Douglass Dumbrille (1889–1974)

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Distinguished character villain Douglass (R.) Dumbrille, whose distinctive stern features, beady eyes, tidy mustache, prominent hook nose and suave, cultivated presence graced scores of talking films, was born on October 13, 1889, in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. He was first employed as a bank clerk in his home town but caught the acting bug and ... See full bio »

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 1966 Batman (TV Series)
The Doctor
- A Death Worse Than Fate (1966) ... The Doctor (as Douglas Dumbrille)
 1966 The Beverly Hillbillies (TV Series)
- The Richest Woman (1966) ... Doug
 1964-1965 Perry Mason (TV Series)
Judge / Judge Robert Adler
- The Case of the Duplicate Case (1965) ... Judge
- The Case of the Latent Lover (1964) ... Judge Robert Adler
 1964 Shock Treatment
Judge (uncredited)
 1963-1964 The New Phil Silvers Show (TV Series)
Mr. Osborne
- My Son, the Governor (1964) ... Mr. Osborne
- Son of Pygmalion (1963) ... Mr. Osborne
- The Little Old Gluemaker, Me! (1963) ... Mr. Osborne
 1964 The Twilight Zone (TV Series)
Mr. Halpert
- The Self-Improvement of Salvadore Ross (1964) ... Mr. Halpert
 1963 Petticoat Junction (TV Series)
Dave LaSalle
- Is There a Doctor in the Roundhouse? (1963) ... Dave LaSalle (as Douglas Dumbrille)
 1963 Johnny Cool
Corrupt City Council Member
 1962 Ripcord (TV Series)
 1962 77 Sunset Strip (TV Series)
- The Odds on Odette (1962) ... Phillipson
 1962 Air Patrol
Millard Nolan
 1961-1962 The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis (TV Series)
Judge Baumgartner / Prof. Brinkerhoff, Esq. / Walter 'Show-'em-no-mercy' Appleby
- Like Low Noon (1962) ... Judge Baumgartner
- Move Over, Perry Mason (1961) ... Prof. Brinkerhoff, Esq.
- I Was a High School Scrooge (1961) ... Walter 'Show-'em-no-mercy' Appleby (as Douglas Dumbrille)
 1961 Shotgun Slade (TV Series)
Mr. Roberts
- The Lost Herds (1961) ... Mr. Roberts
 1959-1960 Grand Jury (TV Series)
Grant / Thomas Grant
- The Perfect Crime (1960) ... Grant
- The Magazine Scandal (1960) ... Grant
- The Juke Box Story (1960) ... Grant
- The Guilty Victim (1960) ... Grant
- The Bootleggers (1960) ... Grant
 1960 Bringing Up Buddy (TV Series)
Dean Lester
- The Exchange Student (1960) ... Dean Lester
 1960 The Loretta Young Show (TV Series)
George Haviland
- These Few Years (1960) ... George Haviland
 1959-1960 The DuPont Show with June Allyson (TV Series)
- A Thief or Two (1960) ... Warden
- The Opening Door (1959)
 1960 High Time
Judge Carter (uncredited)
 1960 Bat Masterson (TV Series)
Gen. Taylor Millard
- Wanted: Alive Please (1960) ... Gen. Taylor Millard
 1960 Laramie (TV Series)
T.J. Patterson
- Duel at Alta Mesa (1960) ... T.J. Patterson
 1960 The Untouchables (TV Series)
Judge Ben Harlow
- Syndicate Sanctuary (1960) ... Judge Ben Harlow
 1959 The Danny Thomas Show (TV Series)
Jim Frazier
- Danny and Milton Berle Quit Show Biz (1959) ... Jim Frazier
 1959 Rescue 8 (TV Series)
Tom Gordon
- The Rock Prison (1959) ... Tom Gordon
