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Henry Daniell

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Charles Henry Daniell (5 March 1894 – 31 October 1963) was an English actor who had a long and prestigious career on stage as well as in films. He is perhaps best known for his villainous roles in films like The Great Dictator, The Philadelphia Story and The Sea Hawk. Daniell was given few opportunities to play a 'good guy', including a supporting part as Franz Liszt in the biographical film Song of Love (1947). His last name is sometimes spelled "Daniel". Daniell's film debut came in 1929 in Jealousy. He appeared as Professor Moriarty in the Basil Rathbone-Nigel Bruce Sherlock Holmes film The Woman in Green (1945). He appeared in other films such as Charlie Chaplin's The Great Dictator (1940) (playing Garbitsch, to sound like "garbage", a parody of Joseph Goebbels), and The Body Snatcher (1945, with Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi) – as well as two other films in the Sherlock Holmes/Basil Rathbone series: The Voice of Terror (1942) and Sherlock Holmes in Washington (1943) with fellow Moriarty George Zucco. Daniell played the sleazy Baron de Varville opposite Greta Garbo in Camille (1936). Another early triumph was his portrayal of Cecil in The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex (1939). He also played the treacherous Lord Wolfingham (no relation to Francis Walsingham) in The Sea Hawk (1940), fighting Errol Flynn in what is often considered one of the most spectacular sword fighting duels ever filmed. When Michael Curtiz cast him in this film, Henry Daniell initially refused because he couldn't fence. Curtiz accomplished the climactic duel through the use of shadows and over-shoulder shots, with a double fencing Flynn with ingenious inter-cutting of their faces. Towards the end of the Second World War, he appeared in one of his most memorable film roles, as the cruel Mr. Brocklehurst in Jane Eyre (1944), opposite Joan Fontaine who played Eyre. That same year he appeared in The Suspect as Charles Laughton's blackmailing next-door neighbour. In the 1950s and 1960s, he did much television, and also appeared as the malevolent Dr. Emil Zurich in Edward L. Cahn's The Four Skulls of Jonathan Drake (1959), and in an episode of Maverick, "Pappy" opposite James Garner the same year. An absolute professional, he was always on the set when needed, and impatient when delays in filming took place. Much in demand for his dry, sardonic delivery, Daniell moved easily from big-budget films, such as (uncredited) Mutiny on the Bounty (1962), to television without difficulty. In 1957, Daniell appeared as King Charles II of England in the NBC anthology series The Joseph Cotten Show in the episode "The Trial of Colonel Blood", with Michael Wilding in the title role. In the same year he played the instructing solicitor to Charles Laughton's leading counsel barrister in Witness for the Prosecution (1957). The actor claimed one of his favourite roles was as Tony Curtis' supervisor in the acclaimed Blake Edwards film Mister Cory (1957) at a time when the actor's career was clearly slowing down, but Daniell retained some of the best and most memorable lines in the movie, "A gentleman never grabs. Manners, Mister Cory. I find them a prerequisite in any circumstance."


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Born:
Mar 5, 1894 In Barnes, Surrey, UK
Movie/TV Credits:
69
First Appeared:
In the movie The Last of the Lone Wolf 1930-08-26
Latest Project:
Movie The Chapman Report 1962-10-05

