Holmes Herbert

Holmes Herbert

Highest Rated: 100% The Letter (1940)

Lowest Rated: 40% The Mummy's Curse (1944)

Birthday: Invalid date

Birthplace: Not Available

A former circus and minstrel-show performer, British actor Holmes Herbert toured on the provincial-theatre circuit as a juvenile in the early 1900s. Born Edward Sanger, Herbert adopted his professional first name out of admiration for Sherlock Holmes -- a role which, worse luck, he never got to play. Herbert never appeared in films in his native country; he arrived in Hollywood in 1918, appeared in a film version of Ibsen's A Doll's House (1918), and never looked homeward. Talking pictures enabled Holmes Herbert to join such countrymen as Reginald Denny and Roland Young in portraying "typical" British gentlemen. The stately, dynamic-featured Herbert nearly always appeared in a dinner jacket, selflessly comforting the heroine as she pined for the man she really loved. He received some of his best roles in the early-talkie era; he appeared as a soft-spoken police inspector in The Thirteenth Chair (1929), then recreated the role for the 1937 remake. Herbert also appeared as Dr. Lanyon, Henry Jekyll's closest friend and confidante in the Fredric March version of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1931). By the '40s, many of Herbert's roles were uncredited, but he was still able to make a maximum impression with a minimum of lines in such roles as the village council head in Ghost of Frankenstein (1942). Herbert's second wife was another supporting-cast stalwart of the '30s, Beryl Mercer (best remembered as James Cagney's mother in Public Enemy [1931]). Holmes Herbert remained in films until 1952's The Brigand; reportedly, he also appeared in a few early west-coast television productions.