 1958-1959 The George Burns Show (TV Series)
Mr. Knox
- The Landlord's Daughter (1959) ... Mr. Knox
- George's Eviction (1958) ... Mr. Knox
 1957-1958 Hey, Jeannie! (TV Series)
Gen. Orville Fredericks / Gen. Hardwicke
- The Rainmaker (1958) ... Gen. Orville Fredericks
- Jeannie the WAC (1957) ... Gen. Hardwicke (as Douglas Dumbrille)
 1958 The Buccaneer
Collector of the Port
 1958 The Millionaire (TV Series)
B.G. Greenwise
- The Newman Johnson Story (1958) ... B.G. Greenwise
 1958 The Californians (TV Series)
Mayor Geary
- Dishonor for Matt Wayne (1958) ... Mayor Geary
- Murietta (1958) ... Mayor Geary
- The Marshal (1958) ... Mayor Geary
 1954-1958 The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show (TV Series)
Judge Strickland / Brig. Gen. Masterson / Mr. Arthur J. Cahill / ...
- Gracie and the Jury (1958) ... Judge Strickland
- Blanche Gets a Jury Notice (1958) ... Judge Strickland
- The General (1957) ... Brig. Gen. Masterson
- Company for Christmas (1955) ... Mr. Arthur J. Cahill
- Gracie Gets a Ticket 'Fixed' by the Judge (1955) ... Judge Russell
 1957 Alcoa Theatre (TV Series)
Captain Beagle
- Souvenir (1957) ... Captain Beagle
 1957 Telephone Time (TV Series)
John Mason
- The Rescue (1957) ... John Mason
 1953-1957 The Life of Riley (TV Series)
- Anchors Aweigh (1957) ... Cunningham
- Juvenile Delinquent (1956) ... Cunningham
- The Dog Watch (1954) ... Cunningham
- Riley and the Boss' Niece (1954) ... Cunningham
- Riley the Executive Type (1953) ... Cunningham (as Douglas Dumbrille)
 1957 Goodyear Theatre (TV Series)
Mr. Applecase
- Lost and Found (1957) ... Mr. Applecase
 1957 Matinee Theatre (TV Series)
 1957 Mr. Adams and Eve (TV Series)
- The Fighter (1957) ... Promoter
 1956-1957 Crossroads (TV Series)
Warden / Mr. Willoughby / Sen. Bates / ...
- Convict 1321, Age 21 (1957) ... Warden
- Big Sombrero (1957) ... Mr. Willoughby
- In God We Trust (1957) ... Sen. Bates
- The Singing Preacher (1956) ... Max Markey
 1957 Whirlybirds (TV Series)
Allen Barnes
- Operation Blue Hen (1957) ... Allen Barnes
 1957 Studio 57 (TV Series)
- Big Joe's Coming Home (1957) ... Goldy (as Douglas Dumbrille)
 1957 The Gale Storm Show: Oh! Susanna (TV Series)
Chief Chattahoochie / Col. Bargo
- Indian Giver (1957) ... Chief Chattahoochie
- Desirable Alien (1957) ... Col. Bargo
 1956 The Go-Getter
Dr. Baker
 1956 The Sheriff of Cochise (TV Series)
Sam Birch / Judson Knox
- The Shadow (1956) ... Sam Birch (as Douglas Dumbrille)
- Con Man ... Judson Knox
 1956 Shake, Rattle & Rock!
Eustace Fentwick III (as Douglas Dumbrille)
 1956 Tales of the 77th Bengal Lancers (TV Series)
- The Traitor (1956)
 1956 Lux Video Theatre (TV Series)
Gen. Bogardus / Whitfield
- Jezebel (1956) ... Gen. Bogardus
- The Night of January Sixteenth (1956) ... Whitfield
 1956 The Ten Commandments
 1955 Jane Wyman Presents the Fireside Theatre (TV Series)
- Big Joe's Comin' Home (1955) ... Goldy (as Douglas Dumbrille)
 1955 TV Reader's Digest (TV Series)
William Jennings Bryan
- The Sad Death of a Hero (1955) ... William Jennings Bryan
 1955 Screen Directors Playhouse (TV Series)
Red Beecham
