Douglass Dumbrille

Douglass Dumbrille

  • Born on
    • October 13th, 1889
  • Died on
    • April 2nd, 1974
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Douglass Rupert Dumbrille (October 13, 1889 – April 2, 1974) was a Canadian actor and one of the Canadian pioneers in early Hollywood. In 1913, the East Coast film industry was flourishing and that year he appeared in the film What Eighty Million Women Want, but it would be another 11 years before he appeared on screen again. In 1924, he made his Broadway debut and worked off and on in the theatre for several years while supplementing his income by selling such products as car accessories, tea, insurance, real estate, and books. During the Great Depression, Dumbrille moved to the West Coast of the U.S., where he specialized in playing secondary character roles alongside the great stars of the day. His physical appearance and suave voice equipped him for roles as slick politician, corrupt businessman, crooked sheriff, or unscrupulous lawyer. He was highly regarded by the studios and was sought out by Cecil B. DeMille, Frank Capra, Hal Roach and other prominent Hollywood filmmakers. A friend of fellow Canadian-born director Allan Dwan, Dumbrille played Athos in Dwan’s 1939 adaptation of The Three Musketeers. Dumbrille had roles in more than 200 motion pictures and, with the advent of television, made numerous appearances in the 1950s and 1960s. He had the ability to project a balance of menace and pomposity in roles as the "heavy" in comedy films, such as those of the Marx Brothers or Abbott and Costello.

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Acting (58 Credits)

1958The Buccaneer as Collector of the Port
1956The Ten Commandments as Jannes
1955A Life at Stake as Gus Hillman
1955Jupiter's Darling as Scipio
1953Plunder of the Sun as Consul (as Douglas Dumbrille)
1953Julius Caesar as Lepidus
1952Son of Paleface as Sheriff McIntyre
1951A Millionaire for Christy as J.C. Thompson
1950Abbott and Costello in the Foreign Legion as Sheik Hamud El Khalid
1950Buccaneer's Girl as Capt. Martos
1950Riding High as Eddie Howard
1949Tell It to the Judge as George Ellerby
1948Last of the Wild Horses as Charlie Cooper
1947Dishonored Lady as District Attorney O'Brien
1947Christmas Eve as Dr. Bunyan
1946Under Nevada Skies as Courtney
1945Road to Utopia as Ace Larson
1945The Frozen Ghost as Inspector Brant
1944Lost in a Harem as Nimativ
1944Uncertain Glory as Police Commissioner LaFarge
1943Du Barry Was a Lady as Willie / Duc de Rigor
1942Castle in the Desert as Paul Manderley
1942I Married an Angel as Baron Szigethy
1942Stand by for Action as Capt. Ludlow
1942Ride 'Em Cowboy as Jake Rainwater
1941Road to Zanzibar as Slave trader
1941The Big Store as Mr. Grover
1940Virginia City as Maj. Drewery
1939Rovin' Tumbleweeds as Stephen Holloway
1939Mr. Moto in Danger Island as Comdr. La Costa
1939City in Darkness as B. Petroff (as Douglas Dumbrille)
1939Charlie Chan at Treasure Island as Stewart Salsbury, alias Thomas Gregory
1939The Three Musketeers as Athos (as Douglas Dumbrille)
1938Kentucky as John Dillon - 1861
1938Fast Company as Arnold Stamper (as Douglas Dumbrille)
1938The Buccaneer as Governor William C.C. Claiborne
1937The Emperor's Candlesticks as Mr. Korum, a Conspirator
1937A Day at the Races as Morgan
1937Ali Baba Goes to Town as Prince Musah
1936The Princess Comes Across as Lorel
1936Mr. Deeds Goes to Town as John Cedar
1935Naughty Marietta as Prince de Namours de la Bonfain, Marietta's Uncle
1935Peter Ibbetson as Col. Forsythe
1935Crime and Punishment as Grilov
1935The Lives of a Bengal Lancer as Mohammed Khan
1934Broadway Bill as Eddie Morgan
1934The Secret Bride as Breeden
1934Operator 13 as General Stuart
1934Hi, Nellie as Dawes
1934Fog Over Frisco as Joshua Mayard
1933Lady Killer as Spade Maddock
1933Baby Face as Brody
1933Female as George Mumford
1933Hard to Handle as District Attorney (uncredited)
1933Heroes for Sale as Chief Engineer Jim (uncredited)
1933The Working Man as Lawyer Hammersmith (uncredited)
1932Blondie of the Follies as Murchenson
1932I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang as District Attorney (uncredited)

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