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Lester Matthews (1900–1975)

Lester Matthews was born on June 6, 1900 in Nottingham, England. He was an actor, known for The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938), The Raven (1935) and Werewolf of London (1935). He was married to Anne Grey and Frances Walper. He died on June 6, 1975 in Los Angeles, California, USA. See full bio »

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 1974 Baby Needs a New Pair of Shoes
Mr. McDonald (as Les Mathews)
 1970 Adam-12 (TV Series)
Gregory Benton
- Log 55: Missing Child (1970) ... Gregory Benton
 1970 The Name of the Game (TV Series)
Porter
- Island of Gold and Precious Stones (1970) ... Porter (uncredited)
 1970 Savage Intruder
Ira Jaffee (as Lester Mathews)
 1969 Family Affair (TV Series)
Farnsworth
- Maudie (1969) ... Farnsworth
 1968 Star!
Lord Chamberlain (uncredited)
 1967 Daniel Boone (TV Series)
Major
- The Desperate Raid (1967) ... Major
 1967 The Scorpio Letters (TV Movie)
Mr. Harris
 1966 The Phyllis Diller Show (TV Series)
Butler
- Phyllis, the Cookie Tycoon (1966) ... Butler
 1966 Assault on a Queen
Doctor
 1963-1965 The Beverly Hillbillies (TV Series)
Mr. Fleming Pendleton
- The Poor Farmer (1965) ... Mr. Fleming Pendleton
- The Great Crawdad Hunt (1964) ... Mr. Fleming Pendleton
- The Bank Raising (1964) ... Mr. Fleming Pendleton
- Jed Becomes a Banker (1963) ... Mr. Fleming Pendleton
 1965 The Alfred Hitchcock Hour (TV Series)
Walter Dunham
- Completely Foolproof (1965) ... Walter Dunham
 1965 The Rogues (TV Series)
Bailiff
- Wherefore Art Thou, Harold? (1965) ... Bailiff
 1965 The Lucy Show (TV Series)
Lord Van Cleve
- Lucy and the Old Mansion (1965) ... Lord Van Cleve
 1964 Mary Poppins
Mr. Tomes (uncredited)
 1964 Hazel (TV Series)
Reginald Archibald
- The Countess (1964) ... Reginald Archibald
 1964 A Global Affair
British Delegate (uncredited)
 1963 The Prize
BBC News Correspondent (uncredited)
 1963 Bonanza (TV Series)
Forrester
- The Actress (1963) ... Forrester
 1963 Ripcord (TV Series)
Hugh Olds
- The Suicide Club (1963) ... Hugh Olds
 1962 Rawhide (TV Series)
Larkins
- House of the Hunter (1962) ... Larkins
 1960-1962 77 Sunset Strip (TV Series)
Mr. Craythorpe / Inspector Carnahan
- The Baker Street Caper (1962) ... Mr. Craythorpe
- The Double Death of Benny Markham (1960) ... Inspector Carnahan
 1953-1962 The Jack Benny Program (TV Series)
Referee / Sponsor
- Alexander Hamilton Story (1962) ... Referee (as Lester Mathews)
- Fred Allen Show (1953) ... Sponsor
 1962 Pete and Gladys (TV Series)
 1961-1962 King of Diamonds (TV Series)
Inspector Andrews
- Invisible Fence (1962) ... Inspector Andrews
- Commando Tactics (1961)
 1961 By Love Possessed
Man at Club (uncredited)
 1961 The Red Skelton Hour (TV Series)
Sylvester
- Candid Clem (1961) ... Sylvester (as Lester Mathews)
 1961 The Young Savages
Dr. Androtti (uncredited)
 1961 Coronado 9 (TV Series)
Maj. Durham / Tony Wingate
- Singapore Girl (1961) ... Maj. Durham
- Long Way to Detroit (1961) ... Tony Wingate
 1960-1961 Bachelor Father (TV Series)
Mr. Harcourt / Philip Harcourt
- Bentley Swims Upstream (1961) ... Mr. Harcourt (as Lester Mathews)
- Bentley Meets the Perfect Woman (1960) ... Philip Harcourt
 1961 Surfside 6 (TV Series)
Inspector Campbell
