Lionel Atwill

Lionel Atwill

  • Highest Rated: 100% Three Comrades (1938)
  • Lowest Rated: 25% Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man (1943)
  • Birthday: Mar 1, 1885
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • British actor Lionel Atwill was born into wealth and educated at London's prestigious Mercer School, where he planned to pursue a career as an architect; instead, he became a stage actor, working steadily from his debut at age 20, most often in the plays of Ibsen and Shaw. Establishing himself in America, Atwill continued his stage work, supplementing his income with silent film appearances, the first being Eve's Daughter(1918). Atwill's rich rolling voice made him a natural for talking pictures. Following a pair of Vitaphone short subjects in 1928, the actor made his talkie bow in The Verdict (1932). Most effective in roles as an aristocratic villain, Atwill found himself appearing in numerous melodramas and horror films, including the classic Mystery of the Wax Museum (1933). Atwill's career was threatened in 1940, when it was revealed that he'd thrown an "orgy" at his home, complete with naked guests and pornographic films. Atwill "lied like a gentleman" to protect his party guests at the subsequent trial, and was convicted of perjury. The ensuing scandal made Atwill virtually unemployable at most studios, but he found a semi-permanent home at Universal Pictures, which at the time was grinding out low budget horror films. Lionel Atwill died in harness in the middle of production of the 1946 Universal serial Lost City of the Jungle; viewers watching this serial today will no doubt notice how often Atwill's character turns his back to the camera, allowing the producers to cover his absence with a stand-in.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

No Score Yet Terror in the Pharaoh's Tomb Actor 2007
No Score Yet Lost City of the Jungle Actor 1946
56% House of Dracula Holtz 1945
No Score Yet Crime, Inc. Pat Coyle 1945
No Score Yet Fog Island Alec Ritchfield 1945
No Score Yet Lady in the Death House Charles Finch 1944
No Score Yet Captain America Doctor Maldor 1944
55% House of Frankenstein Inspector Arnz 1944
25% Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man Mayor 1943
No Score Yet Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Weapon Prof. Moriarty 1943
75% Ghost of Frankenstein Dr. Bohmer 1942
No Score Yet Night Monster (House of Mystery) Dr. King 1942
No Score Yet Cairo Teutonic Gentleman 1942
No Score Yet Pardon My Sarong Dr. Varnoff 1942
No Score Yet Junior G-Men of the Air The Baron 1942
No Score Yet The Strange Case of Doctor Rx Actor 1942
98% To Be or Not to Be Rawitch 1942
No Score Yet Dead End Kids Actor 1942
No Score Yet The Mad Doctor of Market Street Graham/Dr. Ralph Benson 1942
No Score Yet Gangs Inc. Actor 1941
No Score Yet Man-Made Monster Dr. Rigas 1941
No Score Yet Charlie Chan's Murder Cruise Dr. Suderman 1940
No Score Yet Johnny Apollo Jim McLaughlin 1940
No Score Yet Charlie Chan in Panama Cliveden Compton 1940
No Score Yet Boom Town Harry Compton 1940
No Score Yet Girl In 313 Russell Woodruff 1940
No Score Yet Balalaika Prof. Marakov 1939
No Score Yet The Secret of Dr. Kildare Paul Messenger 1939
No Score Yet Mr. Moto Takes a Vacation Prof. Hildebrand 1939
No Score Yet The Gorilla Walter Stevens 1939
91% The Hound of the Baskervilles James Mortimer, M.D. 1939
No Score Yet The Three Musketeers De Rochefort 1939
91% Son of Frankenstein Inspector Krogh 1939
No Score Yet Masters of Mayhem Actor 1939
No Score Yet The High Command Maj. Gen. Sir John Sangye, VC 1938
100% Three Comrades Franz Breuer 1938
No Score Yet The Great Waltz Count Hohenfried 1938
No Score Yet The Great Garrick Mr. Beaumarchais 1937
No Score Yet The Wrong Road Mike Roberts 1937
No Score Yet The Last Train from Madrid Colonel Vigo 1937
No Score Yet The Road Back Prosecutor 1937
No Score Yet Lancer Spy Col. Fenwick 1937
No Score Yet Lady of Secrets Mr. Whittaker 1936
No Score Yet Absolute Quiet Gerald 'G.A. Axton 1936
No Score Yet Till We Meet Again Ludwig 1936
100% Captain Blood Col. Bishop 1935
No Score Yet Rendezvous Maj. Charles Brennan 1935
No Score Yet The Murder Man Capt. Cole 1935
79% Mark of the Vampire Insp. Neumann 1935
67% The Devil Is a Woman Don Pasqual 1935
No Score Yet The Man Who Reclaimed His Head Henri Dumont 1934
No Score Yet The Age of Innocence Julius 1934
No Score Yet Stamboul Quest Von Strum 1934
No Score Yet Beggars in Ermine John 'Flint' Dawson aka John Daniels 1934
67% Nana Andre 1934
No Score Yet The Firebird John Pointer 1934
No Score Yet The Solitaire Man Wallace 1933
No Score Yet The Song of Songs Baron von Merzbach 1933
No Score Yet The Sphinx Jerome Breen 1933
82% The Mystery of the Wax Museum Ivan Igor 1933
No Score Yet The Secret of Madame Blanche Aubrey St. John 1933
60% The Vampire Bat (Blood Sucker) (Forced to Sin) Dr. Otto von Niemann 1933
No Score Yet Secret Of The Blue Room Robert von Helldorf 1933
60% Murders in the Zoo Eric Gorman, Zoologist 1933
75% Doctor X Dr. Xavier 1932

QUOTES FROM Lionel Atwill CHARACTERS

Franz Breuer
Koster, when you take a curve at high speeds do you use the brake?
Otto Koster
I just turn the wheel - and hope.
Otto Koster
I just turn the wheel and hope.
Greenberg
Mr. Rawitch, what you are I wouldn't eat.
Rawitch
How dare you call me a ham!