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      Cecil Parker

      Cecil Parker

      Highest Rated: 100% The Ladykillers (1955)

      Lowest Rated: 29% Lady L (1965)

      Birthday: Sep 3, 1897

      Birthplace: Hastings, East Sussex, England, UK

      Cecil Parker is a British actor who, over the course of his career, made the transition between leading man to character actor, playing a series of stuffy, pompous upper crust Englishmen. Parker served in World War I, receiving an injury that left his head positioned in a rightward tilt. He began pursuing a career on the stage after his discharge, making his theatrical debut in 1922 and his on-screen debut in 1933. In the 1930s, Parker appeared mainly in supporting roles, frequently working with comic actor/director Tom Walls, and he had a small but memorable role as an adulterer in the Alfred Hitchcock mystery "The Lady Vanishes." In the late 1940s, Parker played a small number of roles, including the lead character in 1947's "Captain Boycott." As the '50s wore on, Parker gained weight and lost hair, consigning him to the character roles for which he would become known. Parker appeared in two of the best-loved Alec Guinness comedies directed by Alexander Mackendrick for Ealing Studios: 1951's "The Man in the White Suit" and 1955's "The Ladykillers." He occasionally appeared in Hollywood films, but he's probably best-recognized by American audiences for his role as the doomed captain whose shipwreck strands the family in the 1960 Disney film, "Swiss Family Robinson." His final role was in "Oh! What a Lovely War," Richard Attenborough's anti-war satire of the conflict in which Parker himself had served 50 years before.

      Highest rated movies

      Indiscreet
      The Ladykillers
      The Man in the White Suit
      Dark Journey
      The Lady Vanishes
      The Court Jester
      The Stars Look Down
      The Citadel

      Photos

      Cecil Parker THE PURE HELL OF ST. TRINIAN'S, Joyce Grenfell, Cecil Parker, 1960 QUARTET, (The Colonel's Lady segment), Nina Swinburne, Cecil Parker 1948 THE LADYKILLERS, Danny Green, Peter Sellers, Alec Guinness, Katie Johnson, Cecil Parker, 1955 THE SAINT'S VACATION, from left, Hugh Sinclair, Cecil Parker, 1941 STORM IN A TEACUP, Arthur Wontner, Cecil Parker, 1937 MAN IN THE WHITE SUIT, THE, Cecil Parker, Alec Guinness, 1951 THE LADY VANISHES, Naughton Wayne, Margaret Lockwood, Dame May Whitty, Michael Redgrave, Basil Radford, Cecil Parker, 1938 THE LADYKILLERS, Cecil Parker, Katie Johnson, Alec Guinness, Peter Sellers, 1955 THE FIRST GENTLEMAN, Cecil Parker, Jean-Pierre Aumont, director Alberto Cavalcanti on set, 1948 THE LADY VANISHES, from left: Linden Travers, Cecil Parker, Naughton Wayne, Basil Radford, 1938 QUARTET, Yvonne Owen, Margaret Thorburn, Cecil Parker, 1948 THE MAN WHO CHANGED HIS MIND, Boris Karloff, Cecil Parker, Anna Lee, 1936 HUNGRY HILL, Michael Dennison, Hector McGregor, Cecil Parker, Dennis Price, 1947 THE LADY VANISHES, from left: Linden Travers, Cecil Parker, 1938 I BELIEVE IN YOU, Cecil Parker, Joan Collins, 1952 THE LADY VANISHES, from left: Linden Travers (rear), Basil Radford, Naughton Wayne, Cecil Parker (rear), Dame May Whitty, Michael Redgrave, 1938 THE LADYKILLERS, facing front from left: Peter Sellers, Danny Green, Cecil Parker, Alec Guinness, Herbert Lom, Katie Johnson (back to camera), 1955, 1955 theladykillers1955-fsct03, Photo by: (theladykillers1955-fsct03) QUARTET, Cecil Parker, 1948 THE COURT JESTER, Cecil Parker, Danny Kaye, Angela Lansbury, 1955

