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Tommy Steele

Highest Rated:   57% Finian's Rainbow (1968)
Lowest Rated:   33% Half a Sixpence (1967)
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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

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
57% Finian's Rainbow
  • Og, the Leprechaun
1968
No Score Yet The Happiest Millionaire
  • John Lawless
1967
33% 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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