David Manners

Actor, Novelist
This slim, handsome boyish juvenile of the 1930s provided able support for such leading ladies as Loretta Young, Katharine Hepburn, Barbara Stanwyck and Constance Bennett. The Canadian-born Manners studied at the ... Read more »
Born: 04/30/1900 in Halifax, Nova Scotia, CA

Filmography

Actor (20)

Mystery of Edwin Drood 1934 (Movie)

Edwin Drood (Actor)

A Bill of Divorcement 1931 (Movie)

Kit (Actor)

Dracula 1931 (Movie)

Harker (Actor)

The Mummy 1931 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Miracle Woman 1930 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Right to Love 1929 (Movie)

(Actor)

Beauty and the Boss (Movie)

Paul von Ullrich (Actor)

Journey's End (Movie)

Second Lieutenant Raleigh (Actor)

Kismet (Movie)

Caliph Abdallah (Actor)

Man Wanted (Movie)

Tom Sherman (Actor)

Roman Scandals (Movie)

Josephus (Actor)

Stranger in Town (Movie)

Jerry (Actor)

The Death Kiss (Movie)

Franklyn Drew (Actor)

The Devil's in Love (Movie)

Jean (Actor)

The Girl in 419 (Movie)

Dr. Nichols (Actor)

The Greeks Had a Word for Them (Movie)

Dey Emery (Actor)

The Perfect Clue (Movie)

David Mannering (Actor)

The Ruling Voice (Movie)

Dick Cheney (Actor)

The Warrior's Husband (Movie)

Theseus (Actor)

Torch Singer (Movie)

Michael Gardner (Actor)

Biography

This slim, handsome boyish juvenile of the 1930s provided able support for such leading ladies as Loretta Young, Katharine Hepburn, Barbara Stanwyck and Constance Bennett. The Canadian-born Manners studied at the Theater Guild in New York in the late 1920s, and was drafted by Tiffany Productions in 1930 to make his film debut in the screen version of the bitter WWI drama "Journey's End." Directed by James Whale and starring Colin Clive (who had played in the stage version), it was a fortuitous debut. Manners made quite an impression as the idealistic young lieutenant who is forced to take his men out on a suicidal raid and is himself mortally wounded. His death scene was generally acclaimed to be a high point of the film.

Relationships

Violet Acklom

Mother

Sister
older

George Acklom

Father
born in 1870 was estranged from Manners over his decision to pursue acting died on November 7, 1954

Suzanne Bushnell

Wife
divorced

William Mercer

Companion

EDUCATION

Theater Guild

New York, New York
studied in late 1920s

University of Toronto

Toronto, Ontario

Hart House Theater

Toronto, Ontario

Milestones

1946

Starred in Broadway play "Truckline Cafe"

1936

Last film, "A Woman Rebels"

1935

Had title role in "The Mystery of Edwin Drood"

1934

Acted with Karloff and Lugosi in Edgar G Ullmer's "Black Cat"

1932

Co-starred in "The Mummy" with Boris Karloff

1932

Appeared opposite Katharine Hepburn in "A Bill of Divorcement"

1931

Had most prominent role as John Harker in "Dracula", starring Bela Lugosi

1930

Made film debut in "Journey's End"

1924

Stage acting debut in "Hippolytus" at the Hart House Theater in Toronto

Began second career as novelist in the 1950s

Bonus Trivia

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As an in-joke, a character in the 1986 horror film "The Tomb" was named David Manners.

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