Nigel Bruce

Nigel Bruce

  • Highest Rated: 100% Sherlock Holmes and the Woman in Green (1945)
  • Lowest Rated: 60% She (1935)
  • Birthday: Feb 4, 1895
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • Though a British subject through and through, actor Nigel Bruce was born in Mexico while his parents were on vacation there. His education was interrupted by service in World War I, during which he suffered a leg injury and was confined to a wheelchair for the duration. At the end of the war, Bruce pursued an acting career, making his stage debut in The Creaking Door (1920). A stint in British silent pictures began in 1928, after which Bruce divided his time between stage and screen, finally settling in Hollywood in 1934 (though he continued to make sporadic appearances in such British films as The Scarlet Pimpernel). Nigel's first Hollywood picture was Springtime for Henry (1934), and soon he'd carved a niche for himself in roles as bumbling, befuddled middle-aged English gentlemen. It was this quality which led Bruce to being cast as Sherlock Holmes' companion Dr. Watson in The Hound of the Baskervilles (1939), a pleasurable assignment in that the film's Holmes, Basil Rathbone, was one of Bruce's oldest and closest friends. While Bruce's interpretation of Watson is out of favor with some Holmes purists (who prefer the more intelligent Watson of the original Conan Doyle stories), the actor played the role in 14 feature films, successfully cementing the cinema image of Sherlock's somewhat slower, older compatriot - even though he was in fact three years younger than Rathbone. Bruce continued to play Dr. Watson on a popular Sherlock Holmes radio series, even after Rathbone had deserted the role of Holmes in 1946. Bruce's last film role was in the pioneering 3-D feature, Bwana Devil (1952). He fell ill and died in 1953, missing the opportunity to be reunited with Basil Rathbone in a Sherlock Holmes theatrical production.

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No Score Yet World for Ransom Gov. Coutts 1954
No Score Yet Bwana Devil Dr. Angus McLean 1952
No Score Yet Hong Kong Mr. Lighton 1952
97% Limelight Postant, an Impressario 1952
No Score Yet Julia Misbehaves Col. Willowbrook 1948
No Score Yet The Exile Sir Edward Hyde 1947
No Score Yet The Two Mrs. Carrolls Dr. Tuttle 1947
No Score Yet Sherlock Holmes: Prelude to Murder Dr. Watson 1946
80% Sherlock Holmes - Dressed to Kill Dr. Watson 1946
75% Terror by Night Dr. John H. Watson 1946
No Score Yet Sherlock Holmes in Pursuit to Algiers Dr. Watson 1945
100% Sherlock Holmes and the Woman in Green Dr. John H. Watson 1945
No Score Yet The Corn Is Green The Squire 1945
No Score Yet Son of Lassie Duke of Rudling 1945
No Score Yet Sherlock Holmes in the House of Fear Dr. Watson 1945
No Score Yet Frenchman's Creek Lord Godolphin 1944
No Score Yet The Pearl of Death Doctor Watson 1944
No Score Yet The Scarlet Claw Dr. John H. Watson 1944
No Score Yet Sherlock Holmes in the Spider Woman Dr. Watson 1944
No Score Yet Follow the Boys Himself 1944
No Score Yet Crazy House Cameo appearance 1943
94% Lassie Come Home Duke of Rudling 1943
No Score Yet Sherlock Holmes Faces Death Doctor Watson 1943
No Score Yet Sherlock Holmes in Washington Dr. John H. Watson 1943
No Score Yet Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Weapon Dr. John H. Watson 1943
No Score Yet Forever and a Day Maj. Garrow 1943
No Score Yet Journey for Margaret Herbert V. Allison 1942
No Score Yet Sherlock Holmes and the Voice of Terror Doctor Watson 1942
No Score Yet This Above All Ramsbottom 1942
82% Roxie Hart E. Clay Benham 1942
97% Suspicion Beaky Thwait 1941
No Score Yet The Black Cat Actor 1941
No Score Yet The Chocolate Soldier Bernard Fischer 1941
No Score Yet Play Girl Bill Vincent 1941
No Score Yet Hudson's Bay Prince Rupert 1941
No Score Yet Susan and God Hutchins Stubbs 1940
No Score Yet Lillian Russell William Gilbert 1940
100% Rebecca Lacey 1940
No Score Yet The Blue Bird Mr. Luxury 1940
No Score Yet The Rains Came Albert Lord Esketh 1939
91% The Hound of the Baskervilles Dr. Watson 1939
100% The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes Dr. Watson 1939
No Score Yet Kidnapped Neil MacDonald 1938
No Score Yet The Baroness and the Butler Major Andros 1938
No Score Yet Suez Sir Malcolm Cameron 1938
No Score Yet The Last of Mrs. Cheyney Sir William 1937
No Score Yet Thunder in the City Duke of Glenavon 1937
No Score Yet Trail of the Lonesome Pine Mr. Thurber 1936
71% Charge of the Light Brigade Sir Benjamin Warrenton 1936
No Score Yet Becky Sharp Joseph Sedley 1935
60% She Holly 1935
88% The Scarlet Pimpernel Prince of Wales 1935
No Score Yet The Man Who Broke the Bank at Monte Carlo Actor 1935
100% Treasure Island Squire Trelawney 1934
No Score Yet Stand Up and Cheer! Eustace Dinwiddie 1934
No Score Yet Coming Out Party Troon, the Butler 1934
No Score Yet I Was a Spy Scotty 1934
No Score Yet Escape Constable 1930


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