Cecil Parker (1897–1971)

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An air of almost smug disdain would hang over his characters like a grey cloud. Yet he could end up being a ray of sunshine with that cloud. Stage or screen, comedy or drama, playing butler or Lord Commander, Englishman Cecil Parker was born in 1897 and took an avid interest in performing following his discharge from World War I military service. ... See full bio »

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The Lady Vanishes Mr. Todhunter
The Court Jester King Roderick I
Indiscreet Alfred Munson


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 1969 Oh! What a Lovely War
Sir John
 1968 Sherlock Holmes (TV Series)
Lord Bellinger
- The Second Stain (1968) ... Lord Bellinger
 1967 The Avengers (TV Series)
- The £50,000 Breakfast (1967) ... Glover
 1967 The Magnificent Two
Sir John / British Ambassador
 1967 The Saint (TV Series)
Lord Gillingham
- A Double in Diamonds (1967) ... Lord Gillingham
 1967 I Spy (TV Series)
Sir Guy Faulkner
- The War Lord (1967) ... Sir Guy Faulkner
 1966 Psycho-Circus
Sir John
 1966 A Man Could Get Killed
Sir Huntley Frazier
 1965 Lady L
Sir Percy
 1965 A Study in Terror
Prime Minister
 1964 Guns at Batasi
 1964 The Comedy Man
Thomas Rutherford
 1964 Zero One (TV Series)
Frank Littlefield
- A Case of Charity (1964) ... Frank Littlefield
 1964 Carry on Jack
First Sealord
 1963 Heavens Above!
Archdeacon Aspinall
 1963 The Swingin' Maiden
Sir Giles Thompson
 1962 The Amorous Mr. Prawn
Gen. Sir Hamish Fitzadam
 1962 The Danny Thomas Show (TV Series)
Sir Harry
- The British Sense of Humor (1962) ... Sir Harry
 1962 The Brain
 1961 Petticoat Pirates
 1961 Alfred Hitchcock Presents (TV Series)
The Lawyer
- I Spy (1961) ... The Lawyer
 1961 Operation Snafu
Gr / Cpt Bascombe
 1961 The Aquanauts (TV Series)
Dr. Cattermole
- The Tidal Wave Adventure (1961) ... Dr. Cattermole
 1960 The Pure Hell of St. Trinian's
Professor Canford
 1960 Swiss Family Robinson
Captain Moreland
 1960 A French Mistress
John Crane, M.A. Headmaster Of Melbury School / Headmaster
 1960 Follow That Horse!
Sir William Crane
 1960 Under Ten Flags
Col. Howard
 1959 Rendezvous (TV Series)
Sir Geoffrey Darwin
- Murder in Berkeley Square (1959) ... Sir Geoffrey Darwin
 1959 The Navy Lark
Cmdr. Stanton
 1959 The Wreck of the Mary Deare
The Chairman
 1959 Make Mine a Double
A. V. M. Bukpasser
 1959 The DuPont Show of the Month (TV Series)
Dr. Frobisher
- The Browning Version (1959) ... Dr. Frobisher
 1958 Hell, Heaven or Hoboken
Col. Logan
 1958 Indiscreet
Alfred Munson
 1958 Happy Is the Bride
Arthur Royd
 1958 A Tale of Two Cities
Jarvis Lorry
 1957 Paradise Lagoon
Lord Loam
 1957 True as a Turtle
Dudley Partridge
 1956 It's Great to Be Young!
Frome, Headmaster
 1956 23 Paces to Baker Street
Bob Matthews
 1955 The Court Jester
King Roderick I
 1955 The Ladykillers
 1955 Marriage a la Mode
In the Hospital - The Professor
 1954 Cocktails in the Kitchen
Anne's Father
 1954 The Detective
The Bishop
 1950-1953 Studio One (TV Series)
A newspaper publisher
- To a Moment of Triumph (1953) ... A newspaper publisher
 1952 I Believe in You
 1952 His Excellency
Sir James Kirkman
 1951 The Magic Box
First Platform Man
 1951 The Man in the White Suit
Alan Birnley
 1950 Robert Montgomery Presents (TV Series)
Sir Simon de Canterville
- The Canterville Ghost (1950) ... Sir Simon de Canterville
 1950 Tony Draws a Horse
Dr. Howard Fleming
 1949 The Amazing Mr. Beecham
Benjamin Beecham
 1949 The Chiltern Hundreds (TV Movie)
 1949 Under Capricorn
The Governor
 1949 Dear Mr. Prohack
Arthur Prohack
 1948 Quartet
Colonel Peregrine (segment "The Colonel's Lady")
 1948 The Weaker Sex
Geoffrey Radcliffe
 1948 Affairs of a Rogue
The Prince Regent
 1947 The Woman in the Hall
Sir Halmar Barnard
 1947 Captain Boycott
Capt. Charles C. Boycott
 1947 Hungry Hill
Copper John
 1946 The Magic Bow
Luigi Germi
 1945 Caesar and Cleopatra
 1941 Ships with Wings
German Air Marshal
 1941 Suicide Squadron
 1941 The Saint's Vacation
 1940 Two for Danger
Sir Richard
 1940 Under Your Hat
Sir Jeffrey Arlington
 1940/I She Couldn't Say No
Jimmy Reeves
 1940 The Spider
Lawrence Bruce
 1940 The Stars Look Down
Stanley Millington
 1939 Sons of the Sea
Commander Herbert
 1939 Little Ladyship (TV Movie)
Sir John Brent
 1938 It Might Be You (Short)
Dr. Smith
 1938 Old Iron
 1938 The Ringer (TV Movie)
 1938 Smoky Cell (TV Movie)
 1938 The Citadel
Charles Every
 1938 The Lady Vanishes
Mr. Todhunter
 1938 Housemaster
Sir Berkeley Nightingale
 1937 Storm in a Teacup
Provost William Gow
 1937 Dark Journey
Captain of Q-Boat
 1936 Dishonour Bright
Vincent Crane
 1936 The Man Who Lived Again
Dr. Gratton
 1936 Jack of All Trades
Sir Chas. Darrington
 1935 Foreign Affaires
Lord Wormington
 1935 Her Last Affaire
Sir Arthur Harding
 1935 Mister Hobo
Bank Director (uncredited)
 1935 Crime Unlimited
Assistant Commissioner
 1935 Me and Marlborough
Colonel of the Greys
 1934 Dirty Work
Gordon Bray
 1934 Lady in Danger
 1934 The Office Wife (Short)
Lawrence Bradley
 1934 Little Friend
 1934 The Blue Squadron
 1934 Alexandra
Mr. Thompson (uncredited)
 1934 Nine Forty-Five
Robert Clayton
 1934 Flat Number Three
Hilary Maine
 1933 The Silver Spoon
 1933 A Cuckoo in the Nest
Claude Hickett
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Stage: Appeared in "Moonlight Is Silver" by Clemence Dane. Queens Theatre, 51 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, W1. Cast also included: Gertrude Lawrence, Douglas Fairbanks, Martita Hunt and Barry Jones. See more »

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Muriel Ann Randall Brown  (his death)  (1 child)

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His favourite role was often quoted as that of Charles Condamine in Noel Coward's farce "Blithe Spirit". It ran for 1,997 performances, (from 1941), few of which Parker missed, establishing his reputation as one of Britain's foremost comedy actors. He himself contributed a sketch. See more »


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