Thursday 15 November 2012

Colin Tapley

Born: 7 May 1907, Dunedin, New Zealand
Died: 1 December 1995, Coates, Gloucestershire, England

Colin Tapley entered a talent contest in 1933 organised by Paramount Pictures and was selected as one of thirty winners who were given contracts as their prize. Colin was taken on by Paramount as a bit part actor and even managed some credited appearances in films such as 'If I Were King (1938)'. Although he was star material, with good looks and an excellent voice he satisfied himself with a long career as character actor.

After World War II, during which he had served in the Royal Canadian Air Force, Tapley went back to Hollywood and was rewarded with a part in 'Samson and Delilah (1949)', but then decided to leave and work for the rest of his career in the UK landing a major part in 'The Dam Busters (1955)'.

Cloudburst (1951) as Inspector Davis

Emergency (1962) as Dr. Lloyd

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