Ernest Torrence

Ernest Torrence

  • Highest Rated: 100% Steamboat Bill Jr. (1928)
  • Lowest Rated: 69% The King of Kings (1927)
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  • Though audiences were inclined to laugh when brutish, slack-jawed Scottish actor Ernest Torrence declared in 1930s Call of the Flesh that he'd once been the greatest opera singer in all Italy, the fact is that Torrence began his career in opera. A graduate of the Stuttgart Conservatory and London's Royal Academy of Music, Torrence excelled as an operatic baritone in the early years of the 20th century. When his voice began to fail him in 1920, Torrence turned to films, which at the time were silent and required no vocals whatsoever. He made his mark as a cinema villain by playing the moronic, twitch-eyed thief in 1921's Tol'able David. Most of his subsequent bad guy portrayals were played with tongue firmly in cheek, notably his outrageous Captain Hook in the 1924 version of Peter Pan. He continued his screen skullduggery into the talkie era, portraying the unspeakable Professor Moriarty in Sherlock Holmes (1932) and an alcoholic smuggler in his last film, I Cover the Waterfront (1933). Ernest Torrence was the older brother of actor David Torrence.

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No Score Yet Speedway Jim MacDonald 2001
No Score Yet I Cover the Waterfront Eli Kirk 1933
No Score Yet Sherlock Holmes Prof. Moriarty 1932
No Score Yet The Cuban Love Song Romance 1931
No Score Yet New Adventures of Get Rich Quick Wallingford Blackie 1931
No Score Yet Sporting Blood Jim Rellence 1931
No Score Yet Fighting Caravans Bill Jackson 1931
No Score Yet Officer O'Brien John P. O'Brien 1930
No Score Yet Sweet Kitty Bellairs Sir Jasper Standish 1930
No Score Yet Call of the Flesh Esteban 1930
No Score Yet The Bridge of San Luis Rey Uncle Pio 1929
No Score Yet Desert Nights Stonehill 1929
No Score Yet The Unholy Night (The Green Ghost) Actor 1929
No Score Yet The Cossacks Ivan the Ataman 1928
100% Steamboat Bill Jr. "Steamboat Bill" Canfield 1928
No Score Yet Twelve Miles Out Red McCue 1927
69% The King of Kings Peter 1927
No Score Yet Mantrap Joe Easter 1926
No Score Yet The Pony Express "Ascension" Jones 1925
100% Peter Pan Capt. Hook 1924
No Score Yet The Fighting Coward Gen. Orlando Jackson 1924
91% The Hunchback of Notre Dame Clopin 1923
No Score Yet The Covered Wagon William Jackson 1923
No Score Yet Broken Chains Boyan Boone 1922
No Score Yet Singed Wings Emilio, a Clown 1922
No Score Yet Tol'able David Luke Hatburn 1921


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