Eric Portman (1901–1969)

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With his clipped delivery, aristocratic if somewhat ominous manner and suave, urbane demeanour, Eric Portman was so good at playing German and/or Nazi officers that many believed he actually was German, or at least Austrian. The fact is that he was British to the core, having been born, raised and educated in Halifax, West Yorkshire, England. He ... See full bio »

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Known For

A Canterbury Tale Thomas Colpeper, JP
Dear Murderer Lee Warren
The Whisperers Archie Ross
Child in the House Henry Acheson


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 1969 Strange Report (TV Series)
 1968 Deadfall
 1968 Assignment to Kill
 1967 The Prisoner (TV Series)
Number Two
- Free for All (1967) ... Number Two
 1967 The Whisperers
Archie Ross
 1967 ITV Play of the Week (TV Series)
Dr. David Sorel
- The Crossfire (1967) ... Dr. David Sorel
 1966 The Spy with a Cold Nose
British Ambassador
 1965 The Bedford Incident
Commodore Wolfgang Schrepke - Deutsche Marine
 1963 The Man Who Finally Died
Inspector Hofmeister
 1963 West 11
Richard Dyce
 1963 Love Story (TV Series)
George Talbot
- The Habit of Loving (1963) ... George Talbot
 1963 August for the People (TV Movie)
Sir Augustus Thwaites
 1962 Freud
Dr. Theodore Meynert
 1955-1961 ITV Television Playhouse (TV Series)
Mr. Bell / Simmie
- Different Drum (1961) ... Mr. Bell
- The Last Reunion (1955) ... Simmie
 1961 The Naked Edge
Jeremy Clay
 1960-1961 BBC Sunday-Night Play (TV Series)
Kuprin / Lord Claverton
- A Call on Kuprin: Part 2 (1961) ... Kuprin
- A Call on Kuprin: Part 1 (1961) ... Kuprin
 1961 Shirley Temple's Storybook (TV Series)
Van Der Graf
- The Terrible Clockman (1961) ... Van Der Graf
 1960 Play of the Week (TV Series)
Dr. Edward Sarclet
- Duet for Two Hands (1960) ... Dr. Edward Sarclet
 1960 Naked City (TV Series)
Jayson Condon
- The Pedigree Sheet (1960) ... Jayson Condon
 1960 Alfred Hitchcock Presents (TV Series)
Richard Musgrave
- The Hero (1960) ... Richard Musgrave
 1958-1959 The DuPont Show of the Month (TV Series)
Fagin / Dr. Manette
- Oliver Twist (1959) ... Fagin
- A Tale of Two Cities (1958) ... Dr. Manette
 1957 The Good Companions
Jess Oakroyd
 1957 The Alcoa Hour (TV Series)
Anthony John / Othello
- A Double Life (1957) ... Anthony John / Othello
 1956 Child in the House
Henry Acheson
 1955-1956 Theatre Royal (TV Series)
Dr. Hawley Harvey Crippen / Mr. Betts
- The Case of Dr. Crippen (1956) ... Dr. Hawley Harvey Crippen
- Mister Betts Runs Away (1955) ... Mr. Betts
 1955 The Deep Blue Sea
 1955 The Colditz Story
Colonel Richmond
 1953-1954 BBC Sunday-Night Theatre (TV Series)
Stanley Smith / Arthur Gosport
- Jeannie (1954) ... Stanley Smith
- Harlequinade (1953) ... Arthur Gosport
 1953 The Golden Mask
Doctor Burnet
 1952 His Excellency
George Harrison
 1951 The Magic Box
Arthur Collings
 1951 Check to Song! (Short)
Narrator (voice)
 1950 Cairo Road
Youssef Bey
 1949 The Spider and the Fly
Fernand Maubert
 1948 The Blind Goddess
Sir John Dearing KC
 1948 Daybreak
 1948 Corridor of Mirrors
Paul Mangin
 1947 The Mark of Cain
Richard Howard
 1947 Dear Murderer
Lee Warren
 1946 Men of Two Worlds
District Commissioner Randall
 1946 Wanted for Murder
Victor James Colebrooke, alias Tom Maren
 1945 Great Day
Capt. John Ellis
 1944 A Canterbury Tale
Thomas Colpeper, JP
 1943 Escape to Danger
Arthur Lawrence
 1943 Millions Like Us
Charlie Forbes
 1943 We Dive at Dawn
On Hydrophones - L / S. Hobson
 1943 Squadron Leader X
Erich Kohler
 1942 Uncensored
Andre Delange
 1942 One of Our Aircraft Is Missing
Tom Earnshaw - Second Pilot in B for Bertie
 1941 49th Parallel
Lieutenant Ernst Hirth
 1939 The Pelican (TV Movie)
Charles Cheriton
 1939 A Night at the Hardcastles (TV Movie)
Young Marlow
 1939 She Stoops to Conquer (TV Movie)
Young Marlow
 1939 The Gamblers (TV Movie)
 1938 The Rivals (TV Movie)
Captain Absolute
 1938 A Hundred Years Old (TV Movie)
 1938 The Constant Nymph (TV Movie) (uncredited)
 1937 The Singing Marine
Derelict Firing Gun in Stage Show (uncredited)
 1937 The Prince and the Pauper
First Lord
 1937 Moonlight Sonata
Mario de la Costa
 1936 Hearts of Humanity
Jack Clinton
 1936 The Crimes of Stephen Hawke
Matthew Trimble
 1936 The Cardinal
Giuliano de Medici
 1935 Hyde Park Corner
Edward Chester
 1935 Abdul the Damned
 1935 Old Roses
 1933 The Girl from Maxim's (uncredited)
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Other Works:

Stage: Appeared in "Everyman", at the Old Vic Theatre in London, England, with Jean Forbes-Robertson and Percy Walsh in the cast. Andrew Leigh was the director. See more »

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1 Print Biography | 1 Interview | 10 Articles | 1 Pictorial | 9 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

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Acting is like masturbation--one either does it or one doesn't, but one never talks about it.


Bryan Forbes believed Portman's chronic alcoholism greatly undermined his career. See more »

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