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Lionel Atwill (1885–1946)

Lionel Atwill was born into a wealthy family and was educated at London's prestigious Mercer School to become an architect, but his interest turned to the stage. He worked his way progressively into the craft and debuted at age 20 at the Garrick Theatre in London. He acted and improved regularly thereafter, especially in the plays of Henrik Ibsen ... See full bio »

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 1946 Genius at Work
Latimer Marsh / The Cobra
 1946 Lost City of the Jungle
Sir Eric Hazarias
 1945 House of Dracula
Police Inspector Holtz
 1945 Crime, Inc.
Pat Coyle
 1944 Secrets of Scotland Yard
 1944 Raiders of Ghost City
Erich von Rugen, alias Alex Morel
 1944 Lady in the Death House
Charles Finch
 1944 Captain America
Cyrus Maldor
 1942 Night Monster
Dr. King
 1942 Cairo
Teutonic Gentleman
 1942 Pardon My Sarong
 1940 Boom Town
Harry Compton
 1940 The Great Profile
Dr. Bruce
 1940 Girl in 313
Russell aka Henry Woodruff
 1940 Charlie Chan's Murder Cruise
Dr. Suderman
 1940 Johnny Apollo
Jim McLaughlin
 1939 The Mad Empress
General Bazaine
 1939 Balalaika
Prof. Marakov
 1939 Mr. Moto Takes a Vacation
Professor Roger Chauncey Hildebrand
 1939 The Sun Never Sets
 1939 The Gorilla
Walter Stevens
 1938 The Great Waltz
Count Hohenfried
 1938 Three Comrades
 1937 The Wrong Road
Mike Roberts
 1937 Lancer Spy
Col. Fenwick
 1937 The Last Train from Madrid
Col. Vigo
 1937 The Road Back
 1937 The High Command
Maj. Gen. Sir John Sangye, VC
 1936 Till We Meet Again
 1936 Lady of Secrets
Mr. Whittaker
 1935 Rendezvous
William Brennan
 1935 The Murder Man
Captain Cole
 1935 Mark of the Vampire
Inspector Neumann
 1934 The Man Who Reclaimed His Head
Henry Dumont
 1934 The Firebird
John Pointer
 1934 One More River
 1934 Stamboul Quest
Herr Von Sturm
 1934 Nana
Colonel André Muffat
 1933 The Solitaire Man
 1933 Murders in the Zoo
Eric Gorman
 1933 The Secret of Madame Blanche
Aubrey St. John
 1932 The Silent Witness
Sir Austin Howard
 1929 The Knife (Short)
The Surgeon
 1928 The Actor's Advice to His Son (Short)
The Actor
 1928 The White Faced Fool (Short)
 1921 The Highest Bidder
 1920 The Eternal Mother
Howard Hollister
 1919 The Marriage Price
Kenneth Gordon
 1918 For Sale
Undetermined Role
 1918 Eve's Daughter
Courtenay Urquhart
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Stage Play: The King Can Do No Wrong. Melodrama. Written by Frank S. Merlin. Directed by Frank S. Merlin. Theatre Masque: 16 Nov 1927- Nov 1927 (closing date unknown/13 performances). Cast: Lionel Atwill (as "Baron Reus"), Edward De Tisne (as "His Majesty, the King"), Ellen Dorr (as "Kitty Ware"), Leonard Doyle (as "Casper"), Larry ... See more »

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5' 10½" (1.79 m)

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There is something about horror that is horribly compelling. Is it because we see our possible selves in these dark mirrors? See more »


Played the title role in the play "Napoleon," but it ran for only 12 performances in 1928. Atwill made headlines when he verbally abused the critics who had panned the show from the stage. See more »


Frequently portrayed doctors. More often than not the doctors would be guilty of a crime or would be mad scientists. See more »



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