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Reginald Lawrence Knowles (11 November 1911 – 23 December 1995) was an English film actor who renamed himself Patric Knowles, a name which reflects his Irish descent. He appeared in films of the 1930s through the 1970s. He made his film debut in 1933, and played either first or second film leads throughout his career.

In his first American film, Give Me Your Heart (1936), released in Great Britain as Sweet Aloes, Knowles was cast as a titled Englishman of means.

While making The Charge of the Light Brigade (1936) at Lone Pine, California, he befriended Errol Flynn, whose acquaintance he had made when both were under contract to Warner Bros. in England. Since that film, in which Knowles played the part of Capt. Perry Vickers, the brother of Flynn's Maj. Geoffrey Vickers, he was cast more frequently as straitlaced characters alongside Flynn's flamboyant ones, notably as Will Scarlet in The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938). Both actors starred as well in Four's A Crowd, also in 1938.

More than two decades after Flynn's death, biographer Charles Higham sullied Flynn's memory by accusing him of having been a fascist sympathizer and Nazi spy. Knowles, who had served in World War II as a flying instructor in the RCAF, came to Flynn's defense, writing Rebuttal for a Friend as an epilogue to Tony Thomas' Errol Flynn: The Spy Who Never Was (Citadel Press, 1990) ISBN 080651180X.

Knowles was a freelance film actor from 1939 until his last film appearance in 1973. In the 1940s, he was known for playing protagonists in a number of horror films, including The Wolf Man (1941) and Frankenstein Meets the Wolfman (1943).

Knowles was also cast as comic foils in a number of comedies such as Abbott and Costello's Who Done It? (1942) and Hit The Ice (1943). He also appeared opposite Jack Kelly in a 1957 episode of the television series Maverick called "The Wrecker", which was based on a Robert Louis Stevenson adventure and co-starred James Garner.

Knowles was inducted into the Hollywood Walk of Fame and wrote a novel called Even Steven (Vantage Press, 1960) ASIN B0006RMC2G. He was cremated. His ashes were either given to a friend or family.

Description above from the Wikipedia article Patric Knowles, licensed under CC-BY-SA,full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

Reginald Lawrence Knowles (11 November 1911 – 23 December 1995) was an English film actor who renamed himself Patric Knowles, a name which reflects his Irish descent. He appeared in films of the 1930s through the 1970s. He made his film debut in 1933, and played either first or second film leads throughout his career.

In his first American film, Give Me Your Heart (1936), released in Great Britain as Sweet Aloes, Knowles was cast as a titled Englishman of means.

While making The Charge of the Light Brigade (1936) at Lone Pine, California, he befriended Errol Flynn, whose acquaintance he had made when both were under contract to Warner Bros. in England. Since that film, in which Knowles played the part of Capt. Perry Vickers, the brother of Flynn's Maj. Geoffrey Vickers, he was cast more frequently as straitlaced characters alongside Flynn's flamboyant ones, notably as Will Scarlet in The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938). Both actors starred as well in Four's A Crowd, also in 1938.

More than two decades after Flynn's death, biographer Charles Higham sullied Flynn's memory by accusing him of having been a fascist sympathizer and Nazi spy. Knowles, who had served in World War II as a flying instructor in the RCAF, came to Flynn's defense, writing Rebuttal for a Friend as an epilogue to Tony Thomas' Errol Flynn: The Spy Who Never Was (Citadel Press, 1990) ISBN 080651180X.

Knowles was a freelance film actor from 1939 until his last film appearance in 1973. In the 1940s, he was known for playing protagonists in a number of horror films, including The Wolf Man (1941) and Frankenstein Meets the Wolfman (1943).

Knowles was also cast as comic foils in a number of comedies such as Abbott and Costello's Who Done It? (1942) and Hit The Ice (1943). He also appeared opposite Jack Kelly in a 1957 episode of the television series Maverick called "The Wrecker", which was based on a Robert Louis Stevenson adventure and co-starred James Garner.

Knowles was inducted into the Hollywood Walk of Fame and wrote a novel called Even Steven (Vantage Press, 1960) ASIN B0006RMC2G. He was cremated. His ashes were either given to a friend or family.

