Nigel Bruce (1895–1953)

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Nigel was, from the beginning, typecast as bumbling English aristocrats, military types or drawing room society snobs and, within the narrow parameters of his range, he was very, very good at playing these parts. Nigel Bruce was born in Mexico, where his father, Sir William W. Bruce, worked as an engineer. His family was part of English ... See full bio »

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Known For

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 1954 World for Ransom
Gov. Sir Charles Coutts
 1954 Four Star Playhouse (TV Series)
Col. Mournay
- A String of Beads (1954) ... Col. Mournay
 1952 Bwana Devil
Dr. Angus McLean
 1952 Limelight
 1952 Hong Kong
Mr. Lighton
 1950 Vendetta
Sir Thomas Nevil
 1948 Julia Misbehaves
Colonel Bruce Willowbrook
 1947 The Exile
Sir Edward Hyde
 1947 The Two Mrs. Carrolls
Dr. Tuttle
 1946 Dressed to Kill
Doctor Watson
 1946 Terror by Night
Dr. John H. Watson
 1945 Pursuit to Algiers
Dr. John H. Watson
 1945 The Woman in Green
Dr. Watson
 1945 Son of Lassie
Duke of Radling
 1945 The Corn Is Green
The Squire
 1945 The House of Fear
Doctor Watson
 1944 Frenchman's Creek
Lord Godolphin
 1944 Gypsy Wildcat
High Sheriff
 1944 The Pearl of Death
Doctor Watson
 1944 The Scarlet Claw
Doctor Watson
 1944 Follow the Boys
Nigel Bruce (uncredited)
 1943 The Spider Woman
Dr. Watson
 1943 Crazy House
Dr. Watson
 1943 Lassie Come Home
Duke of Rudling
 1943 Sherlock Holmes Faces Death
Doctor Watson
 1943 Forever and a Day
Maj. Garrow
 1943 Sherlock Holmes in Washington
Doctor Watson
 1942 Journey for Margaret
Herbert V. Allison
 1942 Eagle Squadron
 1942 This Above All
 1942 Roxie Hart
E. Clay Benham
 1941 Suspicion
 1941 The Chocolate Soldier
Bernard Fischer
 1941 This Woman Is Mine
Duncan MacDougall
 1941 Free and Easy
Florian Clemington
 1941 Play Girl
William McDonald Vincent
 1940 Hudson's Bay
Prince Rupert
 1940 A Dispatch from Reuters
Sir Randolph Persham
 1940 Susan and God
 1940 Lillian Russell
William Gilbert
 1940 Rebecca
Major Giles Lacy
 1940 Adventure in Diamonds
Col. J.W. Lansfield
 1940 The Blue Bird
Mr. Luxury
 1939 The Rains Came
Lord Albert Esketh
 1939 The Hound of the Baskervilles
Dr. Watson
 1938 Suez
Sir Malcolm Cameron
 1938 Kidnapped
Neil MacDonald
 1938 The Baroness and the Butler
Major Andros
 1937 The Last of Mrs. Cheyney
Willie Wynton
 1937 Thunder in the City
The Duke
 1936 The Man I Marry
Robert Hartley
 1936 The Charge of the Light Brigade
Sir Benjamin Warrenton
 1936 Follow Your Heart
Henri Forrester
 1936 The White Angel
Dr. West
 1936 Under Two Flags
Capt. Menzies
 1936 The Trail of the Lonesome Pine
Major Thurber
 1935 Jalna
Maurice Vaughan
 1935 She
Horace Holly
 1935 Becky Sharp
Joseph Sedley
 1934 The Scarlet Pimpernel
The Prince of Wales
 1934 Springtime for Henry
Johnny Jewlliwell
 1934 Treasure Island
Squire Trelawney
 1934 Murder in Trinidad
Bertram Lynch
 1934 Stand Up and Cheer!
 1934 Coming Out Party
 1934 The Lady Is Willing
 1933 Channel Crossing
Nigel Guthrie
 1933 I Was a Spy
 1932 Midshipmaid Gob
Maj. Spink
 1932 Lord Camber's Ladies
Lord Camber
 1931 Bachelor's Folly
Lord Willie Panniford
 1930 The Perfect Alibi
 1930 Red Aces
Kinsfeather, T.B.
 1930 Escape!
 1930 The Squeaker
 1922 Flames of Passion
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Personal Details

Other Works:

He acted in Edgar Wallace's play, "The Ringer," at the Wyndham's Theatre in London, England with Dorothy Dickson, Leslie Faber, Franklin Dyall, Gordon Harker, Eric Stanley, Leslie Banks, Henry Forbes, Betty Hicks, Arthur Stratton, and Naomi Jacob in the cast. See more »

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6' (1.83 m)


Violet Campbell  (his death)  (2 children)


Jennifer Bruce | See more »


Sir William W. Bruce | Angelica Bruce

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The stories we did were modernized but the characters of the famous detective and his biographer were kept more or less as originally written by Arthur Conan Doyle. Watson, however, in the films was made much more of a 'comic' character than he ever was in the books. This was with the object of introducing a little light relief. The doctor, as I played him, was a complete stooge for his brilliant... See more »


Although he played the seemingly older Dr. Watson opposite Basil Rathbone as Sherlock Holmes, he was actually 2-1/2 years younger. See more »


An habitual pipe smoker, both on screen and off See more »



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