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Raymond Huntley

Horace Raymond Huntley (23 April 1904 – 15 June 1990) was an English actor who appeared in dozens of British films from the 1930s to the 1970s. He also appeared in the ITV period drama Upstairs, Downstairs as the pragmatic family solicitor Sir Geoffrey Dillon. Born in Kings Norton, Worcestershire (now a suburb of Birmingham) in 1904, Huntley made his stage debut at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre on 1 April 1922, in A Woman Killed with Kindness. His London debut followed at the Court Theatre on 22 February 1924, in As Far as Thought can Reach. He subsequently inherited the role of Count Dracula from Edmund Blake in Hamilton Deane's touring adaptation of Dracula, which arrived at London's Little Theatre on 14 February 1927, subsequently transferring to the larger Duke of York's Theatre. Later that year he was offered the chance to reprise the role on Broadway (in a script streamlined by John L. Balderston); when he declined, the part was taken by Bela Lugosi instead. Huntley did, however, appear in a US touring production of the Deane/Balderston play, covering the east coast and midwest, from 1928-30. "I have always considered the role of Count Dracula to have been an indiscretion of my youth" he recalled in 1989. After Dracula, he made his Broadway debut at the Vanderbilt Theatre on 23 February 1931, in The Venetian Glass Nephew. On returning to the UK, his many West End appearances included The Farmer's Wife (Queen's Theatre 1932), Cornelius (Duchess Theatre 1935), Bees on the Boat Deck (Lyric Theatre 1936) Time and the Conways (Duchess Theatre 1937), When We Are Married (St Martin's Theatre 1940), Rebecca (Queen's Theatre 1940; Strand Theatre 1942), They Came to a City (Globe Theatre 1943), The Late Edwina Black (Ambassadors Theatre 1948), And This Was Odd (Criterion Theatre 1951), Double Image (Savoy Theatre 1956), Any Other Business (Westminster Theatre 1958), Caught Napping (Piccadilly Theatre 1959), Difference of Opinion (Garrick Theatre 1963), An Ideal Husband (Garrick Theatre 1966), Getting Married (Strand Theatre 1967), Soldiers (New Theatre 1968)[5] and Separate Tables (Apollo Theatre 1977). He also starred opposite Flora Robson in the Broadway production of Black Chiffon (48th Street Theatre 1950). Often cast as a supercilious bureaucrat or other authority figure, Huntley was also a staple figure in British films, his many appearances including The Way Ahead, I See a Dark Stranger, Passport to Pimlico and The Dam Busters. In his later years, he became well-known on television as Sir Geoffrey Dillon, the family solicitor to the Bellamys in LWT's popular 1970s drama series Upstairs, Downstairs. Huntley died in Westminster Hospital, London in 1990. In his obituary, the New York Times wrote, "During his long career the actor played judges, bank managers, churchmen, bureaucrats and other figures of authority. He could play them straight if necessary, but in comedy his natural dryness of delivery was exaggerated to the point where the character he was playing invited mockery as a pompous humbug." Source: Article "Raymond Huntley" from Wikipedia in english, licensed under CC-BY-SA 3.0.

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Apr 23, 1904 In Birmingham, England, UK
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie What Happened Then? 1934-09-24
Latest Project:
Movie Sleepwalker 1984-07-05
Known For
Poster of Upstairs, Downstairs
Poster of No Hiding Place
Poster of The Mummy
Poster of When We Are Married
Movie Sleepwalker Old Englishman 1984-07-05
Movie A Voyage Round My Father Judge 1984-04-19
Series My Honourable Mrs Unknown 1975-07-14
Movie Symptoms Burke 1974-05-10
Movie That's Your Funeral Emmanuel Holroyd 1972-12-01
Series Upstairs, Downstairs Sir Geoffrey Dillon 1971-10-10
Series That's Your Funeral Unknown 1970-03-25
Movie The Adding Machine Smithers 1969-09-23
Movie Hot Millions Bayswater 1968-09-19
