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Russell Thorndike (1885–1972)

Lesser known than sister Dame Sybil Thorndike but just as versatile, Russell Thorndike was a British actor who later turned author and novelist. Of the two, Russell had natural talent but lacked the fire. His first love was for the pen and, following WWI, devoted himself more and more to writing. He was born Arthur Russell Thorndike on February 6,... See full bio »


(age 87) in London, England, UK

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Known For

Hamlet Priest
Tense Moments from Great Plays Macbeth / Squire Meadows (segments "Macbeth", and "It's Never Too Late to Mend")
Henry V Duke of Bourbon
The Bells Mathias


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 1962 Fredric March Presents Tales from Dickens (TV Series)
Mr. Dick
- David and Betsy Trotwood (1962) ... Mr. Dick
 1956 BBC Sunday-Night Theatre (TV Series)
- The Tempest (1956) ... Stephano
 1955 Richard III
First Priest
 1953 The Brown Man's Servant (TV Movie)
Solomon Hyams
 1948 Ten-Shilling Doll (TV Movie)
Simeon Barr
 1948 Hamlet
 1946 A Midsummer Night's Dream (TV Movie)
 1945 Caesar and Cleopatra
Harpist's Master (uncredited)
 1944 Henry V
Duke of Bourbon
 1944 While Nero Fiddled
High Priest
 1936 Fame
 1934 Whispering Tongues
 1933 The Roof
Clive Bristow
 1933 Wolves of the Underworld
Dr. Orton Munroe
 1933 Shot in the Dark
Dr. Stuart
 1924 Human Desires
Paul Perot
 1924 Miriam Rozella
Crewe Stevens
 1923 The Fair Maid of Perth
 1923 Heartstrings
Tom Openshaw
 1923 The Audacious Mr. Squire
Harry Smallwood
 1923 A Christmas Carol (Short)
Ebenezer Scrooge
 1923 Love in an Attic (Short)
The Producer
 1923 The Bells (Short)
 1923 The Dream of Eugene Aram (Short)
Eugene Aram
 1923/I The School for Scandal (Short)
Sir Peter Teakle
 1923 The Sins of a Father (Short)
 1923 The Test (Short)
De Bourbonne
 1923 Henrietta Maria; or, The Queen of Sorrow (Short)
Charles I
 1923 Lucrezia Borgia; Or, Plaything of Power (Short)
Cesare Borgia
 1922 Tense Moments from Great Plays
Macbeth / Squire Meadows (segments "Macbeth", and "It's Never Too Late to Mend")
 1922 It's Never Too Late to Mend (Short)
Squire Meadows
 1922/I Macbeth (Short)
Show Show Writer (4 credits)
Show Show Self (1 credit)

Personal Details

Other Works:

(10/35) Stage: Appeared in J.M. Barrie's play, "The Admirable Crichton," at the Embassy Repertory Theatre in London, England, with Gyles Isham, Alan Wheatley, Nancy Hornsby and Michael Dyne in the cast. John Fernald was director. See more »

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Both he and his sister Sybil Thorndike appeared in films starring and directed by Laurence Olivier: he appeared in Henry V (1944), Hamlet (1948) and Richard III (1955) while his sister appeared in The Prince and the Showgirl (1957). See more »

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