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Lionel Jeffries (1926–2010)

With his firm jawline and bristling mustache, Lionel Jeffries played a nice line of English eccentrics. This belied his RADA training. Following military service in WWII, he played his major roles - everything from Grandpa Potts in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968) to the Marquis of Queensberry in The Trials of Oscar Wilde (1960) - in the 1960s. His ... See full bio »

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Known For

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Grandpa Potts
Camelot King Pellinore
Murder Ahoy
Murder Ahoy Captain Sydney De Courcy Rhumstone
First Men in the Moon
First Men in the Moon Prof. Joseph Cavor


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 2001 Lexx (TV Series)
Father Borscht
 2000 The Canterbury Tales (TV Series)
- The Journey Back (2000) ... (voice)
 1999 Holby City (TV Series)
- Take Me with You (1999) ... Harry
 1998 Heaven on Earth (TV Movie)
Isaac Muller
 1995 Performance (TV Series)
- Bed (1995) ... Captain
 1993 Lovejoy (TV Series)
Percy Broderick
- Three Men and a Brittle Lady (1993) ... Percy Broderick
 1992 The Mixer (TV Series)
Charles Ryder
- The Mixer and the Birthday Party ... Charles Ryder
 1992 Look at It This Way (TV Mini-Series)
Bernie Koppel
- Episode #1.3 (1992) ... Bernie Koppel
- Episode #1.2 (1992) ... Bernie Koppel
- Episode #1.1 (1992) ... Bernie Koppel
 1992 Casualty (TV Series)
Bill Tongue
- One Step Forward (1992) ... Bill Tongue
 1990 Boon (TV Series)
Sir Alan Bolton
- Daddy's Girl (1990) ... Sir Alan Bolton
 1990 Inspector Morse (TV Series)
Charles Radford
- The Sins of the Fathers (1990) ... Charles Radford
 1990 Jekyll & Hyde (TV Movie)
Jekyll's Father
 1989 Ending Up (TV Movie)
 1989 First and Last (TV Movie)
 1989 A Chorus of Disapproval
Jarvis Huntley-Pike
 1989 Roald Dahl's Danny the Champion of the World (TV Movie)
Mr. Snoddy
 1988 Abel's Island (Video short)
Gower (voice)
 1986 C.A.T.S. Eyes (TV Series)
- Tranmere Dan and Tokyo Joe (1986) ... Eddy
 1986 The Collectors (TV Series)
Major Barclay
- Major Barclay's Last Stand (1986) ... Major Barclay
 1984-1986 The Comic Strip Presents... (TV Series)
Barman / Taxi Driver
- Private Enterprise (1986) ... Barman
- Gino: Full Story and Pics (1984) ... Taxi Driver
 1984 Minder (TV Series)
Cecil Caine
- Senior Citizen Caine (1984) ... Cecil Caine
 1983 All for Love (TV Series)
- Letting the Birds Go Free (1983) ... Arthur
 1983 Better Late Than Never
Bertie Hargreaves
 1982 Father Charlie (TV Series)
Father Charlie
- Better the Devil You Know (1982) ... Father Charlie
- For What We Are About to Receive (1982) ... Father Charlie
- Halfway to Heaven (1982) ... Father Charlie
- Miracles Take a Little Longer (1982) ... Father Charlie
- TV or Not TV (1982) ... Father Charlie
 1981 Shillingbury Tales (TV Series)
Major George Langton
- The Shillingbury Melon (1981) ... Major George Langton
 1980 Cream in My Coffee (TV Movie)
Bernard Wilsher
 1979 The Prisoner of Zenda
General Sapt
 1978 Wombling Free
Womble (voice)
 1976 Jumbo Spencer (TV Series)
Mr. Jefferson
- The Jumbo Spencer Reform Club (1976) ... Mr. Jefferson
 1976 Fred Basset (TV Series)
Fred Basset (voice, as Lionel Jefferies)
 1976 The Bananas Boat
 1970 Sudden Terror
 1970 Lola
 1969 Twelve Plus One
 1967 Those Fantastic Flying Fools
Sir Charles Dillworthy
 1966 Arrivederci, Baby!
 1966 The Spy with a Cold Nose
Stanley Farquhar
 1965 The Secret of My Success
Insp. Hobart / Baron von Lukenberg / The Earl of Aldershot / ...
 1965 You Must Be Joking!
Sgt. Maj. McGregor
 1965 The Truth About Spring
José Carkez
 1964 Murder Ahoy
Captain Sydney De Courcy Rhumstone
 1964 First Men in the Moon
