Philip Tonge

Lowest Rated: 13% The Silver Chalice (1954)
Birthday: Apr 26, 1897
Birthplace: Not Available
"Maybe he's only a little crazy, like painters or artists, or those men in Washington," Philip Tonge's apprehensive toy-department head, Mr. Shellhammer, pleaded in defense of Kris Kringle (Edmund Gwenn) in the holiday perennial Miracle on 34th St. (1947), perhaps the veteran stage actor's most memorable screen assignment. Tonge was a former child performer and lifelong friend and associate of Noël Coward (who publicly claimed to have had his initial sexual encounter with him at the age of 13). The British-born actor had originated the part of Dr. Bradman in the initial Broadway production of Blithe Spirit in 1941, a role he would re-create for an early television presentation five years later. Noticeable by his prominent proboscis and a receding chin, Tonge also added memorable moments to such diverse films as Witness for the Prosecution (1957) as the inspector, and the sci-fi thriller Invisible Invaders (1959). He ended his long career playing the recurring role of General Amherst on television's Northwest Passage (1958-1959).

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
No Score Yet Invisible Invaders Dr. Adam Penner 1959
No Score Yet Macabre Jode 1958
No Score Yet Darby's Rangers John Andrews 1958
100% Witness for the Prosecution Insp. Hearne 1957
100% Les Girls Associate Judge 1957
No Score Yet Pardners Footman 1956
No Score Yet Desert Sands Sandy 1955
No Score Yet The Prodigal Barber/Surgeon 1955
13% The Silver Chalice Ohad 1954
60% Elephant Walk Ralph 1954
No Score Yet Track of the Cat Pa Bridges 1954
95% House of Wax Bruce Allison 1953
No Score Yet Small Town Girl Hemmingway 1953
80% Hans Christian Andersen Otto 1952
No Score Yet O. Henry's Full House Man with Umbrella 1952
96% Miracle on 34th Street Mr. Shellhammer 1947
No Score Yet Love from a Stranger Dr. Gribble 1947
No Score Yet His Double Life Leek Twin 1933

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet Father Knows Best
1954-1960
Manager
  • 1959

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