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Les Tremayne

Highest Rated:   100% The Phantom Tollbooth (1970)
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Birthplace:   Balham, London, England, UK
Born in London, Les Tremayne moved to America in his early teens. Educated at Northwestern, Columbia and UCLA, Tremayne went on the stage in the early 1930s, where his distinguished demeanor and mellifluous voice served him well. He rose to stardom on radio, appearing in literally thousands of "Golden Age" broadcasts, notably as star of the long-running anthology The First Nighter Program. In films from 1951, Tremayne brought a large dose of sober credibility to many an otherwise hard-to-swallow science fiction opus. At his best as General Mann in War of the Worlds (1953)--the General's explanation of the Martian's invasion strategy remains one of the finest pieces of pure exposition in all of "fantastic" cinema--Tremayne was also successful in maintaining his dignity in cheapies of the Angry Red Planet (1959) and Slime People (1965) variety. The actor's contributions to the sci-fi genre were hosannahed in the direct-to-video production The Attack of the B-Movie Monsters (1985). In addition, Tremayne showed up in several non-genre efforts, usually in small but substantial roles like the auctioneer in North by Northwest (Tremayne's single scene in this 1959 Hitchcock classic also featured his old First Nighter colleague Olan Soule). Busiest on television as a commercial spokesman and voiceover artist, Tremayne found time to appear on the prime-time TV version of radio's One Man's Family (1951); as Inspector Richard Queen on the 1958-59 incarnation of the venerable Ellery Queen; and as Mentor on the Saturday morning Captain Marvel-inspired weekly Shazam! (1974-77). In 1995, Les Tremayne, as golden-throated as ever, was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame during a moving, nationally broadcast ceremony from Chicago's Museum of Broadcasting.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Starchaser: The Legend of Orin
  • Arthur
1985
0% Rainbow Brite and the Star Stealer
  • Orin/Bombo/TV Announcer
1985
No Score Yet Daffy Duck's Movie: Fantastic Island
  • Actor
1983
No Score Yet Fangs
  • Actor
1975
No Score Yet Cricket in Times Square
  • Chester C. Cricket/Harry the Cat/Father/Music Teacher
1973
No Score Yet Oliver Twist
  • Fagin
1973
100% The Phantom Tollbooth
  • Humbug
1970
No Score Yet Strawberries Need Rain
  • Death
1970
No Score Yet Creature of Destruction
  • Dr. John Basso
1967
95% The Fortune Cookie
  • Thompson
1966
33% King Kong vs. Godzilla
  • Narrator
1963
No Score Yet Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol
  • Ghost of Christmas Present
1962
No Score Yet The Slime People
  • Norman Tolliver
1962
No Score Yet The Story of Ruth
  • Elimelech
1960
No Score Yet The Gallant Hours
  • Capt. Frank Enright
1960
100% North by Northwest
  • Auctioneer
1959
No Score Yet Say One for Me
  • Harry LaMaise
1959
0% The Angry Red Planet
  • Prof. Theodore Gettell
1959
No Score Yet The Perfect Furlough (Strictly for Pleasure)
  • Col. Leland
1958
No Score Yet The Monolith Monsters
  • Martin Cochrane
1958
No Score Yet The Monster of Piedras Blancas
  • Dr. Jorgenson
1958
98% Forbidden Planet
  • Narrator
1956
No Score Yet The Lieutenant Wore Skirts
  • Henry Gaxton
1956
No Score Yet A Man Called Peter
  • Sen. Willis K. Harvey
1955
50% Susan Slept Here
  • Harvey
1954
85% The War of the Worlds
  • Maj. Gen. Mann
1953
No Score Yet Dream Wife
  • Ken Landwell
1953
No Score Yet I Love Melvin
  • Mr. Hennenman
1953
No Score Yet It Grows on Trees
  • Finlay Murchison
1952
No Score Yet Francis Goes to West Point
  • Col. Daniels
1952
33% The Racket
  • Chief Craig
1951
No Score Yet The Blue Veil
  • Joplin
1951

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