- Life of Vernon Hathaway (1955) ... Red Beecham (as Douglas Dumbrille)
 1955 Passport to Danger (TV Series)
- Budapest (1955) ... Bernard
 1955 Treasury Men in Action (TV Series)
Avery Humbolt
- Case of the Slippery Eel (1955) ... Avery Humbolt (as Douglas Dumbrille)
 1955 A Life at Stake
Gus Hillman
 1955 The Pirate and the Lawyer (TV Movie)
Governor William Claiborne
 1955 Jupiter's Darling
 1955 Crusade for Freedom (TV Short)
Gov. Spriggs
 1954 Crown Theatre with Gloria Swanson (TV Series)
- My Last Duchess (1954) ... Leo
 1954 Public Defender (TV Series)
Judge Selvey / Frank Hackman
- The Do-Gooder (1954) ... Judge Selvey
- Pauper's Gold (1954) ... Frank Hackman
 1954 The Reluctant Redeemer (TV Movie)
 1954 The Lawless Rider
Marshal Brady (as Douglas Dumbrille)
 1954 Cavalcade of America (TV Series)
Lord Rawdon
- Young Andy Jackson (1954) ... Lord Rawdon
 1954 World for Ransom
Insp. McCollum
 1953-1954 The Ford Television Theatre (TV Series)
J.B. Creston
- The Fugitives (1954) ... J.B. Creston
 1953 Captain John Smith and Pocahontas
Chief Powhatan (as Douglas Dumbrille)
 1953 Plunder of the Sun
Consul (as Douglas Dumbrille)
 1951-1953 Racket Squad (TV Series)
George Vermillion
- Sale Value (1953) ... George Vermillion (as Douglas Dumbrille)
- Money to Burn (1952)
 1952-1953 China Smith (TV Series)
Inspector Hobson
- The Kaprielian Cipher (1953) ... Inspector Hobson
- Shanghai Clipper (1953) ... Inspector Hobson
- The Phantom Sampan (1953) ... Inspector Hobson
- Year of the Phoenix (1953) ... Inspector Hobson
- Kris of Death (1952) ... Inspector Hobson
 1953 Julius Caesar
 1952 Sky Full of Moon
Rodeo Official
 1952 Apache War Smoke
Maj. Dekker
 1952 Son of Paleface
Sheriff McIntyre
 1952 My Little Margie (TV Series)
Angio Piazza
- A Friend for Roberta (1952) ... Angio Piazza
 1952 Scaramouche
Assembly President (uncredited)
 1952 Dangerous Assignment (TV Series)
- The One Blue Chip Story (1952) ... Larsen (as Douglas Dumbrille)
 1952 Personal Appearance Theater (TV Series)
 1951 A Millionaire for Christy
J.C. Thompson
 1950 Sangue sul sagrato
W.C. Hutton
 1950 The Kangaroo Kid
Vincent Moller
 1950 Abbott and Costello in the Foreign Legion
Sheik Hamud El Khalid
 1950 The Savage Horde
Col. Price
 1950 Riding High
Eddie Howard
 1950 Buccaneer's Girl
Capt. Martos (as Douglas Dumbrille)
 1949 Tell It to the Judge
George Ellerby
 1949 Rapture
W.C. Hutton
 1949 Joe Palooka in the Counterpunch
Capt. Lance
 1949 Alimony
Burton (Burt) Crail
 1949 Addio Mimí!
 1949 Riders of the Whistling Pines
Henry Mitchell
 1949 The Lone Wolf and His Lady
John J. Murdock
 1949 Dynamite
Hank Gibbons
 1948 Last of the Wild Horses
Charlie Cooper (as Douglas Dumbrille)
 1947 Beyond Our Own
E.W. Osborne
 1947 The Fabulous Texan
Luke Roland
 1947 Christmas Eve
Dr. Bunyan (as Douglas Dumbrille)
 1947 Blonde Savage
Mark Harper
 1947 Dragnet
Frank Farrington (as Douglas Dumbrille)
 1947 Dishonored Lady
District Attorney O'Brien (as Douglas Dumbrille)
 1947 It's a Joke, Son!
Big Dan Healey
 1946 Monsieur Beaucaire
George Washington
 1946 Under Nevada Skies
Arthur Courtney
 1946 Spook Busters