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet The Wild North Magistrate 1952
No Score Yet At Sword's Point Mallard 1952
No Score Yet The Unknown Man Rev. Michael 1951
No Score Yet Anne of the Indies English Sea Captain 1951
83% David and Bathsheba Jesse 1951
No Score Yet To Please a Lady Benson 1950
80% The Magnificent Yankee Justice McKenna 1950
86% The Stratton Story Doctor 1949
No Score Yet Barbary Pirate Thomas Jefferson 1949
No Score Yet Command Decision Chairman 1948
No Score Yet Jungle Jim Commissioner Marsden 1948
89% Johnny Belinda Judge 1948
86% Sorry, Wrong Number Wilkins 1948
No Score Yet Corvette K-225 Convoy Commander 1948
No Score Yet Family Honeymoon Rev. Miller 1948
No Score Yet This Time for Keeps Norman 1947
No Score Yet Bulldog Drummond Strikes Back Actor 1947
No Score Yet Singapore Reverend Barnes 1947
No Score Yet Ivy Mulloy 1947
No Score Yet Love Laughs at Andy Hardy Dr. White, Minister (uncredited) 1946
No Score Yet The Verdict Sir William Dawson 1946
78% Cloak and Dagger British Officer 1946
80% Sherlock Holmes - Dressed to Kill Gaylord, Auction House Manager 1946
No Score Yet The Bandit Of Sherwood Forest Baron 1946
No Score Yet Three Strangers Sir Robert (uncredited) 1946
No Score Yet George White's Scandals (George White's Scandals of 1945) Lord Asbury 1945
80% The Strange Affair of Uncle Harry (Guilty of Murder?) Warden 1945
No Score Yet Jealousy Melvyn Russell 1945
No Score Yet Sherlock Holmes in the House of Fear Alan Cosgrave 1945
No Score Yet The Pearl of Death James Goodram Diamond Courier 1944
95% The Uninvited Charlie Jessup 1944
40% The Mummy's Curse Dr. Cooper 1944
No Score Yet Calling Dr. Death Butler 1943
No Score Yet Sherlock Holmes Faces Death Man 1943
No Score Yet Sherlock Holmes in Washington Mr. Ahrens 1943
No Score Yet Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Weapon Sir Reginald Bailey 1943
No Score Yet The Undying Monster (The Hammond Mystery) Constable 1942
No Score Yet Strictly in the Groove Commissioner 1942
75% Ghost of Frankenstein Magistrate 1942
No Score Yet Invisible Agent Sir Alfred Spencer 1942
No Score Yet Danger in the Pacific Commissioner 1942
No Score Yet This Above All Dr. Mathias 1942
No Score Yet Rage in Heaven Judge 1941
92% Man Hunt Farnsworthy 1941
100% The Letter Bob's Friend 1940
94% Foreign Correspondent Commissioner Ffolliott 1940
No Score Yet An Angel From Texas Actor 1940
No Score Yet British Intelligence Arthur Bennett 1940
No Score Yet The Earl of Chicago Sergeant-at-Arms 1940
No Score Yet South of Suez Simpson 1940
No Score Yet We Are Not Alone Inspector 1939
80% Tower of London Councilman 1939
No Score Yet Hidden Power Dr. Morley 1939
No Score Yet Stanley and Livingstone Frederick Holcomb 1939
No Score Yet Bad Boy Mr. McNeil 1939
No Score Yet Juarez Marshall Randon 1939
88% The Little Princess Doctor 1939
No Score Yet Mr. Moto's Last Warning Bentham 1939
100% The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes Justice 1939
No Score Yet Everything Happens at Night Featherstonebaugh 1939
No Score Yet Wolf Call Winton 1939
No Score Yet The Mystery of Mr. Wong Prof. Ed Janney 1939
No Score Yet Marie Antoinette Herald 1938
No Score Yet Kidnapped Judge 1938
100% The Adventures of Robin Hood Referee 1938
No Score Yet The Buccaneer Capt. McWilliams 1938
No Score Yet The Girl Said No (With Words and Music) Charles Dillon 1937
78% The Life of Emile Zola Commander of Paris 1937
60% The Prince and the Pauper Doctor 1937
No Score Yet Slave Ship Judge 1937
No Score Yet Lancer Spy Dr. Aldrich 1937
No Score Yet House of Secrets Sir Bertram Evans 1936
No Score Yet Wife vs. Secretary Frawley 1936
71% Charge of the Light Brigade Gen. O'Neill 1936
No Score Yet Lloyds of London Spokesman 1936
No Score Yet One in a Million Actor 1936
100% Captain Blood Capt. Gardiner 1935
No Score Yet The Dark Angel Major in Dugout 1935
80% Mark of the Vampire Sir Karell Borotyn 1935
No Score Yet Sons of Steel Curtis Chadburne 1935
No Score Yet Accent on Youth Frank Galloway 1935
No Score Yet The Pursuit of Happiness Gen. Sir Henry Clinton 1935
83% The Count of Monte Cristo Judge 1934
100% The House of Rothschild Rowerth 1934
No Score Yet Dangerous Appointment Cabot Sr. 1934
100% The Invisible Man Chief of Police 1933
82% The Mystery of the Wax Museum Dr. Rasmussen 1933
No Score Yet Shop Angel Actor 1932
93% Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Dr. Lanyon 1931
No Score Yet Daughter of the Dragon Sir John Petrie 1931
No Score Yet The Kiss Lassalle 1929
No Score Yet The Thirteenth Chair Sir Roscoe Crosby 1929
No Score Yet Absinthe Noel 1929
No Score Yet Say It with Songs Dr. Robert Merrill 1929
No Score Yet The Charlatan Peter Dwight 1929
No Score Yet East Side, West Side Actor 1927
No Score Yet When A Man Loves Jean Tiberge 1927
No Score Yet Mister Wu Mr. Gregory 1927
No Score Yet Fire Brigade James Corwin 1926
No Score Yet Woman of the World Richard Granger 1925
No Score Yet The Wild Goose Frank Manners 1921
No Score Yet White Heather Lord Angus Cameron 1919
No Score Yet The Man Without a Country Actor 1917


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