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Charles Henry Daniell (5 March 1894 – 31 October 1963) was an English actor who had a long and prestigious career on stage as well as in films. He is perhaps best known for his villainous roles in films like The Great Dictator, The Philadelphia Story and The Sea Hawk. Daniell was given few opportunities to play a 'good guy', including a supporting part as Franz Liszt in the biographical film Song of Love (1947). His last name is sometimes spelled "Daniel".

Daniell's film debut came in 1929 in Jealousy. He appeared as Professor Moriarty in the Basil Rathbone-Nigel Bruce Sherlock Holmes film The Woman in Green (1945). He appeared in other films such as Charlie Chaplin's The Great Dictator (1940) (playing Garbitsch, to sound like "garbage", a parody of Joseph Goebbels), and The Body Snatcher (1945, with Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi) – as well as two other films in the Sherlock Holmes/Basil Rathbone series: The Voice of Terror (1942) and Sherlock Holmes in Washington (1943) with fellow Moriarty George Zucco.

Daniell played the sleazy Baron de Varville opposite Greta Garbo in Camille (1936). Another early triumph was his portrayal of Cecil in The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex (1939). He also played the treacherous Lord Wolfingham (no relation to Francis Walsingham) in The Sea Hawk (1940), fighting Errol Flynn in what is often considered one of the most spectacular sword fighting duels ever filmed. When Michael Curtiz cast him in this film, Henry Daniell initially refused because he couldn't fence. Curtiz accomplished the climactic duel through the use of shadows and over-shoulder shots, with a double fencing Flynn with ingenious inter-cutting of their faces.

Towards the end of the Second World War, he appeared in one of his most memorable film roles, as the cruel Mr. Brocklehurst in Jane Eyre (1944), opposite Joan Fontaine who played Eyre. That same year he appeared in The Suspect as Charles Laughton's blackmailing next-door neighbour. In the 1950s and 1960s, he did much television, and also appeared as the malevolent Dr. Emil Zurich in Edward L. Cahn's The Four Skulls of Jonathan Drake (1959), and in an episode of Maverick, "Pappy" opposite James Garner the same year. An absolute professional, he was always on the set when needed, and impatient when delays in filming took place. Much in demand for his dry, sardonic delivery, Daniell moved easily from big-budget films, such as (uncredited) Mutiny on the Bounty (1962), to television without difficulty. In 1957, Daniell appeared as King Charles II of England in the NBC anthology series The Joseph Cotten Show in the episode "The Trial of Colonel Blood", with Michael Wilding in the title role. In the same year he played the instructing solicitor to Charles Laughton's leading counsel barrister in Witness for the Prosecution (1957).

The actor claimed one of his favourite roles was as Tony Curtis' supervisor in the acclaimed Blake Edwards film Mister Cory (1957) at a time when the actor's career was clearly slowing down, but Daniell retained some of the best and most memorable lines in the movie, "A gentleman never grabs. Manners, Mister Cory. I find them a prerequisite in any circumstance."

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Charles Henry Daniell (5 March 1894 – 31 October 1963) was an English actor who had a long and prestigious career on stage as well as in films. He is perhaps best known for his villainous roles in films like The Great Dictator, The Philadelphia Story and The Sea Hawk. Daniell was given few opportunities to play a 'good guy', including a supporting part as Franz Liszt in the biographical film Song of Love (1947). His last name is sometimes spelled "Daniel".

Daniell's film debut came in 1929 in Jealousy. He appeared as Professor Moriarty in the Basil Rathbone-Nigel Bruce Sherlock Holmes film The Woman in Green (1945). He appeared in other films such as Charlie Chaplin's The Great Dictator (1940) (playing Garbitsch, to sound like "garbage", a parody of Joseph Goebbels), and The Body Snatcher (1945, with Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi) – as well as two other films in the Sherlock Holmes/Basil Rathbone series: The Voice of Terror (1942) and Sherlock Holmes in Washington (1943) with fellow Moriarty George Zucco.

Daniell played the sleazy Baron de Varville opposite Greta Garbo in Camille (1936). Another early triumph was his portrayal of Cecil in The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex (1939). He also played the treacherous Lord Wolfingham (no relation to Francis Walsingham) in The Sea Hawk (1940), fighting Errol Flynn in what is often considered one of the most spectacular sword fighting duels ever filmed. When Michael Curtiz cast him in this film, Henry Daniell initially refused because he couldn't fence. Curtiz accomplished the climactic duel through the use of shadows and over-shoulder shots, with a double fencing Flynn with ingenious inter-cutting of their faces.