Dr. Coslow
 1946 The Cat Creeps
Tom McGalvey
 1946 Night in Paradise
High Priest
 1946 The Catman of Paris
Henry Borchard
 1945 Pardon My Past
Uncle Wills
 1945 Road to Utopia
Ace Larson
 1945 The Daltons Ride Again
Sheriff Hoskins
 1945 Flame of the West
Marshal Tom Nightlander
 1945 The Frozen Ghost
Inspector Brant
 1945 A Medal for Benny
 1945 Jungle Queen
 1944 Lost in a Harem
 1944 Gypsy Wildcat
Baron Tovar
 1944 Forty Thieves
Tad Hammond
 1944 Jungle Woman
District Attorney
 1944 Lumberjack
Daniel J. Keefer
 1944 Uncertain Glory
Police Commissioner LaFarge (as Douglas Dumbrille)
 1943 False Colors
Mark Foster
 1943 Du Barry Was a Lady
Willie / Duc de Rigor
 1942 Stand by for Action
Captain Ludlow
 1942 King of the Mounties
 1942 I Married an Angel
Baron Szigethy
 1942 Ten Gentlemen from West Point
Gen. William Henry Harrison
 1942 A Gentleman After Dark
Enzo Calibra
 1942 Ride 'Em Cowboy
Jake Rainwater
 1942 Castle in the Desert
Paul Manderley (as Douglas Dumbrille)
 1941 Ellery Queen and the Perfect Crime
John Matthews
 1941 The Big Store
Mr. Grover
 1941 Washington Melodrama
 1941 Road to Zanzibar
Slave Trader
 1941 The Round Up
Captain Lane
 1941 Murder Among Friends
Carter Stevenson
 1940 Michael Shayne: Private Detective
Gordon (as Douglas Dumbrille)
 1940 South of Pago Pago
 1940 Virginia City
Maj. Drewery (as Douglas Dumbrille)
 1939 Slightly Honorable
George Taylor
 1939 City in Darkness
Petroff (as Douglas Dumbrille)
 1939 Rovin' Tumbleweeds
Stephen Holloway
 1939 Thunder Afloat
District Commander (as Douglas Dumbrille)
 1939 Charlie Chan at Treasure Island
Thomas Gregory (as Douglas Dumbrille)
 1939 Captain Fury
 1939 Tell No Tales
Matt Cooper (as Douglas Dumbrille)
 1939 Mr. Moto in Danger Island
La Costa (as Douglas Dumbrille)
 1939 The Three Musketeers
Athos (as Douglas Dumbrille)
 1938 Kentucky
John Dillon (1861) (as Douglas Dumbrille)
 1938 Sharpshooters
Count Maxim
 1938 Storm Over Bengal
Ramin Khan
 1938 Crime Takes a Holiday
J.J. Grant
 1938 The Mysterious Rider
Pecos Bill - aka Ben Wade (as Douglas Dumbrille)
 1938 Fast Company
Arnold Stamper (as Douglas Dumbrille)
 1938 Stolen Heaven
 1938 The Buccaneer
Gov. William C.C. Claiborne
 1937 Ali Baba Goes to Town
Prince Musah (as Douglas Dumbrille)
 1937 The Firefly
Marquis de Melito (as Douglas Dumbrille)
 1937 The Emperor's Candlesticks
Mr. Korum - a Conspirator (as Douglas Dumbrille)
 1937 A Day at the Races
 1937 Woman in Distress
Jerome Culver
 1936 Counterfeit Lady
August Marino
 1936 End of the Trail
Bill Mason
 1936 M'Liss
Lou Ellis
 1936 The Witness Chair
Stanley Whittaker
 1936 Mr. Deeds Goes to Town
John Cedar
 1936 The Music Goes 'Round
 1936 You May Be Next!
Beau Gardner
 1935 The Lone Wolf Returns
 1935 The Calling of Dan Matthews
Jeff Hardy
 1935 Crime and Punishment
 1935 Peter Ibbetson
Col. Forsythe
 1935 The Public Menace
Carissimo Tonelli
 1935 Love Me Forever
 1935 Unknown Woman
Phil Gardner
 1935 Air Hawks
Victor Arnold (as Douglas Dumbrille)
 1935 Cardinal Richelieu
Count Baradas
 1935 Naughty Marietta
Uncle (as Douglas Dumbrille)
 1935 The Lives of a Bengal Lancer
