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Holmes Herbert (1882–1956)

Holmes Herbert was a tall, intense English actor who made his first films after coming to America. He began in silent movies as a leading man but eventually was relegated to less important roles as a character actor when sound came in. He played in several of the Universal "Sherlock Holmes" movies, the title character of which was the initial ... See full bio »

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Known For

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Dr. John Lanyon
The Invisible Man Chief of Police
Foreign Correspondent Asst. Commissioner
The Charlatan Count Merlin - aka Peter Dwight


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 1952 The Brigand
 1952 At Sword's Point
Mallard (uncredited)
 1952 The Wild North
Magistrate (uncredited)
 1951 The Unknown Man
Reverend Michael (uncredited)
 1951 The Son of Dr. Jekyll
Constable (uncredited)
 1951 Anne of the Indies
English Sea Captain
 1951 David and Bathsheba
Jesse (uncredited)
 1951 The Law and the Lady
English Colonel (uncredited)
 1950 The Magnificent Yankee
Justice McKenna (uncredited)
 1950 To Please a Lady
Benson - Regina's Butler (uncredited)
 1950 The Iroquois Trail
Gen. Johnson
 1950 Mark of the Gorilla
Narrator (voice, uncredited)
 1949 Post Office Investigator
James Seeley
 1949 Barbary Pirate
Thomas Jefferson
 1949 Canadian Pacific
Head of Canadian Parliament (uncredited)
 1949 The Stratton Story
Doctor (uncredited)
 1949 The Lost Tribe
Narrator (voice, uncredited)
 1949 South of St. Louis
Sir Cecil (uncredited)
 1948 Command Decision
Chairman (uncredited)
 1948 Jungle Jim
Commissioner Geoffrey Marsden
 1948 Family Honeymoon
Rev. Miller (uncredited)
 1948 Hills of Home
Hillocks (uncredited)
 1948 Johnny Belinda
Judge (uncredited)
 1948 Sorry, Wrong Number
Wilkins (uncredited)
 1948 The Wreck of the Hesperus
Pastor West
 1948 A Woman's Vengeance
Warder (uncredited)
 1948 The Swordsman
Lord Glowan
 1947 If Winter Comes
Mr. Broadhurst (uncredited)
 1947 This Time for Keeps
Norman Randall (uncredited)
 1947 Bulldog Drummond Strikes Back
Inspector McIver
 1947 Singapore
Rev. Thomas Barnes
 1947 Ivy
Mulloy (uncredited)
 1947 Bulldog Drummond at Bay
Scotland Yard Inspector McIvar
 1947 The Ghost Goes Wild
 1947 Mr. District Attorney
Gallentyne (uncredited)
 1947 Over the Santa Fe Trail
Doc Henderson
 1946 Love Laughs at Andy Hardy
Dr. White, Minister (uncredited)
 1946 The Verdict
Sir William Dawson
 1946 Cloak and Dagger
British Officer (uncredited)
 1946 Dressed to Kill
Ebenezer Crabtree
 1946 Three Strangers
Sir Robert (uncredited)
 1946 The Bandit of Sherwood Forest
Baron (uncredited)
 1945 Confidential Agent
Lord Benditch
 1945 George White's Scandals
Lord Michael Asbury (uncredited)
 1945 Swingin' on a Rainbow
Butler (uncredited)
 1945 The Strange Affair of Uncle Harry
Warden (uncredited)
 1945 Jealousy
Melvyn Russell
 1945 The House of Fear
Alan Cosgrave
 1944 The Mummy's Curse
Dr. Cooper
 1944 Enter Arsene Lupin
 1944 The Unwritten Code
McDowell (uncredited)
 1944 Our Hearts Were Young and Gay
Captain (uncredited)
 1944 The Pearl of Death
James Goodram
 1944 Bermuda Mystery
Judge (uncredited)
 1944 The Uninvited
Charlie Jessup (uncredited)
 1943 Calling Dr. Death
Bryant - the Butler
 1943 Corvette K-225
Commodore Ramsay (uncredited)
 1943 The Man from Down Under
Government Official at Train Station (uncredited)
 1943 Two Tickets to London
 1943 A Stranger in Town
Supreme Court Justice (uncredited)
 1943 Sherlock Holmes in Washington
Mr. Ahrens
 1942 The Undying Monster
Chief Constable (uncredited)
 1942 Strictly in the Groove
 1942 Invisible Agent
Sir Alfred Spencer
 1942 Lady in a Jam
Man (uncredited)
 1942 Danger in the Pacific
 1942 This Above All
Dr. Mathias
 1942 The Ghost of Frankenstein
 1941 The Men in Her Life
Second Doctor (uncredited)
