Ernest Thesiger Overview:

Character actor, Ernest Thesiger, was born Ernest Frederic Graham Thesiger on Jan 15, 1879 in London, England. Thesiger died at the age of 82 on Jan 14, 1961 in London, England and was laid to rest in Brompton Cemetery in West Brompton, England.

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Ernest Thesiger was an eccentric British character actor, as emaciated as he was animated, who portrayed some memorably grotesque and sometimes quite frightening figures, most notably his Dr. Praetorius, the scientist who kept miniature beings in bottles, in "Bride of Frankenstein. Later, in post-war Britain, he played more routine roles although each had the distinctive Thesiger touch.

(Source: available at Amazon Quinlan's Illustrated Dictionary of Film Character Actors).

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Ernest Thesiger Quotes:

Doctor: [referring to Morlant] What was the idea of bandaging his hand like that?
Laing: I cannot say. He had many a queer fancy.


Emperor Tiberius: After forty years with Julia, my approaching death holds few terrors for me.


Sir William Porterhouse: Oh, nothing like roast beef when a man's hungry.
[sings]
Sir William Porterhouse: Oh, the roast beef of Old England... how does that go? Do you remember that Mr Waverton or was that before your time?
Philip Waverton: Penderel's our song expert.
Sir William Porterhouse: Oh, so you're musical, are you? Well, I've got a bit of a good ear myself...
Horace Femm: [knocking loudly on the table] Have a potato!


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Ernest Thesiger Facts
More than three decades after his death, he appeared in archive footage taken from Bride of Frankenstein (1935) in the opening credits of "Weird Science" (1994). The same is true of Boris Karloff.

He used to lay lilies at the feet of the handsome doorman at the Savoy Hotel in London.

He was portrayed by actor Arthur Dignam in the 1998 film Gods and Monsters (1998), which is based on the life of his friend James Whale.

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