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Douglass Dumbrille

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Douglass Rupert Dumbrille (October 13, 1889 – April 2, 1974) was a Canadian actor and one of the Canadian pioneers in early Hollywood. In 1913, the East Coast film industry was flourishing and that year he appeared in the film What Eighty Million Women Want, but it would be another 11 years before he appeared on screen again. In 1924, he made his Broadway debut and worked off and on in the theatre for several years while supplementing his income by selling such products as car accessories, tea, insurance, real estate, and books. During the Great Depression, Dumbrille moved to the West Coast of the U.S., where he specialized in playing secondary character roles alongside the great stars of the day. His physical appearance and suave voice equipped him for roles as slick politician, corrupt businessman, crooked sheriff, or unscrupulous lawyer. He was highly regarded by the studios and was sought out by Cecil B. DeMille, Frank Capra, Hal Roach and other prominent Hollywood filmmakers. A friend of fellow Canadian-born director Allan Dwan, Dumbrille played Athos in Dwan’s 1939 adaptation of The Three Musketeers. Dumbrille had roles in more than 200 motion pictures and, with the advent of television, made numerous appearances in the 1950s and 1960s. He had the ability to project a balance of menace and pomposity in roles as the "heavy" in comedy films, such as those of the Marx Brothers or Abbott and Costello. He played similar roles in Capra's 1934 film Broadway Bill and the 1950 remake, Riding High. He also appeared in DeMille's 1938 version of The Buccaneer and twenty years later in the 1958 color remake. Also working in television, Dumbrille was cast in six episodes of the religion anthology series, Crossroads. He portrayed Senator Bates in "Thanksgiving Prayer" (1956) with Ron Hagerthy of Sky King. Dumbrille then portrayed Mr. Willoughby in "Big Sombrero" (1957). In 1958, he was cast as Mayor John Geary in three episodes of the NBC western series, The Californians. He subsequently guest-starred in Frank Aletter's CBS sitcom, Bringing Up Buddy.[1] Dumbrille made two guest appearances as a judge on CBS's Perry Mason; in 1964 he played Judge Robert Adler in "The Case of the Latent Lover", and in 1965 he played an unnamed judge in "The Case of the Duplicate Case". In his final television role, he portrayed a doctor in episode 10 of Batman in February 1966. After a long marriage, Dumbrille's wife, Jessie Lawson, mother of their son John and daughter Douglass (Dougie), died in 1958. In 1960, at the age of seventy, Dumbrille caused a stir when he married Patricia Mowbray, the 28-year-old daughter of his friend and fellow actor, Alan Mowbray. In response to criticism of the May–December marriage, Dumbrille provided a succinct answer: "Age doesn’t mean a blasted thing. The important thing is whether two people can be happy together. Pat and I agreed that I had some years left and we could best share them together. We don’t give a continental damn what other people think."

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Oct 13, 1889 In Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie His Woman 1931-11-20
Latest Project:
Movie Complicated Women 2003-05-06
Known For
Movie Complicated Women Himself (archive footage) 2003-05-06
Series Batman Unknown 1966-01-12
Series Petticoat Junction Unknown 1963-09-24
Series The Beverly Hillbillies Unknown 1962-09-26