 1941 International Squadron
Sir Basil Wryxton
 1941 Man Hunt
Saul Farnsworthy (uncredited)
 1941 Scotland Yard
Dr. Woodward (uncredited)
 1941 Rage in Heaven
The Judge (uncredited)
 1940 South of Suez
 1940 The Letter
Robert's Friend at Bar at Party (uncredited)
 1940 A Dispatch from Reuters
Member of Parliament (uncredited)
 1940 Boom Town
Doctor (uncredited)
 1940 Foreign Correspondent
Asst. Commissioner
 1940 Phantom Raiders
Sir Edward (uncredited)
 1940 Women in War
Chief Justice (uncredited)
 1940 An Angel from Texas
Second Banker (uncredited)
 1940 British Intelligence
Arthur Bennett
 1940 The Earl of Chicago
Sergeant-at-Arms (uncredited)
 1939 Everything Happens at Night
 1939 We Are Not Alone
Police Inspector
 1939 Tower of London
Councilman (uncredited)
 1939 Rulers of the Sea
Member of Naval Company (uncredited)
 1939 20,000 Men a Year
Dean Norris (uncredited)
 1939 Intermezzo
The Doctor (uncredited)
 1939 The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex
Majordomo (uncredited)
 1939 Hidden Power
Dr. Morley
 1939 Stanley and Livingstone
Frederick Holcomb
 1939 Bad Boy
Mr. McNeil
 1939 The House of Fear
Minor Role (uncredited)
 1939 Trapped in the Sky
 1939 The Sun Never Sets
Colonial Official (uncredited)
 1939 Wolf Call
J.L. Winton
 1939 Juarez
Marshal Randon (uncredited)
 1939 Mystery of the White Room
Hospital Administrator (uncredited)
 1939 The Little Princess
 1939 The Mystery of Mr. Wong
Prof. Ed Janney
 1939 Mr. Moto's Last Warning
Bentham (uncredited)
 1938 The Miracle of Salt Lake (Documentary short)
Brigham Young (uncredited)
 1938 Say It in French
Richard Carrington Sr.
 1938 Marie Antoinette
Herald (uncredited)
 1938 Kidnapped
 1938 The Adventures of Robin Hood
Archery Referee (uncredited)
 1938 The Black Doll
Dr. Giddings
 1938 Here's Flash Casey
Major Addison
 1938 The Buccaneer
Capt. McWilliams
 1937 The Man Without a Country (Short)
Aaron Burr
 1937 Lancer Spy
Dr. Aldrich (uncredited)
 1937 The Girl Said No
Charles Dillon (scenes deleted)
 1937 Love Under Fire
Darnley (uncredited)
 1937 The Life of Emile Zola
Commander of Paris (uncredited)
 1937 Slave Ship
 1937 The Thirteenth Chair
Sir Roscoe Crosby
 1937 The Prince and the Pauper
First Doctor
 1937 Stolen Holiday
Nicole's Dance Partner at Party (uncredited)
 1936 Lloyds of London
 1936 The House of Secrets
Sir Bertram Evans - Home Secretary
 1936 The Charge of the Light Brigade
Gen. O'Neill (uncredited)
 1936 15 Maiden Lane
Harold Anderson
 1936 The Gentleman from Louisiana
Chief Steward
 1936 Charlie Chan at the Race Track
Chief Steward - Melbourne Cup (uncredited)
 1936 The White Angel
War Minister (uncredited)
 1936 Champagne Charlie
Capt. Dell (uncredited)
 1936 The Country Beyond
Insp. Reed
 1936 Brilliant Marriage
Mr. Rodney Allison
 1936 Wife vs. Secretary
Frawley (uncredited)
 1935 Captain Blood
Capt. Gardner
 1935 The Dark Angel
Major in Dugout (uncredited)
 1935 Accent on Youth
Frank Galloway
 1935 Mark of the Vampire
Sir Karell Borotyn
 1935 Cardinal Richelieu
 1935 One in a Million
Donald Cabot, Sr.
 1934 Sons of Steel
Curtis Chadburne
 1934 The Curtain Falls
John Scorsby
 1934 The Pursuit of Happiness
Gen. Sir Henry Clinton
 1934 The House of Rothschild
 1934 Beloved
Lord Landslake
 1933 The Invisible Man
Chief of Police
 1933 Mystery of the Wax Museum
Dr. Rasmussen
 1932 Sister to Judas
Bruce Rogers
 1932 Central Park
Benefit Emcee (uncredited)
 1932 Miss Pinkerton
Arthur Glenn
 1932 Shop Angel
James Walton Kennedy
 1931 Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Dr. John Lanyon
 1931 Daughter of the Dragon
Sir John Petrie
 1931 Broadminded
John J. Hackett Sr.
 1931 Chances
Maj. Bradford
 1931 The Hot Heiress
Mr. Hunter
 1931 The Single Sin
Roger Van Dorn
 1930 The Ship from Shanghai
Paul Thorpe
 1929 Untamed
Howard Presley
 1929 The Kiss
M. Lassalle
 1929 The Thirteenth Chair
Sir Roscoe Crosby
 1929 The Careless Age
