Frank Thornton (I) (1921–2013)

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KNOWN FOR 
Gosford Park (2001) | Are You Being Served? (1972-1985) | The Bed Sitting Room (1969)
AKA 
Frank Thornton Ball
BORN 
Jan 15, 1921 (died Mar 16, 2013)
HEIGHT 
6' 1¼" (1.86m)

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Past Film & Video (57 titles)YEARBUDGETUS Gross / WORLDWIDE
Past Television (106 titles)YEAREPISODE COUNT
  • Primary photo for Last of the Summer WineLast of the Summer Wine (TV Series) Truly (135 episodes, 1997), Performer ("We Wish You A Merry Christmas") (1 episode, 2004)  Less 1997–2010 135
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  • Primary photo for Holby CityHolby City (TV Series) Douglas Archer (1 episode, 2004)  Less 2004 1
  • Primary photo for DoctorsDoctors (TV Series) Gerard Mears (1 episode, 2003)  Less 2003 1
  • Primary photo for CasualtyCasualty (TV Series) Edward Gutheridge (1 episode, 2001)  Less 2001 1
  • Primary photo for All Rise for Julian ClaryAll Rise for Julian Clary (TV Series) Judge Geoffrey Parker-Knoll (Series 1) (1996)  Less 1996–1997
  • Primary photo for The Upper HandThe Upper Hand (TV Series) Reverend Hale (1 episode, 1995)  Less 1995 1
  • Primary photo for The Old Curiosity ShopThe Old Curiosity Shop (TV Movie) Mr. Witherden  Less 1995
  • Primary photo for Grace & FavourGrace & Favour (TV Series) Captain Peacock (12 episodes, 1992), Performer ("Duetto de l'âne" ("The Donkey Song")) (1 episode, 1993)  Less 1992–1993 12
    • Episode #2.6 (Feb 8, 1993) Captain Peacock, Performer ("Duetto de l'âne" ("The Donkey Song")) (uncredited)  Less
    • Episode #2.5 (Feb 1, 1993) Captain Peacock  Less
    • Episode #2.4 (Jan 25, 1993) Captain Peacock  Less
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  • Primary photo for Great ExpectationsGreat Expectations (TV Mini-series) Mr. Trabb (1 episode, 1991)  Less 1991 1
  • Primary photo for Mr. MajeikaMr. Majeika (TV Series) Headmaster (1 episode, 1990)  Less 1990 1
  • Primary photo for T.Bag and the Revenge of the T.SetT.Bag and the Revenge of the T.Set (TV Series) Will Wagadagger (1 episode, 1989)  Less 1989 1
    • The Bard (Feb 28, 1989) Will Wagadagger  Less
  • Primary photo for The Kenny Everett Television ShowThe Kenny Everett Television Show (TV Series) Various (4 episodes, 1983)  Less 1983–1988 4
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  • Primary photo for The Ronnie Corbett ShowThe Ronnie Corbett Show (TV Series) Various Roles  Less 1987– 
  • Primary photo for T-Bag Bounces BackT-Bag Bounces Back (TV Series) Count Boris (2 episodes, 1987)  Less 1987 2
  • Primary photo for The Sooty ShowThe Sooty Show (TV Series) Dr. Hugh / Mr. Wolfe / Doctor Hugh (3 episodes, 1984)  Less 1984–1987 3
  • Primary photo for Are You Being Served?Are You Being Served? (TV Series) Captain Peacock (69 episodes, 1972), Performer ("For He's A Jolly Good Fellow") (1 episode, 1974), Performer ("Keep The Home Fires Burning") (1 episode, 1973), Performer ("Chanson D'Amour" (1958)) (1 episode, 1985), In Memory Of (1921 - 2013) (1 episode, 1985)  Less 1972–1985 69
    • The Pop Star (Apr 1, 1985) Captain Peacock, Performer ("Chanson D'Amour" (1958)) (uncredited)  Less
    • Friends and Neighbours (Mar 25, 1985) Captain Peacock  Less
    • The Night Club (Mar 18, 1985) Captain Peacock  Less
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  • Primary photo for JaneJane (TV Series) Commander L (5 episodes, 1984)  Less 1984 5
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  • Primary photo for Jackanory PlayhouseJackanory Playhouse (TV Series) King Balthazar (2 episodes, 1978)  Less 1978–1984 2
  • Primary photo for The Gentle TouchThe Gentle Touch (TV Series) Leo (1 episode, 1982)  Less 1982 1
  • Primary photo for The Dick Emery ShowThe Dick Emery Show (TV Series) Actor (2 episodes, 1976)  Less 1976–1981 2