Movie Air Patrol Millard Nolan 1962-07-17
Series The Twilight Zone Unknown 1959-10-02
Series The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis Unknown 1959-09-29
Series The DuPont Show with June Allyson Unknown 1959-09-21
Series Bat Masterson Unknown 1958-10-08
Movie The Buccaneer Collector of the Port 1958-12-11
Series 77 Sunset Strip Unknown 1958-10-10
Series Perry Mason Unknown 1957-09-21
Movie Shake, Rattle and Rock! Eustace Fentwick III 1956-11-01
Series Tales of the 77th Bengal Lancers Unknown 1956-10-21
Movie The Ten Commandments Jannes 1956-10-05
Movie Jungle Safari 1956-01-01
Series The Millionaire Unknown 1955-01-19
Movie Jupiter's Darling Scipio 1955-02-18
Movie A Life at Stake Gus Hillman 1955-03-01
Movie The Lawless Rider Marshal Brady (as Douglas Dumbrille) 1954-07-01
Movie World for Ransom Insp. McCollum 1954-01-31
Movie Captain John Smith and Pocahontas Powhatan (as Douglas Dumbrille) 1953-11-20
Series Letter to Loretta Unknown 1953-09-20
Movie Plunder of the Sun Consul (as Douglas Dumbrille) 1953-08-26
Movie Julius Caesar Lepidus 1953-06-04
Movie Sky Full of Moon Rodeo Official 1952-12-12
Series Cavalcade of America Unknown 1952-10-01
Movie Apache War Smoke Maj. Dekker 1952-09-25
Movie Son of Paleface Sheriff McIntyre 1952-07-14
Series Dangerous Assignment Unknown 1952-01-01
Series Hallmark Hall of Fame Unknown 1951-12-24
Movie A Millionaire for Christy J.C. Thompson 1951-09-02
Series Racket Squad Unknown 1951-06-07
Movie Buccaneer's Girl Capt. Martos 1950-03-01
Movie Riding High Eddie Howard 1950-04-12
Movie Abbott and Costello in the Foreign Legion Sheik Hamud El Khalid 1950-08-05
Movie The Kangaroo Kid Vincent Moller 1950-10-22
Movie Joe Palooka in the Counterpunch Captain Lance 1949-08-14
Movie The Lone Wolf And His Lady John J. Murdock 1949-08-11
Movie Alimony Burton Crail 1949-06-11
Movie Riders of the Whistling Pines Henry Mitchell 1949-03-16
Movie Dynamite Hank Gibbons 1949-01-18
Movie Last of the Wild Horses Charlie Cooper 1948-12-27
Movie Blonde Savage Mark Harper 1947-11-22
Movie The Fabulous Texan Luke Roland 1947-11-09
Movie Christmas Eve Dr. Bunyan 1947-10-31
Movie Dragnet 1947-08-16
Movie Dishonored Lady District Attorney O'Brien 1947-05-16
Movie Night in Paradise High Priest 1946-05-03
Movie The Catman of Paris Henry Borchard 1946-04-20
Movie Road to Utopia Ace Larson 1946-02-27
Movie The Cat Creeps Tom McGalvey 1946-05-17
Movie Under Nevada Skies Courtney 1946-08-26
Movie Spook Busters Dr. Coslow 1946-08-24
Movie Pardon My Past Uncle Wills 1945-12-24
Movie The Daltons Ride Again Sheriff Hoskins 1945-11-23
Movie Flame of the West Marshal Tom Nightlander 1945-06-25
Movie The Frozen Ghost Inspector Brant 1945-06-01
Movie A Medal for Benny General 1945-04-16
Movie Jungle Queen Lang 1945-01-22
Movie Lumberjack Daniel J. Keefer 1944-04-28
Movie Uncertain Glory Police Commissioner LaFarge 1944-01-01
Movie Gypsy Wildcat Baron Tovar 1944-08-02
Movie Jungle Woman District Attorney 1944-06-01
Movie Forty Thieves Tad Hammond 1944-06-23
Movie Lost in a Harem Nimativ 1944-12-01
Movie False Colors Mark Foster 1943-11-05
Movie Du Barry Was a Lady Willie / Duc de Rigor 1943-08-13
Movie Castle in the Desert Paul Manderley 1942-02-02
Movie Ride 'Em Cowboy Jake Rainwater 1942-02-13
Movie A Gentleman After Dark Enzo Calibra 1942-04-16
Movie Ten Gentlemen From West Point Gen. William Henry Harrison 1942-06-26
Movie I Married an Angel Baron Szigethy 1942-07-09
Movie King of the Mounties Harper 1942-10-17
Movie Stand by for Action Capt. Ludlow 1942-12-31
Movie The Big Store Mr. Grover 1941-06-21
