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Lionel Jeffries

Biography

English actor that has appeared in various films, including Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. In 1967, he made an appearance in Camelot. He was granted the Burma Celebrity for his support in World Battle II. He was a longtime person in the English Catholic Stage Guild. He was wedded to Eileen Mary Walsh from 1951 to 2010 plus they experienced three children collectively. He performed Dick Vehicle Dyke’s dad in the favorite 1968 film, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

Quick Facts


Full Name Lionel Jeffries
Date Of Birth June 10, 1926
Died February 19, 2010, Poole, United Kingdom
Place Of Birth England
Profession Movie Actor
Education Royal Academy of Dramatic Art
Nationality British
Spouse Eileen Mary Walsh
Nominations Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
Movies Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, The Railway Children, First Men in the Moon, The Wrong Arm of the Law, Murder Ahoy!, The Trials of Oscar Wilde, The Colditz Story, The Amazing Mr. Blunden, Two-Way Stretch, The Water Babies, Blue Murder at St Trinian's, The Quatermass Xperiment, Lust for Life, Camelot, The Spy with a Cold Nose, The Scarlet Blade, Bhowani Junction, The Long Ships, The Revenge of Frankenstein, Tarzan the Magnificent, The Notorious Landlady, Whoever Slew Auntie Roo?, The Nun's Story, Jules Verne's Rocket to the Moon, Royal Flash, Fanny, Wombling Free, Call Me Bwana, Idol on Parade, The Hellions, Danny, the Champion of the World, Up the Creek, Law and Disorder, Up in the World, Eyewitness, Further Up the Creek, You Must Be Joking!, The Man in the Sky, Orders to Kill, Jazz Boat, Operation Snatch, The Black Rider, The Secret of My Success, No Smoking, Jumping for Joy, All for Mary, Behind the Mask, High Terrace, The Vicious Circle, Hour of Decision, Cream in My Coffee
TV Shows Tom, Dick and Harriet, Shillingbury Tales, Fred Basset, Rich Tea And Sympathy, Father Charlie
Star Sign Gemini

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#Fact
1Goth the role of Dr Ezra Mungo in the film Call Me Bwana after Terry-Thomas turned it down.
2Father of (Timothy) Ty Jeffries (also known as "Miss Hope Springs"), Elizabeth Jeffries, and Martha Jeffries.
3Although he played June Thorburn's father in The Crimson Blade (1963), he was only five years her senior in real life.
4He was considered for the roles of Dr. Hans Fallada, Dr. Armstrong and Sir Percy in Lifeforce (1985).
5His parents were members of the Salvation Army, and worked in a mission in London's East End.
6He served in the British Military during World War II where he was stationed at Burma (now Myanmar).
7His hair fell out during a single week when he was 19. He tried wearing a wig to cover up his bald head but soon rejected it because it looked like "a dead moth on a boiled egg".
8Although he played Dick Van Dyke's father in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968), he was six months his junior in real life.
9An Associate Member of RADA.


Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Lexx2001TV SeriesFather Borscht
The Canterbury Tales2000TV Series
Holby City1999TV SeriesHarry
Heaven on Earth1998TV MovieIsaac Muller
Performance1995TV SeriesCaptain
Woof!1993TV SeriesGrandad
Lovejoy1993TV SeriesPercy Broderick
The Mixer1992TV SeriesCharles Ryder
Look at It This Way1992TV Mini-SeriesBernie Koppel
Casualty1992TV SeriesBill Tongue
Rich Tea and Sympathy1991TV SeriesGrandpa Rudge
Boon1990TV SeriesSir Alan Bolton
Inspector Morse1990TV SeriesCharles Radford
Jekyll & Hyde1990TV MovieJekyll's Father
Ending Up1989TV MovieShorty
First and Last1989TV MovieLaurence
A Chorus of Disapproval1989Jarvis Huntley-Pike
Roald Dahl's Danny the Champion of the World1989TV MovieMr. Snoddy
Abel's Island1988Video shortGower (voice)
C.A.T.S. Eyes1986TV SeriesEddy
The Collectors1986TV SeriesMajor Barclay
The Comic Strip Presents...1984-1986TV SeriesBarman / Taxi Driver
Minder1984TV SeriesCecil Caine
All for Love1983TV SeriesArthur
Better Late Than Never1983Bertie Hargreaves
Tom, Dick and Harriet1982-1983TV SeriesThomas Maddison
Father Charlie1982TV SeriesFather Charlie
Shillingbury Tales1981TV SeriesMajor George Langton
Cream in My Coffee1980TV MovieBernard Wilsher
The Prisoner of Zenda1979General Sapt
Wombling Free1978Womble (voice)
Jumbo Spencer1976TV SeriesMr. Jefferson
Fred Basset1976TV SeriesFred Basset (voice, as Lionel Jefferies)
The Bananas Boat1976Houlihan
Royal Flash1975Kraftstein
Whoever Slew Auntie Roo?1972Inspector Ralph Willoughby
Sudden Terror1970Grandpa
Lola1970Solicitor
12 + 11969Randomhouse
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang1968Grandpa Potts
Those Fantastic Flying Fools1967Sir Charles Dillworthy
Camelot1967King Pellinore
Oh Dad, Poor Dad, Mamma's Hung You in the Closet and I'm Feelin' So Sad1967Airport Commander
Arrivederci, Baby!1966Parker
The Spy with a Cold Nose1966Stanley Farquhar
The Secret of My Success1965Insp. Hobart / Baron von Lukenberg / The Earl of Aldershot / ...
You Must Be Joking!1965Sgt. Maj. McGregor
Murder Ahoy1964Captain Sydney De Courcy Rhumstone
First Men in the Moon1964Cavor Joseph Cavor
Room at the Bottom1964TV SeriesNesbitt Gunn
The Long Ships1964Aziz
The Truth About Spring1964José Carkez
The Crimson Blade1963Col. Judd
Call Me Bwana1963Ezra
The Wrong Arm of the Law1963Inspector Fred 'Nosey' Parker
Kill or Cure1962Det. Insp. Hook
Fredric March Presents Tales from Dickens1962TV SeriesOld Clothes Man
The Notorious Landlady1962Inspector Oliphant
Mrs. Gibbons' Boys1962Lester Gibbons
Operation Snatch1962Evans
The Hellions1961Luke Billings
Fanny1961Monsieur Brun (The Englishman)
Rendezvous1961TV SeriesRoger
Tarzan the Magnificent1960Ames
The Four Just Men1960TV SeriesArkwright
The Trials of Oscar Wilde1960Marquis of Queensberry
Let's Get Married1960Marsh
Life Is a Circus1960Genie
Jazz Boat1960Sergeant Thompson
Two Way Stretch1960Chief P.O. Crout
Please Turn Over1959Ian Howard
Bobbikins1959Gregory Mason
The Nun's Story1959Dr. Goovaerts (School of Tropical Medicine)
Idol on Parade1959Bertie
Nowhere to Go1958Pet Shop Clerk (uncredited)
Further Up the Creek1958Steady Barker
Behind the Mask1958Walter Froy
Girls at Sea1958Harry, the Tourist
Theatre Night1958TV SeriesBuscombe (The Resident)
Orders to Kill1958Interrogator
Law and Disorder1958Major Proudfoot
The Revenge of Frankenstein1958Fritz
Up the Creek1958Steady Barker
Charles and Mary1958TV MovieGeorge Dyer
Dunkirk1958Colonel - Medical Officer
Dick and the Duchess1958TV SeriesUncle George
Blue Murder at St. Trinian's1957Joe Mangan
All at Sea1957Garrod
The Circle1957Geoffrey Windsor
The Adventures of Robin Hood1957TV SeriesSir Charles
Hour of Decision1957Elvin Main
Doctor at Large1957Dr. Hatchet
Assignment Foreign Legion1956-1957TV SeriesSergeant Le Boule / Commandant
Decision Against Time1957Keith
ITV Television Playhouse1955-1956TV SeriesBert Scuff ('Snowball') / Allan
Up in the World1956Wilson
High Terrace1956Monkton
Lust for Life1956Dr. Peyron
Eyewitness1956Man in Pub
The Baby and the Battleship1956George
Bhowani Junction1956Lt. Graham McDaniel
Jumping for Joy1956Bert Benton
Windfall1955Arthur Lee
All for Mary1955Maitre D', Hotel
No Smoking1955George Pogson
London Playhouse1955TV SeriesBob Ritchie
The Quatermass Xperiment1955Blake
The Colditz Story1955Harry Tyler
The Black Rider1954Martin Bremner
Will Any Gentleman...?1953Mr. Frobisher
BBC Sunday-Night Theatre1952TV SeriesCast member 'The Great Healer'
Stage Fright1950Bald RADA Student (uncredited)

