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Francis Loftus Sullivan (6 January 1903, Wandsworth, London - 19 November 1956, New York City) was an English film and stage actor. He attended Stonyhurst, the Jesuit public school in Lancashire, England whose alumni include Charles Laughton and Arthur Conan Doyle.

A heavily built man with a striking double-chin and a deep voice, Sullivan made his acting debut at the Old Vic aged 18 in Shakespeare's Richard III and appeared in his first film in 1932. Some of his notable film roles include Mr. Bumble in Oliver Twist (1948) and Phil Nosseross in the film noir Night and the City (1950). Sullivan also played the part of Jaggers in two versions of Charles Dickens's Great Expectations - in 1934 and 1946. He appeared in a fourth Dickens film, the 1935 Universal Pictures version of The Mystery of Edwin Drood, in which he played Crisparkle.

In 1938, he was featured in The Citadel, starring Robert Donat, and a decade later, he played the role of Pierre Cauchon in the technicolor version of Joan of Arc, starring Ingrid Bergman. Also in 1938 he starred in a revival of the Stokes' brothers play Oscar Wilde at London's Arts Theatre.

Sullivan also acted in light comedies, notably My Favorite Spy (1951), starring Bob Hope and Hedy Lamarr, in which he played an enemy agent, and the comedy Fiddlers Three (1944), portraying Nero. He also played the role of Pothinus in the 1945 film version of George Bernard Shaw's Caesar and Cleopatra. The film was directed by Gabriel Pascal, and was the last film personally supervised by Shaw himself. Sullivan later reprised the role in a stage revival of the play.

Sullivan, who eventually became a naturalized US citizen, won a Tony Award in 1955 for the Agatha Christie play Witness for the Prosecution. Earlier, he had played Hercule Poirot at the Embassy Theatre (London) in the Christie play, Black Coffee (1930). He died of a heart attack, aged 53 (some sources claim he died from an unspecified "lung ailment").

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​From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Francis Loftus Sullivan (6 January 1903, Wandsworth, London - 19 November 1956, New York City) was an English film and stage actor. He attended Stonyhurst, the Jesuit public school in Lancashire, England whose alumni include Charles Laughton and Arthur Conan Doyle.

A heavily built man with a striking double-chin and a deep voice, Sullivan made his acting debut at the Old Vic aged 18 in Shakespeare's Richard III and appeared in his first film in 1932. Some of his notable film roles include Mr. Bumble in Oliver Twist (1948) and Phil Nosseross in the film noir Night and the City (1950). Sullivan also played the part of Jaggers in two versions of Charles Dickens's Great Expectations - in 1934 and 1946. He appeared in a fourth Dickens film, the 1935 Universal Pictures version of The Mystery of Edwin Drood, in which he played Crisparkle.

In 1938, he was featured in The Citadel, starring Robert Donat, and a decade later, he played the role of Pierre Cauchon in the technicolor version of Joan of Arc, starring Ingrid Bergman. Also in 1938 he starred in a revival of the Stokes' brothers play Oscar Wilde at London's Arts Theatre.

Sullivan also acted in light comedies, notably My Favorite Spy (1951), starring Bob Hope and Hedy Lamarr, in which he played an enemy agent, and the comedy Fiddlers Three (1944), portraying Nero. He also played the role of Pothinus in the 1945 film version of George Bernard Shaw's Caesar and Cleopatra. The film was directed by Gabriel Pascal, and was the last film personally supervised by Shaw himself. Sullivan later reprised the role in a stage revival of the play.

Sullivan, who eventually became a naturalized US citizen, won a Tony Award in 1955 for the Agatha Christie play Witness for the Prosecution. Earlier, he had played Hercule Poirot at the Embassy Theatre (London) in the Christie play, Black Coffee (1930). He died of a heart attack, aged 53 (some sources claim he died from an unspecified "lung ailment").

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Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 58

Birthday 1903-01-06

Day of Death 1956-11-19

Place of Birth Wandsworth, London, England

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Acting TV ShowsMovies

1957 Destiny (0 episodes)
1955 The Prodigal as Bosra
1955 Hell's Island as Barzland
1954 Drums of Tahiti as Commissioner Pierre Duvois
1953 Plunder of the Sun as Thomas Berrien
1953 Sangaree as Dr. Bristol
1953 General Electric Theater (2 episodes)
1952 Cavalcade of America (1 episode)
1952 Caribbean as Andrew McAllister
1952 Pontius Pilate as Herod Antipas
1951 My Favorite Spy as Karl Brubaker
1951 Schlitz Playhouse of Stars (2 episodes)
1950 Lux Video Theatre (1 episode)
1950 Sure As Fate (20 episodes)
1950 Night and the City as Philip Nosseross
1950 Robert Montgomery Presents (1 episode)
1949 The Red Danube as Colonel Humphrey 'Blinker' Omicron
1949 Christopher Columbus as Francisco de Bobadilla
1949 Lights Out (2 episodes)
1949 Suspense (3 episodes)
1948 Joan of Arc as Pierre Cauchon
1948 Studio One (2 episodes)
1948 The Philco Television Playhouse (1 episode)
1948 The Winslow Boy as Attorney General
1948 Oliver Twist as Mr. Bumble
1948 Broken Journey as Anton Perami
1947 Take My Life as Prosecuting Counsel
1946 Great Expectations as Mr. Jaggers
1945 Caesar and Cleopatra as Pothinus
1944 Fiddlers Three as Nero
1943 The Butler's Dilemma as Leo Carrington
1942 The Lady from Lisbon as Minghetti
1942 The Day Will Dawn as Kommandant Ulrich Wettau
1941 'Pimpernel' Smith as General von Graum
1940 21 Days as Mander
1939 The Four Just Men as Leon Poiccard
1938 The Ware Case as Attorney General
1938 Climbing High as Madman
1938 The Citadel as Ben Chenkin
1938 The Drum as Governor
1938 Kate Plus Ten as Lord Flamborough
1937 Non-Stop New York as Hugo Brant
1937 Action for Slander as Sir Quinton Jessops (as Francis Sullavan)
1935 Mystery of Edwin Drood as Rev. Mr. Septimus Crisparkle
1935 Her Last Affaire as Sir Julian Weyre
1934 Cheating Cheaters as Dr. George Brockton
1934 Great Expectations as Jaggers
1934 What Happened Then? as Richard Bentley, Prosecution Counsel
1934 The Warren Case as Prosecuting Counsel (uncredited)
1934 Chu Chin Chow as The Caliph
1934 The Return of Bulldog Drummond as Carl Peterson
1934 The Fire Raisers as Stedding
1933 F.P.1 as A Sailor
1933 Red Wagon as Cranley
1933 The Right to Live as Roger Stoneham
1932 The Chinese Puzzle as Herman Strumm
1932 When London Sleeps as Rodney Haines
1932 The Missing Rembrandt as Baron von Guntermann

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