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Nigel Bruce (1895–1953)

Nigel was, from the beginning, typecast as bumbling English aristocrats, military types or drawing room society snobs and, within the narrow parameters of his range, he was very, very good at playing these parts. Nigel Bruce was born in Mexico, where his father, Sir William W. Bruce, worked as an engineer. His family was part of English ... See full bio »

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 1954 World for Ransom
Gov. Sir Charles Coutts
 1954 Four Star Playhouse (TV Series)
Col. Mournay
- A String of Beads (1954) ... Col. Mournay
 1952 Bwana Devil
Dr. Angus McLean
 1952 Limelight
 1952 Hong Kong
Mr. Lighton
 1950 Vendetta
Sir Thomas Nevil
 1948 Julia Misbehaves
Col. Bruce 'Bunny' Willowbrook
 1947 The Two Mrs. Carrolls
Dr. Tuttle
 1944 Gypsy Wildcat
High Sheriff
 1944 Follow the Boys
Nigel Bruce (uncredited)
 1943 Forever and a Day
Maj. Garrow
 1942 Journey for Margaret
Herbert V. Allison
 1942 Eagle Squadron
 1942 This Above All
 1942 Roxie Hart
E. Clay Benham
 1941 Suspicion
 1941 The Chocolate Soldier
Bernard Fischer
 1941 This Woman Is Mine
Duncan MacDougall
 1941 Play Girl
William McDonald Vincent
 1940 A Dispatch from Reuter's
Sir Randolph Persham
 1940 Susan and God
 1940 Lillian Russell
William Gilbert
 1940 Adventure in Diamonds
Col. J.W. Lansfield
 1938 Suez
Sir Malcolm Cameron
 1938 The Baroness and the Butler
Major Andros
 1937 Thunder in the City
The Duke
 1936 The Man I Marry
Robert Hartley
 1936 The Charge of the Light Brigade
Sir Benjamin Warrenton
 1936 Follow Your Heart
Henri Forrester
 1936 The White Angel
Dr. West
 1936 Under Two Flags
Capt. Menzies
 1935 She
Horace Holly
 1934 Springtime for Henry
Johnny Jewlliwell
 1934 The Lady Is Willing
 1934 Stand Up and Cheer!
 1934 Coming-Out Party
Troon, the Butler
 1933 Channel Crossing
Nigel Guthrie
 1933 I Was a Spy
 1932 Midshipmaid Gob
Maj. Spink
 1932 Lord Camber's Ladies
Lord Camber
 1930 The Perfect Alibi
 1930 Red Aces
Kinsfeather, T.B.
 1922 Flames of Passion
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The stories we did were modernised but the characters of the famous detective and his biographer were kept more or less as originally written by Conan Doyle. Watson, however, in the films was made much more of a 'comic' character than he ever was in the books. This was with the object of introducing a little light relief. The doctor, as I played him, was a complete stooge for his brilliant friend... See more »


In May 1945 Bruce underwent surgery for varicose veins in his legs as a result of his war injuries. See more »


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