Friday, 12 May 2017


TODAY, we remember the great character actor, Thorley Walters on what would have been his birthday. Known for often playing eccentric characters in a variety of different films, many of which he made for Hammer. Over the years he became part of the Hammer film repertory company, a dozen or so actors, who were cast as not only support characters, but would turn up as barmen, coach drivers, butlers, doctors and... 'victims' Among Walters titles for Hammer were, 'The Phantom of the Opera' (1962), 'Dracula, Prince of Darkness' (1966), with Christopher Lee, 'Frankenstein Created Woman' (1967), 'Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed' (1969) with Peter Cushing and his last Hammer appearance, 'Vampire Circus' (1972). He also played Dr Watson to Christopher Lee's Holmes in 'Sherlock Holmes and the Deadly Necklace' (1962) and co starred with Peter Cushing in a non hammer film 'Suspect' (1960) 

Thorley Walters as Special Agent Princein Suspect / The Risk starring Peter Cushing Hammer films 1960

'FRANKENSTEIN MUST BE DESTROYED'  was Walters last role with Peter Cushing, though not sharing any scenes together, he did play with scenes with Geoffrey Bayldon, who sadly passed away yesterday. Walters and Bayldon were very skilled actors, who could take the simplest of dialogue and scenes, and make them very much their own...and yet, without being selfish to others sharing the scenes. 

As LUDWIG in 'Dracula, Prince of Darkness', Hammer films (1966)

BOTH Bayldon and Walters also appeared as many government officials, civil servants and poker faced clerks. For a time they had almost a monopoly on from men from the department of.... in pin-striped suits, bowler hats with chilly jobs-worth attitudes to match! Both Walters and Bayldon were an extremely skilled breed of actor, we now so rarely get to see and enjoy... which makes the work they have left for us, all the more important, and for that, we thank them and remember one of them today . . .

Walters, Peter Cushing and director Terence Fisher share a joke on the set
of Hammer films, 'Frankenstein Created Woman'  (1967)

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