Frank Thornton – Actor

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British actor Frank Thornton, most famous for playing stuffy Captain Peacock in the long-running innuendo-filled BBC TV sitcom – and offshoot film – Are You Being Served? died in March 2012, aged 92.

Although famous as a comedy actor, Frank Thornton was no stranger to horror either. Well, if it usually involved comedy, that is.

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We’d previously noted his minor role in the 1966 Hammer spoof Carry on Screaming! and as a vampire in the TV ad for kids snack Smiths’ Horror Bags (see below) but further delving has revealed his presence in Vampira (scripted by Jeremy Lloyd who also co-wrote Are You Being Served? and as ‘Count Boris’ in a 1987 animated series called T-Bag Bounces Back.

Digging deeper we’ve discovered fearless Frank had a don’t-blink-or-you’ll-miss-him role in Roger Corman’s The Tomb of Ligeia (1964) and played a barman in The Tell-Tale Heart (1960). Frank Thornton: A horror legend then… and a great comedy actor too!

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