Reginald Gardiner

Reginald Gardiner

  • Highest Rated: 92% The Great Dictator (1940)
  • Lowest Rated: 25% What a Way to Go! (1964)
  • Birthday: Feb 27, 1903
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • The son of an insurance man who'd aspired to appear onstage but never had the chance, British-born actor Reginald Gardiner more than made up for his dad's unrealized dreams with a career lasting 50 years. Graduating from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, Gardiner started as a straight actor but drifted into musical revues, frequently working in the company of such favorite British entertainers as Bea Lillie. His Broadway bow occurred in the 1935 play At Home Abroad, and though he'd made his film debut nearly ten years earlier in Hitchcock's silent The Lodger (1926), he suddenly became a "new" Hollywood find. Handsome enough to play romantic leads had he so chosen (he gets away with it in the 1939 Laurel and Hardy comedy Flying Deuces), Gardiner preferred the sort of kidding-on-the-square comedy he'd done in his revue days. His turn as a traffic cop who imagines himself a symphony conductor in his first American film Born to Dance (1936) was so well received that he virtually repeated the bit--this time as a butler who harbors operatic aspirations--in Damsel in Distress (1937). For most of his film career, Gardiner played suave but slightly untrustworthy British gentlemen; a break from this pattern occurred in Charlie Chaplin's The Great Dictator (1940), in which Gardiner played a fascist military man who turns his back on dictator "Adenoid Hinkel" to cast his lot with a community of Jews. Devoting his private life to the enjoyment of classical music, rare books, painting, and monitoring the ghost that supposedly haunted his Beverly Hills home, Reginald Gardiner flourished as a stage, film and television actor into the 1960s; one of his latter-day assignments was his weekly dual role in the 1966 Phyllis Diller sitcom, Pruitts of Southampton.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

No Score Yet Do Not Disturb Simmons 1965
No Score Yet Sergeant Deadhead Lt. Cmdr. Talbott 1965
25% What a Way to Go! Painter 1964
80% Mr. Hobbs Takes a Vacation Reggie McHugh 1962
No Score Yet Back Street Dalian 1961
63% Rock-a-Bye Baby Harold Hermann 1958
No Score Yet The Story of Mankind Shakespeare 1957
No Score Yet Black Widow Brian 1954
33% Androcles and the Lion Lentulus 1953
86% Halls of Montezuma Sgt. Johnson 1950
No Score Yet That Wonderful Urge Count Andre de Guyon 1948
No Score Yet Fury at Furnace Creek Capt. Walsh 1948
No Score Yet That Lady In Ermine Alberto 1948
No Score Yet I Wonder Who's Kissing Her Now Will Hough 1947
No Score Yet One More Tomorrow Jim Fisk 1946
91% Cluny Brown Hilary Ames 1946
No Score Yet The Dolly Sisters Duke 1945
No Score Yet Molly and Me Peabody 1945
89% The Horn Blows at Midnight Archie 1945
88% Christmas in Connecticut John Sloan 1945
No Score Yet Claudia Jerry Seymour 1943
No Score Yet Sweet Rosie O'grady Actor 1943
No Score Yet Forever and a Day Man 1943
No Score Yet Immortal Sergeant Benedict 1943
No Score Yet Captains of the Clouds Scrounger Harris 1942
83% The Man Who Came to Dinner Beverly Carlton 1942
No Score Yet Sundown Lt. Turner 1941
No Score Yet A Yank in the RAF Flying Officer Roger Pillby 1941
No Score Yet The Doctor Takes a Wife John R. Pierce 1940
92% The Great Dictator Schultz 1940
83% The Flying Deuces Francois 1939
No Score Yet Marie Antoinette Artois 1938
No Score Yet Everybody Sing Jerrold Hope 1938
No Score Yet Sweethearts Norman Trumpett 1938
71% A Damsel in Distress Keggs, Butler 1937
No Score Yet Born to Dance Policeman 1936

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

No Score Yet The Monkees
1966-1968
Butler
  • 1968
93% Batman
1966-1968
Bernie Park
  • 1967
No Score Yet Bewitched
1964-1972
Montdrako
  • 1967
No Score Yet Green Acres
1965-1971
Wingate
  • 1966
100% The Man From U.N.C.L.E.
1964-1968
Prince Frederick
  • 1966
No Score Yet Perry Mason
1957-1966
Albert Charity
  • 1964
No Score Yet Alfred Hitchcock Presents
1955-1962
  • 1959

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