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Leo G. Carroll
Carroll in 1951
Leo Gratten Carroll
25 October 1886
|Died||16 October 1972 (aged 85)|
|Resting place||Grand View Memorial Park Cemetery in Glendale, California|
|Other names||Leo Carroll|
Edith Nancy de Silva
Leo Gratten Carroll (25 October 1886 – 16 October 1972) was an English actor. He was best known for his roles in six Hitchcock films including Spellbound, Strangers on a Train and North by Northwest, and in three television series, Topper, Going My Way, and The Man from U.N.C.L.E.. He is name checked in the song "Science Fiction/Double Feature" from The Rocky Horror Show with the line "I knew Leo G. Carroll was over a barrel".
Carroll was born in Weedon Bec, Northamptonshire, to William and Catherine Carroll. His Roman Catholic parents named him after then-Pope Leo XIII. In 1897, his family lived in York, where his Irish-born father was a foreman in an ordnance store. In the 1901 census for West Ham, Essex, his occupation is listed as "wine trade clerk". In the 1911 census, he is living at the same address and described as a "dramatic agent".
Carroll made his stage debut in 1912. His acting career was on hold during the First World War, when he served in the British Army. He then performed in London and on Broadway in New York. His American stage debut came in The Vortex. In 1933, he was a member of the Manhattan Theatre Repertory Company in the inaugural season of the Ogunquit Playhouse in Ogunquit, Maine.
During 1933-34 Carroll had the role of "impeccable valet" Trump in the Broadway play The Green Bay Tree (which has no relation to the novel by Louis Bromfield apart from the shared title), and in 1941 starred with Vincent Price and Judith Evelyn in Patrick Hamilton's Angel Street (better known as Gaslight), which ran for three years at the Golden Theatre on West 45th Street in New York City. After the production closed, he starred in the title role in J. P. Marquand's The Late George Apley. In 1947 he starred in John Van Druten's The Druid Circle at the Morosco Theatre.
Films and television
Carroll, who had moved to Hollywood, made his film debut in Sadie McKee (1934). He often played doctors or butlers, but he made appearances as Marley's ghost in A Christmas Carol (1938) and as Joseph in Wuthering Heights (1939). In the original version of Father of the Bride (1950), he played an unctuous wedding caterer. In the 1951 film The Desert Fox: The Story of Rommel he played a sympathetic German Field marshal, Gerd von Rundstedt, presenting him as a tragic, resigned figure completely disillusioned with Hitler.
Carroll is perhaps best known for his roles in six Alfred Hitchcock films: Rebecca (1940), Suspicion (1941), Spellbound (1945), The Paradine Case (1947), Strangers on a Train (1951) and North by Northwest (1959). He appeared in more Hitchcock films than anyone other than Clare Greet (1871–1939) (who appeared in seven) and Hitchcock himself, whose cameos were a trademark. As with earlier roles, he was often cast as doctors or other authority figures (such as the spymaster "Professor" in North by Northwest). He also appeared in a couple of Charlie Chan films, one being "City of Darkness" (1939) as a shady French locksmith, followed by a role in Charlie Chan's "Murder Cruise" (1940) as a passenger on ship.
Carroll also had a central role in the highly rated movie "We're no angels" with Humphrey Bogart, Peter Ustinov, and Basil Rathbone, among others.
In addition to appearing as Rev. Mosby with actress Hayley Mills in The Parent Trap (1961), Carroll is remembered for his role as the frustrated banker haunted by the ghosts of George and Marion Kerby in the television series Topper (1953–1956), with co-stars Anne Jeffreys, Robert Sterling and Lee Patrick.:1097-1098 He appeared as the older Father Fitzgibbon from 1962 to 1963 in ABC's Going My Way, a series about two Roman Catholic priests at St. Dominic's parish in New York City. In 1963-1964, he portrayed John Miller in Channing on ABC. Carroll subsequently starred as spymaster Alexander Waverly on The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (1964–1968).:650 Several U.N.C.L.E. films were derived from the series, and a spin-off television series, The Girl from U.N.C.L.E. in 1966.:393 He was one of the first actors to appear in two different television series as the same character. Leo G. Carroll is mentioned in "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" opening song "Science Fiction/Double Feature".
