Shane Rimmer

Shane Rimmer

Highest Rated: 98% Dr. Strangelove Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)

Lowest Rated: 0% The Lonely Lady (1983)

Birthday: May 28, 1929

Birthplace: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Even though he appeared on screen dozens of times, character actor Shane Rimmer was best known for his voice. A native of Toronto, he started his career in Canada as a singer and actor. He began appearing in small roles on television and film, including multiple appearances on the anthology series "Encounter" (CBC, 1952-61). He eventually emigrated to the United Kingdom and took advantage of Britain's burgeoning TV industry. He worked steadily and found himself with a role in the landmark Cold War-era film "Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb" (1964). The actor played the co-pilot to Slim Pickens bomb-riding pilot. While that gave him an on-screen calling card, a role that utilized only his voice provided a measure of lasting fame. Rimmer provided the voice of pilot Scott Tracy in Gerry Anderson's Supermarionation hit "Thunderbirds" (ATV, 1965-66) and the follow-up films "Thunderbirds Are GO" (1966) and "Thunderbird 6" (1968). He also provided voices for Anderson's "Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons" (ATV, 1967-68). The voice work didn't stop him from appearing on screen. Throughout the 1960s, he appeared regularly on television, including guest spots on "The Saint" (ITV, 1962-69) and "Doctor Who" (BBC, 1963-89). On film, he appeared in small, largely uncredited, roles in a number of James Bond films, as well as "Star Wars: A New Hope" (1977) and "Superman" (1980). He had a larger part in Norman Jewison's cult classic "Rollerball" (1975) with James Caan. Throughout the 1980s, the actor racked up television credits. The most prominent was a recurring role on the British soap opera "Coronation Street" (ITV, 1960-), a show that he had also spent time with in the early-'70s. On the big screen, he appeared in Warren Beatty's "Reds" (1980) and Sydney Pollack's "Out of Africa" (1985). While the size of the parts didn't grow, he continued working steadily into his later years, including a role in the Johnny Depp vehicle "Dark Shadows" (2012). Fittingly, his vocal prowess continued to help him find work as he provided voices for the offbeat animated hit "The Amazing World of Gumball" (Cartoon Network, 2011-). Rimmer passed away at the age of 89 on March 29, 2019.


Highest Rated Movies



89% 78% Filmed in Supermarionation Unknown (Character) - 2014
No Score Yet No Score Yet Lovelorn The Barman (Character) - 2010
No Score Yet 39% Mee-Shee: The Water Giant Bob Anderson (Character) - 2005
No Score Yet No Score Yet Caught in the Act Father (Character) - 2004
15% 29% Space Truckers E. J. Saggs (Character) - 1997
67% 43% Crusoe Mr. Mather (Character) - 1988
No Score Yet 29% The Return of Sherlock Holmes Stark (Character) - 1987
No Score Yet 29% The Holcroft Covenant Lt. Miles (Character) $151.6K 1985
46% 74% White Nights Ambassador Larry Smith (Character) $41.5M 1985
No Score Yet No Score Yet Reunion at Fairborough Joe Szyluk (Character) - 1985
62% 83% Out of Africa Belknap, farm manager (Character) $83.1M 1985
No Score Yet No Score Yet Nairobi Affair Mr. Gardner (Character) - 1984
0% 27% The Lonely Lady Adolph Fannon (Character) - 1983
55% 66% The Hunger Jelinek (Character) - 1983
68% 52% The Dogs of War Dr. Oaks (Character) - 1980
No Score Yet 36% Arabian Adventure Abu (Character) - 1979
57% 41% Hanover Street Col. Ronald Bart (Character) - 1979
No Score Yet 31% Silver Bears American Banker (Character) - 1978
No Score Yet 44% Warlords of Atlantis Captain Daniels (Character) - 1978
63% 26% The People That Time Forgot Hogan (Character) - 1977
No Score Yet No Score Yet Alternative 3 Bob Grodin (Character) - 1977
No Score Yet No Score Yet Charlie Muffin Braley (Character) - 1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Investigator John (Character) - 1973
No Score Yet 44% Thunderbird 6 Scott Tracy (Voice) - 1968
57% 57% Thunderbirds Are Go Scott Tracy (Voice) - 1966
98% 94% Dr. Strangelove Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb Captain G. A. "Ace" Owens (Character) - 1964


No Score Yet No Score Yet Only Love Unknown (Character) 1998
No Score Yet No Score Yet A Very British Coup Marcus Morgan (Character) 1988
No Score Yet No Score Yet Tales of the Unexpected Unknown (Character) 1982 1980
66% 82% Space: 1999 James Kelly (Guest Star) 1976
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Saint Major Smith (Guest Star) 1964


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