  • Primary photo for The Taming of the ShrewThe Taming of the Shrew (TV Movie) Gremio  Less 1980
  • Primary photo for Kelly MonteithKelly Monteith (TV Series) Actor (2 episodes, 1979)  Less 1979 2
  • Primary photo for Word for WordWord for Word (TV Series) Jogran (2 episodes, 1979)  Less 1979 2
  • Primary photo for The GoodiesThe Goodies (TV Series) Master of Ceremonies / Waiter (2 episodes, 1971)  Less 1971–1977 2
  • Primary photo for The New AvengersThe New Avengers (TV Series) Roland (1 episode, 1976)  Less 1976 1
  • Primary photo for The Molly WopsiesThe Molly Wopsies (TV Series) Chief Constable (1 episode, 1976)  Less 1976 1
  • Primary photo for Shades of GreeneShades of Greene (TV Series) Rev. Simon Milan (1 episode, 1975)  Less 1975 1
  • Primary photo for Whodunnit?Whodunnit? (TV Series) Gerald Harvey (1 episode, 1975)  Less 1975 1
  • Primary photo for The BoundaryThe Boundary (TV Movie) Actor  Less 1975
  • Primary photo for Holiday with StringsHoliday with Strings (TV Movie) Travel Agent  Less 1974
  • Primary photo for The Tommy Cooper HourThe Tommy Cooper Hour (TV Series) Actor (1 episode, 1974)  Less 1974 1
  • Primary photo for Fall of EaglesFall of Eagles (TV Mini-series) Prince Albert (1 episode, 1974)  Less 1974 1
  • Primary photo for Crown CourtCrown Court (TV Series) Professor McIver (1 episode, 1974)  Less 1974 1
  • Primary photo for Scott On...Scott On... (TV Series) Actor (14 episodes, 1970)  Less 1970–1974 14
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  • Primary photo for Steptoe and SonSteptoe and Son (TV Series) Travel Agency Clerk / The Frenchman / Butler / Barman / Seller (5 episodes, 1962)  Less 1962–1973 5
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  • Primary photo for Armchair TheatreArmchair Theatre (TV Series) Arthur - groom's father / Station Sergeant / Frank / Mr. Leslie (4 episodes, 1961)  Less 1961–1973 4
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  • Primary photo for The Village ConcertThe Village Concert (TV Movie) Actor  Less 1973
  • Primary photo for Thirty Minutes WorthThirty Minutes Worth (TV Series) Actor (1 episode, 1973)  Less 1973 1
  • Primary photo for The Gordon Peters ShowThe Gordon Peters Show (TV Series) Actor (1 episode, 1973)  Less 1973 1
  • Primary photo for Comedy PlayhouseComedy Playhouse (TV Series) Captain Peacock / Mr. Walters / Jessop / Mortimer / Official (7 episodes, 1961)  Less 1961–1973 7
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  • Primary photo for The Reg Varney RevueThe Reg Varney Revue (TV Series) Actor (5 episodes, 1972)  Less 1972 5
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  • Primary photo for SykesSykes (TV Series) Dr. Taplow (1 episode, 1972)  Less 1972 1
    • Dream (Nov 23, 1972) Dr. Taplow  Less
  • Primary photo for Love Thy NeighbourLove Thy Neighbour (TV Series) The Barman (1 episode, 1972)  Less 1972 1
  • Primary photo for Bachelor FatherBachelor Father (TV Series) Vicar (1 episode, 1971)  Less 1971 1
  • Primary photo for From a Bird's Eye ViewFrom a Bird's Eye View (TV Series) Spinks (1 episode, 1971)  Less 1971 1
  • Primary photo for And Mother Makes ThreeAnd Mother Makes Three (TV Series) The Store Manager (1 episode, 1971)  Less 1971 1
  • Primary photo for Some Matters of Little ConsequenceSome Matters of Little Consequence (TV Series) Actor  Less 1971– 
  • Primary photo for Here Come the Double Deckers!Here Come the Double Deckers! (TV Series) Mr Parsons (1 episode, 1970)  Less 1970 1
  • Primary photo for She Follows Me AboutShe Follows Me About (TV Movie) Meevor  Less 1970
  • Primary photo for PlunderPlunder (TV Movie) Simon Veal  Less 1970
  • Primary photo for A Cuckoo in the NestA Cuckoo in the Nest (TV Movie) Claude Hickett MP  Less 1970
  • Primary photo for The Other Reg VarneyThe Other Reg Varney (TV Movie) Various Characters  Less 1970