- Sadie McKee (1934) as Phelps Finnegan
- Stamboul Quest (1934) as Kruger, #117 aka Bertram Church (uncredited)
- The Barretts of Wimpole Street (1934) as Dr. Ford-Waterlow
- Outcast Lady (1934) as Dr. Masters
- Clive of India (1935) as Mr. Manning
- The Right to Live (1935) as Dr. Harvester
- Murder on a Honeymoon (1935) as Joseph B. Tate
- The Casino Murder Case (1935) as Smith
- The Man I Marry (1936) as Mr. Furthermore, (uncredited)
- Captains Courageous (1937) as Burns (uncredited)
- London by Night (1937) as Correy
- A Christmas Carol (1938) as Marley's Ghost
- Bulldog Drummond's Secret Police (1939) as Henry Seaton
- Wuthering Heights (1939) as Joseph
- The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex (1939) as Sir Edward Coke
- Tower of London (1939) as Lord Hastings
- Charlie Chan in City in Darkness (1939) as Louis Santelle
- Charlie Chan's Murder Cruise (1940) as Professor Gordon
- Waterloo Bridge (1940) as Policeman (uncredited)
- Scotland Yard (1941) as Craven
- This Woman Is Mine (1941) as Angus 'Sandy' McKay
- Bahama Passage (1941) as Delbridge
- The House on 92nd Street (1945) as Col. Hammersohn
- Time Out of Mind (1947) as Capt. Fortune
- Song of Love (1947) as Professor Wieck
- Forever Amber (1947) as Matt Goodgroome
- So Evil My Love (1948) as Jarvis
- Enchantment (1948) as Proutie
- Father of the Bride (1950) as Mr. Massoula
- The Happy Years(1950) as The Old Roman
- The First Legion (1951) as Father Rector Paul Duquesne
- The Desert Fox (1951) as Field Marshal Gerd von Rundstedt
- The Snows of Kilimanjaro (1952) as Uncle Bill
- The Bad and the Beautiful (1952) as Henry Whitfield
- Treasure of the Golden Condor (1953) as Raoul Dondel
- Rogue's March (1953) as Col. Henry Lenbridge
- Young Bess (1953) as Mr. Mums
- We're No Angels (1955) as Felix Ducotel
- Tarantula (1955) as Prof. Gerald Deemer
- The Swan (1956) as Caesar
- The Parent Trap (1961) as Rev. Dr. Mosby
- One Plus One (1961) as Professor Logan
- The Prize (1963) as Count Bertil Jacobsson
- That Funny Feeling (1965) as O'Shea
- From Nashville with Music (1968) as Arnold
With Alfred Hitchcock
- Obituary Variety, 25 October 1972, page 71.
- "Leo G. Carroll Still Acting Role He Made Famous in 'The Late George Apley'". The Boston Globe. Massachusetts, Boston. 23 December 1945. p. 4. Retrieved 20 February 2019 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Leo G. Carroll". Internet Broadway Database. The Broadway League. Archived from the original on 20 February 2019. Retrieved 20 February 2019.
- Terrace, Vincent (2011). Encyclopedia of Television Shows, 1925 through 2010 (2nd ed.). Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers. p. 176. ISBN 978-0-7864-6477-7.
- Ellenberger, Allan R. (2001). Celebrities in Los Angeles Cemeteries: A Directory. Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Company. p. 103. ISBN 9780786409839CS1 maint: ref=harv (link); "Mass Slated Today for Actor Leo G. Carroll". Valley News. 19 October 1972. p. 35.
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