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Arthur Russell Thorndike (6 February 1885, Rochester, Kent — 7 November 1972) was a British actor and novelist, best known for the Doctor Syn of Romney Marsh novels. Lesser known than his sister Dame Sybil Thorndike but just as versatile, Russell Thorndike's first love was for the pen and, following service in World War I, he devoted himself to writing.

He was born in Rochester, Kent, where his father had recently taken the position of canon at the cathedral. A student at St George's School, Windsor Castle, he was a chorister of St George's Chapel, an experience he later recounted in his book Children of the Garter (1937). At his suggestion, both he and Sybil (who once aspired to be a concert pianist) tried acting as a career in 1903. They became students at Ben Greet's Academy and two years later accompanied fellow members of the company on a North American tour, which included New York. He remained three-and-a-half years with the company, once giving three performances as Hamlet in three different versions of the text on the same day. He also toured in South Africa and Asia.

Around this time he completed his first novel of romantic adventure on Romney Marsh entitled Dr Syn. In 1914 he enlisted. His brother Frank, who once performed on stage, was killed in action. Russell was severely wounded at Gallipoli and discharged. He rejoined Ben Greet's theatre company and his sister at the Old Vic in 1916 where played in the Shakespearean classics -- King John, Richard II, and King Lear. Sybil played the Fool. Thorndike also acted with Sybil and her husband, Lewis Casson, in their touring repertory of melodramas. In 1922 he was applauded for his performance in Henrik Ibsen's first professional production of Peer Gynt at the Old Vic.

Thorndike married Rosemary Dowson, a daughter of the well-known actress Rosina Filippi, in 1918.

In film, Thorndike's appearances were infrequent. He played Macbeth (1922) in a silent version of the play opposite Sybil's Lady and also played leads in silent versions of other classic plays including Scrooge (1923) as Old Ebenezer, and The School for Scandal (1923) as Sir Peter Teazle. He ended his film career in minor priest roles for Laurence Olivier in Hamlet (1948) and Richard III (1955). Although Russell Thorndike appeared on the stage over four decades (including playing his own Dr. Syn character and entertaining audiences as Smee in ten revivals of Peter Pan, including the famous Scala Theatre version where Sir Donald Sinden doubled the roles of Mr Darling and Captain Hook), he felt a deeper fulfilment in writing, which would include the later work The House of Jeffreys.

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Total Books: 28
The Slype
2013 - The Slype (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781939140647
ISBN-10: 1939140641
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense

The Master of the Macabre
2013 - The Master of the Macabre (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781939140470
ISBN-10: 1939140471
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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A Wanderer With Shakespeare
2010 - A Wanderer with Shakespeare (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781152109223
ISBN-10: 1152109227

Doctor Syn A Smuggler Tale of the Romney Marsh
2009 - Doctor Syn a Smuggler Tale of the Romney Marsh (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781150438493
ISBN-10: 1150438495
Genre: Literature & Fiction

Doctor Syn On The High Seas
2004 - Doctor Syn on the High Seas (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781419116322
ISBN-10: 1419116320
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense

Doctor Syn Returns
2004 - Doctor Syn Returns (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781419116339
ISBN-10: 1419116339
Genre: Literature & Fiction

Doctor Syn A Smuggler Tale
2004 - Doctor Syn a Smuggler Tale (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781419116346
ISBN-10: 1419116347
Genre: Literature & Fiction

The Amazing Quest Of Doctor Syn
2004 - The Amazing Quest of Doctor Syn (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781419152009
ISBN-10: 1419152009
Genre: Literature & Fiction

The Further Adventures Of Doctor Syn
2004 - The Further Adventures of Doctor Syn (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781419163203
ISBN-10: 1419163205
Genre: Literature & Fiction

The Shadow of Doctor Syn
2004 - The Shadow of Doctor Syn (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781419182228
ISBN-10: 1419182226
Genre: Literature & Fiction

Doctor Syn
1999 - Doctor Syn [Doctor Syn Saga] (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780953372607
ISBN-10: 095337260X

Dr Syn Returns
1974 - Dr Syn Returns (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780345237859
ISBN-10: 0345237854

Dr Syn on the high seas
1973 - Dr Syn on the High Seas [Dr. Syn] (Other)
ISBN-13: 9780345234148
ISBN-10: 0345234146

Courageous Exploits of Doctor Syn (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780090242016
ISBN-10: 0090242017

Shadow of Doctor Syn
Shadow of Doctor Syn (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780090418312
ISBN-10: 009041831X

The courageous exploits of Doctor Syn
The Courageous Exploits of Doctor Syn (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780099064404
ISBN-10: 0099064405

The First Englishman
The First Englishman (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780856176005
ISBN-10: 0856176001
Genre: Literature & Fiction