Frank Thornton Biography (1921-)

Born Frank Ball, January 15, 1921, in London, England; son of William Ernestand Rosina Mary (Thornton) Ball; married Beryl Jane Margaret Evans. Addresses: MANAGER--David Daly Personal Management, 68 Old Brompton Road, London SW7 3LQ, England.

Birth Details
January 15, 1921
London, England

Famous Works

  • STAGE DEBUT--Brian Curtis, French Without Tears, Confraternity Hall, Thurles, Ireland, 1940.
  • Fenton and Bardolph, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Donald Wolfit's Company,Strand Theatre, London, 1941.
  • Lysander, A Midsummer Night's Dream and Laertes, Hamlet, both Strand Theatre, 1941-42.
  • Mosca, Volpone, Donald Wolfit's Company, St. James's Theatre, London, 1942.
  • Angus and Scottish lord, Macbeth, Piccadilly Theatre, London, 1942.
  • Corporal Jones, Flare Path, Apollo Theatre, London, 1942.
  • Gregory Throstle (understudy), One Wild Oat, Garrick Theatre, London, 1949.
  • Mouche, The Empty Chair, Playhouse Theatre, Oxford, U.K., 1956.
  • Dom Joao de Castro, The Hidden King, Edinburgh Festival, Edinburgh, Scotland, 1957.
  • Bishop Zog, The Golden Touch, Piccadilly Theatre, 1960.
  • ensemble, Don't Shoot, We're English (revue), Cambridge Theatre, London,1960.
  • Caliph, Hassan, Dublin Festival, Dublin, Ireland, 1960.
  • Ludovico Nota, Naked, Playhouse Theatre, 1960.
  • Edward, Meals on Wheels, Royal Court Theatre, London, 1965.
  • Empton QC, Alibi for a Judge, Savoy Theatre, London, 1966.
  • Minnit and Procurio, The Young Visitors, Piccadilly Theatre, 1968.
  • Charlie Dyer, Staircase, Richmond Theatre, London, 1969. Councillor Parker, When We Are Married, Strand Theatre, 1970.
  • Eeyore, Winnie the Pooh, Phoenix Theatre, London, 1971, then 1972.
  • Commander Rogers, French Without Tears, Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh, 1974.
  • Sir Andrew Aguecheek, Twelfth Night and Duncan, Macbeth, both Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford-on-Avon, U.K., 1974, then Aldwych Theatre, London,1975.
  • Sir Patrick Cullen, The Doctor's Dilemma, Mermaid Theatre, London, 1975.
  • actor #1, Play By Play, King's Head Theatre, London, 1975.
  • Captain Peacock, Are You Being Served?, Winter Gardens Theatre, Blackpool, U.K., 1976.
  • Sir Justin Holbrook, Shut Your Eyes and Think of England, Apollo Theatre,1977.
  • Ernest, Bedroom Farce, Theatre Royal, Windsor, U.K., 1979.
  • George, Jumpers, Thorndike Theatre, Leatherhead, U.K., 1979.
  • Dr. Sloper, The Heiress, Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford, U.K., 1981.
  • Malvolio, Twelfth Night, Watermill Theatre, Newbury, U.K., 1981.
  • Sir Joseph Porter, H.M.S. Pinafore, Queen Elizabeth Hall, London, 1982.
  • Sir John Tremayne, Me and My Girl, Haymarket Theatre, Leicester, U.K., 1984, then Adelphi Theatre, London, 1985-86.
  • John of Gaunt, Richard II, Ludlow Festival, Ludlow, U.K., 1987.
  • Major General Stanley, The Pirates of Penzance, Theatre Royal, Plymouth,U.K., 1987.
  • title role, The Cabinet Minister, Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester, U.K., 1987.
  • the Privy Counsellor, The Tutor, Old Vic Theatre, London, 1988.
  • General Charles De Gaulle and various roles, Winnie, Opera House, Manchester, then Victoria Palace Theatre, London, both 1988.
  • Captain Hook, Peter Pan, Connaught Theatre, Worthing, U.K., 1988.
  • Count Shabyelsky, Ivanov and Leonato, Much Ado About Nothing, both StrandTheatre, 1989.
  • Also appeared in Five Players in Four Plays, Aldeburgh Festival, Aldeburgh, U.K., 1962; Dr. Wicksteed, Habeas Corpus, Perth, Australia, 1983; Barney Cashman, Last of the Red Hot Lovers, Mill-at- Sonning, 1983.
