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Actor, Leslie Banks, was born Leslie James Banks on Jun 9, 1890 in West Derby, England. Banks died at the age of 61 on Apr 21, 1952 in London, England .



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a popular stage and screen actor of the 1930s and ’40s. (1)

By Art on Jun 9, 2013 From Classic Cinema Gold

was an English theatre and cinema actor, director, and producer best remembered for playing gruff, menacing characters in black-and-white films of the 1930s and 1940s. was born June 9, 1890 in West Derby, Liverpool, Lancashire, England to George and Emily Banks. Banks ... Read full article

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Chorus: O! for a Muse of fire, that would ascend the brightest heaven of invention; a kingdom for a stage, princes to act and monarchs to behold the swelling scene. Then should the war-like Harry, like himself, assume the port of Mars; and at his heels, leashed in like hounds, would famine, word, and fire crouch for employment. But pardon, gentles all, the flat unraised spirits that hath dared on this unworthy scaffold to bring forth so great an object: can this cockpit hold the vasty fields of France? or may we cram within this wooden O
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Chorus: the very casques that did affright the air at Agincourt? On your imaginary forces work: Suppose within the girdle of these walls are now confined two mighty monarchies, whose high upreared and abutting fronts the perilous narrow ocean parts asunder: Piece out our imperfections with your thoughts: Think when we talk of horses that you see them printing their proud hoofs in the receiving earth; for 'tis your thoughts that now must deck our kings, carry them here and there, jumping o'er times, turning the accomplishment of many years into an hour-glass: for the which supply, admit me Chorus to this history; who, prologue-like, your humble patience pray gently to hear, kindly to judge, our play.

[Of shipyard cranes.]
David Barr: Big aren't they ?
June MacKinnon: Terrifying. How are they worked?
David Barr: Bad language mostly.
June MacKinnon: Yours?
David Barr: No, mine hasn't the necessary horsepower.

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Screen actor, stage actor, director and producer.

He suffered an injury in World War I that resulted in extensive scarring of one side of his face, and effectively disqualified him from many leading roles that required handsome actors. Banks made good use of his disability, however, presenting primarily the uninjured half of his face to the camera when playing kinder roles, and more of the scarred side when playing menacing characters.

Father of Evangeline Banks, father-in-law of the actor Tenniel Evans and grandfather of Matthew Evans and Serena Evans.

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