Sir John Hayward
 1929 Her Private Life
Rudolph Solomon
 1929 Madame X
 1929 Say It with Songs
Dr. Robert Merrill
 1929 Careers
 1929 The Charlatan
Count Merlin - aka Peter Dwight
 1928 On Trial
Gerald Trask
 1928 Through the Breakers
Eustis Hobbs
 1928 The Terror
Goodman (as Holmes E. Herbert)
 1928 The Sporting Age
James Driscoll
 1928 Their Hour
Cora's Father
 1928 Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
Henry Spoffard
 1927 The Silver Slave
Tom Richards
 1927 East Side, West Side
Gilbert Van Horn
 1927 The Gay Retreat
Charles Wright
 1927 Slaves of Beauty
Leonard Jones
 1927 The Heart of Salome
Sir Humphrey
 1927 Lovers?
 1927 Mr. Wu
Mr. Gregory
 1927 When a Man Loves
Jean Tiberge
 1927 One Increasing Purpose
Charles Paris
 1926 The Fire Brigade
James Corwin (as Holmes E. Herbert)
 1926 Josselyn's Wife
Thomas Josselyn
 1926 The Honeymoon Express
Jim Donaldson
 1926 The Passionate Quest
Erwen (as Holmes E. Herbert)
 1926 The Nest
Richard Elliot
 1925 A Woman of the World
Richard Granger
 1925 Wreckage
Stuart Ames
 1925 The Wanderer
 1925 Wildfire
 1925 Up the Ladder
Robert Newhall
 1925 Daddy's Gone A-Hunting
 1924 Love's Wilderness
David Tennant (as Holmes E. Herbert)
 1924 Sinners in Heaven
Hugh Rochedale
 1924 Her Own Free Will
Peter Craddock
 1924 Another Scandal
Pelham Franklin
 1924 The Enchanted Cottage
Maj. Hillgrove (as Holmes E. Herbert)
 1924 Week End Husbands
William Randall (as H.J. Herbert)
 1923 Swords and the Woman
Sir Percy Blakeney
 1923 Toilers of the Sea
 1922 A Woman's Woman
John Plummer (as Holmes E. Herbert)
 1922 Moonshine Valley
Dr. Martin
 1922 Divorce Coupons
Roland Bland (as Holmes E. Herbert)
 1922 Evidence
Judge Rowland
 1922 A Stage Romance
Prince of Wales
 1922 Any Wife
Philip Gray
 1921 The Family Closet
Alfred Dinsmore
 1921 The Inner Chamber
Edward J. Wellman (as Holmes E. Herbert)
 1921 The Wild Goose
Frank Manners (as Holmes E. Herbert)
 1921 Heedless Moths
The Sculptor (as Holmes E. Herbert)
 1921 Her Lord and Master
R. Honorable Thurston Ralph, Viscount Canning
 1920 The Truth About Husbands
Dustan Renshaw (as H.E. Herbert)
 1920 Dead Men Tell No Tales
Squire John Rattray (as Holmes E. Herbert)
 1920 Lady Rose's Daughter
Jacob Delafield (as Holmes E. Herbert)
 1920 The Right to Love
Lord Falkland (as Holmes E. Herbert)
 1920 My Lady's Garter
Henry Van Derp, aka The Hawk (as Holmes E. Herbert)
 1920 Black Is White
Jim Brood (as Holmes E. Herbert)
 1920 His House in Order
Filmer Jesson (as Holmes E. Herbert)
 1920 On with the Dance
Undetermined Role (uncredited)
 1919 The A.B.C. of Love
Harry Bryant
 1919 The Market of Souls (as Holmes E. Herbert)
 1919 Other Men's Wives
Fenwick Flint (as Holmes E. Herbert)
 1919 The White Heather
Lord Angus Cameron (as H.E. Herbert)
 1919 The Rough Neck
A Half-Breed Indian (as H.E. Herbert)
 1919 The Divorcee
Sir Paradine Fuldes
 1918 The Death Dance
Arnold Maitland (as H.E. Herbert)
 1918 The Whirlpool
Judge Reverton (as H.E. Herbert)
 1918 A Doll's House
Thorvald Helmar (as H.E. Herbert)
 1917 The Man Without a Country
Lt. Philip Nolan (as H.E. Herbert)
 1917 Her Life and His
Ralph Howard (as H.E. Herbert)
 1915 The Fisherwoman (Short)
The Son (as H.E. Herbert)
 1915 His Wife
John Dennys
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The "Mind-the-Paint" Girl (1912). See more »

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Alternate Names:

H.E. Herbert | H.J. Herbert | Holmes E. Herbert


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From 1928, in roughly 135 films, including shorts and silent, until his first Sherlock Holmes movie in 1939, Holmes Herbert acted under H.E. Herbert, H.J. Herbert, and Holmes E. Herbert. It does not appear that he took the name "Holmes" in deference to the six Sherlock Holmes' films in which he appeared. See more »


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