Ernest Torrence Movies List

Ernest Torrence
Ernest Torrence
Edinburgh, Scotland, UK

Actor Ernest Torrence Filmography

Showing 1 to 10 of 14 movies
Showing 1 to 10 of 14 movies
I Cover the Waterfront
Artist: Ben Lyon , Claudette Colbert , Ernest Torrence , Hobart Cavanaugh , Maurice Black
Director: James Cruze
Music Director: Alfred Newman
Release date: 19-05-1933
New Adventures of Get Rich Quick Wallingford
Artist: William Haines , Jimmy Durante , Ernest Torrence , Leila Hyams , Guy Kibbee
Director: Sam Wood
Release date: 03-10-1931
Sporting Blood
Sporting Blood ( English )
Artist: Clark Gable , Ernest Torrence , Madge Evans , Lew Cody , Marie Prevost
Director: Charles Brabin , Robert A. Golden
Music Director: William Axt , Hugo Frey
Release date: 08-08-1931
The Great Lover
The Great Lover ( English )
Artist: Irene Dunne , Adolphe Menjou , Ernest Torrence , Neil Hamilton , Olga Baclanova
Director: Harry Beaumont
Music Director: Douglas Shearer
Release date: 18-07-1931
Fighting Caravans
Fighting Caravans ( English )
Artist: Gary Cooper , Lili Damita , Ernest Torrence , Tully Marshall , Fred Kohler
Release date: 01-02-1931
Sweet Kitty Bellairs
Sweet Kitty Bellairs ( English )
Artist: Ernest Torrence , Perry Askam , Walter Pidgeon , June Collyer , Claudia Dell
Director: Alfred E. Green
Music Director: Rex Dunn , Leonid S. Leonardi
Release date: 05-09-1930
Call of the Flesh
Call of the Flesh ( English )
Artist: Ramon Novarro , Dorothy Jordan , Ernest Torrence , Nance O'Neil , Renée Adorée
Director: Charles Brabin
Release date: 16-08-1930
The Unholy Night
The Unholy Night ( English )
Artist: Ernest Torrence , Roland Young , Dorothy Sebastian , Natalie Moorhead
Director: Lionel Barrymore
Release date: 13-09-1929
The Bridge of San Luis Rey
Artist: Lili Damita , Ernest Torrence , Raquel Torres , Don Alvarado , Duncan Renaldo
Director: Charles Brabin
Release date: 30-03-1929
Desert Nights
Desert Nights ( English )
Artist: Ernest Torrence , Mary Nolan , John Gilbert
Director: William Nigh
Release date: 09-03-1929
Showing 1 to 10 of 14 movies
Showing 1 to 10 of 14 movies

Ernest Torrence Biography

He was the man you loved to hiss. This towering (6' 4"), highly imposing character star with cold, hollow, beady eyes and a huge, protruding snout would go on to become one of the silent screen's finest arch villains. Born Ernest Thayson Torrence-Thompson on June 26, 1878, in Edinburgh, Scotland, he was, unlikely enough, an exceptional pianist and operatic baritone. A graduate of the Stuttgart Conservatory, Edinburgh Academy before earning a scholarship at London's Royal Academy of Music, he toured with the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company in such productions as "The Emerald Isle" (1901) and "The Talk of the Town" (1905) before serious vocal problems set in. Both Ernest and his actor brother David Torrence came to America directly from Scotland prior to WWI. Focusing instead on a purely acting career, both brothers developed into seasoned players on the New York stage. Ernest made his Broadway bow with "Modest Suzanne" in 1912 and a standout role in "The Night Boat" in 1920 brought him to the attention of Hollywood filmmakers. He earned superb marks playing the despicable adversary Luke Hatburn in Tol'able David (1921) opposite Richard Barthelmess, and immediately settled into films for the rest of his career. Adept at both comedy and drama, Ernest avoided what could have been a damaging stereotype with his sympathetic portrayal of a grizzled old codger in the classic western The Covered Wagon (1923). He further bolstered his celebrity with plum, lip-smacking roles alongside Lon Chaney in The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923) as Clopin, king of the beggars, and Betty Bronson in Peter Pan (1924) as the dastardly Captain Hook. In an offbeat bit of casting he paired up with Clara Bow in Mantrap (1926) as a gentle, bear-like backwoodsman in search of a wife, and participated in other silent classics such as The King of Kings (1927) (as Peter) and Steamboat Bill, Jr. (1928) as Buster Keaton's steamboat captain Dad. Despite his celluloid villainy, Ernest was known as a courtly and cultivated gentleman in private. He made the transition into talking films intact and was able to play a marvelous nemesis, Dr. Moriarty, to Clive Brooks ' Sherlock Holmes (1932) before his untimely death. Ernest died following his filming as a smuggler in I Cover the Waterfront (1933) starring Claudette Colbert in New York on May 15,1933, at the relatively young age of 54. It seems that while en route to Europe by ship, Torrence suffered an acute attack of gall stones and was rushed back to a New York hospital. He died of complications following surgery. Looking and usually playing much older than he was, Hollywood lost a marvelously talented and robust character player who had dozens of films ahead of him.

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