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Edward Van Sloan

Highest Rated:   100% Love Crazy (1941)
Lowest Rated:   46% Dracula's Daughter (1936)
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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

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
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
80% 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
100% The Story of Louis Pasteur
  • Chairman
1936
46% 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 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
85% Manhattan Melodrama
  • Yacht Skipper
1934
83% 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

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