Henry Daniell

Henry Daniell

Highest Rated: 100% The Comancheros (1961)

Lowest Rated: 20% Devil Doll (1964)

Birthday: Mar 5, 1894

Birthplace: Not Available

With his haughty demeanor and near-satanic features, British actor Henry Daniell was the perfect screen "gentleman villain" in such major films of the 1930s and 1940s as Camille (1936) and The Great Dictator (1940). An actor since the age of 18, Daniell worked in London until coming to America in an Ethel Barrymore play. He co-starred with Ruth Gordon in the 1929 Broadway production Serena Blandish, in which he won critical plaudits in the role of Lord Iver Cream. Making his movie debut in Jealousy (1929)--which co-starred another stage legend, Jeanne Eagels--Daniell stayed in Hollywood for the remainder of his career, most often playing cold-blooded aristocrats in period costume. He was less at home in action roles; he flat-out refused to participate in the climactic dueling scene in The Sea Hawk (1940), compelling star Errol Flynn to cross swords with a none too convincing stunt double. Daniell became something of a regular in the Basil Rathbone-Nigel Bruce Sherlock Holmes films made at Universal in the 1940s--he was in three entries, playing Professor Moriarty in The Woman in Green (1945). Though seldom in pure horror films, Daniell nonetheless excelled in the leading role of The Body Snatcher (1945). When the sort of larger-than-life film fare in which Daniell specialized began disappearing in the 1950s, the actor nonetheless continued to prosper in both films (Man in the Grey Flannel Suit [1956], Witness for the Prosecution [1957]) and television (Thriller, The Hour of St. Francis, and many other programs). While portraying Prince Gregor of Transylvania in My Fair Lady (1964), under the direction of his old friend George Cukor, Daniell died suddenly; his few completed scenes remained in the film, though his name was removed from the cast credits.

Highest Rated Movies



95% My Fair Lady Prince of Transylvania 1964
20% Devil Doll Actor 1964
68% Mutiny on the Bounty Court Martial Judge 1962
No Score Yet The Chapman Report Dr. Stanley Jonas 1962
No Score Yet Five Weeks in a Balloon Sheik Ageiba 1962
No Score Yet The Notorious Landlady Stranger 1962
100% The Comancheros Gireaux 1961
75% Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea Dr. Zucco 1961
No Score Yet The Four Skulls of Jonathan Drake Dr. Emil Zurich 1959
38% From the Earth to the Moon Morgana 1958
100% Witness for the Prosecution Mayhew 1957
No Score Yet The Story of Mankind Bishop of Beauvais 1957
100% Les Girls Judge 1957
No Score Yet The Sun Also Rises Doctor 1957
75% The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit Bill Ogden 1956
100% Lust for Life Theodorus Van Gogh 1956
No Score Yet The Prodigal Ramadi 1955
No Score Yet Diane Gondi 1955
No Score Yet The Egyptian Mikere 1954
No Score Yet Buccaneer's Girl Capt. Duvall 1950
No Score Yet Wake of the Red Witch Jacques Desaix 1949
No Score Yet Siren of Atlantis Blades 1948
No Score Yet The Exile Col. Ingram 1947
No Score Yet Song of Love Franz Liszt 1947
No Score Yet The Bandit Of Sherwood Forest The Regent 1946
100% Sherlock Holmes and the Woman in Green Professor Moriarty 1945
83% The Body Snatcher Dr. Wolfe "Toddy" MacFarlane 1945
No Score Yet Hotel Berlin Von Stetten 1945
100% Captain Kidd William III 1945
No Score Yet The Suspect Mr. Simmons 1944
100% Jane Eyre Brocklehurst 1944
80% Watch on the Rhine Phili Von Ramme 1943
No Score Yet Mission to Moscow Minister Joachim Von Ribbentrop 1943
No Score Yet Sherlock Holmes in Washington William Easter 1943
No Score Yet Reunion in France Emile Fleuron 1942
89% Random Harvest Heavy Man 1942
No Score Yet Sherlock Holmes and the Voice of Terror Anthony Lloyd 1942
No Score Yet Charlie Chan in Castle in the Desert Watson King 1942
No Score Yet The Feminine Touch Shelley Mason 1941
No Score Yet Dressed to Kill Julian Davis 1941
100% A Woman's Face Public Prosecutor 1941
No Score Yet Four Jacks and a Jill Bobo 1941
100% The Philadelphia Story Sidney Kidd 1940
83% All This, and Heaven Too Broussels 1940
100% The Sea Hawk Lord Wolfingham 1940
93% The Great Dictator Garbitsch 1940
No Score Yet We Are Not Alone Sir Ronald Dawson 1939
71% The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex Sir Robert Cecil 1939
No Score Yet Marie Antoinette LaMotte 1938
100% Holiday Seton Cram 1938
No Score Yet The Firefly Gen. Savary 1937
No Score Yet Under Cover of Night Professor Marvin Griswald 1937
60% Madame X LeRocle 1937
92% Camille Baron de Varville 1936
81% The Devil-Doll Actor 1936


No Score Yet Maverick
Rene St. Cloud 1959


Phili Von Ramme says: How many of them come here? Our Herr Hitler violates their morality in the morning, but by evening they've recovered, and they're here to dinner at the Embassy. So it's done in most places for over seven years. I might almost suspect their morality.

Sidney Kidd says: I understand we understand each other.