- Black Orange Blossoms (1961) ... Inspector Campbell
 1959-1960 Alcoa Presents: One Step Beyond (TV Series)
Civil Defense Man / Prison Governor
- The Promise (1960) ... Civil Defense Man
- The Devil's Laughter (1959) ... Prison Governor
 1960 Song Without End
Emissary of the Grand Duchess (uncredited)
 1960 Walk Like a Dragon
Peter Mott
 1960 The Dennis O'Keefe Show (TV Series)
Sylverster Barnes
- Dimples (1960) ... Sylverster Barnes (as Lester Mathews)
 1960 Philip Marlowe (TV Series)
Stephen Florea
- Gem of a Murder (1960) ... Stephen Florea
 1959 The Miracle
Capt. John Boulting
 1959 This Man Dawson (TV Series)
- The Assassin (1959)
 1959 21 Beacon Street (TV Series)
Alfred Harrison
- Double Vision (1959) ... Alfred Harrison
 1959 The Ann Sothern Show (TV Series)
Mr. Bartley
- The Square Peg (1959) ... Mr. Bartley
- The Engagement Ring (1959) ... Mr. Bartley
- Give It Back to the Indians (1959) ... Mr. Bartley
 1958 Yancy Derringer (TV Series)
Jerrison Ames
- Old Dixie (1958) ... Jerrison Ames
 1958 The Lineup (TV Series)
Walter Smith
- The Chick Madison Case (1958) ... Walter Smith
 1958 Behind Closed Doors (TV Series)
Colonel Brookston
- Double Jeopardy (1958) ... Colonel Brookston
 1954-1958 Climax! (TV Series)
Dr. Fincannon
- Four Hours in White (1958) ... Dr. Fincannon
 1958 Richard Diamond, Private Detective (TV Series)
Frank Grace
- Arson (1958) ... Frank Grace
 1958 How to Marry a Millionaire (TV Series)
Conway
- The Utterly Perfect Man (1958) ... Conway
 1957 December Bride (TV Series)
Evans
- The Golf Lesson (1957) ... Evans
 1957 Something of Value
Game Warden (uncredited)
 1957 Telephone Time (TV Series)
Supply Minister
- Diamond Peer (1957) ... Supply Minister
 1956-1957 Crossroads (TV Series)
Dr. Ashley / Salmon P. Chase / Rev. John Schwan
- The Last Strand (1957) ... Dr. Ashley
- In God We Trust (1957) ... Salmon P. Chase
- Our First Christmas Tree (1956) ... Rev. John Schwan
 1957 Playhouse 90 (TV Series)
Colonel McKinley
- So Soon to Die (1957) ... Colonel McKinley
 1957 Slander
Frank Grover (uncredited)
 1956 Soldiers of Fortune (TV Series)
Carrigan
- Boomerang (1956) ... Carrigan (as Lester Mathews)
 1956 You Are There (TV Series)
Sir Joseph Banks / Ganzel
- Mr. Christian Seizes the Bounty (April 28, 1789) (1956) ... Sir Joseph Banks
 1956 Casablanca (TV Series)
Colonel Masters
- Fateful Night (1956) ... Colonel Masters
 1955 Celebrity Playhouse (TV Series)
- The Hoax (1955)
 1953-1955 The Ford Television Theatre (TV Series)
Colonel Peter Tilletson / Carlton
- South of Selangor (1955) ... Colonel Peter Tilletson
- The Road Ahead (1954)
- The World's My Oyster (1953) ... Carlton
 1955 Father Knows Best (TV Series)
Major Alden
- Stage to Yuma (1955) ... Major Alden
 1955 The Star and the Story (TV Series)
- End of Flight (1955)
 1955 Lux Video Theatre (TV Series)
John Hillgrove
- The Enchanted Cottage (1955) ... John Hillgrove
 1955 Cameo Theatre (TV Series)
 1955 Moonfleet
Major Hennishaw
 1955 The Seven Little Foys
Father O'Casey (uncredited)
 1955 The Far Horizons
Mr. Hancock
 1955 The Pepsi-Cola Playhouse (TV Series)
- Passage Home (1955) ... (as Lester Mathews)
 1955 Ten Wanted Men
Adam Stewart
 1953-1955 The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show (TV Series)
Mr. Fortune / Mr. Buzby / Professor Hopkins / ...
