Ernest Thesiger

Ernest Frederic Graham Thesiger CBE (15 January 1879 - 14 January 1961) was an English stage and film actor. He is best known for his performance as Dr. Septimus Pretorius in James Whale's film Bride of Frankenstein (1935). The grandson of the Baron Chelmsford, Thesiger was born in London, England and was the first cousin once removed of the explorer and author Wilfred Thesiger (1910–2003), and the nephew of General Frederic Augustus Thesiger, 2nd Baron Chelmsford, who, exactly a week after Ernest's birth, famously led his troops in battle against — and defeat at the hands of — a Zulu army at the Battle of Isandlwana. Thesiger attended Marlborough College and the Slade School of Art with aspirations of becoming a painter, but quickly switched to drama, making his professional debut in a production of Colonel Smith in 1909.


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