  • Primary photo for Two D's and a DogTwo D's and a Dog (TV Series) Hawkins (1 episode, 1970)  Less 1970 1
  • Primary photo for The TroubleshootersThe Troubleshooters (TV Series) TV Interviewer (1 episode, 1970)  Less 1970 1
  • Primary photo for The Morecambe & Wise ShowThe Morecambe & Wise Show (TV Series) Richards the Waiter (1 episode, 1970)  Less 1970 1
    • Episode #3.4 (Mar 11, 1970) Richards the Waiter  Less
  • Primary photo for As Good Cooks GoAs Good Cooks Go (TV Series) Pangbourne (1 episode, 1970)  Less 1970 1
  • Primary photo for Mr. Digby DarlingMr. Digby Darling (TV Series) Mr. Skidmore (1 episode, 1969)  Less 1969 1
  • Primary photo for Not in Front of the ChildrenNot in Front of the Children (TV Series) Mr. Wilkinson (1 episode, 1969)  Less 1969 1
  • Primary photo for The World of BeachcomberThe World of Beachcomber (TV Series) Actor (19 episodes, 1968)  Less 1968–1969 19
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  • Primary photo for The Incredible Adventures of Professor BranestawmThe Incredible Adventures of Professor Branestawm (TV Series) King Kong (1 episode, 1969)  Less 1969 1
  • Primary photo for Thicker Than WaterThicker Than Water (TV Series) Ted Rumbold (1 episode, 1969)  Less 1969 1
  • Primary photo for The ChampionsThe Champions (TV Series) Clerk (1 episode, 1969)  Less 1969 1
  • Primary photo for B and BB and B (TV Series) Benjamin Burton (1 episode, 1968)  Less 1968 1
    • Baby Talk (Nov 20, 1968) Benjamin Burton  Less
  • Primary photo for Harry WorthHarry Worth (TV Series) Mr. Grummit / Inspector Wallace (2 episodes, 1967)  Less 1967–1968 2
  • Primary photo for Inside George WebleyInside George Webley (TV Series) Maitre d' (1 episode, 1968)  Less 1968 1
  • Primary photo for If There Weren't Any Blacks You'd Have to Invent ThemIf There Weren't Any Blacks You'd Have to Invent Them (TV Movie) The Undertaker  Less 1968
  • Primary photo for City '68City '68 (TV Series) Douglas Quinn (1 episode, 1968)  Less 1968 1
  • Primary photo for Lucy in LondonLucy in London (TV Movie) Actor  Less 1966
  • Primary photo for Coronation StreetCoronation Street (TV Series) Danny Roach (1 episode, 1966)  Less 1966 1
  • Primary photo for The LiarsThe Liars (TV Series) Aldogrando (1 episode, 1966)  Less 1966 1
  • Primary photo for Here's HarryHere's Harry (TV Series) Actor (2 episodes, 1965)  Less 1965 2
  • Primary photo for A World of ComedyA World of Comedy (TV Mini-series) Catesby (1 episode, 1965)  Less 1965 1
  • Primary photo for The Man in Room 17The Man in Room 17 (TV Series) Inspector Bascombe (1 episode, 1965)  Less 1965 1
    • The Bequest (Aug 13, 1965) Inspector Bascombe  Less
  • Primary photo for Six Shades of BlackSix Shades of Black (TV Series) Mr. Inchcape-Lewis (1 episode, 1965)  Less 1965 1
  • Primary photo for Call It What You LikeCall It What You Like (TV Series) Various Roles (1 episode, 1965)  Less 1965 1
  • Primary photo for Emergency-Ward 10Emergency-Ward 10 (TV Series) John Ross (5 episodes, 1965)  Less 1965 5
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  • Primary photo for Hugh and IHugh and I (TV Series) Actor (2 episodes, 1962)  Less 1962–1965 2
  • Primary photo for HMS ParadiseHMS Paradise (TV Series) Commander Fairweather (25 episodes, 1964)  Less 1964–1965 25
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  • Primary photo for Frankie HowerdFrankie Howerd (TV Series) Actor (1 episode, 1965)  Less 1965 1
  • Primary photo for The Dickie Henderson ShowThe Dickie Henderson Show (TV Series) Actor (1 episode, 1964)  Less 1964 1
  • Primary photo for The VillainsThe Villains (TV Series) Fowler (1 episode, 1964)  Less 1964 1
    • Time (Mar 6, 1964) Fowler  Less
  • Primary photo for It's a Square WorldIt's a Square World (TV Series) Various Characters (43 episodes, 1960)  Less 1960–1963 43
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  • Primary photo for The Sentimental AgentThe Sentimental Agent (TV Series) Tailor (1 episode, 1963)  Less 1963 1
