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.


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:

Broughton: I advise you to be very careful, Laing.
Laing: I've a careful nature.
Broughton: You may be putting yourself perilously near dishonesty.
Laing: I've seen men nearer.

Rebecca Femm: What is it? What do they want?
Horace Femm: Allow me to introduce my sister, Miss Rebecca Femm.
Roger Penderel, Philip Waverton, Margaret Waverton: How do you do?
Rebecca Femm: What are they doing here? What do they want?
Roger Penderel, Philip Waverton, Margaret Waverton: How do you do?
Rebecca Femm: What did they say? What do they want? What are they doing here? What's all the fuss about? What?
Horace Femm: You must excuse my sister, she's a little deaf. In fact sometimes quite deaf.

Sir John Kierlaw: Now. Some fool has invented an indestructible cloth. Where is he? How much does he want?

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He was mentioned in dispatches for his service in World War I.

Alec Guinness recounted in his journal "A Positively Final Appearance" a story about Thesiger, saying he was once stopped by a woman while walking through Picadilly, who asked him, "Didn't you used to be Ernest Thesiger?" To which he replied bluntly, "Still am!" and hurried on.

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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