Lionel Atwill

Actor, Director
Prolific British stage actor who came to America in 1916 and starred as a romantic lead on Broadway. Although Atwill made his screen debut in 1916, he is best known as the suavely menacing villain (most often a sinister ... Read more »
Born: 03/01/1885 in Croydon, England, GB

Filmography

Actor (44)

Night Monster 1941 (Movie)

(Actor)

To Be or Not to Be 1941 (Movie)

Rawich (Actor)

Boom Town 1939 (Movie)

(Actor)

Balalaika 1938 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Great Waltz 1937 (Movie)

Count Hohenfried (Actor)

Three Comrades 1937 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Last Train From Madrid 1936 (Movie)

Col. Vigo (Actor)

Captain Blood 1934 (Movie)

Colonel Bishop (Actor)

The Devil Is a Woman 1934 (Movie)

Don Pascal (Actor)

One More River 1933 (Movie)

(Actor)

Murders in the Zoo 1932 (Movie)

(Actor)

Song of Songs 1932 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Mystery of the Wax Museum 1932 (Movie)

Ivan Igor (Actor)

Doctor X 1931 (Movie)

Doctor Xavier (Actor)

Absolute Quiet (Movie)

G.A. Axton (Actor)

Charlie Chan's Murder Cruise (Movie)

Dr. Suderman (Actor)

Fog Island (Movie)

Alec Ritchfield (Actor)

Genius at Work (Movie)

Marsh (Actor)

House of Dracula (Movie)

Inspector Holtz (Actor)

House of Frankenstein (Movie)

Inspector Arnz (Actor)

Johnny Apollo (Movie)

Jim McLaughlin (Actor)

Lady in the Death House (Movie)

Finch (Actor)

Man Made Monster (Movie)

Dr. Rigas (Actor)

Mark of the Vampire (Movie)

Inspector Neumann (Actor)

Mr. Moto Takes a Vacation (Movie)

Prof. Hildebrand (Actor)

Pardon My Sarong (Movie)

Dr. Varnoff (Actor)

Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Weapon (Movie)

Prof. Moriarty (Actor)

Son of Frankenstein (Movie)

Inspector Krogh (Actor)

Stamboul Quest (Movie)

Von Strum (Actor)

The Ghost of Frankenstein (Movie)

Dr. Theodor Bohmer (Actor)

The Gorilla (Movie)

Walter Stevens (Actor)

The Great Garrick (Movie)

Beaumarchais (Actor)

The Great Profile (Movie)

Dr. Bruce in play (Actor)

The Mad Empress (Movie)

Bazaine (Actor)

The Man Who Reclaimed His Head (Movie)

Henri Dumont (Actor)

The Murder Man (Movie)

Capt. Cole (Actor)

The Road Back (Movie)

Prosecutor (Actor)

The Secret of Dr. Kildare (Movie)

Paul Messenger (Actor)

The Secret of Madame Blanche (Movie)

Aubrey St. John (Actor)

The Sphinx (Movie)

Jerome Breen (Actor)

The Sun Never Sets (Movie)

Dr. Hugo Zurof (Actor)

The Vampire Bat (Movie)

Dr. Otto von Niemann (Actor)

The Wrong Road (Movie)

Mike Roberts (Actor)

Till We Meet Again (Movie)

Ludwig (Actor)

Biography

Prolific British stage actor who came to America in 1916 and starred as a romantic lead on Broadway. Although Atwill made his screen debut in 1916, he is best known as the suavely menacing villain (most often a sinister mad doctor) of countless Hollywood horror films of the 1930s and 40s, most notably "Doctor X" (1932), "The Mystery of the Wax Museum" (1933, an especially superb performance), "Murders in the Zoo" (1933) and "The Hound of the Baskervilles" (1939). He was also memorable as the stolid, one-armed police chief doggedly searching for the monster in the horror sequel, "Son of Frankenstein" (1939). Rather stocky in middle age, with an incisive manner and a rich voice beautifully suited to the delivery of ruefully ironic dialogue, Atwill also gave a fine account of himself as one of several men dangerously obsessed with Concha (Marlene Dietrich) in Josef von Sternberg's memorable "The Devil Is a Woman" (1935).

Relationships

Louise MacArthur

Wife
married June 7, 1930 formerly the wife of Major General Douglas MacArthur

EDUCATION

Mercers School

Milestones

1946

Last films included "Genius at Work"

1932

Went to Hollywood; earliest films there include "The Silent Witness" and "Dr. X"

1918

Screen debut, "For Sale"

1916

Moved to USA

1904

London stage debut in "The Walls of Jerico"

Acted on the Broadway stage in a number of plays during the 1920s

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