Description above from the Wikipedia article Patric Knowles, licensed under CC-BY-SA,full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 95

Birthday 1911-11-11

Day of Death 1995-12-23

Place of Birth Horsforth, Yorkshire, England, UK

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Also Known As

  • Reginald Lawrence Knowles
  • Pat Knowles

Acting TV ShowsMovies

1973 Arnold as Douglas Whitehead
1973 Terror in the Wax Museum as Mr. Southcott
1972 The Man as South African Consul
1971 Getting Together (1 episode)
1970 Chisum as Henry Tunstall
1968 In Enemy Country as General Lloyd-Griffis
1967 Garrison's Gorillas (1 episode)
1967 The Way West as Captain Grant
1966 Jericho (1 episode)
1966 Family Affair (1 episode)
1964 Mickey (2 episodes)
1960 The Barbara Stanwyck Show (1 episode)
1959 Hawaiian Eye (1 episode)
1959 Tightrope (1 episode)
1958 Auntie Mame as Lindsay Woolsey
1958 From the Earth to the Moon as Josef Cartier
1958 77 Sunset Strip (1 episode)
1958 Peter Gunn (1 episode)
1957 Maverick (2 episodes)
1957 Have Gun – Will Travel (3 episodes)
1957 Band of Angels as Charles de Marigny
1956 Tales of the 77th Bengal Lancers (1 episode)
1955 Matinee Theater (1 episode)
1955 No Man's Woman as Wayne Vincent
1955 The 20th Century Fox Hour (1 episode)
1955 Gunsmoke (1 episode)
1955 The Thief as Philippe Voyson
1955 The Millionaire (1 episode)
1954 Khyber Patrol as Lt. George Kennely
1954 The Whistler (2 episodes)
1954 World for Ransom as Julian March
1953 The United States Steel Hour (1 episode) as Richard Voyson
1953 Jamaica Run as William Montague
1953 General Electric Theater (3 episodes)
1952 Tarzan's Savage Fury as Edwards, English Traitor
1952 Mutiny as Capt. Ben Waldridge
1951 Schlitz Playhouse of Stars (3 episodes)
1951 Quebec as Charles Douglas
1950 Lux Video Theatre (4 episodes)
1950 Three Came Home as Harry Keith
1950 Robert Montgomery Presents (1 episode)
1949 Lights Out (1 episode)
1949 The Big Steal as Jim Fiske
1948 Studio One (2 episodes)
1948 Isn't It Romantic? as Richard Brannon
1948 Dream Girl as Jim Lucas
1947 Variety Girl as Himself
1947 Ivy as Roger Gretorex
1946 Monsieur Beaucaire as Duc le Chandre
1946 Of Human Bondage as Harry Griffiths
1946 O.S.S. as Brady
1946 The Bride Wore Boots as Lance Gale
1945 Masquerade in Mexico as Thomas Grant
1945 Kitty as Brett Harwood Earl of Carstairs
1944 This Is the Life as Maj. Hilary Jarret
1944 Pardon My Rhythm as Tony Page
1944 Chip Off the Old Block as Commander Judd Corrigan
1943 Crazy House as Edmund 'Mac' MacLean
1943 Always a Bridesmaid as Tony Warren
1943 All by Myself as Dr. Bill Perry
1943 Hit the Ice as Dr. William 'Bill' Burns
1943 Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man as Dr. Frank Mannering
1943 Forever and a Day as Trimble-Pomfret Son
1942 Who Done It? as Jimmy Turner
1942 Sin Town as Wade Crowell
1942 Lady in a Jam as Doctor Enright
1942 The Mystery of Marie Roget as Dr. Paul Dupin
1942 The Strange Case of Doctor Rx as Private Detective Jerry Church
1941 The Wolf Man as Frank Andrews
1941 How Green Was My Valley as Ivor
1940 Anne of Windy Poplars as Gilbert Blythe
1940 Women in War as Lt. Larry Hall
1940 A Bill of Divorcement as John Storm
1940 Married and in Love as Paul Wilding
1939 The Spellbinder as Tom Dixon
1939 Five Came Back as Judson Ellis
1939 Beauty for the Asking as Denny Williams
1939 Torchy Blane in Chinatown as Capt. Condon
1939 Another Thin Man as Dudley Horn, Lois' Fiance
1938 Heart of the North as Corporal Jim Montgomery
1938 Storm Over Bengal as Captain Jeffrey Allison
1938 The Sisters as Norman French
1938 Four's a Crowd as Patterson 'Pat' Buckley
1938 The Adventures of Robin Hood as Will Scarlett
1938 Breakdowns of 1938 as Himself
1938 The Patient In Room 18 as Lance O'Leary
1937 Expensive Husbands as Prince Rupert Heinrich Franz Von Rentzau
1937 It's Love I'm After as Henry Grant Jr.
1936 The Charge of the Light Brigade as Capt. Perry Vickers
1936 Give Me Your Heart as Robert Melford
1936 Crown v. Stevens as Chris Jensen
1936 The Brown Wallet as John Gillespie
1935 The Guv'nor as Paul
1935 Abdul the Damned as Omar - Hilmi's Attache
1935 The Student's Romance as Max Brandt

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