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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.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
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 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
95% The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • Clopin
1923
No Score Yet The Covered Wagon
  • William Jackson
1923
No Score Yet Tol'able David
  • Luke Hatburn
1921

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