Cecil Parker


Cecil Parker

Infobox actor
name = Cecil Parker


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birthname = Cecil Schwabe
birthdate = birth date|1897|9|3
location = Hastings, Sussex
deathdate = Death date and age|1971|4|20|1897|9|3
deathplace = Brighton, Sussex
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yearsactive = 1928 - 1969
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Cecil Parker (3 September 1897 – 20 April 1971) was an English character and comedy actor with a distinctive husky voice, who usually played supporting roles in his 91 films made between 1928 and 1969.

Born Cecil Schwabe in Hastings, Sussex, he began his theatrical career in London in 1922 after serving in World War I. He made his first film appearance in 1928 and subsequently became a familiar face in British, and occasionally American films, until his death in 1971. He appeared less often on television, but many of his films have remained popular and are often repeated.

He acted in two adaptations of A.J. Cronin's novels, "The Citadel" and "The Stars Look Down", in addition to appearing in "The Lady Vanishes" and "Under Capricorn", which were both directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Other films of his include "23 Paces to Baker Street", "Dangerous Moonlight", "Swiss Family Robinson", and "I Was Monty's Double", as well as the comedies "A French Mistress", "The Ladykillers", "The Man in the White Suit", "The Court Jester", "Indiscreet", and "I Believe in You".

Part of his talent was that he was convincing in each film and made the viewer forget his previous roles. Often playing a touchy senior officer or British upper-class character, his last two films were true to form; "The Magnificent Two" with Morecambe and Wise and Richard Attenborough's "Oh! What A Lovely War".

Filmography

* The Golden Cage (1933)
* A Cuckoo in the Nest (1933)
* The Silver Spoon (1934)
* Dirty Work (1934)
* Princess Charming (1934)
* Nine Forty-Five (1934)
* The Office Wife (1934)
* The Blue Squadron (1934)
* Little Friend (1934)
* Foreign Affaires (1935)
* Lady in Danger (1935)
* Me and Marlborough (1935)
* Crime Unlimited (1935)
* Her Last Affaire (1936)
* Men of Yesterday (1936)
* The Man Who Changed His Mind (1936)
* Dishonour Bright (1936)
* Jack of All Trades (1936)
* Dark Journey (1937)
* Storm in a Teacup (1937)
* Housemaster (1938)
* The Lady Vanishes (1938)
* The Citadel (1938)
* Old Iron (1938)
* Sons of the Sea (1939)
* Under Your Hat (1940)
* The Stars Look Down (1940)
* The Spider (1940)
* She Couldn't Say No (1940)
* Two for Danger (1940)
* The Saint's Vacation (1941)
* Dangerous Moonlight (1941)
* Ships with Wings (1942)
* Caesar and Cleopatra (1945)
* The Magic Bow (1946)
* Hungry Hill (1947)
* Captain Boycott (1947)
* The Woman in the Hall (1947)
* The First Gentleman (1948)
* The Weaker Sex (1948)
* Quartet (1948)
* Dear Mr. Prohack (1949)
* Under Capricorn (1949)
* The Chiltern Hundreds (1949)
* Tony Draws a Horse (1950)
* The Man in the White Suit (1951)
* The Magic Box (1951)
* His Excellency (1951)
* I Believe in You (1951)
* Isn't Life Wonderful! (1953)
* For Better, for Worse (1954)
* Father Brown (1954)
* The Constant Husband (1955)
* The Court Jester (1955)
* The Ladykillers (1955)
* 23 Paces to Baker Street (1956)
* It's Great to Be Young! (1956)
* True as a Turtle (1957)
* The Admirable Crichton (1957)
* A Tale of Two Cities (1958)
* Happy Is the Bride (1958)
* Indiscreet (1958)
* I Was Monty's Double (1958)
* The Night We Dropped a Clanger (1959)
* The Navy Lark (1959)
* The Wreck of the Mary Deare (1959)
* Follow That Horse! (1960)
* Sotto dieci bandiere (1960)
* Swiss Family Robinson (1960)
* A French Mistress (1960)
* The Pure Hell of St Trinian's (1960)
* On the Fiddle (1961)
* Petticoat Pirates (1961)
* The Iron Maiden (1962)
* The Brain (1962)
* The Amorous Prawn (1962)
* Heavens Above! (1963)
* Carry on Jack (1963)
* The Comedy Man (1964)
* Guns at Batasi (1964)
* The Amorous Adventures of Moll Flanders (1965)
* A Study in Terror (1965)
* Lady L (1965)
* A Man Could Get Killed (1966)
* Circus of Fear (1966)
* The Magnificent Two (1967)
* Oh! What a Lovely War (1969)

External links

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* [http://www.bris.ac.uk/theatrecollection/search/people_sub_plays?forename=Cecil&surname=PARKER&job=Actor&pid=9981&image_view=Yes&x=19&y=17 Cecil Parker's performances in the Theatre Archive, University of Bristol]

Persondata
NAME= Parker, Cecil
ALTERNATIVE NAMES= Schwabe, Cecil
SHORT DESCRIPTION=Actor
DATE OF BIRTH= 1897-9-3
PLACE OF BIRTH= Hastings, East Sussex
DATE OF DEATH= 1971-4-20
PLACE OF DEATH= Brighton, East Sussex


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