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Lionel Atwill

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Lionel Atwill (1 March 1885 – 22 April 1946) was an English stage and film actor born in Croydon, London, England. He studied architecture before his stage debut at the Garrick Theatre, London in 1904. He become a star in Broadway theatre by 1918, and made his screen debut in 1919. He acted on the stage in Australia but was most famous for his U.S. horror roles in the 1930s. His two most memorable parts were as the crazed, disfigured sculptor in Mystery of the Wax Museum (Warner Brothers, 1933), and as Inspector Krogh in Son of Frankenstein (1939), memorably sent up by Kenneth Mars in Mel Brooks’s Young Frankenstein (1974).

When he was not cast in macabre roles, Atwill often appeared in the 1930s as righteous-minded authority figures. For example, in 1937’s less memorable The Wrong Road for RKO, investigator Atwill persuades a young, bank-robbing ingenue played by Helen Mack and her boyfriend Richard Cromwell to return their ill-gotten $100,000 and give up a life of crime. Two of Atwill’s other notable non-horror roles were opposite his contemporary Basil Rathbone in films featuring Arthur Conan Doyle’s character Sherlock Holmes, including a role as Dr. James Mortimer in 20th Century Fox’s 1939 film rendition of the Conan Doyle novel The Hound of the Baskervilles, and the 1943 Universal Studios film Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Weapon, in which he played Holmes’ archenemy and super-villain, Professor Moriarty.

Atwill remained a stalwart of the Universal horror films until his career flagged in the 1940s because of a widely publicized sex scandal in 1941, during the investigation of which he was charged in 1942 with perjury at a trial in which Atwill had been accused of staging a sex orgy at his home. He died while working on the 1946 film serial Lost City of the Jungle. His ashes were once inurned in Chapel of the Pines Crematory.


Born: Born: Mar 1, 1885 In Croydon, London, England, UK


FILMOGRAPHY

1946: Lost City of the Jungle
1946: Genius at Work
1945: Fog Island
1945: Crime, Inc.
1945: House of Dracula
1944: Captain America
1944: Lady in the Death House
1944: House of Frankenstein
1944: Secrets of Scotland Yard
1944: Raiders of Ghost City
1943: Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man
1942: The Ghost of Frankenstein
1942: To Be or Not to Be
1942: The Strange Case of Doctor Rx
1942: The Mad Doctor of Market Street
1942: Cairo
1942: Junior G-Men of the Air
1942: Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Weapon
1942: Night Monster
1942: Pardon My Sarong
1941: Man Made Monster
1940: Johnny Apollo
1940: Charlie Chan in Panama
1940: Charlie Chan’s Murder Cruise
1940: Girl in 313
1940: The Great Profile
1940: Boom Town
1939: The Sun Never Sets
1939: The Hound of the Baskervilles
1939: Son of Frankenstein
1939: The Three Musketeers
1939: The Gorilla
1939: Mr. Moto Takes a Vacation
1939: Balalaika
1939: The Mad Empress
1939: The Secret of Dr. Kildare
1938: Three Comrades
1938: The Great Waltz
1937: The Last Train from Madrid
1937: The High Command
1937: The Wrong Road
1937: Lancer Spy
1937: The Great Garrick
1936: Lady of Secrets
1936: Till We Meet Again
1936: Absolute Quiet
1935: The Devil Is a Woman
1935: The Murder Man
1935: Mark of the Vampire
1935: Captain Blood
1935: Rendezvous
1934: Beggars in Ermine
1934: Nana
1934: One More River
1934: Stamboul Quest
1934: The Firebird
1934: The Man Who Reclaimed His Head
1934: The Age of Innocence
1933: Mystery of the Wax Museum
1933: The Secret of Madame Blanche
1933: The Vampire Bat
1933: Murders in the Zoo
1933: The Solitaire Man
1933: The Sphinx
1933: Secret of the Blue Room
1933: The Song of Songs
1932: The Silent Witness
1932: Doctor X
1921: The Highest Bidder

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