Nigel Bruce

Nigel Bruce

Highest Rated: 100% The Woman in Green (1945)

Lowest Rated: 40% The Two Mrs. Carrolls (1947)

Birthday: Feb 4, 1895

Birthplace: Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico

Many performers personified Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's literary heroes Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson onscreen, but no film actors were so identified with those roles as the team of Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce. Over the course of 14 feature films, the pair battled everything from a seemingly supernatural menace on the English moors to Nazis undermining the American war effort. In contrast to his literary counterpart, Bruce's Watson abetted as much as aided that process, but he and Holmes remained inseparable friends and Bruce's loveable bumbler endeared himself to audiences around the world. Even before he was cast as Watson, the gregarious Englishman had already made a name for himself both on stage and film playing various colonels, dukes, and aristocrats, blowhards virtually to a man, but appealingly so, thanks to Bruce's comedic talents. Over a long career, the actor's talents also enhanced such notable features as "The Scarlet Pimpernel" (1934) and "The Charge of the Light Brigade" (1936), and Alfred Hitchcock thought enough of his countryman's abilities to cast him in both "Rebecca" (1940) and "Suspicion" (1941). Sherlock Holmes aficionados may have objected to the way in which Bruce's older and chubbier Watson - whom they nicknamed "Boobus Britannicus" - was used mainly for comic relief and to help advance the narrative, but few would take issue with the actor's personification of the character as written, a wonderful mix of innocence and pomposity that provided a nice contrast to the sagacity and self-assurance of his famous partner.

Highest rated movies

The Woman in Green
Free and Easy Rebecca
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
Treasure Island
Lassie Come Home




No Score Yet 44% World for Ransom Gov. Sir Charles Coutts (Character) - 1954
No Score Yet 8% Bwana Devil Dr. Angus McLean (Character) - 1952
97% 90% Limelight Postant (Character) - 1952
No Score Yet 0% Hong Kong Mr. Lighton (Character) - 1951
No Score Yet No Score Yet Vendetta Sir Thomas Nevil (Character) - 1950
60% 75% Julia Misbehaves Col. Bruce "Bunny" Willowbrook (Character) - 1948
No Score Yet 67% The Exile Sir Edward Hyde (Character) - 1948
40% 67% The Two Mrs. Carrolls Dr. Tuttle (Character) - 1947
80% 65% Dressed to Kill Dr. John H. Watson (Character) - 1946
75% 63% Terror by Night Dr. John H. Watson (Character) - 1946
No Score Yet 58% Pursuit to Algiers Dr. John H. Watson (Character) - 1945
No Score Yet 73% Sherlock Holmes and the House of Fear Doctor John H. Watson (Character) - 1945
No Score Yet 64% Son of Lassie Duke of Radling (Character) - 1945
No Score Yet 74% The Corn Is Green The Squire (Character) - 1945
100% 58% The Woman in Green Doctor John Watson (Character) - 1945
No Score Yet No Score Yet Gypsy Wildcat High Sheriff (Character) - 1944
No Score Yet 25% Frenchman's Creek Lord Godolphin (Character) - 1944
No Score Yet 78% The Pearl of Death Doctor Watson (Character) - 1944
No Score Yet 72% The Scarlet Claw Doctor Watson (Character) - 1944
No Score Yet 73% Sherlock Holmes and the Spider Woman Doctor Watson (Character) - 1944
No Score Yet 72% Sherlock Holmes Faces Death Doctor Watson (Character) - 1943
No Score Yet 49% Sherlock Holmes in Washington Doctor Watson (Character) - 1943
94% 76% Lassie Come Home Duke of Rudling (Character) - 1943
No Score Yet 54% Sherlock Holmes and the Voice of Terror Doctor Watson (Character) - 1942
No Score Yet 58% This Above All Ramsbottom (Character) - 1942
82% 56% Roxie Hart E. Clay Benham (Character) - 1942
No Score Yet 53% Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Weapon Dr. John H. Watson (Character) - 1942
No Score Yet 55% Journey for Margaret Herbert V. Allison (Character) - 1942
97% 78% Suspicion Gordon Cochrane 'Beaky' Thwaite (Character) - 1941
No Score Yet 29% The Chocolate Soldier Bernard Fischer (Character) - 1941
100% 62% Free and Easy Florian Clemington (Character) - 1941
No Score Yet No Score Yet A Dispatch From Reuters Sir Randolph Persham (Character) - 1940
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hudson's Bay Prince Rupert (Character) - 1940
No Score Yet 72% The Blue Bird Mr. Luxury (Character) - 1940
No Score Yet 36% Lillian Russell William Gilbert (Character) - 1940
No Score Yet 26% Susan and God Mr. Hutchins (Character) - 1940
100% 92% Rebecca Major Giles Lacy (Character) - 1940
No Score Yet No Score Yet Adventure in Diamonds Col. J.W. Lansfield (Character) - 1940
91% 83% The Hound of the Baskervilles Dr. Watson (Character) - 1939
100% 78% The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes Dr. Watson (Character) - 1939
No Score Yet 66% The Rains Came Lord Albert Esketh (Character) - 1939
No Score Yet 43% Kidnapped Neil MacDonald (Character) - 1938
No Score Yet 56% The Last of Mrs. Cheyney Lord Willie Winton (Character) - 1937
No Score Yet 20% Thunder in the City The Duke (Character) - 1937
71% 59% The Charge of the Light Brigade Sir Benjamin Warrenton (Character) - 1936
No Score Yet No Score Yet The White Angel Dr. West (Character) - 1936
No Score Yet 11% Follow Your Heart Henri Forrester (Character) - 1936
90% 75% The Scarlet Pimpernel The Prince of Wales (Character) - 1935
50% 52% She Horace Holly (Character) - 1935
No Score Yet 31% Becky Sharp Joseph Sedley (Character) - 1935
No Score Yet No Score Yet Jalna Maurice Vaughn (Character) - 1935
No Score Yet 47% Stand Up and Cheer! Eustis Dinwiddle (Character) - 1934
100% 74% Treasure Island Squire Trelawney (Character) - 1934
No Score Yet No Score Yet Coming-Out Party Troon (Character) - 1934
No Score Yet No Score Yet Murder in Trinidad Bertram Lynch (Character) - 1934
No Score Yet No Score Yet I Was a Spy Scottie (Character) - 1933
No Score Yet No Score Yet Channel Crossing Nigel Guthrie (Character) - 1933