Michael Ripper

Biography

Michael Ripper (January 27, 1913 – June 28, 2000) was an English character actor born in Portsmouth. He began his film career in quota quickies in the 1930s and until the late 1950s was virtually unknown. Ripper became a mainstay in Hammer Film Productions beginning with X the Unknown in 1956. He subsequently played a variety of coachmen, peasants, tavern keepers, pirates and sidekicks in such films as The Revenge of Frankenstein (1958), The Mummy (1959), Brides of Dracula (1960), Camp on Blood Island (1965), Captain Clegg (1962), The Scarlet Blade (1963), The Mummy's Shroud (1967), and Plague of the Zombies (1966). Occasionally he was disguised almost beyond recognition, yet his high-pitched, raspy voice remained unmistakable. Some of his parts were little better than glorified bits (as in Curse of the Mummy's Tomb), but his last role for Hammer Films was a decent-sized supporting part as a landlord in Scars of Dracula in 1970. Although the Hammer horrors tend to be associated with stars such as Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee, it is Ripper who holds the honour of having more Hammer film appearances than any other actor. He is also well remembered for his role as the liftman in three of the St. Trinian's comedies, and on television for his role as Thomas the chauffeur in the BBC comedy Butterflies and as Burke, one of the two criminals in the youth television series Freewheelers (1968 - 1971). Ripper was divorced from actress Catherine Finn.

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The Intruder

Mechanic

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The Reptile

Tom Bailey

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Treasure Hunt

Removal Man (uncredited)

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Captain Clegg

Jeremiah Mipps (coffinmaker)

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Night Creatures

Jeremiah Mipps (coffinmaker)

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The Scarlet Blade

Pablo

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The Steel Bayonet

Pvt. Middleditch

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The Adventures of P.C. 49: Investigating the Case of the Guardian Angel

Fingers

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There Is No Escape

Andy Anderson

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The Secret of Blood Island

Lt Tojoko

Starring In
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Revenge of Billy the Kid

Old Pub Local

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The Pickwick Papers

Phunkey (2 episodes, 1985)

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Butterflies: Series 1

Thomas (19 episodes, 1978-1983)

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Crossed Swords

Edith's Servant

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No Sex Please, We're British

Traffic Warden

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The Creeping Flesh

Carter

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That's Your Funeral

Arthur (Railway Porter)

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Scars of Dracula

Landlord

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Taste the Blood of Dracula

Inspector Cobb

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Girly

Zoo attendant

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Moon Zero Two

1st Card Player

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Dracula Has Risen from the Grave

Max

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Inspector Clouseau

Steven Frey

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The Lost Continent

Sea Lawyer

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Torture Garden

Gordon Roberts (Framework Story)

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The Mummy's Shroud

Longbarrow

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The Deadly Bees

David Hawkins

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Rasputin: The Mad Monk

(uncredited)

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The Plague of the Zombies

Sergeant Jack Swift

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The Reptile

Tom Bailey

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The Great St. Trinian's Train Robbery

The Liftman

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The Secret of Blood Island

Lt Tojoko

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The Spy Who Came In From The Cold

Lofthouse - Library Assistant (uncredited)

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The Curse of the Mummy's Tomb

Achmed

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Devil Ship Pirates

Pepe, a pirate

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The Scarlet Blade

Pablo

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What a Crazy World

The Common Man

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The Punch and Judy Man

Waiter

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The Pirates of Blood River

Mack - a Pirate

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Night Creatures

Jeremiah Mipps (coffinmaker)

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The Phantom of the Opera

Longfaced Cabbie

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Captain Clegg

Jeremiah Mipps (coffinmaker)

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Fog for a Killer

Tich

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A Prize of Arms

Cpl. Freeman

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The Curse of the Werewolf

Old Soak

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Petticoat Pirates

Tug

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A Matter of WHO

Skipper

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The Brides Of Dracula

Coachman

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Sink the Bismarck!

Able Seaman - Lookout on 'Suffolk' (uncredited)

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Circle of Deception

Chauvel

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The Pure Hell of St. Trinian's

Liftman

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The Mummy

Poacher

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The Man Who Could Cheat Death

Morgue Attendant (uncredited)

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The Ugly Duckling

Fish

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The Revenge Of Frankenstein

Kurt

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The Camp on Blood Island

Driver

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Further Up the Creek

Ticket Collector

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Up the Creek

Decorator

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Woman in a Dressing Gown

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Quatermass 2

Ernie

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The Steel Bayonet

Pvt. Middleditch

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X The Unknown

Sgt. Harry Grimsdyke

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The One That Got Away

The Corporal Who Frisks Franz (uncredited)

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Blue Murder at St. Trinian's

Eric - the liftman

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Your Past is Showing

J.E. Freeman - Greengrocer (uncredited)

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Reach for the Sky

Warrant Officer West

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1984

Outer Party Orator

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The Green Man

Waiter

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Yield to the Night

Roy

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The Constant Husband

Left luggage attendant

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Richard III

Forrest, 2nd murderer

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Wee Geordie

Reporter

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The Belles of St. Trinian's

Albert Faning

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The Sea Shall Not Have Them

Botterhill

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The Rainbow Jacket

Benny Loder

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The Intruder

Mechanic

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The Story of Gilbert and Sullivan

Louis

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Personal Affair

Reporter (uncredited)

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Three Stops to Murder

Eddie

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Treasure Hunt

Removal Man (uncredited)

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Appointment in London

Bomb Aimer

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Derby Day

1st Newspaper Reporter (uncredited)

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Folly to Be Wise

Drill Corporal

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Secret People

Charlie

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A Case for PC 49

George Steele

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Your Witness

Samuel 'Sam' Baxter

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The Adventures of P.C. 49: Investigating the Case of the Guardian Angel

Fingers

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The History of Mr. Polly

Third Store Employee Carrying Packages (uncredited)

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There Is No Escape

Andy Anderson

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Oliver Twist

Barney

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Captain Boycott

Pat Nolan

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