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Cecil Parker Poster

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Overview (4)

Born in Hastings, East Sussex, England, UK
Died in Brighton, East Sussex, England, UK
Birth NameCecil Schwabe
Height 5' 11¾" (1.83 m)

Mini Bio (1)

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. Making his professional stage bow in 1922, he appeared in London's West End three years later and by the advent of sound could be found on film. Not surprisingly he fitted the support mold perfectly with his raspy, well-bred tones and stuffed-shirt personality, but by the late 40s he was actually toying with post-war character stardom with top-billed roles. Such films as Captain Boycott (1947), The Weaker Sex (1948) and The Amazing Mr. Beecham (1949), Tony Draws a Horse (1950) and I Believe in You (1952) demonstrated his talent and command. However, soon he started gaining in the stomach area and losing in the hair department, so he fell away again to the secondary ranks. His assisting men of power, position and influence are probably most recognized in the droll, classic films of Sir Alec Guiness, which include The Man in the White Suit (1951), The Detective (1954), The Ladykillers (1955). Parker could be humorously beleaguered or remotely pernicious and as the years wore on, found himself more and more in film comedy than anything else, often giving lift to such dry fare as Indiscreet (1958) and the farce-like slapstick of The Pure Hell of St. Trinian's (1960) and Carry On Jack (1964). Parker died in 1971.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Gary Brumburgh / gr-home@pacbell.net

Spouse (1)

Muriel Ann Randall Brown (1927 - 20 April 1971) ( his death) ( 1 child)

Trade Mark (3)

Rugged Commonsense
Impeccable Manners
Gentlemanly Pomposity

Trivia (6)

Educated at Xavier College and Bruges.
Active service during the First World War delayed his stage debut until 1922 at Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne, with Charles Doran's Shakesperian company.
Following stints with the Huddersfield Repertory Company and the Abbey Theatre in Dublin, he made his London stage debut with the Liverpool Repertory Company at the Everyman in 1925.
Made his first appearance on the New York stage in 1950 in Daphne Laurelo with Dame Edith Evans.
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.
Father: Charles A. Schwabe; Mother: Kate Parker.

Salary (1)

Carry On Jack (1964) £500

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