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Tom Bell is a Actor and ADR & Dubbing British born on 2 august 1933 at Liverpool (United-kingdom)

Tom Bell

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Birth name Thomas George Bell
Nationality United-kingdom
Birth 2 august 1933 at Liverpool (United-kingdom)
Death 4 october 2006 (at 73 years) at Brighton (United-kingdom)

Thomas George "Tom" Bell (2 August 1933 – 4 October 2006) was an English actor on stage, film and television. He was dark-haired and lean, and in his later years often played characters having a sinister side to their nature.


Thomas George Bell was born on 2 August 1933 in Liverpool, Lancashire, England. Evacuated as a child during the Second World War, he lived with three different families in Morecambe, Lancashire. In 1948, at age 15, Bell began to act in his first school plays, and though he never dominated the performances he nonetheless demonstrated an acting ability.

On leaving school he trained under Esme Church at the Bradford Civic Theatre; fellow pupils included Billie Whitelaw and Robert Stephens. He later worked in repertory in Liverpool and Dublin.

Bell made his first film appearances in the 1960s in so-called "kitchen sink dramas", including The Kitchen (1961) and The L-Shaped Room (1962), opposite Leslie Caron.

As a young actor, he gained somewhat of a reputation for being a hellraiser who liked a drink. At an awards ceremony, drunk, he interrupted a speech by the guest of honour, Prince Philip, by yelling "Tell us a funny story" – to the obvious embarrassment of table companions, Richard Attenborough and Bryan Forbes. Although (it is said) the Prince took the heckle in good humour with his retort "If you want a funny story, I suggest you engage a professional comic", the incident didn't do Bell's career any favours at the time.

In 1978 he came to worldwide attention portraying Adolf Eichmann in the Emmy-winning tv-series Holocaust, and he received a BAFTA nomination for the series Out, in which he played convicted armed robber, Frank Ross.

In the 1980s and 1990s he appeared in several British films including Wish You Were Here, Peter Greenaway's Prospero's Books, Swing and the 1990 film The Krays, where he played the part of Jack "The Hat" McVitie, one of the Kray twins' murder victims.

He played the dour owner of a run-down seaside waxworks museum in Thames-tv's sitcom Hope It Rains, written by John Esmonde and Bob Larbey and directed by John Howard Davies. There were two series (thirteen episodes in all) aired in 1991-92.

Although he tended to eschew live performance, his few stage appearances included a rôle in the 1979 UK première of Bent, Martin Sherman's play about homosexuality, staged at the Royal Court Theatre. He played the character Horst opposite Ian McKellen's Max. The play's setting of homosexuals and love in a Nazi death camp was shocking for many theatregoers at the time and uncovered a previously little-examined area of Nazi brutality.

Bell played sexist police officer, Detective Sergeant Bill Otley opposite Dame Helen Mirren in the first and third series of the ITV series Prime Suspect. In 1993, in the third season, he received his second BAFTA nomination. One of his final screen appearances was a supporting role in 2006 in the seventh: Prime Suspect: The Final Act. Viewers could see that he was ill throughout the programme.

Bell had enjoyed working with TV director Danny Hiller and when his friend and adviser, showbiz accountant Jose Goumal (also a close friend and adviser to Hiller) asked Bell he agreed to appear in Hiller's first feature film Love Me Still. It was evident throughout filming that Tom was not well, but he soldiered on and completed filming only a few days before the end of his life.

Bell died in hospital in Brighton on 4 October 2006, aged 73, following a short illness. He is survived by his partner Frances Tempest, a son (from an earlier marriage to the actress Lois Daine), a daughter, and a stepdaughter.

Best films

Mission: Impossible (1996)
(Supervising Sound Editor)
Driving Miss Daisy (1990)
(ADR & Dubbing)

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Filmography of Tom Bell (41 films)

