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Shane Rimmer

Shane Rimmer
Born (1929-05-28) 28 May 1929
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Residence Potters Bar, Hertfordshire, England
Occupation Actor
Years active 1958–present
Television Thunderbirds (1965–66)

Shane Rimmer (born 28 May 1929)[1] is a Canadian actor and voice actor, known for providing the voice of Scott Tracy in the British television series Thunderbirds (1965–66).

Contents

  • Career 1
    • Film 1.1
    • Television 1.2
    • Other work 1.3
  • Selected filmography 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4

Career

Film

Rimmer has appeared mainly in supporting roles – especially in films and television series produced in the United Kingdom, having immigrated to England in the late 1950s, initially performing as a cabaret singer and then auditioning for Thunderbirds.[2][3]

His appearances include roles in films such as Dr. Strangelove (1964), Rollerball (1975), The Spy Who Loved Me (1977), Gandhi (1982), Out of Africa (1985) and Crusoe (1989). More recently, he has appeared in Spy Game (2001) and Batman Begins (2005).

In the earlier years of his career, Rimmer appeared uncredited in, among other films, You Only Live Twice (1967), Diamonds Are Forever (1971), Star Wars (1977) and Superman II (1980). With the exception of cast members playing recurring characters, he has appeared in more James Bond films than any other actor. He also is believed to have provided the voice for the character Hamilton (played by Robert Dix) in Live and Let Die (1973) ("Whose, uh, funeral is it?" ("Yours"))[4]

Television

Rimmer had a long-running association with TV producer Gerry Anderson. He was the voice actor behind the character of Scott Tracy. He drafted the story for the penultimate episode, "Ricochet" (1966), from which writer Tony Barwick penned a script.

He also wrote scripts and provided uncredited voices for Anderson's subsequent Supermarionation productions Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons (1967–68), Joe 90 (1968–69) and The Secret Service (1969), appeared in episodes of the live-action series UFO (1970) and The Protectors (1972–74), provided voices for Space: 1999 (1975–77), and guest-starred in one of its episodes, "Space Brain" (1976). Later, he appeared in the un-televised 1983 pilot Space Police (which was adapted as a full TV series and renamed Space Precinct in the 1990s) and provided the voice of the title character in Dick Spanner, P.I. (1986–87).

Rimmer and fellow Anderson associate, American actor Ed Bishop, would joke about how their professional paths frequently crossed, calling themselves "Rent-a-Yanks". They appeared together as United States Navy sailors in The Bedford Incident (1965) and as NASA technicians in the opening of You Only Live Twice (1967), as well as touring together on stage, including a production of Death of a Salesman in the 1990s. Rimmer and Bishop also appeared in the BBC drama-documentary Hiroshima, which was completed shortly after Bishop's death in 2005.

Other work

Rimmer appeared once in Doctor Who (in the 1966 serial The Gunfighters), and twice in Coronation Street: as Joe Donnelli (from 1968 to 1970), who held Stan Ogden hostage before taking his own life, and Malcolm Reid (in 1988), the father of Audrey Roberts' son Stephen. He has made many guest appearances in British TV series for ITV, including Roald Dahl's Tales of the Unexpected, as well as ITC's The Persuaders! In 1980 Rimmer played Edward Condon in the BBC mini-series Oppenheimer, which was rebroadcast in the United States in 1982.

In 1989, Rimmer was reunited with Bishop and another Gerry Anderson associate, Matt Zimmerman, during the production of a BBC Radio 4 adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's A Study In Scarlet. In 2012, he recorded a reading of Donald Cotton's Doctor Who novelisation of The Gunfighters for release in February 2013.

In 2010, Rimmer returned to Thunderbirds, in a 15-minute fan movie (simply entitled "Thunderbirds 2010"). He appears as the voice of Jeff Tracy over Thunderbird 3's radio, towards the end of the movie, instructing Scott and Alan to take the three astronauts they rescued in the movie to an intact space station, and return to Tracy Island in anticipation of a storm in the Pacific.

In 2013, Rimmer played the role of Leo Carlin in audio drama The Mighty Carlins by award-winning Canadian playwright Collin Doyle. The recording was produced by Wireless Theatre Company.

In 2014, Shane released his first fiction novel Long Shot, through amazon.co.uk/com. This marked Shane's second foray into publishing, having released his autobiography From Thunderbirds to Pterodactyls 4 years previously.

Selected filmography

References

  1. ^
  2. ^ Biography
  3. ^ Interview on YouTube
  4. ^ DVD commentary for Live and Let Die

External links

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