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Terence De Marney

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Terence De Marney
Terence De Marney in The Return of Andrew Bentley, Thriller.jpg
De Marney on the television series Thriller in "The Return of Andrew Bentley", 1961
Terence Arthur De Marney

(1908-03-01)1 March 1908
Died25 May 1971(1971-05-25) (aged 63)
London, England
Resting placeWest Norwood Cemetery, South London
  • Actor
  • writer
Years active1931–1971
Diana Hope-Dunbar
(m. 1937, divorced)

(m. 1945; died 1965)
RelativesDerrick De Marney (brother)

Terence Arthur De Marney (1 March 1908 – 25 May 1971) was a British film, stage, radio and television actor, as well as theatre director and writer.



The son of Violet Eileen Concanen and Arthur De Marney, and the grandson of noted Victorian lithographer Alfred Concanen, his career in the theatre began in 1923 and continued almost without interruption, taking in film, radio and television parts. He toured with Mrs Patrick Campbell in The Last of Mrs. Cheyney. In 1930 he played Gustave in The Lady of the Camellias, and toured South Africa as Raleigh in Journey's End. In 1934 he played Tybalt in Romeo and Juliet at the Open Air Theatre, and Giovanni in 'Tis Pity She's a Whore at the Arts. Thrillers tended to be his stock in trade, appearing in a revival of Sutton Vane's Outward Bound during the 1930s, as well as Agatha Christie's Ten Little Indians and Dear Murderer. In later years he appeared in a revival of Gerald Du Maurier's Trilby.

He also appeared on radio as the Count of Monte Cristo, and was the first actor to portray Leslie Charteris' Simon Templar on radio, when The Saint debuted on Radio Athlone in 1940 for six episodes.

He made his film debut in 1931, and went on to appear in a number of quota quickies of the period, including mystery horror films The Unholy Quest (1934) and The Mystery of the Mary Celeste (1935), the latter opposite Bela Lugosi. His distinctive looks seemed to fit the macabre and he would continue to appear in horror films throughout his career including Pharaoh's Curse (1957), the Boris Karloff vehicle Die, Monster, Die! (1965) and The Hand of Night (1968).

After starring in 'B' films Dual Alibi (1948), and No Way Back (1949), he uprooted to Hollywood, where he appeared in a number of famous television series such as Bonanza, Wagon Train, Maverick, Thriller, and The Twilight Zone. He was a series regular in the role of Case Thomas on CBS's Johnny Ringo, with Don Durant, Mark Goddard, and Karen Sharpe. He also played small roles in such Hollywood films as The Silver Chalice (1954), The Virgin Queen (1955), The Ten Commandments (1956), Spartacus and Midnight Lace (both 1960).

He returned to Britain in the 1960s and continued to appear in television series such as Maigret, Dr. Finlay's Casebook, Doctor Who and Z-Cars. His later film appearances were Separation, The Strange Affair and All Neat in Black Stockings (all 1968).


In 1931 he became director of the Connaught Theatre, Worthing, and in 1932, with his brother, the actor Derrick De Marney, he founded the Independent Theatre Club at the Kingsway Theatre, where he directed Emil Ludwig's Versailles and an adaptation of Schnitzler's novel Fraulein Else. He also directed Louis Golding's Magnolia Street Story and Master Crook, originally called Cosh Boy. With his brother he alternated as Slim Callaghan in Meet Slim Callaghan at the Garrick Theatre and carried on the same role in the play's sequel Slim Carves, which he produced and directed.


De Marney wrote the play Wanted for Murder in 1946, which was made into a film, and was also known as A Voice in the Night. With Percy Robinson he wrote the stage thrillers The Whispering Gallery, Wanted for Murder and The Crime of Margaret Foley; he collaborated with Ralph Stock to write Search. He co-wrote the screenplay for No Way Back (1949), in which he starred, with the director Stefan Osiecki.


De Marney died in 1971, aged 63, after an accidental fall in front of a train in the London Underground. He was buried in the family plot at West Norwood Cemetery in South London.


His first wife was Diana Hope-Dunbar nee Fraser, whom he married in 1937.[1] He married his second wife, actress Beryl Measor, in 1945, and they remained married until her death in 1965.


Year Title Role Notes
1931 The Eternal Feminine Michael Winthrop
1932 Heroes of the Mine Youngster
1933 Eyes of Fate Edgar
1934 The Unholy Quest Frank Davis
1935 The Immortal Gentleman Harry Morton / Hamlet / Romeo
1935 The Mystery of the Mary Celeste Charlie Kaye
1936 Born That Way Richard Gearing
1937 Thunder in the City Reporter Uncredited
1939 I Killed the Count Det. Sgt. Raines
1943 They Met in the Dark Code Expert
1947 Dual Alibi Mike Bergen
1948 Uneasy Terms
1949 No Way Back Croucher
1954 The Silver Chalice Sosthene
1955 Mad at the World Pop
1955 The Virgin Queen Archbishop Uncredited
1955 Target Zero Pvt. Harry Fontenoy
1955 Desert Sands Kramer Uncredited
1956 23 Paces to Baker Street Det. Sgt. Luce
1956 The Ten Commandments Hebrew at Rameses' Gate Uncredited
1957 Pharaoh's Curse Sgt. Smolett
1957 My Gun Is Quick Jean, the French Janitor
1959 The Wreck of the Mary Deare Frank
1960 Spartacus Majordomo Uncredited
1960 Midnight Lace Tim Uncredited
1960 The Secret of the Purple Reef Ashby
1961 On the Double Sergeant Colin Twickenham
1962 Confessions of an Opium Eater Scrawny Man
1965 Die, Monster, Die! Merwyn
1966 Death Is a Woman Jacomini
1968 Separation Old man
1968 The Strange Affair Mahon
1968 The Hand of Night Omar
1969 All Neat in Black Stockings Gunge

Selected television

Year Title Role Notes
1959 Have Gun - Will Travel Fitzgerald Season 3, Episode 9 "The Black Handkerchief"
1964 The Third Man Camillo Season 3, Episode 7 "Mars in Conjunction"


  1. ^ "Marriages/De Marney - Dunbar". The Scotsman. Edinburgh, Scotland. 3 July 1937. DE MARNEY - DUNBAR.- At London, on Friday, July 2ns, Terrance De Marney to Diana Hope Dunbar (nee Fraser).

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