- No Seats for Friar's Club Dinner (1955) ... Mr. Fortune
- The Old Grads (1954) ... Mr. Buzby
- Raccoon Coat Story (1953) ... Professor Hopkins
- Gracie Gets a Jury Summons (1953) ... Mr. Thomas Marshall
- Gracie at Department Store (1953) ... Mr. Burke
 1955 Passport to Danger (TV Series)
U.S. Consul Charlie Edmunds
- Naples (1955) ... U.S. Consul Charlie Edmunds
 1955 The Adventures of Falcon (TV Series)
Preston Andrews
- Reunion (1955) ... Preston Andrews
 1954 My Little Margie (TV Series)
Mr. Burton / Mr. Patterson
- Operation Rescue (1954) ... Mr. Burton
- Day and Night (1954) ... Mr. Patterson (as Lester Mathews)
 1954 Désirée
Caulaincourt (uncredited)
 1954 Public Defender (TV Series)
Ben Pearce / Mr. Harrington
- Destiny (1954) ... Ben Pearce
- Third Floor Rear (1954) ... Mr. Harrington
 1954 Jungle Man-Eaters
Comm. Kingston
 1954 Cavalcade of America (TV Series)
 1954 Charge of the Lancers
Gen. Stanhope
 1953 Bad for Each Other
Dr. Homer Gleeson
 1953 Man in the Attic
Chief Insp. Melville (as Lester Mathews)
 1953 Omnibus (TV Series)
The Chief
- The Horn Blows at Midnight (1953) ... The Chief
 1953 Sangaree
Gen. Victor Darby
 1953 Young Bess
Sir William Paget
 1953 The Desert Rats
Foreign Secretary (uncredited)
 1953 Fort Ti
Lord Jeffrey Amherst (uncredited)
 1953 Jamaica Run
Judge
 1953 Trouble Along the Way
Cardinal William Patrick O'Shea
 1953 Rogue's March
Brigadier General
 1953 Savage Mutiny
Major Walsh
 1953 Niagara
Doctor (uncredited)
 1952 Stars and Stripes Forever
Mr. Pickering (uncredited)
 1952 Against All Flags
Sir Cloudsley
 1952 Operation Secret
Robbins
 1952 Captain Pirate
Col. Ramsey
 1952 Les Miserables
Mentou Sr. (uncredited)
 1952 Lady in the Iron Mask
Prime Minister Rochard
 1952 The Brigand
Dr. Lopez
 1952 Jungle Jim in the Forbidden Land
Commissioner Kingston
 1952 5 Fingers
Undersecretary (uncredited)
 1950-1951 Fireside Theatre (TV Series)
Brandt / Immigration Judge
- Black Savannah (1951) ... Brandt
- The Amber Gods (1950)
- Man Without a Country (1950) ... Immigration Judge
 1951 Racket Squad (TV Series)
Ben Milford
- The Case of the Widow's Mite (1951) ... Ben Milford
 1951 Anne of the Indies
Wherryman (uncredited)
 1951 The Desert Fox: The Story of Rommel
British Officer (uncredited)
 1951 Corky of Gasoline Alley
Ellis (uncredited)
 1951 The Lady and the Bandit
Ridgely - Joyce's Interrogator (uncredited)
 1951 Tales of Robin Hood
Sir Hugh Fitzwalter
 1950 Montana
George Forsythe
 1949 Malaya
Matisson (scenes deleted)
 1949 Free for All
Mr. Aberson
 1949 The Woman on Pier 13
Dr. Dixon (uncredited)
 1949 Addio Mimí!
Fouquet
 1948 Fighting Father Dunne
Archbishop John Joseph Glennon
 1947 The Paradine Case
Police Inspector Ambrose (uncredited)
 1947 The Exile
Robbins
 1947 Dark Delusion
Wyndham Grace
 1947 Banjo
Gerald Warren (uncredited)
 1947 Bulldog Drummond at Bay
Shannon Eskdale
 1947 Monsieur Verdoux
Prosecutor (uncredited)
 1945 The Beautiful Cheat
Farley
 1945 Son of Lassie
Major Elliston (uncredited)
