Lionel Atwill

Lionel Atwill

  • Born on
    • March 1st, 1885
  • Died on
    • April 22nd, 1946
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Lionel Atwill (1 March 1885 – 22 April 1946) was an English stage and film actor born in Croydon, London, England. He studied architecture before his stage debut at the Garrick Theatre, London in 1904. He become a star in Broadway theatre by 1918, and made his screen debut in 1919. He acted on the stage in Australia but was most famous for his U.S. horror roles in the 1930s. His two most memorable parts were as the crazed, disfigured sculptor in Mystery of the Wax Museum (Warner Brothers, 1933), and as Inspector Krogh in Son of Frankenstein (1939), memorably sent up by Kenneth Mars in Mel Brooks's Young Frankenstein (1974). When he was not cast in macabre roles, Atwill often appeared in the 1930s as righteous-minded authority figures. For example, in 1937's less memorable The Wrong Road for RKO, investigator Atwill persuades a young, bank-robbing ingenue played by Helen Mack and her boyfriend Richard Cromwell to return their ill-gotten $100,000 and give up a life of crime. Two of Atwill's other notable non-horror roles were opposite his contemporary Basil Rathbone in films featuring Arthur Conan Doyle's character Sherlock Holmes, including a role as Dr. James Mortimer in 20th Century Fox's 1939 film rendition of the Conan Doyle novel The Hound of the Baskervilles, and the 1943 Universal Studios film Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Weapon, in which he played Holmes' archenemy and super-villain, Professor Moriarty. Atwill remained a stalwart of the Universal horror films until his career flagged in the 1940s because of a widely publicized sex scandal in 1941, during the investigation of which he was charged in 1942 with perjury at a trial in which Atwill had been accused of staging a sex orgy at his home. He died while working on the 1946 film serial Lost City of the Jungle. His ashes were once inurned in Chapel of the Pines Crematory. Description above from the Wikipedia article Lionel Atwill, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia

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Acting (34 Credits)

1945House of Dracula as Police Inspector Holtz
1945Fog Island as Alec Ritchfield
1944Captain America as Cyrus Maldor
1944House of Frankenstein as Inspector Arnz
1943Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man as Mayor of Vasaria
1942Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Weapon as Moriarty
1942The Ghost of Frankenstein as Dr. Bohmer
1942To Be or Not to Be as Rawitch
1942Pardon My Sarong as Varnoff
1942Night Monster as Dr. King
1941Man Made Monster as Dr. Paul Rigas
1940Charlie Chan's Murder Cruise as Dr. Suderman
1940Charlie Chan in Panama as Cliveden Compton
1940Boom Town as Harry Compton
1940Johnny Apollo as Jim McLaughlin
1939Mr. Moto Takes a Vacation as Professor Roger Chauncey Hilderbrand
1939Son of Frankenstein as Krogh
1939The Gorilla as Walter Stevens
1939The Hound of the Baskervilles as Dr. James Mortimer
1939The Three Musketeers as De Rochefort
1938The Great Waltz as Count Anton 'Tony' Hohenfried
1938Three Comrades as Breuer
1937The Great Garrick as M. Beaumarchais
1935The Devil Is a Woman as Capt. Don Pasqual 'Pasqualito' Costelar
1935Captain Blood as Colonel Bishop
1935The Murder Man as Captain Cole
1935Mark of the Vampire as Inspector Neumann
1935Rendezvous as Maj. William Brennan
1933Mystery of the Wax Museum as Ivan Igor
1933The Vampire Bat as Dr. Otto von Niemann
1933Secret of the Blue Room as Robert von Helldorf
1933Murders in the Zoo as Eric Gorman
1933The Song of Songs as Baron von Merzbach
1932Doctor X as Dr. Jerry Xavier


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