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Lionel Atwill

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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 Secret Of The Blue Room
  • Actor
2012
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 Raiders of Ghost City
  • Alex Morel
1944
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 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
100% 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
100% Captain Blood
  • Col. Bishop
1935
No Score Yet Rendezvous
  • Maj. Charles Brennan
1935
79% Mark of the Vampire
  • Insp. Neumann
1935
78% 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
No Score Yet The Firebird
  • John Pointer
1934
No Score Yet Nana
  • Andre
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
90% The Mystery of the Wax Museum
  • Ivan Igor
1933
60% The Vampire Bat (Blood Sucker) (Forced to Sin)
  • Dr. Otto von Niemann
1933
No Score Yet Murders in the Zoo
  • Eric Gorman, Zoologist
1933
75% Doctor X
  • Dr. Xavier
1932

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