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Leslie Howard

Highest Rated:   100% Intermezzo (1939)
Lowest Rated:   36% Yogawoman (2012)
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Birthplace:   Forest Hill, London, England, UK
Son of a London stockbroker, British actor Leslie Howard worked as a bank clerk after graduating from London's Dulwich School. Serving briefly in World War I, Howard was mustered out for medical reasons in 1918, deciding at that time to act for a living. Working in both England and the U.S. throughout the 1920s, Howard specialized in playing disillusioned intellectuals in such plays as Outward Bound, the film version of which served as his 1930 film debut. Other films followed on both sides of the Atlantic, the best of these being Howard's masterful star turn in The Scarlet Pimpernel (1934). In 1935, Howard portrayed yet another disenchanted soul in The Petrified Forest, which co-starred Humphrey Bogart as a gangster patterned after John Dillinger. Howard was tapped for the film version, but refused to make the movie unless Bogart was also hired (Warner Bros. had planned to use their resident gangster type, Edward G. Robinson). Hardly a candidate for "Mr. Nice Guy" -- he was known to count the lines of his fellow actors and demand cuts if they exceeded his dialogue -- Howard was nonetheless loyal to those he cared about. Bogart became a star after The Petrified Forest, and in gratitude named his first daughter Leslie Bogart. Somehow able to hide encroaching middle-age when on screen, Howard played romantic leads well into his late 40s, none more so than the role of -- yes -- disillusioned intellectual Southern aristocrat Ashley Wilkes in the 1939 classic Gone with the Wind. In the late 1930s, Howard began dabbling in directing, notably in his starring films Pygmalion (1938) and Pimpernel Smith (1941). Fiercely patriotic, Howard traveled extensively on behalf of war relief; on one of these trips, he boarded a British Overseas Airways plane in 1943 with several other British notables, flying en route from England to Lisbon. The plane was shot down over the Bay of Biscay and all on board were killed. Only after the war ended was it revealed that Howard had selflessly taken that plane ride knowing it would probably never arrive in Lisbon; it was ostensibly carrying Prime Minister Winston Churchill, and was sent out as a decoy so that Churchill's actual plane would be undisturbed by enemy fire.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Tcm Presents Gone With The Wind
  • Actor
2014
36% Yogawoman
  • Actor
2012
No Score Yet On the Inside
  • Eloy
2011
No Score Yet The Gentle Sex
  • Director
  • Narrator
  • Producer
1943
No Score Yet White Eagle
  • Actor
1943
No Score Yet The First of the Few
  • Producer
  • Reginald J. Mitchell
  • Director
1942
88% 49th Parallel (The Invaders)
  • Philip Armstrong Scott
1941
No Score Yet Pimpernel Smith
  • Producer
  • Director
  • Professor Horatio Smith
1941
93% Gone With the Wind
  • Ashley Wilkes
1939
100% Intermezzo
  • Holgar Brandt
1939
94% Pygmalion
  • Professor Henry Higgins
  • Director
1938
No Score Yet It's Love I'm After
  • Basil Underwood
1937
No Score Yet Stand-In
  • Atterbury Dodd
1937
75% Romeo and Juliet
  • Romeo
1936
100% The Petrified Forest
  • Alan Squier
1936
83% The Scarlet Pimpernel
  • Sir Percy Blakeney
1935
No Score Yet British Agent
  • Stephen 'Steve' Locke
1934
78% Of Human Bondage
  • Philip Carey
1934
No Score Yet Berkeley Square
  • Peter Standish
1933
No Score Yet Secrets
  • John Carlton
1933
No Score Yet The Animal Kingdom (The Woman in His House)
  • Tom Collier
1932
No Score Yet Smilin' Through
  • John Carteret
1932
No Score Yet Service for Ladies (Reserved for Ladies)
  • Max Tracey
1932
No Score Yet A Free Soul
  • Dwight Winthrop
1931
No Score Yet Never the Twain Shall Meet
  • Dan Pritchard
1931
No Score Yet Devotion
  • David Trent
1931
No Score Yet Outward Bound
  • Tom Prior
1930

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