Mohammed Khan (as Douglas Dumbrille)
 1934 The Secret Bride
Dave Breeden (as Douglas Dumbrille)
 1934 Broadway Bill
Eddie Morgan (as Douglas Dumbrille)
 1934 Hide-Out
DeSalle - Nightclub Owner (uncredited)
 1934 Treasure Island
Pirate of the Spanish Main (as Douglas Dumbrille)
 1934 Operator 13
Gen. Stuart (as Douglas Dumbrille)
 1934 Fog Over Frisco
Joshua Mayard (as Douglas Dumbrille)
 1934 Harold Teen
H.H. Snatcher (as Douglas Dumbrille)
 1934 Journal of a Crime
Germaine Cartier (as Douglas Dumbrille)
 1934 Hi, Nellie
Harvey Dawes (as Douglas Dumbrille)
 1934 Massacre
Sen. Emory - Chairman (uncredited)
 1933 Convention City
 1933 Lady Killer
Spade Maddock (as Douglas Dumbrille)
 1933 The World Changes
Buffalo Bill Cody (as Douglas Dumbrille)
 1933 Female
George Mumford (as Douglas Dumbrille)
 1933 The Way to Love
Agent Chapusard
 1933 I Loved a Woman
U.S. Attorney Brandt (uncredited)
 1933 The Big Brain
Dan Thomas
 1933 Voltaire
Actor - Oriental King in Play
 1933 Baby Face
Brody (as Douglas Dumbrille)
 1933 The Man Who Dared
Judge Collier
 1933 Heroes for Sale
Jim - Chief Engineer (uncredited)
 1933 The Silk Express
Myton Associate (uncredited)
 1933 Elmer, the Great
Stillman (uncredited)
 1933 The Working Man
Hammersmith - Lawyer (uncredited)
 1933 The Rustler's Roundup
Bill Brett (as Douglas Dunbrile)
 1933 Smoke Lightning
Sam Edson
 1933 Hard to Handle
District Attorney (uncredited)
 1933 King of the Jungle
Ed Peters (as Douglas Dumbrille)
 1933 Laughter in Hell
Ed Perkins
 1932 I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang
District Attorney (uncredited)
 1932 The Pride of the Legion
 1932 That's My Boy
Coach 'Daisy' Adams
 1932 Blondie of the Follies
 1932 The Door Knocker (Short)
Gangster (as Douglas Dumbrille)
 1932 The Wiser Sex
Chauffeur - aka The Wop
 1932 The Symphony Murder Mystery (Short)
Giuseppe Benito
 1931 His Woman
Alisandroe (uncredited)
 1924 The Declaration of Independence (Short)
Thomas Paine
 1913 What 80 Million Women Want
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Stage: Appeared (as "Carl Salter") in "As You Desire Me" on Broadway. Drama. Written by Luigi Pirandello. Adapted from the Italian by Dmitri Oystrov. Directed by Marcel Varnel. Maxine Elliott's Theatre: 28 Jan 1931-\Jun 1931 (closing date unknown/142 performances). Cast: Judith Anderson (as "The Unknown One"), Hugh Cairns (as "Another... See more »

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Alternate Names:

Douglas Dumbrille | Douglas Dunbrile


6' 1½" (1.87 m)


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Personal Quote:

[on his marriage, at age 70, to a 28-year-old woman] Age doesn't mean a blasted thing. The important thing is whether two people can be happy together. Pat and I agreed that I had some years left and we could best share them together. We don't give a continental damn what other people think.


Married at age 70 to 28-year-old Patricia Mowbray, daughter of his long-time and very good performing and social associate Alan Mowbray. See more »

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