Leslie Howard

Highest Rated: 100% Intermezzo (1939)
Lowest Rated: 36% Yogawoman (2012)
Birthday: Apr 3, 1893
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



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 Spitfire (The First of the Few) Director Producer Reginald J. Mitchell 1942
90% 49th Parallel (The Invaders) Philip Armstrong Scott 1941
No Score Yet Pimpernel Smith Director Professor Horatio Smith Producer 1941
92% 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
86% 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 Captured! Capt. Fred Allison 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 Five and Ten Bertram "Berry" Rhodes 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