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Ernest Thesiger (Ernest Frederic Graham Thesiger) was born on 15 January, 1879 in Chelsea, London, England, UK, is an Actor. Discover Ernest Thesiger's Biography, Age, Height, Physical Stats, Dating/Affairs, Family and career updates. Learn How rich is He in this year and how He spends money? Also learn how He earned most of Ernest Thesiger networth?

Popular As Ernest Frederic Graham Thesiger
Occupation actor
Age 82 years old
Zodiac Sign Capricorn
Born 15 January 1879
Birthday 15 January
Birthplace Chelsea, London, England, UK
Date of death 14 January, 1961
Died Place Kensington, London, England, UK
Nationality UK

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Ernest Thesiger Height, Weight & Measurements

At 82 years old, Ernest Thesiger height is 6' (1.83 m) .

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Height 6' (1.83 m)
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Who Is Ernest Thesiger's Wife?

His wife is Janette Mary Fernie Ranken (29 May 1917 - 14 January 1961) ( his death)

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Wife Janette Mary Fernie Ranken (29 May 1917 - 14 January 1961) ( his death)
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Ernest Thesiger Net Worth

His net worth has been growing significantly in 2020-2021. So, how much is Ernest Thesiger worth at the age of 82 years old? Ernest Thesiger’s income source is mostly from being a successful Actor. He is from UK. We have estimated Ernest Thesiger's net worth, money, salary, income, and assets.

Bride of Frankenstein (1935)$1,000 per week

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He was portrayed by actor Arthur Dignam in the 1998 film Gods and Monsters (1998), which is based on the life of his friend James Whale.


Stone (1961) and his last stage performance, opposite Sirs Ralph Richardson and John Gielgud, in a production of "The Last Joke".


He was awarded the CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in the 1960 Queen's Birthday Honours List for his services to drama.


Notable later films include Last Holiday (1950) (as Sir Trevor Lampington, discoverer and eponym of Lampington's disease), Laughter in Paradise (1951), A Christmas Carol (1951) and The Man in the White Suit (1951) (as an elderly industry magnate). He made his last film appearance in The Roman Spring of Mrs.


He appeared with Will Hay in My Learned Friend (1943) and Don't Take It to Heart! (1944).


His other notable films of the 1940s include Henry V (1944) and The Winslow Boy (1948). He returned briefly to America to appear in "As You Like It" on Broadway and afterwards divided his time between theatre and film.


He appeared in the Alexander Korda-produced The Man Who Could Work Miracles (1936) and had a memorable role in the tongue-in-cheek horror film They Drive by Night (1938).


His famous role of mad scientist Dr. Pretorius in The Bride of Frankenstein (1935) was initially turned down by Bela Lugosi. Universal wanted Claude Rains then to do the part but director James Whale insisted on Thesiger.


He returned to Britain to make The Ghoul (1933) with Boris Karloff.


Whale requested Thesiger's services in Hollywood again, this time to appear in his sequel to Frankenstein (1931), The Bride of Frankenstein (1935). Thesiger was given the role of the sinister Dr. Pretorious, after Whale had refused the studio's suggestion of Claude Rains for the role. With help from Whale's direction, some classic dialogue ("Have some gin. It's my only weakness. . . ", "To a new world of gods and monsters") and expert camera work (which helped accentuate his skeletal frame), Thesiger stole the show once more. He returned to Britain and, unfortunately, never worked with Whale again.


In the early 1930s his old friend, actor-turned-director James Whale (who had moved to Hollywood and was enjoying huge success with Frankenstein (1931)), requested that his friend join him there to play the role of Horace Femm in Whale's upcoming production of The Old Dark House (1932). Thesiger agreed and, along with co-star Eva Moore, stole the film, which became a huge success.


Wrote an unpublished memoir, "I Was"; but in 1927, published another: "Practically True".


In 1925 he appeared in Noël Coward's production of "On With the Dance", in which he got to show off his knack for camp performances by playing one of two elderly women sharing a boarding house.


He made his first film appearance in 1916 with The Real Thing at Last (1916) and then returned to the theatre with "A Little Bit of Fluff",' which ran for over 1200 performances and led to him appearing in a film adaptation (A Little Bit of Fluff (1919)).


He put his career on hold when, in 1914, he enlisted as a private in the British army when World War I broke out (he originally hoped to join a Scottish regiment because he wanted to wear a kilt). He did see some action in the trenches but had to be sent home after being wounded (he was quoted afterwards as saying of these experiences, "My dear, the noise! And the people!").


Greatness proved elusive, however (though he remained an accomplished watercolour artist), and he quickly turned to the theatre, making his first appearance on stage in a production of "Colonel Smith" in 1909.


Although he made nearly 60 films in a 50-year acting career, it is for the two he made with director James Whale that Ernest Thesiger will be best remembered. Born Ernest Frederic Graham Thesiger in London on January 15, 1879, he was the grandson of the first Baron of Chelmsford. Educated at Marlbrough college and the Slade, he originally hoped to become a great painter.


Lived in what is generally regarded as a lavender marriage with Janette Ranken (16 December 1877 - 21 May 1970), the sister of his close friend and fellow Slade graduate William Bruce Ellis Ranken (11 April 1881 - 31 March 1941), who painted Thesiger's portrait in 1918. Janette was said to be herself in love with the poet Margaret Jourdain.