Lionel Jeffries





6/10/1926 , London, England

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Lionel Jeffries was a filmmaker and actor from England, who was remembered for playing Dick Van Dykes goofy father in the 1968 fantasy film, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Born in Forest Hill, England, in 1926, Jeffries entered the David Garrick Theatre after being honorably discharged from serving in World War I. His first film job came in an unaccredited role in the English short, Stage Fright. The actor made his television debut two years later, on BBC's Sunday night Theatre. Jeffries first major role in a motion picture came in 1955 after taking the lead in the British comedy, Windfall. The actor's career would then take off and expand well into 2001. Jeffries wrote and directed four films in the 70s, and he earned a Golden globe nomination in 1967 for his work in the musical-comedy, The Spy with a Cold Nose. He is also remembered for charters played in the motion pictures, The Trials of Oscar Wilde (1960), Camelot (1967) and The Amazing Mr. Blunden (1972).