David Tomlinson (I) (1917–2000)

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David Tomlinson is best known for his role as George Banks in Walt Disney's Mary Poppins (1964). As a youth he spent a short spell in the guards. He joined the RAF in WW2 where he survived the trauma of a plane crash on his first solo flight due to engine failure, then becoming a flying instructor for the remainder of the war. He began his film ... See full bio »

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Known For

Mary Poppins Mr. George W. Banks
The Love Bug Peter Thorndyke
Saving Mr. Banks Mr. Banks


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 1980 The Fiendish Plot of Dr. Fu Manchu
Sir Roger Avery
 1979 Dominique
 1978 Wombling Free
Roland Frogmorton
 1978 The Water Babies
Sir John / Voice of Polar Bear
 1976 Hawaii Five-O (TV Series)
- Nine Dragons (1976) ... Blake
 1975 From Hong Kong with Love
Sir John Mac Gregor
 1971 Bedknobs and Broomsticks
 1968 The Love Bug
Peter Thorndyke
 1967 Comedy Playhouse (TV Series)
Charles Pinfold
- Loitering with Intent (1967) ... Charles Pinfold
 1967 Jackanory (TV Series)
- William's Treasure Trove (1967) ... Storyteller
- William's Evening Out (1967) ... Storyteller
- The Knights of the Square Table (1967) ... Storyteller
- William Gets His Fairing (1967) ... Storyteller
- William and the Pop Group (1967) ... Storyteller
 1965 The Liquidator
 1965 City in the Sea
Harold Tufnell-Jones
 1965 The Truth About Spring
Charles Skelton
 1964 Mary Poppins
Mr. George W. Banks
 1963 Tom Jones
Lord Fellamar
 1962 Boeing-Boeing (TV Movie)
 1960 ITV Play of the Week (TV Series)
Tom Swinley
- The Happy Man (1960) ... Tom Swinley
 1960 Follow That Horse!
Dick Lanchester
 1957-1959 Theatre Night (TV Series)
Tom Gore / David Warren
- The Ring of Truth (1959) ... Tom Gore
- Dear Delinquent (1957) ... David Warren
 1958 Further Up the Creek
Lt. Humphrey Fairweather
 1958 Up the Creek
Lt. Humphrey Fairweather
 1957 The Ship Was Loaded
Tom Baker
 1955 All for Mary
Humphrey 'Humpy' Miller
 1955 Theatre Royal (TV Series)
Tom Pettigo
- The No Man (1955) ... Tom Pettigo
 1954 All for Mary (TV Movie)
Clive Norton
 1954 The Birdcage Room (TV Movie)
Lord Tempest
 1953 Is Your Honeymoon Really Necessary
Frank Betterton
 1952 Made in Heaven
Basil Topham
 1952 Castle in the Air
Earl of Locharne
 1951 The Magic Box
Assistant in Laboratory
 1951 Hotel Sahara
Captain Puffin Cheyne
 1951 Calling Bulldog Drummond
Algernon 'Algy' Longworth
 1950 The Wooden Horse
Phil Roe
 1950 So Long at the Fair
Johnny Barton
 1949 Landfall
 1949 The Amazing Mr. Beecham
Lord Tony Pym
 1949 The Chiltern Hundreds (TV Movie)
Lord Pym
 1949 Helter Skelter
Nick Martin
 1949 Miranda (TV Movie)
Sir Paul Marten
 1949 Marry Me
David Haig
 1949 Vote for Huggett
Harold Hinchley
 1949 Warning to Wantons
Count Max Kardak
 1948 Here Come the Huggetts
Harold Hinchley
 1948 Love in Waiting
Robert Clitheroe
 1948 Sleeping Car to Trieste
Tom Bishop
 1948 My Brother's Keeper
Ronnie Waring
 1948 Broken Journey
Jimmy Marshall
 1948 Miranda
 1948 Easy Money
Martin (segment The Stafford Story)
 1947 The Master of Bankdam
Lancelot Handel Crowther
 1947 Fame Is the Spur
Lord Liskeard
 1946 Secret Flight
Mr. Watlington
 1946 I See a Dark Stranger
Intelligence Officer
 1945 Journey Together
 1945 Johnny in the Clouds
'Prune' Parsons
 1941 'Pimpernel' Smith
 1941 My Wife's Family
Willie Bagshott
 1941 Quiet Wedding
Janet's Brother John
 1940 Garrison Follies (uncredited)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

(1938-39) Stage: Was a member of the Northampton Repertory Company, Northampton, England in many productions including appearing as William Heather in "Black Swans" written by Geoffrey Kerr with Oswald Dale Robertson in the cast. See more »

Publicity Listings:

3 Print Biographies | 1 Article | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »


6' 1¼" (1.86 m)


Audrey Freeman  (his death)  (4 children) | See more »


William Tomlinson | See more »


Clarence Tomlinson | Florence Elizabeth Sinclair-Thomson

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Sometimes I think back to Father's pronouncement that I would never succeed at anything. I remember the variety of schools where I never achieved much - the times of childish despair. I never quite dared dream then that I would actually manage to earn my living in my chosen profession. I may be sentimental but I can't deny that I have been luckier than most. See more »


"Peter only behaved when David was on set". Simon Williams describing working with Peter Sellers in David's last film The Fiendish Plot of Dr. Fu Manchu (1980). See more »


His roles on Disney's motion pictures.


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