Towards the end of the Second World War, he appeared in one of his most memorable film roles, as the cruel Mr. Brocklehurst in Jane Eyre (1944), opposite Joan Fontaine who played Eyre. That same year he appeared in The Suspect as Charles Laughton's blackmailing next-door neighbour. In the 1950s and 1960s, he did much television, and also appeared as the malevolent Dr. Emil Zurich in Edward L. Cahn's The Four Skulls of Jonathan Drake (1959), and in an episode of Maverick, "Pappy" opposite James Garner the same year. An absolute professional, he was always on the set when needed, and impatient when delays in filming took place. Much in demand for his dry, sardonic delivery, Daniell moved easily from big-budget films, such as (uncredited) Mutiny on the Bounty (1962), to television without difficulty. In 1957, Daniell appeared as King Charles II of England in the NBC anthology series The Joseph Cotten Show in the episode "The Trial of Colonel Blood", with Michael Wilding in the title role. In the same year he played the instructing solicitor to Charles Laughton's leading counsel barrister in Witness for the Prosecution (1957).

The actor claimed one of his favourite roles was as Tony Curtis' supervisor in the acclaimed Blake Edwards film Mister Cory (1957) at a time when the actor's career was clearly slowing down, but Daniell retained some of the best and most memorable lines in the movie, "A gentleman never grabs. Manners, Mister Cory. I find them a prerequisite in any circumstance."

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 68

Birthday 1894-03-05

Day of Death 1963-10-31

Place of Birth Barnes, Surrey, UK

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Also Known As

  • Henry Daniel

Acting TV ShowsMovies

1962 The Chapman Report as Dr. Jonas
1962 Combat!(1 episode)
1962 The Notorious Landlady as Stranger
1962 Madison Avenue as Stipe
1961 The Comancheros as Gireaux
1961 Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea as Dr. Zucco
1960 The Islanders(1 episode)
1960 Thriller(5 episodes)
1959 The Four Skulls of Jonathan Drake as Dr. Emil Zurich
1959 Riverboat(1 episode)
1958 From the Earth to the Moon as Morgana
1958 77 Sunset Strip(2 episodes)
1958 Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse(1 episode)
1958 Peter Gunn(1 episode)
1957 Witness for the Prosecution as Mayhew
1957 The Story of Mankind as Pierre Cauchon - Bishop of Beauvais
1957 Maverick(1 episode)
1957 The Sun Also Rises as Doctor
1957 Mister Cory as Mr. Earnshaw
1957 Les Girls as Judge
1956 Lust for Life as Theodorus van Gogh
1956 The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit as Bill Ogden
1956 Telephone Time(1 episode)
1956 Diane as Gondi
1955 Matinee Theater(1 episode)
1954 Producers' Showcase(1 episode)
1954 The Egyptian as Mekere
1951 Schlitz Playhouse of Stars(1 episode)
1950 Lux Video Theatre(1 episode)
1950 Buccaneer's Girl as Capt. Duval
1949 Lights Out(2 episodes)
1949 The Secret Of St. Ives as Maj. Edward Chevenish
1949 Siren of Atlantis as Blades
1948 Wake of the Red Witch as Jacques Desaix
1948 Studio One(1 episode)
1948 The Philco Television Playhouse(1 episode)
1947 The Exile as Le colonel Ingram
1947 Song of Love as Franz Liszt
1945 Captain Kidd as King William III
1945 The Woman in Green as Professor James Moriarty
1945 The Body Snatcher as Dr. Wolfe 'Toddy' MacFarlane
1945 Hotel Berlin as Baron Von Stetten
1944 The Suspect as Gilbert Simmons
1943 Jane Eyre as Henry Brocklehurst
1943 Watch on the Rhine as Phili Von Ramme
1943 Sherlock Holmes in Washington as William Easter
1942 The Great Impersonation as Frederick Seamon
1942 Sherlock Holmes and the Voice of Terror as Sir Anthony Lloyd
1942 Charlie Chan in Castle in the Desert as Watson King
1942 Four Jacks and a Jill as Bobo
1941 The Feminine Touch as Shelley Mason, Critic
1941 Dressed to Kill as Julian Davis
1941 A Woman's Face as Public Prosecutor
1940 The Philadelphia Story as Sidney Kidd
1940 The Great Dictator as Garbitsch
1940 All This, and Heaven Too as Broussais
1940 The Sea Hawk as Lord Wolfingham
1939 We Are Not Alone as Sir Ronald Dawson
1939 The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex as Sir Robert Cecil
1938 Marie Antoinette as La Motte
1938 Holiday as Seton Cram
1937 The Firefly as General Savary
1937 Madame X as Lerocle
1937 The Thirteenth Chair as John Wales
1937 Under Cover of Night as Professor Marvin Griswald
1936 Camille as Baron de Varville
1936 The Unguarded Hour as Hugh Lewis
1930 The Last of the Lone Wolf as Count von Rimpau (as Henry Daniel)

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