Leslie Howard

Leslie Howard

Highest Rated: 100% The Petrified Forest (1936)

Lowest Rated: 78% Romeo and Juliet (1936)

Birthday: Apr 3, 1893

Birthplace: Forest Hill, London, England, UK

Debonair English actor Leslie Howard excelled at playing disillusioned intellectuals and gallant gentlemen on the stages and screens of Britain and America for nearly 30 years. Painfully shy as a child and traumatized on the battlefields of World War I, Howard turned to the theater as a form of therapy, and began appearing on the stages of London within a few short years. By the 1920s, Howard had left for Broadway, where he achieved acclaim in a series of well-received productions over the following decade. He made his Hollywood debut in an adaptation one of his more successful plays "Outward Bound" (1930), and repeated that strategy with "The Animal Kingdom" (1933). Lauded performances opposite Bette Davis in "Of Human Bondage" (1933) helped make Howard one of the most popular stars of the 1930s. For better or worse, he would be forever remembered for three roles in particular - swashbuckling hero Sir Percy Blakney in "The Scarlet Pimpernel" (1934), egocentric Professor Henry Higgins in "Pygmalion" (1938) and milquetoast Ashley Wilkes in "Gone With the Wind" (1939). Despite his success, Howard held a rather poor opinion of Hollywood. By 1940, he had returned to England to support the war effort with a series of propaganda films, including "49th Parallel" (1941), prior to his death over the Bay of Biscay in 1943. Considered the ideal British leading man, both refined and sensitive, those close to him opined that while astonishingly talented, Howard was merely playing himself.

Highest rated movies

The Petrified Forest
Gone With the Wind
The Scarlet Pimpernel
Of Human Bondage
49th Parallel
Romeo and Juliet




No Score Yet No Score Yet The Lamp Still Burns Producer - 1943
No Score Yet 44% The Gentle Sex Director - 1943
No Score Yet No Score Yet From the Four Corners Screenwriter - 1942
No Score Yet 61% Spitfire R.J. Mitchell (Character),
- 1942
85% 75% 49th Parallel Philip Armstrong Scott (Character) - 1941
No Score Yet 76% Pimpernel Smith Professor Horatio Smith (Character),
- 1941
100% 67% Intermezzo Holger (Character) - 1939
90% 92% Gone With the Wind Ashley Wilkes (Character) $198.7M 1939
94% 86% Pygmalion Professor Henry Higgins (Character),
- 1938
No Score Yet 83% It's Love I'm After Basil Underwood (Character) - 1937
No Score Yet 67% Stand-In Atterbury Dodd (Character) - 1937
100% 80% The Petrified Forest Alan Squier (Character) - 1936
78% 67% Romeo and Juliet Romeo (Character) - 1936
90% 75% The Scarlet Pimpernel Sir Percy Blakeney/The Scarlet Pimpernel (Character) - 1935
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Lady Is Willing Albert Latour (Character) - 1934
No Score Yet 40% British Agent Stephen "Steve" Locke (Character) - 1934
86% 69% Of Human Bondage Philip Carey (Character) - 1934
No Score Yet No Score Yet Captured Captain Fred Allison (Character) - 1933
No Score Yet 67% Berkeley Square Peter Standish (Character) - 1933
No Score Yet 50% Secrets John Carlton (Character) - 1933
No Score Yet No Score Yet Service for Ladies Max Tracey (Character) - 1932
No Score Yet 74% Smilin' Through Sir John Carteret (Character) - 1932
No Score Yet 60% The Animal Kingdom Tom Collier (Character) - 1932
No Score Yet No Score Yet Devotion David Trent (Character) - 1931
No Score Yet No Score Yet Never the Twain Shall Meet Dan Pritchard (Character) - 1931
No Score Yet No Score Yet Five and Ten Berry Rhodes (Character) - 1931
No Score Yet 57% A Free Soul Dwight Winthrop, Jan's Fiancee (Character) - 1931
No Score Yet 54% Outward Bound Tom Prior (Character) - 1930