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Is he related to the Actor Frank Vosper! please

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kidsnpets Report 4 Aug 2010 13:12

Please can anyone help me with this, this is a relatives request that i have met through doing my tree, but i dont have access to the census.
thought it might be a interesting one.
any help would be appreciated.


RE: Triggs family tree


Question for you. I was watching an early Alfred Hitchcock movie, "The Man Who Knew Too Much" (1937 - original version), and there is an actor in it named Frank Vosper (1899-1937), born Sussex, England. Vosper is a bit of unusual name so I'm wondering if it might be a relative of mine of some sort on my mother's side. I don't have access to the European databases on Ancestry so is there any way you can check to lookup the mother/father, siblings, and wife/children of the actor? Just curious if he ties into my family in some way. Thanks!

Paul Wegner
(Son of James Wegner & Vivienne Mabel Vosper)
Scappoose, Oregon, USA
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thanks for any help.


Flick Report 4 Aug 2010 13:16

Google Frank Vosper............

OR.......check freebmd for a possible birth

At the moment, there is no way of knowing whether FRANK VOSPER was the actor's real name..............


Flick Report 4 Aug 2010 13:17

Name: Frank P Vosper
Death Registration Month/Year: 1937
Age at death (estimated): 37
Registration district: Hailsham
Inferred County: Sussex
Volume: 2b
Page: 148


Flick Report 4 Aug 2010 13:19

Name: Frank Permain Vosper
Year of Registration: 1900
Quarter of Registration: Jan-Feb-Mar
District: Hampstead
County: Greater London, London, Middlesex
Volume: 1a
Page: 654


Name: Frank Vosper
Age: 1
Estimated birth year: abt 1900
Relation: Son
Father's Name: Percy
Mother's Name: Blanche
Gender: Male
Where born: West Hampstead, London, England

Civil parish: St Pancras
Ecclesiastical parish: St Mark
County/Island: London
Country: England

Registration district: St Pancras
Sub-registration district: Regent's Park
ED, institution, or vessel: 17
Neighbors: View others on page
Household schedule number: 262
Household Members: Name Age
Percy Vosper 27
Blanche Vosper 25
Edgar Vosper 5
Frank Vosper 1
Emily Knight 20


Flick Report 4 Aug 2010 13:22

You now need to ask your Trigg relative to give details of the antecedents of Vivienne Mabel Vosper


Corinne Report 4 Aug 2010 13:22

I've just googled his name. He was born Frank Vosper on 15 Dec 1899 in London, died 3 Mar 1937. He was an actor and playwright. He died when he fell of the ocean liner, SS Paris. There was considerable speculation about the circumstance of his death, but it was deemed accidental by the coroner.


Flick Report 4 Aug 2010 13:25

Found by googling............
your US contacts could have done this......

1899 - 1937
the actor Frank Vosper was active at the theater in the first place but he also took part in movies time and again. He was already grasped by the acting bug as a boy and at the age of 17 he attended the F.R. Benson and afterwards the Ben Greet Players instead of a college.
After first roles on stages he served in World War I but was lucky to be employed by Captain Basil Dean's entertainment unit. The experiences he made there underpinned his intention to learn the profession of an actor seriously.
After the war he soon became established on British stages where he often impersonated old men at the beginning of his career.

He made his film debut in 1926 with the silent movies "The Woman Juror" and "Blinkeyes".
He wrote his first play in 1927 with the title The Combined Maze", which was praised as an outstanding modern theater play by the critics. It followed other plays, from thrillers to comedies.

He experienced the height of his career in the 30's and was highly esteemed as an actor as well as an author of movies theater plays.
To his well-known movies belong "Rome Express" (32), "Dick Turpin" (33), "Red Ensign" (34) directed by Michael Powell, "Jew Süss" (34), Alfred Hitchcock's "The Man Who Knew Too Much" (34) where he impersonated the assassin, "Royal Cavalcade" (35) and "Spy of Napoleon" (36).
When Frank Vosper went on holiday to Jamaica in 1936 he went to New York afterwards in order to help to set up one of his plays for the theater. On the way back to London with the liner "Paris" the unthinkable happened.