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Dead Man's Cards, 1h50
Directed by James Marquand
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Crime
Actors Paul Barber, Tom Bell, Samantha Womack, Andrew Schofield
Roles Billy The Cowboy
Rating53% 2.658782.658782.658782.658782.65878
L'ancien boxeur Tom est sur les cordes, quand une rencontre fortuite au gymnase mène à l'offre de travail comme portier dans une boîte de nuit délabrée. Le portier à tête volatile Paul, est un vétéran aguerri de la vieille école. Reconnaissant Tom pour le combattant qu'il était autrefois, Paul le prend sous son aile et le guide à travers les tenants et les aboutissants de la vie en tant que «gardien de la paix» du club.
Long Time Dead, 1h34
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Thriller, Horror
Actors Joe Absolom, Lukas Haas, Lara Belmont, Marsha Thomason, Alec Newman, Tom Bell
Roles Becker
Rating47% 2.358092.358092.358092.358092.35809
The film begins showing people using a ouija board in Morocco. Throughout the scene, something is seen from first person perspective coming at high speed towards the people.
The Last Minute, 1h44
Directed by Stephen Norrington
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller
Actors Max Beesley, Jason Isaacs, Udo Kier, Tom Bell, Kate Ashfield, Anthony Higgins
Roles Grimshanks
Rating57% 2.8505452.8505452.8505452.8505452.850545
The film darkly lampoons success, failure, and show business.
Swept from the Sea, 1h55
Directed by Beeban Kidron
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Romance
Actors Vincent Pérez, Rachel Weisz, Ian McKellen, Kathy Bates, Joss Ackland, Tony Haygarth
Roles Isaac Foster
Rating66% 3.3466053.3466053.3466053.3466053.346605
Yanko Góral (Vincent Perez), a Ukrainian peasant, is swept ashore on the coast of Cornwall, England, after his emigrant ship sinks on its way to America in 1888. The bodies of his fellow passengers wash ashore and are soon buried in a mass grave. Yanko makes his way to the Swaffer farm, where his dishevelled appearance frightens the family. Amy Foster (Rachel Weisz), however, is not frightened by the stranger. Amy is a loner who visits her parents, Mary and Isaac Foster, every Sunday, despite receiving very little love from them. Her father calls her a "queer sort" who collects things that wash ashore, and blames her for his scandalous marriage—Mary was already pregnant before they were married. In the coming days, Amy attends to Yanko—washing, feeding, and caring for him. When he regains his health, Yanko is taken away by the townspeople to work as slave labour.
The Boxer
The Boxer (1997)
, 1h53
Directed by Jim Sheridan
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Romance
Themes Films about religion, Sports films, Films about terrorism, Martial arts films, Boxing films, Political films, Conflit nord-irlandais, Le boxe anglaise
Actors Daniel Day-Lewis, Emily Watson, Brian Cox, Lorraine Pilkington, Ken Stott, Gerard McSorley
Roles Mr Maguire (uncredited)
Rating69% 3.4978853.4978853.4978853.4978853.497885
Former Irish pugilist & Provisional IRA member Danny Flynn (Daniel Day-Lewis) returns home to Belfast from a 14-year stint in prison at the age of 32. Weary of the unbroken cycle of violence in Northern Ireland, he attempts to settle down and live in peace. After meeting his drink-sodden old trainer Ike (Ken Stott), Danny starts up a non-sectarian boxing club for boys in an old gymnasium. While fixing up the old building, however, he runs across a cache of Semtex hidden underneath the stage. He throws the cache into the river.
Preaching to the Perverted, 1h40
Directed by Stuart Urban
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama
Themes Films about sexuality, BDSM in films, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related film, Lesbian-related films
Actors Guinevere Turner, Tom Bell, Christien Anholt, Ricky Tomlinson, Roger Lloyd-Pack, Sue Johnston
Roles Henry Harding MP
Rating58% 2.903342.903342.903342.903342.90334
Henry Harding MP, a British government minister on a moral crusade, hires an inexperienced young computer whizzkid, Peter Emery who works for a Christian computer company called Holy Hardware, to infiltrate the United Kingdom BDSM scene. Harding is set on putting a club called "House of Thwax" run by Mistress Tanya Cheex out of business, and is sure that Peter's secretly videotaped evidence of the club's activities will do the trick. However, the virginal Peter takes a liking to Tanya Cheex and finds himself falling for the Mistress. Amongst the locations used Layer Marney Tower in Essex plays a pivotal role for a party scene.
Feast of July, 1h56
Directed by Christopher Menaul
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Crime
Actors Embeth Davidtz, Tom Bell, Gemma Jones, James Purefoy, Greg Wise, Ben Chaplin
Roles Ben Wainwright
Rating61% 3.0972053.0972053.0972053.0972053.097205
The movie opens with Isabella Ford (Embeth Davidtz) in a pathetic state, traveling alone from Selmouth to Addisford on foot although she will be having a baby in a short while. In a deserted cabin on the way, she gives birth to a stillborn baby. She buries it and continues her journey to Addisford. She arrives there late in the evening and meets Ben Wainwright (Tom Bell), the lamplighter at Addisford. He asks her about herself and if she has any relatives in Addisford. Bella replies that she does not have any and she came looking for a man by the name of Arch Wilson (Greg Wise). Ben does not know him and seeing her plight, takes her to his house. She tells his wife (Gemma Jones) to get Bella washed up. Bella, now clean and dry, sits at the dinner table while Ben introduces his family. Ben has three children. Matty (Kenneth Anderson), Con (Ben Chaplin) and Jedd (James Purefoy). Matty, the youngest, is a shoemaker, Jedd is a soldier (cavalry) and Con does not have a specific profession. He does the household chores and helps his parents around. Throughout the movie, Con is shown to be reserved and introvert with a violent temper, although kind at heart. Bella is unable to eat any thing during the dinner, starts crying and faints when she stands up to go to bed.
Let Him Have It, 1h55
Directed by Peter Medak
Genres Drama, Biography, Crime
Themes Prison films, Films about capital punishment
Actors Christopher Eccleston, Paul Reynolds, Tom Courtenay, Eileen Atkins, Tom Bell, Edward Hardwicke
Roles Fairfax
Rating71% 3.5946353.5946353.5946353.5946353.594635
The film is based on the true story of Derek Bentley. Within the film, Bentley (Eccleston) is an illiterate young adult with developmental disabilities who falls into a gang led by a younger teenager named Chris Craig (Reynolds). The two become trapped by the police, who tell Chris to put down his gun. Bentley says, "Let him have it, Chris." Chris begins firing, killing one officer and wounding another. Because he is a minor (under 18), Chris is given a minor sentence, but Bentley, although he did not shoot anyone, is sentenced to death, on the basis that his statement to Chris was an instigation to begin shooting.
Prospero's Books, 2h9
Directed by Peter Greenaway
Origin France
Genres Drama, Comedy-drama, Fantasy
Themes Théâtre, Films based on plays, Films based on works by William Shakespeare
Actors John Gielgud, Michel Blanc, Erland Josephson, Isabelle Pasco, Mark Rylance, Tom Bell
Roles Antonio
Rating67% 3.3989853.3989853.3989853.3989853.398985
The daughter of Prospero, an exiled magician, falls in love with the son of his enemy, while the sorcerer's sprite, Ariel, convinces him to abandon revenge against the traitors from his earlier life. In the film, Prospero stands in for Shakespeare, and is seen writing and speaking the story's action as it unfolds. Prospero's Books is a complex tale based upon William Shakespeare's The Tempest.
Dark River
Dark River (1990)