  • Credits; MAJOR TOURS
  • Dewhurst, The Scarlet Pimpernel, Donald Wolfit's Company, U.K.
  • cities, 1941.
  • Franzel, The Dancing Years, U.K. cities, 1947-48.
  • Gregory Throstle, One Wild Oat, U.K. cities, 1950.
  • Philip, The Little Hut, U.K. cities, 1965.
  • Roger, Roger's Last Stand, U.K. cities, 1977.
  • Sir Justin Holbrook, Shut Your Eyes and Think of England, U.K.
  • cities, 1977.
  • Dr. Wicksteed, Habeas Corpus, Australian cities, 1980-81.
  • Detective Inspector Hubbard, Dial "M" for Murder, U.K. cities, 1982.
  • Manservant, Gambling Lady, Warner Brothers, 1934.
  • guard, The Man Who Broke the Bank at Monte Carlo, Twentieth Century- Fox,1935.
  • television director, Ring-a-Ding Rhythm (also known as It's Trad, Dad!),Columbia, 1962.
  • barman, The Tell-Tale Heart (also known as The Hidden Room of 1,000 Murders), Brigadier-Union, 1962.
  • photographer, Trial and Error (also known as The Dock Brief), Metro- Goldwyn-Mayer, 1962.
  • doctor, The Early Bird, Rank, 1965.
  • Mr. A&R, Gonks Go Beat, Anglo-Amalgamated, 1965.
  • Peperel, The Tomb of Ligeia (also known as Tomb of the Cat), American International, 1965.
  • Mr. Jones, Carry On Screaming, Warner Brothers/Pathe, 1966.
  • radio announcer, The Murder Game, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1966.
  • manager, The Wild Affair, Goldstone, 1966.
  • valuation officer, Alf 'n' Family (also known as Till Death Do Us Part),Sherpix, 1968.
  • Charles, A Flea in Her Ear, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1968.
  • registrar, 30 Is a Dangerous Age, Cynthia, Columbia, 1968.
  • BBC man, The Bed Sitting Room, United Artists, 1969.
  • Police inspector, The Magic Christian, Commonwealth, 1970.
  • porter, The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes, United Artists, 1970.
  • Stoddart, The Rise and Rise of Michael Rimmer, Warner Brothers, 1970.
  • Mr. Driver, All the Way Up, Anglo-Amalgamated, 1970.
  • Cyril, Sophie's Place (also known as Crooks and Coronets), Warner Brothers/Seven Arts, 1970.
  • estate agent, Digby, the Biggest Dog in the World, Cinerama, 1974.
  • King, Old Dracula (also known as Vampira and Old Drac), American International, 1975.
  • Inspector Crumb, Side By Side, GTO, 1975.
  • Dr. Johnson, Spanish Fly, EMI, 1975.
  • Whitlow, The Bawdy Adventures of Tom Jones, Universal, 1976.
  • Also appeared in Cracked Nuts, RKO, 1931; Secret of the Chateau, Universal, 1935; Radio Cab Murder, Eros, 1954; Stock Car, Butchers Film Service, 1955; Johnny, You're Wanted, Anglo-Amalgamated, 1956; Operation Conspiracy (alsoknown as Cloak Without Dagger), Republic, 1957; A Funny Thing Happened on theWay to the Forum, United Artists, 1966; The Assassination Bureau, Paramount,1969.
  • Captain Peacock, Are You Being Served?, BBC, 1972-84, then PBS.
  • MINI-SERIES Mr. Trabb, Great Expectations, HTV, then Disney Channel, 1989.
  • Also appeared in The Taming of the Shrew and It's a Square World.

User Contributions:

Pat Schnyder
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Aug 8, 2012 @ 9:09 am
I want to know if Frank Thornton is still living? I have watched "Last of the Summer Wine" for years in America, last series we have seen is 2006. Thank you
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Nov 27, 2012 @ 5:05 am
I was a member of the crew when Frank performed in Habeas Corpus, Adelaide, South Australia in the early 1980s. I recall Liz Burch and Pat McDonald but others I've forgotten. I was 19 years old or so at the time working in the Sound Department of the Adelaide Festival Theatre and Playhouse.

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