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    Filmography
    Movie The Chapman Report Dr. Jonas 1962-10-05
    Movie Madison Avenue Stipe 1962-01-07
    Movie The Notorious Landlady Stranger 1962-04-01
    Series Combat! Unknown 1962-10-02
    Movie Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea Dr. Zucco 1961-07-12
    Movie The Comancheros Gireaux 1961-10-30
    Series The Islanders Unknown 1960-10-02
    Series Thriller Unknown 1960-09-13
    Series Riverboat Unknown 1959-09-13
    Movie The Four Skulls of Jonathan Drake Dr. Emil Zurich 1959-11-13
    Movie From the Earth to the Moon Morgana 1958-11-26
    Series Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse Unknown 1958-10-06
    Series Peter Gunn Unknown 1958-09-22
    Series 77 Sunset Strip Unknown 1958-10-10
    Movie The Sun Also Rises Doctor 1957-08-23
    Movie Les Girls Judge 1957-01-01
    Movie Mister Cory Mr. Earnshaw 1957-02-23
    Series Maverick Unknown 1957-09-22
    Movie The Story of Mankind Pierre Cauchon - Bishop of Beauvais 1957-11-08
    Movie Witness for the Prosecution Mayhew 1957-12-17
    Movie Diane Gondi 1956-01-12
    Series Telephone Time Unknown 1956-04-08
    Movie The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit Bill Ogden 1956-05-08
    Movie Lust for Life Theodorus van Gogh 1956-09-15
    Series Matinee Theater Unknown 1955-10-31
    Movie The Egyptian Mekere 1954-08-25
    Series Producers' Showcase Unknown 1954-10-18
    Series Schlitz Playhouse of Stars Unknown 1951-10-05
    Movie Buccaneer's Girl Capt. Duval 1950-03-01
    Series Lux Video Theatre Unknown 1950-10-02
    Movie Siren of Atlantis Blades 1949-01-01
    Series Lights Out Unknown 1949-07-19
    Movie The Secret Of St. Ives Maj. Edward Chevenish 1949-06-30
    Series The Philco Television Playhouse Unknown 1948-10-03
    Series Studio One Unknown 1948-11-07
    Movie Wake of the Red Witch Jacques Desaix 1948-12-30
    Movie Song of Love Franz Liszt 1947-10-09
    Movie The Exile Le colonel Ingram 1947-10-17
    Movie Hotel Berlin Baron Von Stetten 1945-03-02
    Movie The Body Snatcher Dr. Wolfe 'Toddy' MacFarlane 1945-05-25
    Movie The Woman in Green Professor James Moriarty 1945-06-15
    Movie Captain Kidd King William III 1945-12-25
    Movie The Suspect Gilbert Simmons 1944-12-22
    Movie Sherlock Holmes in Washington William Easter 1943-04-30
    Movie Mission to Moscow Minister von Ribbentrop 1943-05-22
    Movie Jane Eyre Henry Brocklehurst 1943-12-24
    Movie Watch on the Rhine Phili Von Ramme 1943-08-27
    Movie Four Jacks and a Jill Bobo 1942-01-23
    Movie Charlie Chan in Castle in the Desert Watson King 1942-02-02
    Movie Sherlock Holmes and the Voice of Terror Sir Anthony Lloyd 1942-09-18
    Movie The Great Impersonation Frederick Seamon 1942-12-18
    Movie A Woman's Face Public Prosecutor 1941-05-09
    Movie The Feminine Touch Shelley Mason, Critic 1941-10-01
    Movie Dressed to Kill Julian Davis 1941-08-08
    Movie The Sea Hawk Lord Wolfingham 1940-07-01
    Movie All This, and Heaven Too Broussais 1940-07-13
    Movie The Philadelphia Story Sidney Kidd 1940-12-05
    Movie The Great Dictator Garbitsch 1940-10-15
    Movie The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex Sir Robert Cecil 1939-11-11
    Movie We Are Not Alone Sir Ronald Dawson 1939-11-25
    Movie Holiday Seton Cram 1938-06-15
    Movie Marie Antoinette La Motte 1938-08-26
    Movie The Firefly General Savary 1937-11-05
    Movie The Thirteenth Chair John Wales 1937-05-07
    Movie Under Cover of Night Professor Marvin Griswald 1937-01-08
    Movie Madame X Lerocle 1937-10-01
    Movie The Unguarded Hour Hugh Lewis 1936-04-10
    Movie Camille Baron de Varville 1936-12-12
    Movie The Last of the Lone Wolf Count von Rimpau (as Henry Daniel) 1930-08-26