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Bill Travers

Bill Travers

Highest Rated: 100% Bhowani Junction (1956)

Lowest Rated: 80% Romeo and Juliet (1954)

Birthday: Jan 3, 1922

Birthplace: Sunderland, England, UK

After fighting in World War II, English actor Bill Travers decided to pursue a career in show business. Travers first appeared on stage in 1947, before making his motion picture debut on the 1950 anthology film "Trio." But Travers's breakthrough role came in 1955's "Wee Geordie," as Olympic hopeful and proud Scotsman Geordie Mac Taggart. Travers and his second wife, Virginia McKenna, co-starred numerous times, most notably as the conservationists who adopt a lion cub in 1966's "Born Free." The project turned Travers and his wife into champions of animal rights; together they made multiple movies around the subject, among them 1969's "Ring of Bright Water," about a man and his Iraqi otter, and 1973's "An Elephant Called Slowly," in which Travers and McKEnna cavort with a trio of adorable pachyderms. In 1976 Travers wrote, directed, and produced the film "Christian the Lion," and soon after became involved in the Zoo Check Campaign. In the 1990s, they launched the Born Free Foundation, dedicated to the protection of wild animals.

Highest rated movies

100% Bhowani Junction
89% The Browning Version
88% Born Free
80% Ring of Bright Water
80% Romeo and Juliet

Photos

BORN FREE, Bill Travers, Virginia McKenna with Elsa the lion, 1966 BORN FREE, Bill Travers, 1966 ROMEO AND JULIET, Bill Travers, 1954 THE BARRETTS OF WIMPOLE STREET, Jennifer Jones, John Gielgud, Bill Travers, 1957 FOOTSTEPS IN THE FOG, Bill Travers, 1955 ROMEO AND JULIET, Laurence Harvey, Susan Shentall, Bill Travers, Mervyn Johns, 1954. THE SMALLEST SHOW ON EARTH, Bill Travers, Virginia McKenna, 1957 PASSIONATE SUMMER, from left: Bill Travers, Ellen Barrie, 1958 THE SMALLEST SHOW ON EARTH, from left: Margaret Rutherford, Bill Travers, Virginia McKenna, 1957 tssoe1957-fsct09(tssoe1957-fsct09) PASSIONATE SUMMER, from left: Bill Travers, Alexander Knox, 1958 PASSIONATE SUMMER, Yvonne Mitchell (rear), Bill Travers, 1958 THE SMALLEST SHOW ON EARTH, Virginia McKenna, Bill Travers, 1957 BORN FREE, Bill Travers, 1966 PASSIONATE SUMMER, from left: Virginia McKenna, Bill Travers, 1958 THE SMALLEST SHOW ON EARTH, Bill Travers, Virginia McKenna, 1957 THE SMALLEST SHOW ON EARTH, from left: Virginia McKenna, Bill Travers, Leslie Phillips, Francis De Wolff, 1957 tssoe1957-fsct05(tssoe1957-fsct05) THE SMALLEST SHOW ON EARTH, from left: Peter Sellers, Bernard Miles, Margaret Rutherford, Virginia McKenna, Bill Travers, Leslie Phillips, 1957 tssoe1957-fsct10(tssoe1957-fsct10) PASSIONATE SUMMER, from left: Virginia McKenna, Bill Travers, 1958 BHOWANI JUNCTION, Stewart Granger, Ava Gardner, Bill Travers, 1956 THE SMALLEST SHOW ON EARTH, from left: Bernard Miles, Leslie Phillips, director Basil Dearden (back to camera), Peter Sellers, Bill Travers, Margaret Rutherford, Virginia McKenna, on set, 1957 tssoe1957-fsct02(tssoe1957-fsct02)

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet 71% The Belstone Fox Tod (Character) - 1973
No Score Yet 86% Christian the Lion Unknown (Character),
Director,
Writer,
Producer
- 1971
No Score Yet 56% An Elephant Called Slowly Bill (Character) - 1970
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Lions Are Free Self,
Director
- 1969
80% 86% Ring of Bright Water Graham Merrill (Character),
Screenwriter
- 1969
No Score Yet 55% A Midsummer Night's Dream Snout (Character) - 1968
No Score Yet 60% Duel at Diablo Lt. Scotty McAllister (Character) - 1966
88% 86% Born Free George Adamson (Character) - 1966
No Score Yet 39% Gorgo Joe Ryan (Character) - 1961
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Green Helmet Rafferty (Character) - 1961
No Score Yet No Score Yet Two Living, One Dead Andersson (Character) - 1961
No Score Yet No Score Yet Invasion Quartet Freddie Oppenheimer (Character) - 1961
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Bridal Path Ewan (Character) - 1959
No Score Yet No Score Yet Passionate Summer Douglas Lockwood (Character) - 1958
No Score Yet 54% The Barretts of Wimpole Street Robert Browning (Character) - 1957
No Score Yet 68% The Smallest Show on Earth Matt Spencer (Character) - 1957
No Score Yet 82% The Seventh Sin Dr. Walter Carwin (Character) - 1957
100% 62% Bhowani Junction Patrick Taylor (Character) - 1956
No Score Yet 71% Footsteps in the Fog David Macdonald (Character) - 1955
No Score Yet 40% Geordie Geordie (Character) - 1955
80% 43% Romeo and Juliet Benvolio (Character) - 1954
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mantrap Victor Tasman (Character) - 1953
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hindle Wakes Bob (Character) - 1952
No Score Yet No Score Yet Outpost in Malaya Planter (Character) - 1952
89% 95% The Browning Version Fletcher (Character) - 1951

TV

Credit
87% 98% Mystery Science Theater 3000 Unknown (Character) 1998
No Score Yet No Score Yet Rawhide Unknown (Guest Star) 1963
No Score Yet No Score Yet Rheingold Theatre Major Robert Morgan (Character) 1953