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Wombling Free1978
The Water Babies1978
Baxter!1973
The Amazing Mr. Blunden1972
The Railway Children1970

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Nelson's Touch1979Short screenplay
Wombling Free1978
The Water Babies1978additional material
The Amazing Mr. Blunden1972written by
The Railway Children1970screenplay

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
A Chorus of Disapproval1989performer: "Fill Every Glass", "Let Us Take The Road" - uncredited
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang1968performer: "Posh!", "The Roses of Success" - uncredited
Call Me Bwana1963performer: "All Things Bright and Beautiful"

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
I Love a 1970's Christmas2000TV Special documentaryHimself
I Love 1970's2000TV Series documentaryHimself
An Audience with Alf Garnett1997TV MovieHimself - Audience Member (uncredited)
Heroes of Comedy1995TV Series documentaryHimself
This Is Your Life1971-1991TV Series documentaryHimself
Dors: The Other Diana1990TV Movie documentaryHimself
A Question of Entertainment1988TV SeriesHimself
Home on Sunday1988TV SeriesHimself
Movie Memories1983TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Looks Familiar1981TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Clapper Board1979TV SeriesHimself
Cinema1969-1971TV Series documentaryHimself
Dee Time1968TV SeriesHimself
Call My Bluff1968TV SeriesHimself
The Eamonn Andrews Show1967TV SeriesHimself
Juke Box Jury1964TV SeriesHimself - Panellist

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Cinemassacre's Monster Madness2007-2013TV Series documentaryFritz
The Golden Age of Steam Railways2012TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself - Producer of 'The Railway Children'
The 83rd Annual Academy Awards2011TV SpecialHimself - Memorial Tribute
The Orange British Academy Film Awards2010TV SpecialHimself - Memorial Tribute
Sir John Mills' Moving Memories2000Video documentaryHimself
The Harryhausen Chronicles1998TV Movie documentaryCavor (uncredited)
The World of Hammer1994TV Series documentaryColonel Judd
Clapper Board1980TV Series
To See Such Fun1977DocumentaryHimself

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1970GrammyGrammy AwardsBest Recording for ChildrenChitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968)· Richard M. Sherman (musical score and lyrics by)
· Robert B. Sherman (musical score and lyrics by)
· Irwin Kostal (music adapted, arranged, and conducted by)
· Dick Van Dyke (performed by)
· Sally Ann Howes (performed by)
· Do-Re-Mi Children's Chorus (performed by)
1967Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Actor - Comedy or MusicalThe Spy with a Cold Nose (1966)


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#Quote
1No one wants family entertainment any more. They want explicit sex.
2I was the only bald student at RADA. Of course I was upset. Tried a toupee once, but it looked like a dead moth on a boiled egg.
3[on The Colditz Story (1955)] I went to the cast meeting with holes in my shoes, but I was given the third lead to Eric Portman and John Mills.
4I was constantly rewriting the words of the comedy characters I was given to bring them a comic humanity. Most of the people I played were caught in desperation. In their hearts they knew that they were failures - but they would never admit it, even to themselves.

#Trademark
1Often played characters older than he was in real life

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