  • Primary photo for ITV Play of the WeekITV Play of the Week (TV Series) Richard Acton Hicks / Brig. Gen. Lloyd / Gerald Thornton / Pamphlius (4 episodes, 1962)  Less 1962–1963 4
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  • Primary photo for Benny HillBenny Hill (TV Series) John Kenwood / Frindyke / Korsikoff (2 episodes, 1963)  Less 1963 2
  • Primary photo for The Odd ManThe Odd Man (TV Series) Second Under Secretary (1 episode, 1962)  Less 1962 1
  • Primary photo for SuspenseSuspense (TV Series) Det Insp Gwilliam (1 episode, 1962)  Less 1962 1
  • Primary photo for The CheatersThe Cheaters (TV Series) Actor (1 episode, 1962)  Less 1962 1
  • Primary photo for Citizen JamesCitizen James (TV Series) Ministry Agent (2 episodes, 1961)  Less 1961 2
  • Primary photo for The Rag TradeThe Rag Trade (TV Series) Mr. Davis (1 episode, 1961)  Less 1961 1
  • Primary photo for Our HouseOur House (TV Series) Actor (1 episode, 1961)  Less 1961 1
  • Primary photo for Billy Bunter of Greyfriars SchoolBilly Bunter of Greyfriars School (TV Series) Lerouge / Hubert Tankerton (2 episodes, 1960)  Less 1960–1961 2
  • Primary photo for The AvengersThe Avengers (TV Series) Sir William Bonner (1 episode, 1961)  Less 1961 1
  • Primary photo for HancockHancock (TV Series) 1st Patient (1 episode, 1961)  Less 1961 1
  • Primary photo for Danger ManDanger Man (TV Series) Pepe / Police Captain (2 episodes, 1961)  Less 1961 2
  • Primary photo for A Life of BlissA Life of Bliss (TV Series) Theodore Marling / Policeman (2 episodes, 1961)  Less 1961 2
  • Primary photo for The Four Just MenThe Four Just Men (TV Series) Policeman / Hotel Manager / Enrique Vidal / Gendarme / Announcer / Azim / Auctioneer / Clerk / Coroner / Hotel Clerk (11 episodes, 1959)  Less 1959–1960 11
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  • Primary photo for The Men from Room 13The Men from Room 13 (TV Series) The Second Warder (1 episode, 1959)  Less 1959 1
  • Primary photo for William TellWilliam Tell (TV Series) Heinburgher / Tax Collector (2 episodes, 1959)  Less 1959 2
  • Primary photo for Dixon of Dock GreenDixon of Dock Green (TV Series) PC Cox (1 episode, 1957)  Less 1957 1
  • Primary photo for Call Back YesterdayCall Back Yesterday (TV Movie) Pianist  Less 1956
  • Primary photo for The Granville MelodramasThe Granville Melodramas (TV Series) Geoffrey Ware (1 episode, 1955)  Less 1955 1
  • Primary photo for My Dear PetitionerMy Dear Petitioner (TV Movie) Miguel Esteban d'Alvarez  Less 1952
  • Primary photo for The Empty StreetThe Empty Street (TV Short) 1st Ambulance man  Less 1951
  • Primary photo for The Passing ShowThe Passing Show (TV Series) Actor (1 episode, 1951)  Less 1951 1
  • Primary photo for BBC Sunday-Night TheatreBBC Sunday-Night Theatre (TV Series) Sailor (1 episode, 1950)  Less 1950 1
Self (34 titles)YEARBUDGETUS Gross / WORLDWIDE
  • Primary photo for The Unforgettable Mollie SugdenThe Unforgettable Mollie Sugden (TV Movie) Himself  Less 2010
  • Primary photo for The Story of 'Are You Being Served?'The Story of 'Are You Being Served?' (TV Movie) Himself / Captain Peacock  Less 2010
  • Primary photo for Mollie Sugden: A TributeMollie Sugden: A Tribute (TV Movie) Himself  Less 2009
  • Primary photo for Beyond a JokeBeyond a Joke (TV Series) Himself (1 episode, 2009)  Less 2009
  • Primary photo for The Greatest Christmas Comedy MomentsThe Greatest Christmas Comedy Moments (TV Movie) Himself / Captain Peacock  Less 2008
  • Primary photo for 50 Greatest Comedy Catchphrases50 Greatest Comedy Catchphrases (TV Movie) Himself  Less 2008
  • Primary photo for Children in NeedChildren in Need (TV Series) Himself / Restaurant Manager (1 episode, 2007)  Less 2007
    • Episode #1.28 (Nov 16, 2007) Himself / Restaurant Manager  Less
