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E. E. Clive

Edward Erskholme Clive was a Welsh stage actor and director who had a prolific acting career in Britain and America. He also played numerous supporting roles in Hollywood movies between 1933 and his death. E. E. Clive was born on 28 August 1879 in Blaenavon in Monmouthshire. Clive studied for a medical career, and had completed four years of medical studies at St Bartholomew's Hospital before switching his focus to acting at age 22. Touring the provinces for a decade, Clive became an expert at virtually every sort of regional dialect in the British Isles. He moved to the US in 1912, where after working in the Orpheum vaudeville circuit he set up his own stock company in Boston. By the 1920s, his company was operating in Hollywood; among his repertory players were such up-and-comers as Rosalind Russell. He also worked at the Broadway in several plays. E. E. Clive made his film debut as a village police constable in 1933's The Invisible Man with Claude Rains, then spent the next seven years showing up in wry supporting and bit parts, where he often portrayed comical versions of English stereotypes. He often played butlers, reporters, aristocrats, shopkeepers and cabbies during his short film career. Though his roles were often small, Clive was a well-known and prolific character actor of his time. Among his best-known roles was the incompetent Burgomaster in James Whale's horror classic Bride of Frankenstein (1935). He was a semi-regular as Tenny the Butler in Paramount Pictures' Bulldog Drummond B series, starring John Howard; he also played butlers in other movies like Bachelor Mother with David Niven and Ginger Rogers. In 1939, Clive appeared in The Little Princess as the lawyer Mr. Barrows, and the first two entries of the classic Sherlock Holmes series starring Basil Rathbone. One of Clive's last roles was Sir William Lucas in the 1940 literature adaption Pride and Prejudice (1940) with Laurence Olivier and Greer Garson. E. E. Clive died on 6 June 1940, of a heart ailment, in his Hollywood home. He was survived by his wife Eleanor and their child. Clive was a member of the Euclid lodge of Freemasons in Boston.

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Aug 26, 1879 In Blaenavon, Monmouthshire, Wales, UK
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie The Invisible Man 1933-11-03
Latest Project:
Movie The Big Parade of Comedy 1964-09-02
Known For
Poster of The Hound of the Baskervilles
Poster of Love Under Fire
Poster of Captain Blood
Poster of The Invisible Man
Movie The Big Parade of Comedy Unknown 1964-09-02
Movie Congo Maisie Horace Snell 1940-01-19
Movie Adventure in Diamonds Mr. MacPherson 1940-03-08
Movie The Earl of Chicago Mr. Redwood 1940-01-05
Movie Flowing Gold Mr. Naismith (uncredited) 1940-08-24
Movie Foreign Correspondent Mr. Naismith (uncredited) 1940-08-16
Movie Pride and Prejudice Sir William Lucas 1940-07-26
Movie The Hound of the Baskervilles London Cabbie John Clayton 1939-03-24
Movie Bulldog Drummond's Secret Police Tenny 1939-03-29
Movie The Little Princess Mr. Barrows 1939-03-17
Movie The Last Warning Major Barclay 1939-01-06
Movie I'm from Missouri Mr. Arthur, Duke of Cricklewood 1939-04-06
Movie Mr. Moto's Last Warning Port Commandant General 1939-01-20
Movie Bachelor Mother Butler 1939-06-30
Movie The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes Inspector Bristol 1939-09-01
Movie Raffles Barraclough 1939-11-11
