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Ivan F. Simpson

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Ivan F. Simpson (8 February 1875 – 12 October 1951) was a Scottish film and stage actor. Ivan Simpson was born in Scotland and went as a young man to New York City, where he worked for four decades on Broadway from 1906 until his death. In 1915 he started his film silent career and starred in notable silent films like The Green Goddess from 1923, where he played the role of Mister Watkins. He also replied in this role seven years later in the sound film version of The Green Goddess. In 1929 he portrayed Hugh Myers in Disraeli, where he played along his close friend George Arliss. Arliss and Simpson appeared together in a total of nine films. Especially in the 1930s, Simpson was a successful character actor in supporting and bit parts and appeared in many classics. He often played servants, like in MGM's literature adaption David Copperfield as Littimer and the horror movie Mark of the Vampire. He also portrayed priests like in Little Lord Fauntleroy and Random Harvest, judges like in This Land Is Mine or doctors like in They All Kissed the Bride. Simpson was also a frequent actor in the Errol Flynn movies, he appeared in The Adventures of Robin Hood, The Prince and the Pauper and Captain Blood. Ivan F. Simpson starred in over 100 Hollywood films, his last was My Girl Tisa from 1948. He died three years later at the age of 76 years and was buried in Kensico Cemetery. His daughter was actress Pamela Simpson (1905-2002).

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Feb 4, 1875 In Glasgow, Scotland, UK
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie The Green Goddess 1923-08-13
Latest Project:
Movie Jane Eyre 1943-12-24
Known For
Poster of Eagle Squadron
Poster of Captain Blood
Poster of Mutiny on the Bounty
Poster of The Monkey's Paw
Movie Jane Eyre Mr. Woods - the Minister 1943-12-24
Movie Two Weeks to Live Professor Albert Frisby (as Ivan Simpson) 1943-02-26
Movie This Land Is Mine Judge 1943-05-07
Movie My Kingdom for a Cook Professor Harlow 1943-10-27
Movie Above Suspicion Porter in Oxford (Uncredited) 1943-05-31
Movie Nazi Agent Professor Sterling (as Ivan Simpson) 1942-03-01
Movie The Male Animal Dean Frederick Damon (as Ivan Simpson) 1942-03-12
Movie They All Kissed the Bride Dr. Cassell 1942-06-11
Movie Random Harvest The Vicar 1942-12-17
Movie Eagle Squadron Simms 1942-06-16
Movie The Earl of Chicago Hargraves (uncredited) 1940-01-05
Movie The Invisible Man Returns Mr. Cotton (uncredited) 1940-01-12
Movie New Moon Guizot 1940-06-28
Movie Made for Each Other Simon - Judge Doolittle's Brother 1939-02-10
Movie Never Say Die Kretsky 1939-03-08
Movie The Sun Never Sets A Doctor 1939-05-31
Movie Tower of London Anne's Protector 1939-11-17
Movie Rulers of the Sea Secretary (Uncredited) 1939-11-08
Movie The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes Gates - Trial Prosecutor (uncredited) 1939-09-01
Movie The Baroness and the Butler Count Dormo 1938-02-18
Movie Invisible Enemy Michael (as Ivan Simpson) 1938-04-03
Movie Kidnapped Old Man 1938-05-27
Movie The Adventures of Robin Hood Proprietor of Kent Road Tavern (uncredited) 1938-05-13
Movie Marie Antoinette Sauce (uncredited) 1938-08-26
Movie Maid of Salem Rev. Parris 1937-02-12
Movie London by Night Burroughs 1937-07-30
Movie The Prince and the Pauper Clemens 1937-04-30
Movie Trouble for Two Collins (as Ivan Simpson) 1936-05-29
Movie Little Lord Fauntleroy Reverend Mordaunt 1936-03-06
Movie Lloyd's of London Old Man 1936-11-25
Movie Splendor Fletcher 1935-11-22
Movie David Copperfield Littimer 1935-01-18
Movie Shadow of Doubt Morse 1935-02-15
Movie Mark of the Vampire Jan 1935-04-26
Movie Mutiny on the Bounty Morgan 1935-11-22
Movie Captain Blood Prosecutor 1935-12-26
Movie The Great Impersonation Unknown 1935-12-08
Movie East of Java Resident 1935-12-01
Movie The Mystery of Mr. X Hutchinson 1934-02-23
Movie British Agent 'Poohbah' Evans 1934-09-15
Movie Man of Two Worlds Dr. Lott 1934-01-13
Movie Among the Missing Smeed 1934-09-25
Movie The Little Minister Sanders Webster 1934-12-28
Movie The Secret of Madame Blanche Aubrey's Lawyer (Uncredited) 1933-02-03
Movie The Monkey's Paw Mr. White 1933-01-13
Movie The Past of Mary Holmes Jacob Riggs 1933-01-20
Movie The Silk Express Johnson, Kilgore's Secretary 1933-06-01
Movie Midnight Mary Mr. Tindle 1933-06-30
Movie Her Secret Lathrop 1933-12-18
Movie Charlie Chan's Greatest Case Brade 1933-09-14
Movie The Crash Hodge 1932-10-09
Movie The Man Who Played God Battle (as Ivan Simpson) 1932-02-19
Movie A Passport to Hell Simms 1932-10-09
Movie The Phantom of Crestwood Mr. Vayne 1932-10-14
Movie Sherlock Holmes Faulkner 1932-11-05
Movie The Lady Who Dared Butler 1931-05-29
Movie The Millionaire Davis 1931-05-01
Movie The Reckless Hour Stevens - Adams' Butler (uncredited) 1931-08-15
Movie Safe in Hell Crunch 1931-12-12
Movie Inside the Lines Capper 1930-07-05
Movie The Green Goddess Watkins 1930-02-13
Movie Manslaughter Morson 1930-07-22
Movie Old English Joe Pillin 1930-09-27
Movie The Sea God Pearly Nick 1930-09-13
Movie Disraeli Sir Hugh Myers 1929-11-01
Movie Lovers in Quarantine The Silent Passenger 1925-10-11
Movie Miss Bluebeard Bounds 1925-01-26
Movie A Kiss for Cinderella Mr. Cutaway 1925-12-22
Movie Womanhandled Butler 1925-12-27
Movie Twenty Dollars a Week Unknown 1924-04-12
Movie The Green Goddess Watkins 1923-08-13