Distantly related to Princess Diana on his mother's side, Nova Scotia-born actor David Manners, nee Rauff de Ryther Daun Acklom, came from well-to-do stock. His father ran the prestigious Tower Road boys' school Harrow House and later became a literary advisor for E.P. Dutton Publishing Co. in New York. Manners graduated from Trinity School where he first performed on stage as Fernando in "The Tempest." Joining Eva La Gallienne's Civil Repertory Co., he forged enduring friendships with the legendary teacher and later with Helen Hayes when both appeared in front of the footlights in the play "Dancing Mothers." He was discovered for films by director James ("Frankenstein") Whale who cast the actor in his highly successful movie Journey's End (1930). From there Manners played opposite Hollywood's female elite, servicing such stars as Katharine Hepburn, Barbara Stanwyck and Claudette Colbert in well-mounted soapers and tea-service comedies. But he became best known for his participation in horrors where his vital heroes were pitted against the likes of Bela Lugosi's Dracula (Manners portrayed Jonathan Harker), and Boris Karloff's Mummy. A lack of interest had Manners eventually abandoning films in 1936 and returning sporadically to the theater. Most of his later years were spent painting and writing novels. He died in 1998.IMDb Mini Biography By: Gary Brumburgh / firstname.lastname@example.org
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Earned $2,000 a week during filming of Dracula (1931), as leading man John Harker. Top-billed Bela Lugosi only earned $500 a week. However, this discrepancy is misleading. Manners was under contract to Warner Bros./First National. Studios "loaned out" their contract players to each other at rates considerably higher than the performers' weekly salaries, and kept the profit.
"Manners" is his mother's maiden name.
In 1940 he officially changed his name to David Joseph Manners and became a citizen of the US.
Wrote spiritual novels in his later years. In 1971 he published "Look Through, An Evidence of Self Discovery."
Studio publicity tongues claimed he was a descendant of William the Conqueror.
After leaving films in 1936, he purchased a CineKodak 16mm movie camera and began making his own productions in and around his ranch, chronicling his life. The footage was stolen and never recovered.
Once worked at a New York art gallery and served as a cowboy guide out west.
In the final years of his life, he claimed that he had never seen Dracula (1931) and didn't care to. He asked that people NOT send him any videos of it.
In the 1980's, he told a film historian that horror films were his "only claim to movie fame."
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