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Date of Birth 23 February 1887London, England, UK
Date of Death 13 December 1975Hollywood, California, USA  (lung cancer)
Birth NameHarry Cyril Delevanti

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Seasoned London-born character actor, who had a lengthy career in American films and on television. The son of an Anglo-Italian music professor, Cyril also had a secondary career in Hollywood as a respected drama coach, engaged by Douglas Fairbanks, James Craig, and others. He appears to have divided the remainder of his time between films and the stage. For some time, around 1936, he was director in charge of production at the Little Theatre in Houston, Texas. Most of his movie roles, beginning in 1931, were uncredited bits. He appeared primarily in serials and 'B-horrors', for which dignified English gentlemen were continuously in demand as undertakers, coroners or townsfolk. Television offered him better opportunities in the early 1950's.

Skeletal of build, with a heavily-lined face and a shock of white hair, Cyril always appeared rather older than his years. Something of a specialist in Cockney impersonations, his non-plussed features were also regularly glimpsed as assorted shopkeepers, accountants, butlers or academic types. He popped up to particularly good effect in four episodes of Twilight Zone (1959), displaying deft comedic abilities as day-dreaming bank employee, Mr. Smithers, in "A Penny for Your Thoughts" (1961). However, Cyril's best on-screen moment came courtesy of The Night of the Iguana (1964), as Deborah Kerr's elderly grandfather Nonno

  • 'the oldest working poet in the world' - for which he received a


Golden Globe Award nomination.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: I.S.Mowis

Spouse (1)

Eva Kittie Peel (1913 - 30 July 1975) (her death) (2 children)

Trivia (1)

Cyril Delavanti's daughter Kitty was married to ace serial director and writer Ford Beebe.

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