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Strange Door Co-Star Richard Stapley Dies

12 March 2010 5:28 PM, PST | FamousMonsters of Filmland | See recent Famous Monsters of Filmland news »

British-born actor Richard Stapley began his film career in Hollywood in the late 1940s.  He starred as French nobleman Denis de Beaulieu, who becomes a pawn in Charles Laughton’s revenge plot in the 1951 horror thriller The Strange Door, with Boris Karloff as the menacing manservant Voltan. 

Stapley was born in Westcliff, Essex, England, on June 20, 1923.  He moved to Hollywood in the late 1940s, where he appeared in such films as The Challenge (1948), The Three Musketeers (1948) with Gene Kelly and Lana Turner, Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women (1949) with June Allyson and Elizabeth Taylor, King of the Khyber Rifles (1953), and Jungle Man-Eater (1954), with Johnny Weissmuller as Jungle Jim.

He returned to England in the late 1950s, where he continued his career in films and television under the name Richard Wyler.  He starred as Interpol Agent Anthony Smith in the television series Man from Interpol from 1960 to 1961.  He also appeared in episodes of The Saint, »

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