Edward Van Sloan

Highest Rated: 100% Love Crazy (1941)
Lowest Rated: 55% Dracula's Daughter (1936)
Birthday: Invalid date
Birthplace: Not Available
His Teutonic cadence has led many to assume that Edward Van Sloan was German-born, but in fact he hailed from San Francisco. After a lengthy career as a commercial artist, Van Sloan turned to the stage in the World War I years. He came to Hollywood in 1930 to repeat his stage role as dour vampire hunter Professor Van Helsing in Dracula (1930), a role he'd reprised in 1936's Dracula's Daughter. Surprisingly, this most famous of Van Sloan's screen characterizations was his least favorite: he considered himself hopelessly hammy as Van Helsing (even though he seems a model of restraint opposite the florid Bela Lugosi). Van Sloan went on to essay Van Helsing-type characters in Frankenstein (1931), The Mummy (1932), and Before I Hang (1940). He also was given a few opportunities to play the evil side of the fence as the "surprise killer" in such quickies as Behind the Mask (1932) and Death Kiss (1933). For the most part, Van Sloan's film career was limited to bit roles; he was especially busy during World War II, playing everything from resistance leaders to Nazi diplomats. Edward Van Sloan retired in 1947, emerging publicly only to grant an interview or two during his remaining 15 years on earth.

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Sealed Verdict Priest 1948
No Score Yet Betty Co-Ed A.J.A. Woodruff 1946
No Score Yet Mask of Diijon Sheffield 1946
80% Wing and a Prayer Admiral 1944
85% The Song of Bernadette Doctor 1943
No Score Yet Mission to Moscow German Diplomat 1943
No Score Yet Hitler's Children Chief Trial Judge 1943
100% Love Crazy Doctor 1941
No Score Yet The Monster and the Girl Warden 1941
No Score Yet Before I Hang Dr. Ralph Howard 1940
No Score Yet The Doctor Takes a Wife Burkhardt 1940
No Score Yet The Phantom Creeps Chief Jarvis 1939
No Score Yet Honeymoon in Bali Priest 1939
No Score Yet Danger on the Air Dr. Leonard Sylvester, Charlatan 1938
No Score Yet The Road Back President 1937
No Score Yet The Man Who Found Himself Doctor 1937
100% The Story of Louis Pasteur Chairman 1936
55% Dracula's Daughter Dr. Von Helsing 1936
No Score Yet Last Days of Pompeii Calvus 1935
No Score Yet The Black Room Doctor 1935
No Score Yet The Woman in Red Foxall 1935
No Score Yet Grand Old Girl Holland 1935
No Score Yet A Shot in the Dark Prof. Bostwick 1935
No Score Yet The Man Who Reclaimed His Head Munitions Board Director 1934
90% The Scarlet Empress Herr Wagner 1934
86% Manhattan Melodrama Yacht Skipper 1934
86% Death Takes a Holiday Doctor Valle 1934
No Score Yet Murder on the Campus Professor Hawley, Chemist 1933
No Score Yet Deluge Prof. Carlysle 1933
100% Baby Face Jameston, the Director 1933
No Score Yet The Silk Express Mill Owner in Association (uncredited) 1933
No Score Yet The Working Man Briggs 1933
93% The Mummy Dr. Muller 1932
No Score Yet The Death Kiss Tom Avery 1932
No Score Yet The Last Mile Rabbi 1932
100% Frankenstein Dr. Waldman 1931
91% Dracula Van Helsing 1931