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:

Horace Femm: The fact is, Morgan is an uncivilized brute. Sometimes he drinks heavily. A night like this will set him going and once he's drunk he's rather dangerous.


Horace Femm: It's only gin, you know. Only gin. I like gin.


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


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Thesiger originally played the role of Theotocopolous, the anti-technology rabble-rouser, in Things to Come (1936), but he was replaced by Sir Cedric Hardwicke because the latter was considered more marketable.

His famous role of mad scientist Dr. Pretorius in Bride of Frankenstein (1935) was initially turned down by Bela Lugosi. Universal wanted Claude Rains then to do the part but director James Whale insisted on Thesiger.

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.

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