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Lionel Atwill

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Lionel Atwill (1 March 1885 – 22 April 1946) was an English stage and film actor born in Croydon, London, England. He studied architecture before his stage debut at the Garrick Theatre, London in 1904. He become a star in Broadway theatre by 1918, and made his screen debut in 1919. He acted on the stage in Australia but was most famous for his U.S. horror roles in the 1930s. His two most memorable parts were as the crazed, disfigured sculptor in Mystery of the Wax Museum (Warner Brothers, 1933), and as Inspector Krogh in Son of Frankenstein (1939), memorably sent up by Kenneth Mars in Mel Brooks's Young Frankenstein (1974). When he was not cast in macabre roles, Atwill often appeared in the 1930s as righteous-minded authority figures. For example, in 1937's less memorable The Wrong Road for RKO, investigator Atwill persuades a young, bank-robbing ingenue played by Helen Mack and her boyfriend Richard Cromwell to return their ill-gotten $100,000 and give up a life of crime. Two of Atwill's other notable non-horror roles were opposite his contemporary Basil Rathbone in films featuring Arthur Conan Doyle's character Sherlock Holmes, including a role as Dr. James Mortimer in 20th Century Fox's 1939 film rendition of the Conan Doyle novel The Hound of the Baskervilles, and the 1943 Universal Studios film Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Weapon, in which he played Holmes' archenemy and super-villain, Professor Moriarty. Atwill remained a stalwart of the Universal horror films until his career flagged in the 1940s because of a widely publicized sex scandal in 1941, during the investigation of which he was charged in 1942 with perjury at a trial in which Atwill had been accused of staging a sex orgy at his home. He died while working on the 1946 film serial Lost City of the Jungle. His ashes were once inurned in Chapel of the Pines Crematory. Description above from the Wikipedia article Lionel Atwill, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia

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Mar 1, 1885 In Croydon, London, England, UK
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie The Highest Bidder 1921-01-01
Latest Project:
Movie Dracula's Ghost 2017-08-13
Known For
Poster of House of Frankenstein
Poster of Son of Frankenstein
Poster of Captain Blood
Poster of The Highest Bidder
Movie Dracula's Ghost Unknown 2017-08-13
Movie Terror in the Pharaoh's Tomb Unknown 2007-03-10
Movie In the Footsteps of Sherlock Holmes Unknown 1996-07-01
Movie Doom of Dracula Arntz, police officer 1966-01-01
Movie Lost City of the Jungle Sir Eric Hazarias 1946-04-23
Movie Genius at Work Latimer Marsh / The Cobra 1946-10-20
Movie Fog Island Alec Ritchfield 1945-02-15
Movie Crime, Inc. Pat Coyle 1945-04-15
Movie House of Dracula Police Inspector Holtz 1945-12-07
Movie Captain America Cyrus Maldor 1944-02-05
Movie Lady in the Death House Charles Finch 1944-03-15
Movie House of Frankenstein Inspector Arnz 1944-12-01
Movie Secrets of Scotland Yard Waterlow 1944-07-26
Movie Raiders of Ghost City Erich von Rugen, alias Alex Morel 1944-07-25
Movie Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man Mayor of Vasaria 1943-03-05
Movie The Ghost of Frankenstein Dr. Bohmer 1942-03-13
Movie To Be or Not to Be Rawitch 1942-03-05
Movie The Strange Case of Doctor Rx Dr. Fish 1942-03-27
Movie The Mad Doctor of Market Street Dr. Ralph Benson, posing as Graham 1942-02-27
Movie Cairo Teutonic Gentleman 1942-08-17
Movie Junior G-Men of the Air The Baron 1942-06-30
Movie Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Weapon Moriarty 1942-12-25
Movie Night Monster Dr. King 1942-10-20
Movie Pardon My Sarong Varnoff 1942-08-07
Movie Man Made Monster Dr. Paul Rigas 1941-03-28
Movie Johnny Apollo Jim McLaughlin 1940-04-19
Movie Charlie Chan in Panama Cliveden Compton 1940-03-01
Movie Charlie Chan's Murder Cruise Dr. Suderman 1940-05-02
Movie Girl in 313 Russell aka Henry Woodruff 1940-05-31
Movie The Great Profile Dr. Bruce 1940-08-30
Movie Boom Town Harry Compton 1940-08-30
Movie The Sun Never Sets Hugo Zurof 1939-05-31
Movie The Hound of the Baskervilles Dr. James Mortimer 1939-03-24
Movie Son of Frankenstein Krogh 1939-01-13
Movie The Three Musketeers De Rochefort 1939-02-17
Movie The Gorilla Walter Stevens 1939-05-26
Movie Mr. Moto Takes a Vacation Professor Roger Chauncey Hilderbrand 1939-07-07
Movie Balalaika Professor Marakov 1939-12-15
Movie The Mad Empress General Bazaine 1939-12-16
Movie The Secret of Dr. Kildare Paul Messenger 1939-11-24
Movie Three Comrades Breuer 1938-06-02
Movie The Great Waltz Count Anton 'Tony' Hohenfried 1938-11-04
Movie The Last Train from Madrid Col. Vigo 1937-06-11
Movie The High Command Maj. Gen. Sir John Sangye 1937-08-23
Movie The Wrong Road Mike Roberts 1937-10-11
Movie Lancer Spy Col. Fenwick 1937-10-08
Movie The Great Garrick M. Beaumarchais 1937-10-30
Movie Lady of Secrets Mr. Stephen Whittaker 1936-02-21
Movie Till We Meet Again Ludwig 1936-04-04
Movie Absolute Quiet Gerald A. Axton 1936-04-24
Movie The Devil Is a Woman Capt. Don Pasqual 'Pasqualito' Costelar 1935-05-03
Movie The Murder Man Captain Cole 1935-07-12
Movie Mark of the Vampire Inspector Neumann 1935-04-26
Movie Captain Blood Colonel Bishop 1935-12-26
Movie Rendezvous Maj. William Brennan 1935-10-25
Movie Beggars in Ermine John 'Flint' Dawson aka John Daniels 1934-02-21
Movie Nana Colonel André Muffat 1934-02-01
Movie One More River Brough 1934-08-06
Movie Stamboul Quest Herr Von Sturm 1934-07-13
Movie The Firebird John Pointer 1934-11-03
Movie The Man Who Reclaimed His Head Henry Dumont 1934-12-24
Movie The Age of Innocence Julius Beaufort 1934-09-14
Movie Mystery of the Wax Museum Ivan Igor 1933-02-18
Movie The Secret of Madame Blanche Aubrey St. John 1933-02-03
Movie The Vampire Bat Dr. Otto von Niemann 1933-01-21
Movie Murders in the Zoo Eric Gorman 1933-03-31
Movie The Solitaire Man Inspector Wallace 1933-09-22
Movie The Sphinx Jerome Breen 1933-06-01
Movie Secret of the Blue Room Robert von Helldorf 1933-07-20
Movie The Song of Songs Baron von Merzbach 1933-07-19
Movie The Silent Witness Sir Austin Howard 1932-02-07
Movie Doctor X Dr. Jerry Xavier 1932-08-03
Movie The Highest Bidder Lester 1921-01-01