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Nigel Bruce (1895–1953)


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

Rebecca
Rebecca Major Giles Lacy
(1940)
Sherlock Holmes Faces Death
(1943)
Suspicion
Suspicion Gordon Cochran Thwaite aka Beaky
(1941)

Filmography

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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
Postant
 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
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
Doctor Watson
 1943 Crazy House
Dr. Watson
 1943 Lassie Come Home
Duke of Rudling
 1943 Sherlock Holmes Faces Death
Doctor Watson
 1943 Sherlock Holmes in Washington
Doctor Watson
 1943 Forever and a Day
Maj. Garrow
 1942 Journey for Margaret
Herbert V. Allison
 1942 Eagle Squadron
McKinnon
 1942 This Above All
Ramsbottom
 1942 Roxie Hart
E. Clay Benham
 1941 Suspicion
Gordon Cochran Thwaite aka Beaky
 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
 1941 Hudson's Bay
Prince Rupert
 1940 A Dispatch from Reuters
Sir Randolph Persham
 1940 Susan and God
'Hutchie'
 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 The Lady Is Willing
Welton
 1934 Murder in Trinidad
Bertram Lynch
 1934 Stand Up and Cheer!
Dinwiddle
 1934 Coming Out Party
Troon
 1933 Channel Crossing
Nigel Guthrie
 1933 I Was a Spy
Scottie
 1932 Midshipmaid Gob
Maj. Spink
 1932 Lord Camber's Ladies
Lord Camber
 1931 Bachelor's Folly
Lord Willie Panniford
 1930 The Perfect Alibi
Major
 1930 Red Aces
Kinsfeather, T.B.
 1930 Escape!
Constable
 1930 The Squeaker
Collie
 1922 Flames of Passion
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Other Works:

Stage: Appeared (as "William Schwenk Gilbert") in "Knights of Song" on Broadway. Musical. Material by Glendon Alvine, based on a story by Alvine and Adele Gutman Nathan. Musical Direction by George Hirst. Orchestrations furnished by Tams-Witmark Music Library, Inc. Additional orchestrations by Harold Sanford. Gilbert and Sullivan ... See more »

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Height:

6' (1.83 m)
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

I am in no way a distinguished man, but if I died tomorrow, I can honestly claim to have been what few men can call themselves - a really happy one. For 26 years I have been blessed with the love and friendship of a very wonderful woman. I have two attractive and splendid daughters of whom I am very proud, and my two sons-in-law I respect and like enormously. Except for a groggy leg I have been ... See more »

Trivia:

Younger brother of Sir Michael William Selby Bruce, 11th Baronet of Stenhouse and Airth, a descendant of Robert the Bruce and of the Royal Stuarts. Source: Book entitled 'Tramp Royal' by Sir Michael Bruce of Stenhouse. Published 1945 by Elek Books Ltd, 14 Great James St, London. See more »

Trademark:

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

Nickname:

Willie

Star Sign:

Aquarius

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