Dunedin-born actor Colin Tapley found character parts gave his movie career longevity. Tapley argued that the average time for a leading man in 1930s Hollywood was seven years. He played supporting roles in pre-World War II Hollywood films, and after the war extended his career into the late 60s with performances in British movies and TV. His best remembered film is 1955 classic The Dam Busters.

Life’s very indefinite in Hollywood. Colin Tapley, in an interview with Radio Record, 6 January 1939

Fraulein Doktor

1969, As: General Metzler - Film


1963, As: Vicar - Film

The Cheaters

1962, As: Inspector Menkin / Marsden

The Dam Busters

1955, As: Doctor W H Glanville - Film

The Vise

1955 - 1960, As: Various roles

Angels One Five

1952, As: Adjutant - Film


1951, As: Inspector Davis - Film

Samson and Delilah

1949, As: Prince - Film


1940, As: Bart Massey - Film


1938, As: Robert Rogers - Film

The Light That Failed

1938, As: Gardner - Film

Becky Sharp

1935, As: Captain Dobbin - Film

The Lives of a Bengal Lancer

1935, As: Barrett - Film

Search for Beauty

1934, As: Self - Film

The Scarlett Empress

1934, As: Captain - Queen's Bodyguard - Film