  • Primary photo for Richard & JudyRichard & Judy (TV Series) Himself (1 episode, 2007)  Less 2007
  • Primary photo for This MorningThis Morning (TV Series) Himself (1 episode, 2007)  Less 2007
  • Primary photo for Masterchef Goes LargeMasterchef Goes Large (TV Series) Himself (1 episode)  Less 2005– 
  • Primary photo for The Funny Blokes of British ComedyThe Funny Blokes of British Comedy (TV Movie) Himself  Less 2005
  • Primary photo for Britain's Best SitcomBritain's Best Sitcom (TV Series) Himself  Less 2004– 
  • Primary photo for The Funny Ladies of British ComedyThe Funny Ladies of British Comedy (TV Movie) Himself  Less 2004
  • Primary photo for Comedy ConnectionsComedy Connections (TV Series) Himself (1 episode, 2003)  Less 2003
  • Primary photo for The Sitcom StoryThe Sitcom Story (TV Series) Himself (2 episodes, 2003)  Less 2003
  • Primary photo for 30 Years of 'Last of the Summer Wine'30 Years of 'Last of the Summer Wine' (TV Movie) Himself / Truly  Less 2003
  • Primary photo for This Is Your LifeThis Is Your Life (TV Series) Himself (6 episodes, 1975)  Less 1975–2002
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  • Primary photo for The Making of Gosford ParkThe Making of Gosford Park (TV Short) Himself (uncredited)  Less 2002
  • Primary photo for Wendy Richard: A Life on the BoxWendy Richard: A Life on the Box (TV Movie) Himself  Less 2001
  • Primary photo for Funny TurnsFunny Turns (TV Series) Himself (2 episodes, 1999)  Less 1999–2001
  • Primary photo for Blankety BlankBlankety Blank (TV Series) Himself (2 episodes, 1984)  Less 1984–2001
  • Primary photo for EstherEsther (TV Series) Himself (1 episode, 2000)  Less 2000
  • Primary photo for What's a Carry On?What's a Carry On? (TV Movie) Himself, at Re-Union (uncredited)  Less 1998
  • Primary photo for In the Presence of Julian ClaryIn the Presence of Julian Clary (TV Special) Self  Less 1998
  • Primary photo for Dick Emery: A Life on the BoxDick Emery: A Life on the Box (TV Movie) Himself  Less 1997
  • Primary photo for Auntie's TV FavouritesAuntie's TV Favourites (TV Series) Himself (1 episode, 1997)  Less 1997
  • Primary photo for An Audience with Bruce ForsythAn Audience with Bruce Forsyth (TV Movie) Himself  Less 1997
  • Primary photo for Telly AddictsTelly Addicts (TV Series) Himself (2 episodes, 1993)  Less 1993–1995
  • Primary photo for Noel's House PartyNoel's House Party (TV Series) Himself (2 episodes, 1992)  Less 1992–1994
  • Primary photo for Royal Variety Performance 1984Royal Variety Performance 1984 (TV Special) Himself  Less 1984
  • Primary photo for 3-2-13-2-1 (TV Series) Self (3 episodes, 1982)  Less 1982–1984
  • Primary photo for Seaside SpecialSeaside Special (TV Series) Himself (1 episode, 1976)  Less 1976
  • Primary photo for Sez LesSez Les (TV Series) Himself / Various Characters (1 episode, 1974)  Less 1974
    • Episode #9.5 (Jul 26, 1974) Himself / Various Characters  Less
  • Primary photo for The Centre ShowThe Centre Show (TV Series) Himself - Presenter (3 episodes, 1950)  Less 1950–1951
Archive Footage (5 titles)YEARBUDGETUS Gross / WORLDWIDE
  • Primary photo for Britain's Best Loved SitcomsBritain's Best Loved Sitcoms (TV Series) Captain Peacock (1 episode, 2015)  Less 2015
    • Episode #1.1 (2015) Captain Peacock (archive footage) (uncredited)  Less
  • Primary photo for You Have Been Watching... David CroftYou Have Been Watching... David Croft (TV Movie) Captain Peacock (archive footage) (uncredited)  Less 2011
  • Primary photo for A Tribute to John InmanA Tribute to John Inman (TV Short) Captain Peacock (archive footage)  Less 2007
  • Primary photo for Sykes in the StudioSykes in the Studio (Video) Self (archive footage)  Less 2004
  • Primary photo for The Best of 'Are You Being Served?'The Best of 'Are You Being Served?' (TV Movie) Captain Peacock (archive footage)  Less 1992

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