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet 40% What Happened at Campo Grande? British Ambassador (Character) - 1967
      No Score Yet 33% A Study in Terror Prime Minister (Character) - 1966
      29% 29% Lady L Sir Percy (Character) - 1965
      No Score Yet 77% Guns at Batasi Fletcher (Character) - 1964
      No Score Yet 41% Carry on Jack First Sealord (Character) - 1964
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Comedy Man Thomas Rutherford (Character) - 1964
      No Score Yet 70% Heavens Above! Archdeacon Aspinall (Character) - 1963
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Brain Stevenson (Character) - 1962
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Swingin' Maiden Sir Giles Thompson (Character) - 1962
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Iron Maiden Sir Giles Thompson (Character) - 1962
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Amorous Mr. Prawn Gen. Sir HamishFitzadam (Character) - 1962
      No Score Yet 44% On the Fiddle Group Capt. Bascombe (Character) - 1961
      No Score Yet 40% The Pure Hell of St. Trinian's Professor Canford (Character) - 1961
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Petticoat Pirates C-in-C (Character) - 1961
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Under Ten Flags Col. Howard (Character) - 1960
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Follow That Horse! Sir William Crane (Character) - 1960
      82% 78% Swiss Family Robinson Captain Moreland (Character) - 1960
      No Score Yet No Score Yet A French Mistress John Crane (Character) - 1960
      No Score Yet 57% The Wreck of the Mary Deare The Chairman (Character) - 1959
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Happy Is the Bride Arthur Royd (Character) - 1959
      No Score Yet 58% I Was Monty's Double Colonel EF Logan (Character) - 1959
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Navy Lark Cmdr. Stanton (Character) - 1959
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Make Mine a Double Air Vice-Marshal Sir Bertram Bukpasser (Character) - 1959
      No Score Yet 49% A Tale of Two Cities Jarvis Lorry (Character) - 1958
      100% 69% Indiscreet Alfred Munson (Character) - 1958
      No Score Yet 72% Paradise Lagoon Lord Loam (Character) - 1957
      No Score Yet No Score Yet True as a Turtle Dudley Partridge (Character) - 1957
      No Score Yet 67% 23 Paces to Baker Street Bob Matthews (Character) - 1956
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Plain Sailing Dudley Partridge (Character) - 1956
      No Score Yet No Score Yet It's Great to Be Young Frome (Character) - 1956
      97% 93% The Court Jester King Roderick I (Character) - 1955
      100% 87% The Ladykillers Claude (Character) $22.2K 1955
      No Score Yet 80% The Constant Husband Llewellyn (Character) - 1955
      No Score Yet No Score Yet For Better, For Worse Anne's Father (Character) - 1954
      63% 59% The Detective The Bishop (Character) - 1954
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Isn't Life Wonderful? Father (Character) - 1952
      No Score Yet No Score Yet I Believe in You Henry Phipps (Character) - 1952
      100% 81% The Man in the White Suit Alan Birnley (Character) $8.3K 1951
      No Score Yet No Score Yet His Excellency Sir James Kirkman (Character) - 1951
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Tony Draws a Horse Dr. Howard Fleming (Character) - 1951
      56% 34% Under Capricorn The Governor (Character) - 1949
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Dear Mr. Prohack Arthur Prohack (Character) - 1949
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Amazing Mr. Beecham Benjamin Beecham (Character) - 1949
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The First Gentleman Prince Regent (Character) - 1948
      No Score Yet 62% Quartet Colonel Peregrine (Character) - 1948
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Weaker Sex Geoffrey Radcliffe (Character) - 1948
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Hungry Hill Copper John (Character) - 1947
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Woman in the Hall Sir Halmar Barnard (Character) - 1947
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Captain Boycott Capt. Charles C. Boycott (Character) - 1947
      80% 55% Caesar and Cleopatra Britannus (Character) - 1945
      No Score Yet 60% Dangerous Moonlight Specialist (Character) - 1941
      No Score Yet 33% The Saint's Vacation Rudolph Hauser (Character) - 1941
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Ships With Wings German Air Marshal (Character) - 1941
      90% 59% The Stars Look Down Stanley Millington (Character) - 1939
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Sons of the Sea Cmdr. Herbert (Character) - 1939
      89% 72% The Citadel Charles Every (Character) - 1938
      98% 88% The Lady Vanishes Eric Todhunter (Character) - 1938
      No Score Yet 48% Storm in a Teacup Provost William `'Willie'` Gow (Character) - 1937
      100% 39% Dark Journey Captain of Q-Boat (Character) - 1937
      No Score Yet 53% The Man Who Lived Again Dr. Gratton (Character) - 1936
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Dishonor Bright Vincent Crane (Character) - 1936
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Jack of All Trades Sir Chas. Darrington (Character) - 1936
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Crime Unlimited Assistant Commissioner (Character) - 1935
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Lady in Danger Piker (Character) - 1934
      No Score Yet No Score Yet A Cuckoo in the Nest Claude Hickett (Character) - 1933

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet 86% The Avengers Unknown (Guest Star) 1967
      No Score Yet No Score Yet El Santo Lord Gillingham (Guest Star) 1967
      No Score Yet No Score Yet I Spy Unknown (Guest Star) 1967
      No Score Yet 85% Alfred Hitchcock Presents The Lawyer (Character) 1961
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Studio One Unknown (Character) 1953