Shane Rim­mer

Scott Tracy in Thun­der­birds

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Pro­lific Canadian char­ac­ter ac­tor Shane Rim­mer has brought to life nu­mer­ous colour­ful per­son­al­i­ties dur­ing his six decades in the busi­ness, mak­ing ap­pear­ances in such clas­sics as Dr Strangelove, Star Wars, the orig­i­nal Su­per­man films and, more re­cently, Bat­man Be­gins. How­ever, it was lend­ing his dis­tinctly grav­elly vo­cals to se­nior brother Scott Tracy in Gerry An­der­son’s clas­sic 1960s mar­i­onette TV se­ries Thun­der­birds that he is best re­mem­bered for. We spoke to Shane at his home in Pot­ter’s Bar.

Would you like to play the role again?

Sure! I en­joyed do­ing it. The char­ac­ter had enough life in him and enough vari­a­tion to make him pretty in­ter­est­ing. I’d be quite happy to do it again.

What’s the strangest re­quest you’ve had from a fan?

I was once asked whether I had any me­men­tos from Canada that I would like to pass on. I had a lit­tle fur piece – I think it was from a beaver, which was kind of a mas­cot for Canada.

Would any of scott tracy’s skills or at­tributes have been use­ful i n real life?

I think Scott was a pretty re­source­ful fel­low and very alert. He seemed to be able to han­dle sit­u­a­tions pretty well. Most things hap­pened rather rapidly – they would be out bask­ing in the sun then sud­denly there was an emer­gency call and they would have to jump into their craft and away they would go!

I s there any­thing you think was un­fin­ished about scott’s story?

No, I think they pretty well ex­hausted all of his re­sources.

Did you get any sou­venirs from the set?

No, but I can’t tell you how many garbage cans I passed on the way out of record­ing ses­sions with dis­carded Thun­der­birds parts and pieces!

any­thing from Thun­der­birds you wish was real? I’ve been in­trigued by all the space flights – I doubt that I would ever take the op­por­tu­nity to go up in one though!

What would i t say on the char­ac­ter’s grave­stone?

There was a great quote from Dorothy Walker, a writer for The New Yorker, and on her grave­stone read: “Par­don my dust!”

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