Movie Rose of Washington Square Barouche Driver 1939-05-05
Movie Bulldog Drummond's Bride Tenny 1939-07-12
Movie Man About Town Hotchkiss 1939-06-29
Movie The First Hundred Years Chester Blascomb 1938-03-12
Movie Arsène Lupin Returns Alf 1938-02-25
Movie Kidnapped Minister MacDougall 1938-05-27
Movie Bulldog Drummond's Peril Tenny 1938-03-18
Movie Bulldog Drummond in Africa 'Tenny' Tennison 1938-08-05
Movie Submarine Patrol Unknown 1938-11-25
Movie Gateway Room Steward 1938-08-05
Movie Arrest Bulldog Drummond Tenny 1938-11-25
Movie Personal Property Cosgrove Dabney 1937-03-19
Movie On the Avenue Cabby 1937-02-12
Movie Bulldog Drummond Escapes "Tenny" Tennison 1937-01-22
Movie Night Must Fall Guide 1937-04-30
Movie They Wanted to Marry Stiles 1937-02-05
Movie Maid of Salem Bilge 1937-02-12
Movie Ready, Willing and Able Sir Samuel Buffington 1937-03-06
Movie Bulldog Drummond's Revenge 'Tenny' Tennison 1937-12-16
Movie Love Under Fire Captain Bowden 1937-08-20
Movie Live, Love and Learn Mr. Palmiston 1937-10-29
Movie Beg, Borrow or Steal Lord Nigel Braemer 1937-12-03
Movie It's Love I'm After First Butler 1937-10-08
Movie Danger - Love at Work Wilbur 1937-09-30
Movie Bulldog Drummond Comes Back Tenny 1937-09-24
Movie The Golden Arrow Walker 1936-05-23
Movie Trouble for Two King 1936-05-29
Movie Palm Springs Morgan 1936-06-05
Movie Show Boat Sir Arthur 1936-05-17
Movie Ticket to Paradise Barkins 1936-06-24
Movie The Dark Hour Foot, the Butler 1936-02-17
Movie Little Lord Fauntleroy Sir Harry Lorridaile 1936-03-06
Movie The Unguarded Hour Lord Henry Hathaway 1936-04-10
Movie Dracula's Daughter Detective Sergeant Wilkes 1936-05-11
Movie Camille Saint Gaudens (uncredited) 1936-12-26
Movie The Charge of the Light Brigade Sir Humphrey Harcourt 1936-10-22
Movie The White Angel Dr. Smith (uncredited) 1936-06-25
Movie Lloyd's of London Magistrate 1936-11-25
Movie All American Chump Montgomery Brantley 1936-10-16
Movie Tarzan Escapes Masters 1936-11-06
Movie Isle of Fury Dr. Hardy 1936-10-10
Movie Cain and Mabel Charles Fendwick 1936-09-26
Movie Piccadilly Jim London Gossip Editor Bill Mechan 1936-08-14
Movie Libeled Lady Fishing Instructor 1936-10-09
Movie We're in the Money Jevons, Courtney's Butler 1935-08-17
Movie Atlantic Adventure McIntosh 1935-08-25
Movie The Bride of Frankenstein Bürgomaster (uncredited) 1935-04-20
Movie David Copperfield Sheriff's Man (uncredited) 1935-01-18
Movie Mystery of Edwin Drood Mayor Thomas Sapsea 1935-02-04
Movie Gold Diggers of 1935 Thorpe's Chauffeur Westbrook (uncredited) 1935-03-15
Movie Page Miss Glory Monogram Shirtmaker (uncredited) 1935-09-07
Movie Captain Blood Clerk of the Court 1935-12-26
Movie 3 Kids and a Queen Coachman 1935-10-21
Movie Kind Lady Grammaphone Man (uncredited) 1935-12-06
Movie The Widow from Monte Carlo Lord Holloway 1935-12-19
Movie A Feather in Her Hat Higgins - Pub Proprietor (uncredited) 1935-10-25
Movie Stars Over Broadway Crane 1935-11-23
Movie Remember Last Night? Coroner's Photographer (uncredited) 1935-10-28
Movie Riptide Major Mills (uncredited) 1934-03-29
Movie The Poor Rich Lord Fetherstone 1934-02-25
Movie Long Lost Father Spot Hawkins 1934-01-19
Movie One More River Chayne 1934-08-06
Movie Father Brown, Detective Sergeant Dawes 1934-12-14
Movie The Little Minister Sheriff Greer 1934-12-28
Movie Bulldog Drummond Strikes Back London Bobbie 1934-08-15
Movie The Gay Divorcee Chief Customs Inspector (uncredited) 1934-10-12
Movie Charlie Chan in London Det. Sgt. Thacker 1934-09-12
Movie The Invisible Man Constable Jaffers 1933-11-03