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Alan Tilvern
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Tilvern as R. K. Maroon in Who Framed Roger Rabbit
Abraham Tilevitch

(1918-11-05)5 November 1918
Died17 December 2003(2003-12-17) (aged 85)
London, England
Years active1946–1993
SpouseDiane Elliott (m. 1963)

Alan Tilvern (5 November 1918 – 17 December 2003) was an English actor. He was known for usually playing "tough-guy" roles.[1]


Tilvern was born 5 November 1918 in Whitechapel, in the East End of London, to Lithuanian-Jewish parents, who changed their name from Tilevitch.

War and film career

After leaving school, he became a barrow boy in Brick Lane.[2] In the Second World War, he served in the Army but was invalided out before its end in 1945. A year later, he began an acting career (Danger by My Side being a good example), that lasted until the late 1980s. He is possibly best known for his role as R. K. Maroon in his last film, Who Framed Roger Rabbit.[3]


Tilvern died on 17 December 2003, at the age of 85. He was survived by his daughter.


Television appearances

Year Title Role Notes
1957 Educated Evans
1964 Ann Veronica
Doctor Who serial Forester Episode: Planet of Giants
1969 Dad's Army Captain Rodrigues Episode: "Battle School"
1973 U.S. Colonel Schultz Episode: "My British Buddy"
1976 The Sweeney Charlie Walters Episode: "Sweet Smell of Succession"
1977 Poldark Nicholas Warleggan


Year Title Role
1946 Jean's Plan Max
1948 The Small Voice
1950 Night and the City Beggar (uncredited)
Cairo Road The Photographer
1951 Captain Horatio Hornblower Hernandez
1953 Knights of the Round Table Steward (uncredited)
1954 The Master Plan Otto Szimek (uncredited)
1956 Bhowani Junction Ted Dunphy
The Bespoke Overcoat Mr. Ranting
House of Secrets Brandelli
1958 Chase a Crooked Shadow Carlos
A Tale of Two Cities Grave Robber (uncredited)
No Time to Die Silverio
1959 The Siege of Pinchgut Superintendent Hanna
Desert Mice German Captain
1960 Sands of the Desert Mustafa
1962 Danger by My Side Nicky Venning
1963 Shadow of Fear Warner
1964 Hot Enough for June Simenova's Assistant
1966 Rasputin the Mad Monk Patron
Khartoum Awaan
1967 The Frozen Dead Karl Essen
1970 The Revolutionary Sid
1974 Percy's Progress General Dodds
1975 Love and Death Sergeant
1977 The Stick Up Richie
1978 The Lord of the Rings Innkeeper / Odo Proudfoot (voice)
Superman 2nd Controller (Missile Control)
Brass Target Frank Ferraro
1979 Meetings with Remarkable Men
1982 Firefox Air Marshal Kutuzov
1985 1919 Sophie's Father
1986 Little Shop of Horrors "Downtown" Bum #2
1987 Tropic of Ice Old American Director
1988 A Time of Destiny Father Tony
Who Framed Roger Rabbit R.K. Maroon


  1. ^ "Alan Tilvern". Archived from the original on 22 October 2012. Retrieved 10 November 2010.
  2. ^ "Alan Tilvern". 3 January 2004. Archived from the original on 7 November 2017.
  3. ^ "Alan Tilvern - Biography, Movie Highlights and Photos - AllMovie". AllMovie.