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Edward Van Sloan (1882–1964)

US character actor; he of the close-cropped gray hair, thick spectacles and clipped, ominous tones who would serve most memorably as the nemesis of evil-doers and monsters in 30's and 40's horror movies and suspensers, antagonizing first the likes of Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff and then, years later, Erich von Stroheim. See full bio »

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Frankenstein Doctor Waldman
Dracula Van Helsing
The Mummy
The Mummy Doctor Muller
Dracula's Daughter
Dracula's Daughter Professor Von Helsing


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 1950 The Underworld Story
Minister at Funeral (uncredited)
 1950 This Side of the Law
Judge (uncredited)
 1948 Sealed Verdict
 1948 A Foreign Affair
German (uncredited)
 1946 Betty Co-Ed
A.J.A. Woodruff
 1946 The Mask of Diijon
 1945 I'll Remember April
Board Member (uncredited)
 1944 End of the Road
 1944 The Conspirators
Dutch Underground Leader (uncredited)
 1944 Wing and a Prayer
Admiral (uncredited)
 1944 Captain America
Gregory--Lyman's Aide [Chs. 1-2] (uncredited)
 1943 The Song of Bernadette
Doctor (uncredited)
 1943 The Masked Marvel
Prof. A.M. MacRae (uncredited)
 1943 Riders of the Rio Grande
Pop Owens
 1943 Mission to Moscow
German Diplomat in Berlin (uncredited)
 1943 Submarine Alert
Dr. Johann Bergstrom (uncredited)
 1943 Hitler's Children
Chief Tribunal Judge (uncredited)
 1942 Destination Unknown
Holland Legation (uncredited)
 1942 A Man's World
Doc Stone
 1941 The Men in Her Life
First Doctor (uncredited)
 1941 Love Crazy
Sanity Hearing Doctor (uncredited)
 1941 The Monster and the Girl
Dave - the Warden (uncredited)
 1941 Virginia
Minister (uncredited)
 1940 The Secret Seven
Prof. Holtz
 1940 The Doctor Takes a Wife
 1940 Teddy the Rough Rider (Short)
Elihu Root, Secretary of State (uncredited)
 1940 Abe Lincoln in Illinois
Dr. Barrett (uncredited)
 1939 Honeymoon in Bali
Priest on Bali (uncredited)
 1938 Storm Over Bengal
Maharajah of Lhanapur
 1938 Campus Confessions
Professor (uncredited)
 1938 Danger on the Air
Dr. Leonard Sylvester
 1938 The Toy Wife
Older Man (uncredited)
 1938 That Mothers Might Live (Short)
Hospital Chief of Staff (uncredited)
 1938 Penitentiary
Dr. Rinewulf (uncredited)
 1937 Souls at Sea
Ship's Officer (uncredited)
 1937 The Road Back
President (uncredited)
 1937 The Man Who Found Himself
Medical Board Doctor (uncredited)
 1936 Sins of Man
Austrian Army Doctor
 1936 Fatal Lady
French Surete (uncredited)
 1936 Road Gang
Mr. Dudley (lawyer) (as Ed Van Sloan)
 1936 The Story of Louis Pasteur
Chairman of Medical Society (uncredited)
 1935 Grand Exit
Klorer (uncredited)
 1935 Three Kids and a Queen
Dr. Gordon
 1935 The Last Days of Pompeii
 1935 The Black Room
Doctor (uncredited)
 1935 The Arizonian
Judge Cody (uncredited)
 1935 Air Hawks
Prof. Schulter
 1935 Captain Hurricane
Man at Susan Ann's Bedside (uncredited)
 1935 Death Flies East
Dr. O'Neill (uncredited)
 1935 The Woman in Red
Foxall - Prosecuting Attorney (as Ed Van Sloan)
 1935 A Shot in the Dark
Prof. Bostwick
 1935 Grand Old Girl
 1934 The Man Who Reclaimed His Head
Board Director (uncredited)
 1934 Mills of the Gods
 1934 I'll Fix It
 1934 The Life of Vergie Winters
Jim Winters
 1934 The Scarlet Empress
Herr Wagner (uncredited)
 1934 The Crosby Case
Professor Franz Lubeck
 1933 Blood Money
Jordan - Department Store Manager (uncredited)
 1933 Goodbye Love
 1933 Murder on the Campus
Prof. C. Edson Hawley
 1933 Deluge
Professor Carlysle
 1933 Baby Face
Jameson - Bank Director (uncredited)
 1933 It's Great to Be Alive
Dr. Wilton
 1933 The Silk Express
Mill Owner in Association (uncredited)
 1933 Trick for Trick
John Russell (as Ed. Van Sloan)
 1933 The Working Man
Mr. Briggs
 1933 The World Gone Mad (unconfirmed, uncredited)
 1933 Infernal Machine
Professor Gustabve Hoffman
 1933 The Billion Dollar Scandal
Attorney Carp (as Ed Van Sloan)
 1932 The Last Mile
 1932 Thunder Below
Doctor (uncredited)
 1932 Forgotten Commandments
Doctor (uncredited)
 1932 Man Wanted
Mr. Walters, French & Sprague Manager
 1932 Play Girl
Moffatt, the Boss
 1931 Manhattan Parade
The Lawyer (uncredited)
 1931 Under Eighteen
Assistant to François (uncredited)
 1916 Slander
Joseph Tremaine
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Stage Play: Schweiger. Written by Franz Werfel. Translated by Jack Charash and William A. Drake. Directed by Jacob Ben-Ami. Mansfield Theatre: 23 Mar 1926- Apr 1926 (closing date unknown/30 performances). Cast: Jacob Ben-Ami (as "Franz Schweiger"), Hugh Buckler (as "Travnick"), Minnie Dupree (as "Mrs. Stroschneider"), Edward Forbes (as "... See more »

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Ed. Van Sloan | Ed Van Sloan


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Had two roles in Frankenstein (1931). He played Dr. Waldman and was the man who came out in the prologue to warn movie-goers that the film might be too much. See more »


Often portrayed European doctors or experts in Universal horror films who are often the enemy of the monsters (examples include Professor Van Helsing in Dracula (1931), Dr. Waldman in Frankenstein (1931) and Doctor Muller in The Mummy (1932). See more »

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