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      James Villiers

      James Villiers

      Highest Rated: 95% Repulsion (1965)

      Lowest Rated: 23% King Ralph (1991)

      Birthday: Sep 29, 1933

      Birthplace: London, England, UK

      James Villiers was an English character actor known for his aristocratic lineage and the precise, even clichéd, articulation often associated with such supreme breeding. A graduate of RADA, where he schooled with and befriended Peter O'Toole, Villiers had a lifelong love for the theater, performing live Shakespeare with the Old Vic and on the BBC. After debuting on television and in film in 1958, Villiers took on several intriguing projects in the mid-'60s, including Roman Polanski's horror thriller "Repulsion," alongside Catherine Deneuve, and a supporting role in "The Wrong Box," a comedy with then-rising English star Michael Caine. In the '70s, he appeared with old pal O'Toole in, appropriately, the comedy "The Ruling Class," and he later appeared as Mr. Booby in the Ann-Margret comedy "Joseph Andrews." Villiers gained wider visibility when he played Tanner, a secret service colleague of Roger Moore's James Bond in "For Your Eyes Only," a thankfully high-profile role. Villiers especially hit his stride on television with roles including Professor Henry Higgins in the romantic drama "Pygmalion," a 1973 part on the "BBC Play of the Month" series, and, in perhaps an even more perfect bit of casting, as Baron de Batz in the 1982 version of the drama "The Scarlet Pimpernel," with Jane Seymour and Ian McKellen in co-starring roles. Villiers continued acting in films well into the '90s, making his final feature performance in the 1998 drama "The Tichborne Claimant," about an heir seeking his inheritance. Villiers passed away from cancer at age 67.

      Highest rated movies

      Repulsion poster
      The Wrong Box poster
      The Wrong Box
      These Are the Damned poster
      These Are the Damned
      King and Country poster
      King and Country
      The Nanny poster
      The Nanny
      Let Him Have It poster
      Let Him Have It
      The Ruling Class poster
      The Ruling Class
      Under the Volcano poster
      Under the Volcano




      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Tichborne Claimant Uncle Henry (Character) - 1998
      No Score Yet No Score Yet E Equals MC2 Dr. James Mallinson (Character) - 1996
      No Score Yet 60% The Willows in Winter Magistrate (Voice) - 1996
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Wind in the Willows Magistrate (Voice) - 1995
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Who Needs a Heart Dominic (Character) - 1991
      23% 28% King Ralph Prime Minister Jeffrey Hale (Character) $31.3M 1991
      84% 85% Let Him Have It Cassels (Character) $83.3K 1991
      72% 71% Under the Volcano Brit (Character) - 1984
      No Score Yet No Score Yet ABC: Mantrap Tony Walmsley (Character) - 1984
      No Score Yet 89% The Scarlet Pimpernel Baron de Batz (Character) - 1982
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Marquise Esteban (Character) - 1980
      72% 76% Saint Jack Frogget (Character) - 1979
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Spectre Sir Geoffrey Cyon (Character) - 1977
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Double Kill Paul (Character) - 1975
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Ghost in the Noonday Sun Parsley-Freck (Character) - 1973
      No Score Yet 84% The Amazing Mr. Blunden Uncle Bertie (Character) - 1972
      77% 86% The Ruling Class Dinsdale (Character) - 1972
      67% 50% Asylum George (Character) - 1972
      No Score Yet 33% Blood From the Mummy's Tomb Corbeck (Character) - 1971
      No Score Yet 17% Otley Hendrickson (Character) - 1969
      No Score Yet No Score Yet A Nice Girl Like Me Freddie (Character) - 1969
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Some Girls Do Carl Petersen (Character) - 1969
      No Score Yet 35% The Alphabet Murders Franklin (Character) - 1966
      88% 70% The Wrong Box Sydney Whitcombe Sykes (Character) - 1966
      85% 77% The Nanny Bill Fane (Character) - 1965
      95% 86% Repulsion John (Character) - 1965
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Model Murder Case David Dane (Character) - 1965
      86% 80% King and Country Capt. Midgley (Character) - 1964
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Nothing but the Best Hugh (Character) - 1964
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Girl in the Headlines David Dane (Character) - 1963
      88% 52% These Are the Damned Captain Gregory (Character) - 1962
      62% 56% Eva Alan McCormick (Character) $6.4K 1962
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Operation Snatch Lt. Keen (Character) - 1962
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Clue of the New Pin Tab Holland (Character) - 1961


      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Irish R.M. Unknown (Guest Star) 1984
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Man in a Suitcase Unknown (Guest Star) 1967
      No Score Yet 100% The Avengers Unknown (Guest Star) 1966
      No Score Yet No Score Yet El Santo Inspector Pryor (Guest Star) 1964