Tom Bell

Tom Bell

  • Highest Rated: 100% Damn the Defiant! (1962)
  • Lowest Rated: 0% The Leisure Class (2015)
  • Birthday: Aug 2, 1933
  • Birthplace: Liverpool, England, UK
  • With his lean, tough, chiseled face, sallow complexion, and dark brow, Liverpudlian character actor Tom Bell consistently found himself at the mercy of producers eager to cast him as shady, sinister types - an image he never quite outgrew. Born August 2, 1933 in one of the seedier outlying areas of London, and shuttled north to Morecambe during World War II, Bell participated in drama during secondary school, then received his formal training as a thesp at the Bradford Civic Theatre, alongside Billie Whitelaw (The Omen) and Robert Stephens (The Bonfire of the Vanities). He performed in regional repertory stage productions for a term, then took his initial television bow in 1959, in episodes of Armchair Theatre and on an episode of the popular American series The Virginian. Bell then fell in with the 'kitchen sink' school of filmmakers, such as Bryan Forbes, Tony Richardson and Karel Reisz, who at the time were single-handedly defining the British New Wave with the 'Angry Young Man' movement. Bell appeared in several of the more noteworthy cinematic productions during this time, including The Kitchen (1960), The Concrete Jungle (1960), and The L-Shaped Room (1962). He left a particularly memorable impression in the latter, as Toby, the prospective suitor of Leslie Caron's Jane Fosset -- a man who turns from a sympathetic emotional anchor into a complete bastard when he discovers that Caron's character is pregnant with another fellow's baby. Bell appeared in well over forty-five additional films throughout the sixties, seventies, and eighties. After The L-Shaped Room, his two highest-profiled turns were probably the role of Adolf Eichmann in the 1978 TV miniseries Holocaust, and the Eric in David Leland's Wish You Were Here, a sleazy suitor who gleefully defiles Emily Lloyd's flirtatious sixteen-year-old Lynda. Bell teamed up with former schoolmate Whitelaw in Peter Medak's The Krays (1990), as a low-level gangster knifed to death at the hands of thug Reginald Kray (Ronald Kemp). A year later, he portrayed Antonio in Peter Greenaway's revisionist Shakespeare outing Prospero's Books. He played Henry Harding, an MP of Parliament who hires a computer hacker to break into London's S&M underground, in Stuart Urban's Preaching to the Perverted (1997). Tom Bell died on October 5, 2006, in Brighton, East Sussex, England, of unspecified causes, just two months after his seventy-third birthday. His ex-wife was actress Lois Dane, with whom he had a son.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

0% The Leisure Class Leonard 2015
No Score Yet Love Me Still Actor 2014
80% Convenience Actor 2013
No Score Yet Dead Man's Cards Billy the Cowboy 2006
No Score Yet Prime Suspect 7: The Final Act Bill Otley 2006
No Score Yet Devil's Gate Jake 2004
18% Long Time Dead Becker 2003
No Score Yet The Last Minute Grimshanks 2003
38% My Kingdom (Mi Reino) Quick 2002
0% All I Want (Try Seventeen) Bartender 2002
No Score Yet Lava Actor 2002
No Score Yet Pollyanna Actor 2002
43% Swing Sid 2000
No Score Yet The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones: The Phantom Train of Doom Actor 2000
No Score Yet Tube Tales Old Gent 1999
No Score Yet Preaching to the Perverted Henry Harding 1998
28% Swept from the Sea Isaac Foster 1998
67% Feast of July Ben Wainwright 1995
No Score Yet The Cinder Path Edward MacFell 1995
No Score Yet Taking The Heat Crazed Cabbie 1993
67% Prospero's Books Antonio 1991
84% Let Him Have It Fairfax 1991
86% The Krays Jack `The Hat' McVitie 1990
No Score Yet Red King, White Knight Tulayev 1989
No Score Yet Resurrected Mr. Deakin 1988
83% Wish You Were Here (Too Much) Eric 1987
No Score Yet Royal Flash De Gautet 1975
No Score Yet Straight on Till Morning (Dressed for Death) (The Victim) (Til Dawn Do Us Part) Jimmy Lindsay 1972
No Score Yet All the Right Noises Len 1971
No Score Yet Quest for Love Colin Trafford 1971
No Score Yet He Who Rides A Tiger Actor 1968
No Score Yet In Enemy Country Capt. Ian Peyton-Reid 1968
No Score Yet The Long Day's Dying Tom 1968
No Score Yet Ballad in Blue Steve Collings 1964
67% The L-Shaped Room Toby 1963
100% Damn the Defiant! Evans 1962
No Score Yet Concrete Jungle (The Criminal) Flynn 1961
No Score Yet Payroll (I Promised to Pay) Blackie 1961
No Score Yet The Kitchen Paul 1961

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

100% Prime Suspect
1991-2006
Bill Otley DS Bill Otley Sgt. Bill Otley
  • 2006
No Score Yet Masterpiece
1971-2014
Old Tom Otley Bill Otley
  • 2006
  • 2004

QUOTES FROM Tom Bell CHARACTERS

Farmer
(Trent tries to stop him, before the man blows his head off with a shotgun) - I have to. He wrote me this way!!
Farmer
(Trent tries to stop him, before the man blows his head off with a shotgun) I have to. He wrote me this way!!
Farmer
(referring to the wounds on his face) - This was done by a five-year-old...my five-year-old; Johnny's sister. She did me after she did her mom.
Farmer
(referring to the wounds on his face) This was done by a five-year-old, my five-year-old; Johnny's sister. She did me after she did her mom.
John Trent
Busy night. Special effects, hidden speakers...You people are professionals, I'll give you that.
John Trent
Busy night. Special effects, hidden speakers. You people are professionals, I'll give you that.
Farmer
The thing I can't remember is what came first...us or the book.
Farmer
The thing I can't remember is what came first, us or the book.
John Trent
We are not living in a Sutter Cane story! This is not reality!
Farmer
Reality is not what it used to be.
John Trent
You an actor?
Farmer
Take a hint, leave...This ain't no tourist town.
Farmer
Take a hint, leave. This ain't no tourist town.
John Trent
Oh, I've been trying to. You guys are good, you know; you, the old lady at the hotel...really, really good.
John Trent
Oh, I've been trying to. You guys are good, you know; you, the old lady at the hotel. Really, really good.
Farmer
Cane's been messing with the church. Now something came leaking out, took the little ones first...then passed it on to us.
Farmer
Cane's been messing with the church. Now something came leaking out, took the little ones first, then passed it on to us.
John Trent
Can I buy you a beer?
Farmer
Don't let it get to you. Just get out.