In the last night before the arrivel he took part at a party of the British beauty queen Muriel Oxford. Finally he wanted to retire because he felt tired, he was seen at the window outside of Muriel Oxford's room the last time, after that he was missed. His body was found floating in the sea days later near Oxford. The investigation came to the conclusion that the death was induced by accident. The newspapers were busy with the case for weeks before the official judgment of the accidental death was announced.

Other movies with Frank Vosper:
The Last Post (29) Waltzes from Vienna (33) Strange Evidence (33) Open All Night (34) Blind Justice (34) Königsmark (35) Heart's Desire (35) Secret of Stamboul (36)


Further info from Google

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Home > Library > Entertainment & Arts > ActorsBorn: 1898
Died: 1937
Occupation: Actor, Writer
Active: '30s
Major Genres: Drama, Mystery
Career Highlights: The Man Who Knew Too Much, Love From a Stranger, Power
First Major Screen Credit: Murder on the Second Floor (1932)
Frank Vosper began the 1930s as an up-and-coming major playwright as well as a recognized, talented actor on-stage and, later, onscreen. He was the subject of interviews and articles, and had the world at his feet. As the decade wore on, he gained the favor of such directors as Alfred Hitchcock and Michael Powell onscreen. The son of a doctor, Vosper came from a family that, in the preceding 200 years at least, had not a single member of the acting profession in its ranks. He was bitten by the acting bug as a boy, however, to the degree that his devotion of time and energy to amateur theatricals destroyed his academic record. At 17, in lieu of college, he joined the F.R. Benson and then the Ben Greet Players, and played small roles with each company. He served in uniform during the latter part of World War I and was lucky enough to make it into an entertainment unit run by Captain Basil Dean, which only reinforced his devotion to the theater.

He was last seen standing at a window on the veranda outside Oxford's room, and then was missing...his body was found off Plymouth days later


kidsnpets Report 4 Aug 2010 13:26

I have googled him too, seems Vosper is his real name
will ask my relative for more info on his mother Vivienne Mabel Vosper, dates etc.
many thanks


Flick Report 4 Aug 2010 13:31

The 1901 census I posted shows the father to be in the Medical Profession


MaureeninNY Report 4 Aug 2010 13:59

Oregon Death Index, 1903-98 about Vivienne Mabel Wegner
Name: Wegner, Vivienne Mabel
County: Lane
Death Date: 22 Nov 1993
Certificate: 93-23471
Age: 70
Birth Date: 13 Dec 1922
Spouse: James

1930 US Census
Name: Vivian Vosper
Home in 1930: Portland, Multnomah, Oregon
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Age: 7
Estimated birth year: abt 1923
Relation to Head of House: Daughter
Father's Name: Alford H
Mother's Name: Mabel L
Race: White

Household Members:
Name Age
Alford H Vosper 52 born California,parents born England
Mabel L Vosper 43
Alfred E Vosper 16
Verna Vosper 14
Vivian Vosper 7
Source Citation: Year: 1930; Census Place: Portland, Multnomah, Oregon; Roll 1954; Page: 7A; Enumeration District: 545; Image: 1008.0.

1880 Ancestry
Name: Alfred Vosper
Home in 1880: Portland, Multnomah, Oregon
Age: 28
Estimated birth year: abt 1852
Birthplace: England
Relation to Head of Household: Self (Head)
Spouse's name: Julia
Father's birthplace: England
Mother's birthplace: England
Neighbors: View others on page
Occupation: Marble Cutter
Marital Status: Married
Race: White
Gender: Male
Household Members:
Name Age
Alfred Vosper 28
Julia Vosper 27
Nellie Vosper 4
Alfred Vosper 2
Newton Vosper 1
Source Citation: Year: 1880; Census Place: Portland, Multnomah, Oregon; Roll 1083; Family History Film: 1255083; Page: 420A; Enumeration District: 139; Image: 0423.



Russell Report 25 Dec 2012 17:17

Just found this link with Frank Vosper.

A portrait of Frank Vosper has hung above my mother's chair for many years. My mother was related to the Vosper family on her maternal side. She knew all about his acting and of course his drowning, but I am still searching to find where he fits into our family tree.

Will help with any other information on the Vospers as have researched a large Family Tree.

Russ Jenner


MarieCeleste Report 25 Dec 2012 18:43

Hello Russell and welcome to the boards.

As you can see, the posts on this thread were a couple of years ago, you could try clicking on kidsnpets name to send a message to see if the relative she was making the query on behalf of has any further info.