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Date of Birth 30 March 1893London, England, UK
Date of Death 25 July 1960Palm Beach, Florida, USA
Birth NameSamuel David Hyams
Height 6' 2" (1.88 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Dennis Hoey was born on March 30, 1893 in London, England as Samuel David Hyams. He was an actor, known for Terror by Night (1946), Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Weapon (1942) and The Pearl of Death (1944). He was married to Josephine Hoey. He died on July 25, 1960 in Palm Beach, Florida, USA.

Spouse (1)

Josephine Hoey (1933 - 1946) (divorced)

Trivia (9)

Best remembered as the pompous, but wonderfully dim-witted, "Inspector Lestrade" of Scotland Yard in several of Basil Rathbone's Sherlock Holmes offerings of the 1940's.
Father of director Michael A. Hoey.
His son, Michael A. Hoey, talks extensively about his father in an interview in the book, "A Sci-Fi Swarm and Horror Horde" (McFarland & Co., 2010), by Tom Weaver.
In his book, "Elvis, Sherlock and Me: How I Survived Growing Up in Hollywood" (BearManor Media 2007), his son, Michael A. Hoey, discusses his father's career and their somewhat fractious relationship in great detail.
Grandfather of Dennis Hoey.
Was a close friend of fellow actors Nigel Bruce and Rex Harrison.
He was the son of a hotel keeper who ran a small "bed and breakfast" in Brighton.
Graduate of Brighton College, initially trained as a stockbroker. Performed as a singer for British troops during World War I and began acting on stage in 1919. Wanting to be a 'legitimate actor', he he studied Shakespeare and for several seasons was a member of Sydney W. Carroll's Shakespearean troupe in the Open-Air Theatre in Regents Park. He also toured with Godfrey Tearle's Shakespearean repertory company.
Character actor in early-30's UK films who then enjoyed a career in Hollywood from the late 30's through earlier 50's.

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