James Villiers

James Villiers

Highest Rated: 95% Repulsion (1965)

Lowest Rated: 27% 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.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
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 67% The Willows in Winter Magistrate (Voice) - 1996
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Wind in the Willows Magistrate (Voice) - 1995
84% 86% Let Him Have It Cassels (Character) $83.3K 1991
No Score Yet No Score Yet Who Needs a Heart Dominic (Character) - 1991
27% 27% King Ralph Prime Minister Jeffrey Hale (Character) $31.3M 1991
71% 71% Under the Volcano Brit (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
67% 75% 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 85% The Amazing Mr. Blunden Uncle Bertie (Character) - 1972
67% 48% Asylum George (Character) - 1972
No Score Yet 33% Blood From the Mummy's Tomb Corbeck (Character) - 1972
83% 86% The Ruling Class Dinsdale (Character) - 1972
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 20% Otley Hendrickson (Character) - 1969
No Score Yet 43% The Alphabet Murders Franklin (Character) - 1966
88% 70% The Wrong Box Sydney Whitcombe Sykes (Character) - 1966
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Model Murder Case David Dane (Character) - 1965
85% 79% The Nanny Bill Fane (Character) - 1965
95% 86% Repulsion John (Character) - 1965
No Score Yet No Score Yet Nothing but the Best Hugh (Character) - 1964
86% 78% King and Country Capt. Midgley (Character) - 1964
No Score Yet No Score Yet Girl in the Headlines David Dane (Character) - 1963
67% 56% Eva Alan McCormick (Character) $6.4K 1962
No Score Yet No Score Yet Operation Snatch Lt. Keen (Character) - 1962
86% 52% These Are the Damned Captain Gregory (Character) - 1962
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Clue of the New Pin Tab Holland (Character) - 1961

TV

Credit
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 No Score Yet The Avengers Unknown (Guest Star) 1966
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Saint Inspector Pryor (Guest Star) 1964

QUOTES FROM James Villiers CHARACTERS

Dinsdale says: How do you know you're God?

14th Earl Of Gurney says: Because when I pray to God, I find that I'm talking to myself.