Percy Herbert

Biography

Date of Birth: 31 July 1920, London, England, UK Date of Death: 6 December 1992, Kent, England, UK (heart attack) Height: 5' 10" (1.78 m) Mini Biography The massive brooding face and nose of British actor Percy Herbert is familiar to movie goers and TV audiences alike. A seemingly unlikely stage discovery by no one less than the great Dame Sybil Thorndike of British theater, Herbert moved into movie roles by the early 1950s. Initially fitting in as a featured cockney character, he nevertheless moved on to a wide variety of roles, especially as British and American soldier characters, some notable early ones being in The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957) and The Guns of Navarone (1961). An interesting coincidence was that his character name was Grogan in both movies - though he was promoted from a private in the first movie to a sergeant in the second. He always seemed at home, lending a believable accent and memorable presence to such as: the menacing baron who joins in the killing of Archbishop Thomas Becket, Richard Burton, in Becket (1964), the hapless Confederate soldier-with a broad southern accent of Mysterious Island (1961), the sensible Scots-American deputy Mac Gregor in TV's short-lived Cimarron Strip (1968) with Stuart Whitman. In the course of over 90 film appearances, Herbert fitted in and lent to genres from fantasy and horror to history and drama with a sort of sturdy and matter-of-fact competence which makes him a most memorable big and small screen presence. Trivia A British soldier in World War II, he was captured by the Japanese army and interned in a POW camp. He once spent six months in the cooler for stealing a tin of corned beef. It was his idea that the marching POWs whistle "The Colonel Bogey March" in The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957). Because he had first-hand experience of Japanese POW camps, he was paid an extra £5.00 per week by David Lean to act as a consultant on The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957).

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One Million Years B.C.

Sakana

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Black Snake

Joxer Tierney

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Captain Apache

Moon

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Kapitän Seekrank

Tommy

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Serious Charge

Bill Thompson

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Sea of Sand

White

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El Amo de la Selva

First Henchman

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Child in the House

Det. Sgt. Taylor

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Conquered City

Sgt. Maj. Reed

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Don't Panic Chaps

Bolter

Starring In
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Amy

Ship's Captain

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The Sea Wolves

Dennison

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The London Connection

Ship's Captain

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The Wild Geese

Keith

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Valentino

Studio Guard

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Fiona Richmond - Hardcore

Hubert

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One Of Our Dinosaurs Is Missing

Mr. Gibbons

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Craze

Det. Russet

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Secret Weapon

Thargon Commander (2 episodes, 1979)

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The MacKintosh Man

Taafe

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Black Snake

Joxer Tierney

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Doomwatch

Constable Hartwell

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Beware My Bretheren

Commissionaire

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Up the Front

Cpl. Lovechild

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Man in the Wilderness

Fogarty

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Captain Apache

Moon

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Too Late The Hero

Sgt. Johnstone

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One More Time

Mander

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The Royal Hunt of the Sun

Diego

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Casino Royale

1st Piper

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Tobruk

Dolan

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One Million Years B.C.

Sakana

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The Viking Queen

Catus

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Night Of The Big Heat

Gerald Foster

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Carry On Cowboy

Charlie, the Bartender

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Bunny Lake Is Missing

Policeman at Station

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Guns at Batasi

Colour Sgt. Ben Parkin

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Becket

Baron

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Allez France!

L'agent Baxter

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Carry On Jack

Mr. Angel, the Bos'un

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El Amo de la Selva

First Henchman

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L’inafferrabile Primula Nera

Dover Castle Jailer

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Mutiny on the Bounty

Seaman Matthew Quintal

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Conquered City

Sgt. Maj. Reed

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The Guns of Navarone

Sgt. Grogan

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Mysterious Island

Sgt. Pencroft

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Tunes of Glory

R.S.M. Riddick

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There Was a Crooked Man

Prison Warden

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The Challenge

Shop Steward

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Yesterday's Enemy

Wilson

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The Devil's Disciple

British Lieutenant

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Idol on Parade

Sergeant (Hebrides)

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Serious Charge

Bill Thompson

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Don't Panic Chaps

Bolter

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Deadly Record

Belcher

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Tank Force

1st. English Soldier

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Sea of Sand

White

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The Safecracker

Sergeant Harper

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Sea Fury

Walker

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Kapitän Seekrank

Tommy

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Night of the Demon

Farmer (deleted from US print)

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The Bridge on the River Kwai

Grogan

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Quatermass 2

Gorman

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The Steel Bayonet

Pvt. Clark

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Hell in Korea

Pvt. Moon

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Tiger in the Smoke

Copper

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Tears for Simon

Police Constable in Phone Box (uncredited)

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Child in the House

Det. Sgt. Taylor

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The Deadliest Sin

Barman

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The Night My Number Came Up

R.E.M.E. Sergeant

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The Prisoner

Soldiger (uncredited)

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The Atomic Man

Assassin (uncredited)

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Cockleshell Heroes

Marine Lomas

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The Young Lovers

Richards (uncredited)

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One Good Turn

"Seen Enough" Boxing Spectator (uncredited)

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