 1945 Two O'Clock Courage
Mark Evans
 1945 Salty O'Rourke
Salesman
 1945 Objective, Burma!
British Maj. Fitzpatrick (uncredited)
 1945 I Love a Mystery
Justin Reeves / Mr. G
 1945 Jungle Queen
Commissioner Braham Chatterton
 1944 Ministry of Fear
Dr. Norton at Lembridge Asylum (uncredited)
 1944 Shadows in the Night
Stanley Carter
 1944 The Invisible Man's Revenge
Sir Jasper Herrick
 1944 Between Two Worlds
Steamship Dispatcher (uncredited)
 1944 The Story of Dr. Wassell
Dr. Ralph Wayne (uncredited)
 1944 Four Jills in a Jeep
Capt. Lloyd (uncredited)
 1944 Nine Girls
Horace Canfield
 1943 Corvette K-225
British Captain (uncredited)
 1943 Appointment in Berlin
Air Marshal (uncredited)
 1943 Two Tickets to London
Treathcote (uncredited)
 1943 Tonight We Raid Calais
English Maj. West (uncredited)
 1943 The Mysterious Doctor
Dr. Frederick Holmes
 1943 London Blackout Murders
Oliver Madison
 1942 Now, Voyager
Captain (uncredited)
 1942 Desperate Journey
Wing Commander
 1942 Manila Calling
Wayne Ralston
 1942 Across the Pacific
Canadian Major
 1942 The Pied Piper
Mr. Cavanaugh
 1942 Sunday Punch
Smith, Judy's Date (uncredited)
 1942 Born to Sing
Arthur Cartwright
 1941 A Yank in the R.A.F.
Group Captain
 1941 Life Begins for Andy Hardy
Mr. Eric J. Maddox (uncredited)
 1941 Man Hunt
Major
 1941 Scotland Yard
Dr. Gilbert (uncredited)
 1940 The Sea Hawk
Guard Officer (uncredited)
 1940 Women in War
Sir Humphrey, Prosecuting attorney
 1940 Gaucho Serenade
Frederick Willoughby
 1940 Northwest Passage
Sam Livermore
 1940 British Intelligence
Henry Thompson (uncredited)
 1939 Rulers of the Sea
Lieut. Roberts
 1939 Conspiracy
Gair - Henchman
 1939 Susannah of the Mounties
Harlan Chambers
 1939 Should a Girl Marry?
Dr. White
 1938 I Am a Criminal
District Attorney George Lane
 1938 If I Were King
General Saliere
 1938 Time Out for Murder
Uncle Phillip Gregory
 1938 Mysterious Mr. Moto
Sir Charles Murchison
 1938 Three Loves Has Nancy
Dr. Alonzo Z. Stewart
 1938 Think It Over (Short)
Ring Leader
 1938 There's Always a Woman
Walter Fraser
 1937 Lancer Spy
Capt. Neville
 1937 The Prince and the Pauper
St. John
 1936 Crack-Up
Sidney Grant
 1936 Lloyd's of London
Captain Hardy
 1936 Fifteen Maiden Lane
Gilbert Lockhart
 1936 Tugboat Princess
1st Mate Bob
 1936 Thank You, Jeeves!
Elliott Manville
 1936 Too Many Parents
Mark Stewart
 1936 Song and Dance Man
C. B. Nelson
 1935 Professional Soldier
Prince Edric
 1935 The Raven
Dr. Jerry Halden (Credits) / Dr. Jerry Holden
 1934 Boomerang
David Kennedy
 1934 Norah O'Neale
Dermot Fitzgerald
 1934 April Blossoms
Schwindt
 1934 Song at Eventide
Lord Belsize
 1934 Borrowed Clothes
Sir Harry Torrent
 1933 Facing the Music
Becker
 1933 Out of the Past
Captain Leslie Farebrother
 1933 The Poisoned Diamond
John Reader
 1933 The Song You Gave Me
Max Winter
 1933 The Stolen Necklace
Clive Wingate
 1933 Spy 77
Coloneilo Romanelli
 1933 The Melody-Maker
Tony Borrodaile
 1933 Called Back
Gilbert Vaughan
 1932 Her Night Out
Gerald Vickery
 1932 Fires of Fate
Lt. Col Egerton
 1932 Carmen
Zuniga
 1931 The Limping Man
Brian Nash
 1931 The Old Man
Keith Keller
 1931 The Wickham Mystery
Charles Wickham
 1931 The Gables Mystery
Campbell Edwards
 1931 The Lame Duck (Short)
Captain Dallas
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Alternate Names:

Lester Mathews | Les Mathews

Height:

6' (1.83 m)
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Tall, dark-haired British character actor, who tended to play dashing or temperamental leads in early British talkies from 1931. Specialised in adventure, crime and horror films. Went to Hollywood with his wife, the actress Anne Grey, and was first signed by Universal to appear in Werewolf of London (1935). Settled in the U.S. permanently, mostly playing character roles, for the next 39 years.

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