colonel Ancketell
 1922 Wildness of Youth
Edward Grayton
 1922 Fair Lady
Italian banker
 1921 The Iron Trail
Curtis Gordon
 1921 Idle Hands
Henry Livingston
 1921 Mother Eternal
Edward Stevens Sr
 1920 The Valley of Doubt
 1920 Empty Arms
Bruce Gordon
 1919 The Spitfire of Seville
Kent Staunton
 1919 The Weaker Vessel
J. Booth Hunter
 1919 The Unpainted Woman
Martin O'Neill
 1919 The Exquisite Thief
Algernon P. Smythe
 1919 Who Will Marry Me?
Jerome Van Tyne
 1918 The Midnight Patrol
Officer Terrence Shannon
 1918 The Squaw Man
Henry, Jim's Cousin
 1918 The Brazen Beauty
Kenneth Hyde
 1918 We Can't Have Everything
Peter Cheever
 1918 The Kaiser's Shadow
Hugo Wagner
 1918 The Mating of Marcella
Robert Underwood
 1918 Tyrant Fear
Harley Dane
 1918 An Alien Enemy
David J. Hale
 1918 Flare-Up Sal
The Red Rider
 1917 Love Letters
John Harland
 1917 The Price Mark
Dr. Daniel Melfi
 1917 Cleopatra
 1916 Persistency (Short)
John Hallet
 1915 Sweeter Than Revenge (Short)
Joe Best
 1915 Think Mothers (Short)
 1915 In Spite of Him (Short)
Nathan Biddle
 1915 The Mirror (Short)
The Rival
 1915/I The Deception (Short)
Henry Wharton
 1915 A Day of Havoc (Short)
Brant Hudson
 1915 The Earl's Adventure (Short)
The Earl of Carnavon
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Stage Play: The Only Girl. Musical comedy. Music by Victor Herbert. Material by Henry Blossom. From "Our Wives" by Frank Mandel and Helen Kraft. Music orchestrated by Victor Herbert. Lyrics by Henry Blossom. Adapted from the German of Ludwig Fulda. Musical Direction by Robert Hood Bowers. Choreographed by Joseph C. Smith. Directed by Fred ... See more »

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Best known role on TV was in the Topper (1953) series with Anne Jeffreys and Robert Sterling. He played Leo G. Carroll's bewildered, blustering boss. See more »

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