Henry Daniell

Henry Daniell

  • Born on
    • March 5th, 1894
  • Died on
    • October 31st, 1963
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Charles Henry Daniell (5 March 1894 – 31 October 1963) was an English actor who had a long and prestigious career on stage as well as in films. He is perhaps best known for his villainous roles in films like The Great Dictator, The Philadelphia Story and The Sea Hawk. Daniell was given few opportunities to play a 'good guy', including a supporting part as Franz Liszt in the biographical film Song of Love (1947). His last name is sometimes spelled "Daniel". Daniell's film debut came in 1929 in Jealousy. He appeared as Professor Moriarty in the Basil Rathbone-Nigel Bruce Sherlock Holmes film The Woman in Green (1945). He appeared in other films such as Charlie Chaplin's The Great Dictator (1940) (playing Garbitsch, to sound like "garbage", a parody of Joseph Goebbels), and The Body Snatcher (1945, with Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi) – as well as two other films in the Sherlock Holmes/Basil Rathbone series: The Voice of Terror (1942) and Sherlock Holmes in Washington (1943) with fellow Moriarty George Zucco. Daniell played the sleazy Baron de Varville opposite Greta Garbo in Camille (1936). Another early triumph was his portrayal of Cecil in The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex (1939). He also played the treacherous Lord Wolfingham (no relation to Francis Walsingham) in The Sea Hawk (1940), fighting Errol Flynn in what is often considered one of the most spectacular sword fighting duels ever filmed. When Michael Curtiz cast him in this film, Henry Daniell initially refused because he couldn't fence. Curtiz accomplished the climactic duel through the use of shadows and over-shoulder shots, with a double fencing Flynn with ingenious inter-cutting of their faces. Towards the end of the Second World War, he appeared in one of his most memorable film roles, as the cruel Mr. Brocklehurst in Jane Eyre (1944), opposite Joan Fontaine who played Eyre. That same year he appeared in The Suspect as Charles Laughton's blackmailing next-door neighbour. In the 1950s and 1960s, he did much television, and also appeared as the malevolent Dr. Emil Zurich in Edward L. Cahn's The Four Skulls of Jonathan Drake (1959), and in an episode of Maverick, "Pappy" opposite James Garner the same year. An absolute professional, he was always on the set when needed, and impatient when delays in filming took place. Much in demand for his dry, sardonic delivery, Daniell moved easily from big-budget films, such as (uncredited) Mutiny on the Bounty (1962), to television without difficulty. In 1957, Daniell appeared as King Charles II of England in the NBC anthology series The Joseph Cotten Show in the episode "The Trial of Colonel Blood", with Michael Wilding in the title role. In the same year he played the instructing solicitor to Charles Laughton's leading counsel barrister in Witness for the Prosecution (1957). The actor claimed one of his favourite roles was as Tony Curtis' supervisor in the acclaimed Blake Edwards film Mister Cory (1957) at a time when the actor's career was clearly slowing down, but Daniell retained some of the best and most memorable lines in the movie, "A gentleman never grabs. Manners, Mister Cory. I find them a prerequisite in any circumstance."

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Acting (44 Credits)

1964My Fair Lady as Ambassador (uncredited)
1962The Notorious Landlady as Stranger
1962Five Weeks in a Balloon as Sheik Ageiba
1962The Chapman Report as Dr. Jonas
1962Mutiny on the Bounty as Court-martial Judge (uncredited)
1961Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea as Dr. Zucco
1961The Comancheros as Gireaux
1959The Four Skulls of Jonathan Drake as Dr. Emil Zurich
1958From the Earth to the Moon as Morgana
1957Mister Cory as Mr. Earnshaw
1957Witness for the Prosecution as Mayhew
1957Les Girls as Judge
1957The Sun Also Rises as Doctor
1957The Story of Mankind as Pierre Cauchon - Bishop of Beauvais
1956Lust for Life as Theodorus van Gogh
1956The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit as Bill Ogden
1955The Prodigal as Ramadi
1954The Egyptian as Mekere
1950Buccaneer's Girl as Capt. Duval
1948Wake of the Red Witch as Jacques Desaix
1947Song of Love as Franz Liszt
1945The Body Snatcher as Dr. Wolfe 'Toddy' MacFarlane
1945The Woman in Green as Professor James Moriarty
1945Hotel Berlin as Baron Von Stetten
1945Captain Kidd as King William III
1944The Suspect as Gilbert Simmons
1943Sherlock Holmes in Washington as William Easter
1943Jane Eyre as Henry Brocklehurst
1943Watch on the Rhine as Phili Von Ramme
1943Mission to Moscow as Minister von Ribbentrop
1942Castle in the Desert as Watson King
1942Sherlock Holmes and the Voice of Terror as Sir Anthony Lloyd
1942Reunion in France as Emile Fleuron
1941The Feminine Touch as Shelley Mason
1941Dressed to Kill as Julian Davis
1941A Woman's Face as Public Prosecutor
1940The Great Dictator as Garbitsch
1940The Sea Hawk as Lord Wolfingham
1940All This, and Heaven Too as Broussais
1940The Philadelphia Story as Sidney Kidd
1939The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex as Sir Robert Cecil
1938Holiday as Seton Cram
1938Marie Antoinette as La Motte
1936Camille as Baron de Varville


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