Search a film or person :
Colin Tapley is a Actor Néo-Zélandais born on 7 may 1907 at Dunedin (Nouvelle zelande)

Colin Tapley

Colin Tapley
  • Infos
  • Photos
  • Best films
  • Family
  • Characters
  • Awards
If you like this person, let us know!
Birth name Colin Edward Livingstone Tapley
Nationality Nouvelle zelande
Birth 7 may 1907 at Dunedin (Nouvelle zelande)
Death 1 december 1995 (at 88 years)

Colin Tapley (7 May 1907 – 1 December 1995) was an actor in both American and British films. Born in New Zealand, he served in the Royal Air Force and an expedition to Antarctica before winning a Paramount Pictures talent contest and moving to Hollywood. He acted in a number of films before moving to Britain during the Second World War as a flight controller with the Royal Canadian Air Force.

He returned briefly to New Zealand before returning once again to Britain to renew his acting career. His most famous role is as William Glanville in The Dam Busters (1955), but he spent much of his later career typecast as a police inspector, a role he played in several films and TV series before retiring to Gloucestershire.


Fils du politicien Harold Livingstone Tapley (1875-1932), Colin Tapley est éduqué dans son pays natal. En 1928, il se joint à la première expédition dans l'Antarctique de Richard Byrd. Il est ensuite brièvement élève-pilote dans la Royal Air Force en 1931, puis gagne un concours de recrutement de jeunes talents organisé par la Paramount Pictures en 1933, année où il part aux États-Unis, à Hollywood, se retrouvant sous contrat avec ce studio.

Ainsi, au cinéma, il contribue à trente-huit films américains sortis de 1934 à 1940, dont Les Trois Lanciers du Bengale d'Henry Hathaway (1935, avec Gary Cooper et Franchot Tone), Becky Sharp de Rouben Mamoulian et Lowell Sherman (1935, avec Miriam Hopkins dans le rôle-titre et Frances Dee) et Le Roi des gueux de Frank Lloyd (1938, avec Ronald Colman et Basil Rathbone).

Après avoir tourné le western Arizona de Wesley Ruggles (1940, avec Jean Arthur et William Holden), il s'enrôle dans la Royal Canadian Air Force et sert durant la Seconde Guerre mondiale comme officier-instructeur puis contrôleur aérien, notamment au Royaume-Uni. Démobilisé en 1945, il rejoint un temps la Nouvelle-Zélande avec sa famille.

Renouant avec le grand écran, il collabore à deux ultimes films américains sortis en 1949, Le Défi de Lassie de Richard Thorpe (avec Edmund Gwenn et Donald Crisp) et Samson et Dalila de Cecil B. DeMille (avec Victor Mature et Hedy Lamarr dans les rôles-titre), avant de poursuivre sa carrière d'acteur au Royaume-Uni. Là, il participe à vingt-neuf films britanniques sortis de 1951 à 1963, dont Les Briseurs de barrages de Michael Anderson (1955, avec Michael Redgrave), ainsi qu'à la co-production américano-australo-britannique Horizons sans frontières de Fred Zinnemann (1960, avec Deborah Kerr et Robert Mitchum).

Son dernier film, sorti en 1969, est la co-production italo-yougoslave Fräulein Doktor d'Alberto Lattuada (avec Suzy Kendall et Kenneth More).

À la télévision, Colin Tapley se produit dans neuf séries britanniques entre 1957 et 1963, dont Le Chevalier Lancelot (deux épisodes, 1957) et Ivanhoé (un épisode, 1958).

Il se retire en Anglerre, dans un village du Gloucestershire, où il meurt en 1995.

Usually with

Hans Dreier
Hans Dreier
(13 films)
Monty Berman
Monty Berman
(3 films)
Harry Cording
Harry Cording
(6 films)
Victor Young
Victor Young
(5 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Colin Tapley (49 films)

