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Leslie Howard (I) (1893–1943)

Leslie Howard Stainer was born in London, to Lilian (Blumberg) and Ferdinand "Frank" Steiner. His father was a Hungarian Jewish immigrant, and his English mother was of German Jewish, and mostly English, descent. Leslie went to Dulwich College. After school, he worked as a bank clerk until the outbreak of World War I, when he went into the army. ... See full bio »


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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 3 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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 1943 The Gentle Sex
'Observations of a Mere Man' spoken by / Narrator (voice)
 1942 In Which We Serve
Voice (uncredited)
 1941 49th Parallel
Philip Armstrong Scott
 1941 'Pimpernel' Smith
Professor Horatio Smith
 1940 Common Heritage (Short)
Narrator (voice)
 1939 Intermezzo: A Love Story
 1937 Stand-In
Atterbury Dodd
 1934 The Lady Is Willing
Albert Latour
 1932 The Animal Kingdom
Thomas 'Tom' Collier
 1932 Reserved for Ladies
Max Tracey
 1931 Devotion
 1931 Five and Ten
Berry Rhodes
 1920 Bookworms (Short)
 1920 Five Pounds Reward (Short)
Tony Marchmont
 1919 The Lackey and the Lady
Tony Dunciman
 1917 The Happy Warrior
 1914 The Heroine of Mons (Short)
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Other Works:

Stage: Appeared in "Her Cardboard Lover" on Broadway. See more »

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5 Print Biographies | 4 Portrayals | 3 Articles | 2 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

Alternate Names:

A Passer-By


5' 10½" (1.79 m)

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[July 1932 interview with Schenectady Gazette regarding persistent rumors of leaving film] Statements derogatory to talkies credited to me are absurd. I like movies and their potentialities. I think Hollywood is making definite strides forward when it produces a 'Grand Hotel' and a 'Strange Interlude'. The sole argument I have had with the producers concerned my own parts. I make my living by ... See more »


Was on board Flight #777 of KLM Royal Dutch Airlines--a 1936 Douglas Aircraft «Isis»--with four crew members and 12 other passengers on a regular flight from Bristol to Lisbon when it was shot down by German fighter planes over the Bay of Biscay. See more »

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