Frank Vosper

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Frank Vosper
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Born Frank Permian Vosper
(1899-12-15)15 December 1899
Hampstead, London, England
Died 6 March 1937(1937-03-06) (aged 37)
at sea
Cause of death accidental drowning
Occupation actor & writer

Frank Vosper (15 December 1899, in London – 6 March 1937) was a British actor and playwright.[1][2]


Vosper made his stage debut in 1919 and was best known for playing urbane villains.[3][4]

His extensive stage experience included appearing in his own play Love from a Stranger (1936), adapted from the short story Philomel Cottage by Agatha Christie.[5][6]

His screenplays included co-writing the comedy No Funny Business (1933).[7]

He also wrote People Like Us, based on the case of Edith Thompson and Frederick Bywaters.[8] Banned by the Lord Chamberlain after a performance at the Strand Theatre featuring Atholl Fleming,[9] it remained unperformed until 1948 when it premiered at the Wyndhams Theatre, London, with Miles Malleson, George Rose, Robert Flemyng and Kathleen Michael.[10]


His films as an actor included

Films as a writer included


Vosper drowned on 6 March 1937 when he fell from the ocean liner SS Paris.[11] The death was eventually ruled as accidental after considerable media speculation as to the cause of the death.[5] At the time there was considerable debate because Vosper was a well known homosexual and it was said by many that it was because he found his lover flirting with a beauty queen that he threw himself from the ocean liner. [12]

According to the Daily Express Fiction Library edition of Murder on the Second Floor, Vosper fell from the French ocean liner SS Normandie, while contemporary newspaper accounts noted it was the liner, SS Paris.[13]


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