Movie Washington Melodrama District Attorney Donnelly 1941-04-17
Movie Road to Zanzibar Slave trader 1941-04-11
Movie The Roundup Capt. Bob Lane 1941-04-03
Movie Murder Among Friends Carter Stevenson 1941-02-28
Movie Ellery Queen and the Perfect Crime John Matthews 1941-08-14
Movie Michael Shayne: Private Detective Benny Gordon (as Douglas Dumbrille) 1940-12-19
Movie South of Pago Pago Williams 1940-07-19
Movie Virginia City Maj. Drewery 1940-03-23
Movie Charlie Chan at Treasure Island Stewart Salsbury, alias Thomas Gregory 1939-08-31
Movie The Three Musketeers Athos (as Douglas Dumbrille) 1939-02-17
Movie Tell No Tales Matt Cooper (as Douglas Dumbrille) 1939-06-12
Movie Mr. Moto in Danger Island Comdr. La Costa 1939-04-07
Movie Thunder Afloat District Commander (as Douglas Dumbrille) 1939-09-15
Movie Slightly Honorable George Taylor 1939-12-22
Movie City in Darkness B. Petroff (as Douglas Dumbrille) 1939-11-15
Movie Captain Fury Preston 1939-05-26
Movie Rovin' Tumbleweeds Stephen Holloway 1939-11-16
Movie Kentucky John Dillon - 1861 1938-12-30
Movie Sharpshooters Count Maxim 1938-11-18
Movie Storm Over Bengal Ramin Khan 1938-11-14
Movie The Mysterious Rider Pecos Bill aka Ben Wade 1938-09-21
Movie Fast Company Arnold Stamper (as Douglas Dumbrille) 1938-07-08
Movie The Buccaneer Governor William C.C. Claiborne 1938-02-04
Movie Stolen Heaven Klingman 1938-05-11
Movie The Firefly Marquis de Melito 1937-11-05
Movie Ali Baba Goes To Town Prince Musah 1937-10-29
Movie The Emperor's Candlesticks Mr. Korum, a Conspirator 1937-07-02
Movie A Day at the Races Morgan 1937-06-11
Movie Woman in Distress Jerome Culver 1937-01-17
Movie The Witness Chair Stanley Whittaker 1936-04-23
Movie You May Be Next Beau Gardner 1936-02-05
Movie Mr. Deeds Goes to Town John Cedar 1936-04-12
Movie M'Liss Lou Ellis 1936-07-27
Movie The Princess Comes Across Lorel 1936-05-22
Movie End of the Trail Bill Mason 1936-10-10
Movie Counterfeit Lady August Marino 1936-12-31
Movie The Lone Wolf Returns Morphew 1935-12-31
Movie The Calling of Dan Matthews Jeff Hardy 1935-12-10
Movie Crime and Punishment Grilov 1935-11-22
Movie Peter Ibbetson Col. Forsythe 1935-11-07
Movie The Public Menace Mario Tonelli 1935-09-30
Movie Love Me Forever Miller 1935-06-28
Movie Air Hawks Victor Arnold 1935-05-07
Movie Naughty Marietta Prince de Namours de la Bonfain, Marietta's Uncle 1935-03-29
Movie The Lives of a Bengal Lancer Mohammed Khan 1935-01-11
Movie Hi, Nellie! Dawes 1934-01-20
Movie Journal of a Crime Cartier (as Douglas Dumbrille) 1934-03-10
Movie Harold Teen H.H. Snatcher (as Douglas Dumbrille) 1934-04-07
Movie Fog Over Frisco Joshua Mayard 1934-06-02
Movie Operator 13 General Stuart 1934-06-08
Movie Broadway Bill Eddie Morgan 1934-11-30
Movie The Secret Bride Breeden (as Douglas Dumbrille) 1934-12-22
Movie Laughter in Hell Ed Perkins 1933-01-12
Movie Hard to Handle District Attorney 1933-01-28
Movie King of the Jungle Ed Peters 1933-03-10
Movie The Working Man Lawyer Hammersmith (uncredited) 1933-04-20
Movie Heroes for Sale Chief Engineer Jim (uncredited) 1933-06-17
Movie Baby Face Brody 1933-07-13
Movie Female George Mumford 1933-11-11
Movie The World Changes Buffalo Bill Cody 1933-11-25
Movie Lady Killer Spade Maddock 1933-12-09
Movie I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang District Attorney (uncredited) 1932-11-19
Movie That's My Boy Coach "Daisy" Adams 1932-11-13
Movie Pride of the Legion McMahon 1932-10-17
Movie Blondie of the Follies Murchenson 1932-09-01
Movie His Woman Alisandroe 1931-11-20