Genres Drama
Actors Tom Bell, Ian McNeice, Siân Phillips, Kate Buffery, Tony Haygarth, Freddie Jones
Roles Johnny Deacon

On the banks of a river flowing through the lowlands of Africa, the British have set up a colony without the constraints of European civilization. Into this tight-knit community a stranger (Deacon) strays, refusing to abide by its self-serving code. He is immediately set at odds with the locals: a businessman (K B Priestley) who employs his authority in the community to disguise his personal weaknesses, his daughter (Lydia) who uses the men in the community as rungs in her climb out of provincialism; a sour, manipulative club barman (Yorkie); a widow and cocoa heiress (Mrs Blessington) who plays puppet-master from a distance; hero of the bars (Oliver) with his dubious investment schemes, sardonic gossip columnist Jane Audeby, and club waiter Elias who becomes his most candid counsellor.
The Krays
The Krays (1990)
, 1h59
Directed by Peter Medak
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Thriller, Biography, Action, Adventure, Historical, Crime
Themes Films about families, Films about sexuality, LGBT-related films, Gangster films, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related film
Actors Martin Kemp, Gary Kemp, Billie Whitelaw, Tom Bell, Martin Kemp, Susan Fleetwood
Roles Jack 'The Hat' McVitie
Rating65% 3.296883.296883.296883.296883.29688
The film charts the lives of the Kray twins from childhood to adult life. The plot focuses on the relationship between the twins and their doting mother (Whitelaw). Ronald (Gary Kemp) is the dominant one, influencing his brother Reginald (Martin Kemp) to perform several acts of violence.