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Reginald Gardiner

Highest Rated:   92% The Great Dictator (1940)
Lowest Rated:   0% What a Way to Go! (1964)
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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
0% What a Way to Go!
  • Painter
1964
80% Mr. Hobbs Takes a Vacation
  • Reggie McHugh
1962
No Score Yet Back Street
  • Dalian
1961
57% Rock-a-Bye Baby
  • Harold Hermann
1958
No Score Yet The Story of Mankind
  • Shakespeare
1957
No Score Yet Black Widow
  • Brian
1954
40% Androcles and the Lion
  • Lentulus
1953
83% 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
80% 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
80% A Damsel in Distress
  • Keggs, Butler
1937
No Score Yet Born to Dance
  • Policeman
1936

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Batman
1966-1968
  • Bernie Park
  • 1967

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