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Born in Teigngrace, Devon, England, UK
Died in Hendon, London, England, UK
Birth NameThorley Swinstead Walters

Mini Bio (1)

Son of a clergyman, the British character actor Thorley Walters was born in 1913 in Teigngrace, Devonshire, England. After stage experience, in which he played Shakespearean and light leading roles, he made his film debut in The Love Test (1935) and continued his early film career with numerous quota quickies. Walters quickly found his acting niche in comic parts and became a featured player in films. During the 1950s and 1960s, he made his name in the comedies of the Boulting Brothers (e.g., Private's Progress (1956), Man in a Cocked Hat (1959), Rotten to the Core (1965), et al.) and the Launder-Gilliat team [e.g., _Ring of Spies (1963)_, Joey Boy (1965), and the St. Trinian's films). He also became well-known to horror fans through his numerous appearances for Hammer (The Phantom of the Opera (1962), Dracula: Prince of Darkness (1966), Frankenstein Created Woman (1967), and Vampire Circus (1972)), Amicus (The Psychopath (1966) and The People That Time Forgot (1977)).

With his beefy build, square mustache, and befuddled manner, Walters was a natural to play Dr. Watson, which he did in several films, including Sherlock Holmes and the Deadly Necklace (1962), The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother (1975), and The Sunday Drama: Silver Blaze (1977). In the latter part of his career, he became a familiar figure on television in such popular series as The Duchess of Duke Street (1976) and _"Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy" (1979)(mini)_ . Walters was active in film and television until his death in 1991, appearing mostly in cameo roles as incompetent officers, bumbling authority figures, and muddle-headed assistants.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Lyn Hammond

Trivia (5)

He played King Edward VII (1841-1910) in three unrelated productions in as many years: The Edwardians (1972), The Edwardians: Lloyd George (1973) and Jennie: Lady Randolph Churchill (1974).
He died only four days after his Jennie: Lady Randolph Churchill (1974) co-star Lee Remick.
He played Dr. John H. Watson in four unrelated productions, each with a different actor playing Sherlock Holmes: Sherlock Holmes and the Deadly Necklace (1962) starring Christopher Lee, The Best House in London (1969) starring Peter Jeffrey, The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother (1975) starring Douglas Wilmer and The Sunday Drama: Silver Blaze (1977) starring Christopher Plummer.
Actor Thorley Walters appeared in three John le Carré filmed adaptations. The first was in an episode of the television mini-series Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (1979) [See: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy: Tarr Tells His Story (1979)], the second was in the theatrical feature film cinema movie The Little Drummer Girl (1984), whilst the third and final appearance was in the tele-movie A Murder of Quality (1991), the latter which was also Walters' final ever film and television appearance. Walters appeared in every kind of John le Carré adaptation: a tele-movie, a TV mini-series, and a theatrical feature film.
Got the role in Sign of Four (1983) after Trevor Howard dropped out at the last minute.

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