Tommy Steele

Highest Rated: 57% Finian's Rainbow (1968)
Lowest Rated: 29% Half a Sixpence (1967)
Birthday: Dec 17, 1936
Birthplace: Bermondsey, London, England, UK
England's first rock 'n' roll star, London-born Tommy Steele held down several jobs before forming a "skiffle" trio with future Oliver composer Lionel Bart and Mike Pratt. While performing for shillings-and-pence at the 2I Coffee Club, Steele was discovered by agent Larry Parnes. Thanks to Parnes' tireless promotional efforts, Steele quickly rose to R 'n' R Valhalla with such hits as "Singing the Blues," "Water Water" and "Shiralee." He made his film debut in 1956, and within a year was starring in his own biopic, The Tommy Steele Story (U.S. title: Rock Around the World). Eventually outgrowing the "Britain's Elvis" tag, Steele branched out to the legitimate stage in 1960. His best theatrical showing was the title role in Half a Sixpence, a 1963 musical adaptation of H.G. Wells' Kipps. During the 1960s, Steele played to SRO houses in London and Vegas, and was starred in several American-financed movie musicals, including The Happiest Millionaire (1967), Half a Sixpence (1968) and Finian's Rainbow (1968). Though he hasn't made a film since 1969, Steele has kept busy with theatrical revues, club dates and TV specials. In 1974, Tommy Steele wrote his autobiography, My Life, My Songs.

Highest Rated Movies



57% Finian's Rainbow Og, the Leprechaun 1968
50% The Happiest Millionaire John Lawless 1967
29% Half a Sixpence Arthur Kipps 1967
No Score Yet It's All Happening Billy Bowles 1963
No Score Yet Light Up the Sky! (Skywatch) Eric McGaffey 1960
No Score Yet Tommy the Toreador Tommy Tomkins 1959
No Score Yet King of the Rocket Men Actor 1949
No Score Yet The Crimson Ghost Stricker 1946
No Score Yet Masked Marvel Actor 1943


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