Prof. Joseph Cavor
 1964 Room at the Bottom (TV Series)
Nesbitt Gunn
- A Job with the Other Lot (1964) ... Nesbitt Gunn
- It Came from Outer Hollywood (1964) ... Nesbitt Gunn
- A Show for Monty (1964) ... Nesbitt Gunn
 1964 The Long Ships
 1963 The Crimson Blade
Col. Judd
 1963 Call Me Bwana
 1963 The Wrong Arm of the Law
Inspector Parker
 1962 Kill or Cure
Det. Insp. Hook
 1962 Fredric March Presents Tales from Dickens (TV Series)
Old Clothes Man
- David and Betsy Trotwood (1962) ... Old Clothes Man
 1962 The Notorious Landlady
Inspector Oliphant
 1962 Mrs. Gibbons' Boys
Lester Gibbons
 1962 Operation Snatch
 1961 The Hellions
Luke Billings
 1961 Rendezvous (TV Series)
- The Road Between (1961) ... Roger
 1960 The Four Just Men (TV Series)
- The Man Who Wasn't There (1960) ... Arkwright
 1960 Let's Get Married
 1960 Jazz Boat
Sergeant Thompson
 1960 Two Way Stretch
Chief P.O. Crout
 1959 Please Turn Over
Ian Howard
 1959 Bobbikins
Gregory Mason
 1959 The Nun's Story
Dr. Goovaerts (School of Tropical Medicine)
 1959 Idol on Parade
 1958 Nowhere to Go
Pet Shop Clerk (uncredited)
 1958 Behind the Mask
Walter Froy
 1958 Girls at Sea
Harry, the Tourist
 1958 Theatre Night (TV Series)
Buscombe (The Resident)
- Brouhaha (1958) ... Buscombe (The Resident)
 1958 Orders to Kill
 1958 Law and Disorder
Major Proudfoot
 1958 Charles and Mary (TV Movie)
George Dyer
 1958 Dunkirk
Colonel - Medical Officer
 1958 Dick and the Duchess (TV Series)
Uncle George
- The Courtroom (1958) ... Uncle George
 1957 Blue Murder at St. Trinian's
Joe Mangan
 1957 All at Sea
 1957 The Adventures of Robin Hood (TV Series)
Sir Charles
- The Path of True Love (1957) ... Sir Charles
 1957 Hour of Decision
Elvin Main
 1957 Doctor at Large
Dr. Hatchet
 1956-1957 Assignment Foreign Legion (TV Series)
Sergeant Le Boule / Commandant
- A Pony for Joe Crazy Horse (1957) ... Sergeant Le Boule
- A Matter of Honour (1956) ... Commandant
 1957 Decision Against Time
 1955-1956 ITV Television Playhouse (TV Series)
Bert Scuff ('Snowball') / Allan
- Double Bill: Snowball/The Birdwatcher (1956) ... Bert Scuff ('Snowball')
- The Facts of Life (1955) ... Allan
 1956 Up in the World
 1956 High Terrace
 1956 Eyewitness
Man in Pub
 1956 Bhowani Junction
Lt. Graham McDaniel
 1956 Jumping for Joy
Bert Benton
 1955 Windfall
Arthur Lee
 1955 All for Mary
Maitre D', Hotel
 1955 No Smoking
George Pogson
 1955 London Playhouse (TV Series)
Bob Ritchie
- The Haven (1955) ... Bob Ritchie
 1955 The Colditz Story
Harry Tyler
 1954 The Black Rider
Martin Bremner
 1953 Will Any Gentleman...?
Mr. Frobisher
 1952 BBC Sunday-Night Theatre (TV Series)
Cast member 'The Great Healer'
- Three Plays by Benn W. Levy (1952) ... Cast member 'The Great Healer'
 1950 Stage Fright
Bald RADA Student (uncredited)
Show Show Director (5 credits)
Show Show Writer (5 credits)
Show Show Soundtrack (3 credits)
Show Show Self (17 credits)
Show Show Archive footage (9 credits)

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Other Works:

Stage: Appeared in Campbell Christie's play, "Carrington V.C.," at the Westminster Theatre in London, England, with Alec Clunes, John Wood, John Garside, Allan Cuthbertson and Rachel Gurney in the cast. Michael MacOwan was director. See more »

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1 Interview | 6 Articles | 1 Pictorial | See more »

Alternate Names:

Lionel Jefferies


5' 10" (1.78 m)

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Personal Quote:

No one wants family entertainment any more. They want explicit sex. See more »


His 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". See more »


Often played characters older than he was in real life

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