Movie Hostile Witness John Naylor 1968-11-01
Movie The Great St. Trinian's Train Robbery Sir Horace, the Minister 1966-03-11
Series Gideon's Way Unknown 1965-03-18
Movie Rotten to the Core Governor (Uncredited) 1965-07-14
Movie Father Came Too! Mr Wedgewood 1964-02-11
Movie The Black Torment Colonel John Wentworth 1964-10-19
Movie The Yellow Teddy Bears Harry Haliburton 1963-07-01
Movie Nurse on Wheels Vicar Walcott 1963-01-03
Movie Crooks Anonymous Wagstaffe 1962-03-31
Movie Only Two Can Play Vernon 1962-01-19
Movie On the Beat Sir Ronald Ackroyd 1962-12-11
Movie Waltz of the Toreadors Ackroyd 1962-04-12
Series Sir Francis Drake Unknown 1961-11-12
Movie Bottoms Up! Garrick-Jones 1960-03-25
Movie Breathless Journalist (uncredited) 1960-03-16
Movie Our Man in Havana General 1960-01-27
Movie Follow That Horse! Unknown 1960-07-11
Movie Suspect Sir George Gatting the Minister of Defense 1960-01-01
Movie Make Mine Mink Inspector Pape 1960-08-09
Series Barnaby Rudge Unknown 1960-09-30
Movie The Pure Hell of St. Trinian's Judge Slender 1960-12-22
Movie Sands of the Desert Bossom 1960-09-08
Movie Innocent Meeting Harold Phillips 1959-04-01
Movie Room at the Top Mr. Hoylake 1959-01-22
Movie Carlton-Browne of the F.O. Foreign Secretary Tufton-Slade 1959-03-10
Movie The Mummy Joseph Whemple 1959-08-01
Series No Hiding Place Unknown 1959-09-16
Series Interpol Calling Schroeder 1959-09-14
Movie I'm All Right Jack Magistrate 1959-08-18
Movie Next to No Time Forbes, Factory Supervisor 1958-08-04
Series A Time Of Day Unknown 1957-11-13
Movie Brothers in Law Tatlock Q.C. 1957-03-04
Movie The Last Man to Hang Attorney General 1956-08-01
Series The Count of Monte Cristo Unknown 1956-02-20
Movie The Green Man Sir Gregory Upshott 1956-12-21
Movie The Prisoner The General 1955-04-19
Movie The Constant Husband J.F. Hassett 1955-04-21
Movie The Dam Busters Official, National Physical Laboratory 1955-05-16
Movie Geordie Olympic Selector 1955-09-02
Movie Doctor at Sea Captain Beamish 1955-07-12
Movie Orders Are Orders Col. Fred Bellamy 1954-10-01
Movie Hobson's Choice Nathaniel Beenstock 1954-04-19
Movie Aunt Clara Rev. Maurice Hilton 1954-11-22
Movie The Teckman Mystery Maurice Miller 1954-10-27
Movie Laxdale Hall Samuel Pettigrew, M.P. 1953-04-01
Movie Glad Tidings Tom Forester 1953-06-13
Movie The Last Page Clive Oliver 1952-01-25
Movie The Long Dark Hall Chief Inspector Sullivan 1951-02-06
Movie The House in the Square Mr. Throstle 1951-12-07
Movie When We Are Married Councillor Albert Parker 1951-12-25
Movie Mr. Denning Drives North Wright 1951-12-18
Movie Trio Mr. Henry Chester 1950-10-10
Movie Passport to Pimlico Mr. Wix 1949-10-26
Movie So Evil My Love Henry Courtney 1948-08-02
Movie Broken Journey Edward Marshall 1948-04-14
Movie Mr. Perrin and Mr. Traill Moy-Thompson 1948-09-27
Movie It's Hard to be Good Williams 1948-11-10
Movie I See a Dark Stranger J. Miller 1946-07-04
Movie School for Secrets Prof. Laxton-Jones 1946-12-23
Movie The Way Ahead Pvt. Herbert Davenport 1944-06-09
Movie They Came to a City Malcolm Stritton 1944-08-21
Movie The New Lot Barrington 1943-01-01
Movie When We Are Married Albert Parker 1943-07-12
Movie The Day Will Dawn Unknown 1942-06-08
Movie Freedom Radio Rabenau 1941-02-04
Movie The Ghost Train John Price 1941-01-01
Movie The Ghost of St. Michael's Mr Humphries 1941-04-01
Movie 'Pimpernel' Smith Marx 1941-07-26
Movie Inspector Hornleigh Goes to It Dr. Kerbishley 1941-05-17
Movie Night Train to Munich Kampenfeldt 1940-08-31
Movie Let's Be Famous Singer in trio 1939-03-22
Movie When We Are Married Councillor Albert Parker 1938-11-16
Movie London Melody Policeman Outside Nightclub 1937-02-04
Movie Dinner at the Ritz Gibout 1937-11-26
Movie Knight Without Armour White Officer 1937-07-23
Movie Whom the Gods Love: The Original Story of Mozart and His Wife Langer 1936-02-22
Movie Rembrandt Ludwick 1936-11-06
Movie Can You Hear Me, Mother? Dolan 1935-12-02
Movie What Happened Then? Unknown 1934-09-24