Torin Thatcher

Lowest Rated: 10% The Sandpiper (1965)
Birthday: Jan 15, 1905
Birthplace: Not Available
Torin Thatcher came out of a military family in India to become a top stage actor in England and a well-known character actor in international films and television. Born Torin Herbert Erskine Thatcher in Bombay, India, in 1905, he was the great-grandson and grandson of generals -- one of whom had fought with Clive -- but he planned for a quieter life; educated at Bedford School, he originally intended to become a teacher before being bitten by the acting bug. Instead, he attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, and later worked in every kind of theatrical production there was, from Greek tragedy to burlesque. Thatcher made his London debut in 1927 as Tranio in a production of The Taming of the Shrew with the Old Vic Company, and he subsequently portrayed both the Ghost and Claudius in Hamlet with the same company. In the years that followed, Thatcher was in more than 50 Shakespearean productions and 20 plays by George Bernard Shaw. The outbreak of the Second World War took Thatcher into uniform, and he served for six years in the army, achieving the rank of lieutenant colonel before he returned to civilian life in 1946. In 1944, Thatcher had made his first acquaintance of the theater world in New York when he found himself on leave in the city with only ten shillings in his pocket -- he spent it sparingly and discovered that Allied servicemen, even officers, were accorded a great many perks in those days; he was also amazed and delighted when he was recognized while on his way into a play in New York by a theatergoer who was able to name virtually every movie that he'd done in England over the preceding decade. He got a firsthand look at the city's generosity and also made sure to meet a number of people associated with the New York theater scene, contacts that served him in good stead when he returned to New York in 1946, as a civilian eager to pick up his career. He starred in two plays opposite Katharine Cornell, First Born and That Lady, and portrayed Claggart in a stage adaptation of Billy Budd, but his big success was in Noel Langley and Robert Morley's Edward My Son. Thatcher had been in movies in England since 1933, in small roles, occasionally in major and important films such as Alfred Hitchcock's Young and Innocent (1937) and Michael Powell's The Spy in Black (1939); his British career had peaked with a superb performance in a small but important role in Carol Reed's The Fallen Idol (1948). After moving to the United States, however, Thatcher quickly moved up to starring and major supporting roles in Hollywood movies, beginning with Affair in Trinidad (1952). He was busy at 20th Century Fox, Universal, and Warner Bros. over the next decade, moving between their American and British units, and stood out in such hit movies as The Crimson Pirate (1952) (as the pirate Humble Bellows) and Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing (1955). Although Thatcher could play benevolent characters, his intense expression and presence and imposing physique made him more natural as a villain, and he spent his later career in an array of screen malefactors, of whom the best known was the sorcerer Sokurah in The 7th Voyage of Sinbad (1958), directed by Nathan Juran. Thatcher and Juran were close friends and the director loved to use him -- the two became a kind of double act together for a time, turning up in "The Space Trader" episode of Lost in Space, guest-starring Thatcher and directed by Juran.

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Actor 1968
67% Hawaii Rev. Dr. Thorn 1966
10% The Sandpiper Judge Thompson 1965
No Score Yet From Hell to Borneo Actor 1964
No Score Yet Drums Of Africa Jack Cuortemayn 1963
72% Mutiny on the Bounty Staines 1962
No Score Yet Jack the Giant Killer Pendragon 1962
No Score Yet The Canadians Sergeant McGregor 1961
No Score Yet The Miracle Duke of Wellington 1959
100% The 7th Voyage of Sinbad Sokurah the Magician 1958
No Score Yet Darby's Rangers Sgt. McTavish 1958
100% Witness for the Prosecution Meyers 1957
40% Band of Angels Capt. Canavan 1957
No Score Yet Istanbul Douglas Fielding 1957
No Score Yet Helen of Troy Ulysses 1956
No Score Yet Lady Godiva Lord Godwin 1955
50% Love Is a Many Splendored Thing Mr. Palmer-Jones 1955
No Score Yet Diane Count de Breze, Diane's Husband 1955
No Score Yet Bengal Brigade (Bengal Rifles) Colonel Morrow 1954
No Score Yet The Black Shield of Falworth Sir James 1954
No Score Yet Knock on Wood Godfrey Langston 1954
33% The Robe Sen. Gallio 1953
85% Houdini Otto 1953
80% The Desert Rats Barney 1953
100% The Crimson Pirate Humble Bellows 1952
No Score Yet Affair in Trinidad Inspector Smythe 1952
100% The Snows of Kilimanjaro Johnson 1952
No Score Yet Blackbeard, the Pirate Sir Henry Morgan 1952
100% The Fallen Idol Policeman `A' $58.2K 1949
No Score Yet Jassy Bob Wicks 1948
100% Great Expectations Drummle 1947
80% I See a Dark Stranger (The Adventuress) Policeman 1947
No Score Yet The End of the River Lisboa 1947
No Score Yet Next of Kin German General 1942
83% Saboteur Man 1942
No Score Yet Gasbags SS Man 1941
93% Major Barbara Todger Fairmile 1941
100% Contraband Sailor 1940
88% Night Train to Munich (Gestapo) Minor Role (uncredited) 1940
No Score Yet Let George Do It! (To Hell with Hitler) U-Boat Commander 1940
No Score Yet Saloon Bar Actor 1940
100% The Spy in Black Submarine officer 1939
No Score Yet The Case of the Frightened Lady Tilling 1939
100% Young and Innocent Nobby's Lodging House Caretaker 1938
No Score Yet Knight Without Armour Passport Official 1937
40% The Man Who Could Work Miracles Observer, a God 1937
100% Sabotage Yunct 1937


No Score Yet Night Gallery
  • 1971
No Score Yet Mission: Impossible
Archbishop Djelvas Gen. Rados Adolph Gollan
  • 1969
  • 1968
No Score Yet Gunsmoke
  • 1967
80% Star Trek
  • 1967
No Score Yet Get Smart
Dr. Braam
  • 1966
No Score Yet Lost in Space
  • 1966
No Score Yet Bonanza
  • 1961
No Score Yet Alfred Hitchcock Presents
Felix Constable
  • 1959
  • 1957