Display filmography as list


Paranoiac (1963)
, 1h20
Directed by Freddie Francis
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Thriller, Horror
Actors Janette Scott, Oliver Reed, Sheila Burrell, Maurice Denham, Sydney Bromley, Liliane Brousse
Roles vicaire
Rating67% 3.397193.397193.397193.397193.39719
The wealthy Ashby family has been damaged by the death of Mr. and Mrs. Ashby in a plane crash when their three children were very young. The children were left in the care of their Aunt Harriet. The oldest son, Anthony, committed suicide by jumping off a cliff into the sea when he was 15. The second son, Simon, (Reed) is now a cruel, spendthrift alcoholic trying to drive his sister, Eleanor (Scott) insane, so that he can inherit the estate of their deceased parents. He has only three weeks to wait until the lawyers will turn the family money over to him. But a mysterious man (Davion) appears, who throws a monkey wrench into Simon's plans.
Lamp in Assassin Mews, 1h5
Directed by Godfrey Grayson
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Comedy
Actors Francis Matthews, Lisa Daniely, Ian Fleming, Amy Dalby, Ann Sears, Colin Tapley
Roles Inspector
Rating66% 3.323193.323193.323193.323193.32319
Modernising councillor Jack Norton becomes the target of a couple of elderly serial killers when he plans to remove a gas lamp outside their home.
So Evil, So Young, 1h17
Directed by Godfrey Grayson
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama
Actors Jill Ireland, Ellen Pollock, Joan Haythorne, John Longden, Olive McFarland, Colin Tapley
Roles Inspector
Rating51% 2.5778852.5778852.5778852.5778852.577885
Lucy (Jocelyn Britton) and Claire (Bernice Swanson) are at a house where Lucy used to work. The two of them hack into the safe behind a picture. Inside are several jewels. Claire warns Lucy to leave, but Lucy says that the home-owners are on vacation and the butler is the only one at home; however, he is at the back of house. She says that they have all the time in the world. However, a few seconds later the butler walks in on them. He sees Lucy and recognizes her, but does not see Claire; Claire whacks him on the head with something, knocking him out.
The Sundowners, 2h13
Directed by Fred Zinnemann
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Action, Adventure
Themes Films about animals, Seafaring films, Transport films
Actors Deborah Kerr, Robert Mitchum, Peter Ustinov, Glynis Johns, Dina Merrill, Bryan Pringle
Roles Palmer (uncredited)
Rating70% 3.5462553.5462553.5462553.5462553.546255
Irish-Australian Paddy Carmody (Robert Mitchum) is a sheep drover and shearer, roving the sparsely-populated back country with his wife Ida (Deborah Kerr) and son Sean (Michael Anderson, Jr.). They are sundowners, constantly moving, pitching their tent whenever the sun goes down. Ida and Sean want to settle down, but Paddy has wanderlust and never wants to stay in one place for long. While passing through the bush the family meet refined Englishman Rupert Venneker (Peter Ustinov) and hire him to help drive a large herd of sheep to the town of Cawndilla. Along the way, they survive a dangerous brush fire.
Compelled (1960)
, 56minutes
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Crime
Actors Ronald Howard, John Gabriel, Jack Melford, Colin Tapley, Mark Singleton
Roles Inspector
Rating53% 2.673182.673182.673182.673182.67318
Ex-con Paul Adams is an engineer blackmailed into assisting with a jewel theft. Unbeknownst to his wife, he becomes involved in the building of an underground tunnel from a bookshop to a jewellers.
Man Accused
Directed by Montgomery Tully
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Thriller, Crime
Actors Ronald Howard, Carol Marsh, Ian Fleming, Brian Nissen, Robert Dorning, Colin Tapley
Rating60% 3.04863.04863.04863.04863.0486
Bob Jensen becomes engaged to Kathy, a baronet's daughter, but finds himself framed for murder and consequently imprisoned. He manages to break out of jail, and begins a search for the real killers.
The Safecracker, 1h36
Directed by Ray Milland
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, War, Crime
Themes Political films
Actors Barry Jones, Ray Milland, Victor Maddern, Bernard Fox, Ernest Clark, Melissa Stribling
Roles Colonel Charles Mercer
Rating60% 3.0013.0013.0013.0013.001
Colley Dawson lives a quiet life at home with his mother, but his real life is lived as an expert safecracker at weekends, breaking into wealthy homes and stealing valuable art. When he's eventually arrested and convicted, Colley is approached in prison by Army Major Adbury. He's offered a deal by the Major in exchange for helping with the war effort. Colley will be given his freedom if he uses his safecracking expertise to perform a mission behind enemy lines. The dangerous mission is to break into a difficult safe in a Nazi chateau and steal a list of German spies operating in England. Colley agrees and soon finds himself being trained up as a commando and parachuted into Belgium for the caper of his life.
Blood of the Vampire, 1h27
Directed by Henry Cass
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Science fiction, Horror
Themes Vampires in film
Actors Donald Wolfit, Barbara Shelley, Vincent Ball, Victor Maddern, Andrew Faulds, George Murcell
Roles Commissioner of Prisons
Rating55% 2.75622.75622.75622.75622.7562
Transylvania in the 19th century. A young doctor John Pierre (Vincent Ball) and his fiancee Madeleine Duval (Barbara Shelley) are terrorized by Dr. Callistratus (Donald Wolfit) who was executed but has returned to life with a heart transplant. Along with his mute and hunchback assistant Carl (Victor Maddern), who is now fallen in love with Madeleine, the 'anemic' mad scientist, believed to be a vampire, conducts blood deficiency research on the inmates of a prison hospital for the criminally insane to sustain his return to life.
The Dam Busters, 2h4
Directed by Michael Anderson
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, War, Thriller, Documentary, Action, Historical
Themes Transport films, Aviation films, Political films
Actors Richard Todd, Michael Redgrave, Ursula Jeans, Basil Sydney, Patrick Barr, Raymond Huntley
Roles Doctor W.H. Glanville, C.B., C.B.E.
Rating73% 3.6963253.6963253.6963253.6963253.696325
In the early years of the Second World War, aeronautical engineer Barnes Wallis is struggling to develop a means of attacking Germany's dams in the hope of crippling German heavy industry. Working for the Ministry of Aircraft Production, as well as doing his own job at Vickers, he works feverishly to make practical his theory of a bouncing bomb which would skip over the water to avoid protective torpedo nets. When it came into contact with the dam, it would sink before exploding, making it much more destructive. Wallis calculates that the aircraft will have to fly extremely low (150 feet (46 m)) to enable the bombs to skip over the water correctly, but when he takes his conclusions to the Ministry, he is told that lack of production capacity means they cannot go ahead with his proposals.