Frank Thring

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Frank Thring (born 11 May, 1926; died 29 December 1994) was an Australian gay actor who was famous for his persona, as well as his performances.

Thring appeared with Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh touring with the Old Vic Theatre company.

Thring was well known as an actor who appeared in various Hollywood 'epics' including Ben Hur -- a film in which he famously dropped the handkerchief to start the film's climactic chariot race. Thring later was interviewed and -- commenting on the director's fastidious attitude to recording the film -- said that "it took me all f***ing week to drop that hankie".

In later years, Thring played a supporting actor role in Mad Max 3 -- a film starring Mel Gibson and Tina Turner.