Lionel Atwill (1885–1946)

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Lionel Atwill was born into a wealthy family and was educated at London's prestigious Mercer School to become an architect, but his interest turned to the stage. He worked his way progressively into the craft and debuted at age 20 at the Garrick Theatre in London. He acted and improved regularly thereafter, especially in the plays of Henrik Ibsen ... See full bio »

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Known For

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 1946 Genius at Work
Latimer Marsh / The Cobra
 1946 Lost City of the Jungle
Sir Eric Hazarias
 1945 House of Dracula
Police Inspector Holtz
 1945 Crime, Inc.
Pat Coyle
 1945 Fog Island
Alec Ritchfield
 1944 House of Frankenstein
Inspector Arnz
 1944 Secrets of Scotland Yard
 1944 Raiders of Ghost City
Erich von Rugen - alias Alex Morel
 1944 Lady in the Death House
Charles Finch
 1944 Captain America
Cyrus Maldor
 1942 Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Weapon
Moriarty (as Moriarity)
 1942 Night Monster
Dr. King
 1942 Cairo
Teutonic Gentleman
 1942 Pardon My Sarong
 1942 Junior G-Men of the Air
The Baron
 1942 The Ghost of Frankenstein
Doctor Theodore Bohmer
 1942 The Mad Doctor of Market Street
Graham / Dr. Ralph Benson
 1942 To Be or Not to Be
 1941 Man Made Monster
Dr. Paul Rigas
 1940 Boom Town
Harry Compton
 1940 The Great Profile
Dr. Bruce
 1940 Girl in 313
Russell aka Henry Woodruff
 1940 Charlie Chan's Murder Cruise
Dr. Suderman
 1940 Johnny Apollo
Jim McLaughlin
 1940 Charlie Chan in Panama
Cliveden Compton
 1939 The Mad Empress
General Bazaine
 1939 Balalaika
Prof. Marakov
 1939 The Secret of Dr. Kildare
Paul Messenger
 1939 Mr. Moto Takes a Vacation
Professor Hildebrand
 1939 The Sun Never Sets
 1939 The Gorilla
Walter Stevens
 1939 The Hound of the Baskervilles
James Mortimer M.D.
 1939 The Three Musketeers
De Rochefort
 1939 Son of Frankenstein
Inspector Krogh
 1938 The Great Waltz
Count Hohenfried
 1938 Three Comrades
 1937 The Great Garrick
 1937 The Wrong Road
Mike Roberts
 1937 Lancer Spy
Col. Fenwick
 1937 The Last Train from Madrid
Col. Vigo
 1937 The Road Back
 1937 The High Command
Maj. Gen. Sir John Sangye, VC
 1936 Absolute Quiet
G.A. Axton
 1936 Till We Meet Again
 1936 Lady of Secrets
Mr. Whittaker
 1935 Captain Blood
Colonel Bishop
 1935 Rendezvous
Major William Brennan
 1935 The Murder Man
Captain Cole
 1935 Mark of the Vampire
Inspector Neumann
 1935 The Devil Is a Woman
Capt. Don Pasqual 'Pasqualito' Costelar
 1934 The Man Who Reclaimed His Head
Henry Dumont
 1934 The Firebird
John Pointer
 1934 The Age of Innocence
Julius Beaufort
 1934 One More River
 1934 Stamboul Quest
Herr Von Sturm
 1934 Beggars in Ermine
John 'Flint' Dawson aka John Daniels
 1934 Nana
Colonel André Muffat
 1933 The Solitaire Man
Inspector Wallace
 1933 Secret of the Blue Room
Robert von Helldorf
 1933 The Song of Songs
Baron von Merzbach
 1933 The Sphinx
Jerome Breen
 1933 Murders in the Zoo
Eric Gorman
 1933 Mystery of the Wax Museum
Ivan Igor
 1933 The Secret of Madame Blanche
Aubrey St. John
 1933 The Vampire Bat
Dr. Otto von Niemann
 1932 Doctor X
Dr. Jerry Xavier
 1932 The Silent Witness
Sir Austin Howard
 1929 The Knife (Short)
The Surgeon
 1928 The Actor's Advice to His Son (Short)
The Actor
 1928 The White Faced Fool (Short)
 1921 The Highest Bidder
 1920 The Eternal Mother
Howard Hollister
 1919 The Marriage Price
Kenneth Gordon
 1918 For Sale
Undetermined Role
 1918 Eve's Daughter
Courtenay Urquhart
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Other Works:

Stage: Appeared (as "Sir Austin Howard"; final Broadway role) in "The Silent Witness" on Broadway. Drama (revival). Written by Jack DeLeon and Jack Celestin. Directed by Harry Wagstaff Gribble. Morosco Theatre: 23 Mar 1931-Jun 1931 (closing date unknown/80 performances). Cast: Reginald Barlow (as "Inspector Robins"), Thurlow Bergen, ... See more »

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1 Print Biography | 1 Interview | 5 Articles | See more »

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5' 10½" (1.79 m)


Mary Paula Pruter  (his death)  (1 child) | See more »

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Personal Quote:

One side of my face is gentle and kind, incapable of anything but love of my fellow man. The other side, the other profile, is cruel and predatory and evil, incapable of anything but the lusts and dark passions. It all depends on which side of my face is turned toward you--or the camera. It all depends on which side faces the moon at the ebb of the tide. See more »


His third wife, the former Louise Brooks Cromwell of Philadelphia society, had formerly been married to Gen. Douglas MacArthur (his first wife). See more »


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