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  • BIRTH 12/10/1889
  • DEATH 02/04/1974
  • Country Canada
  • SHOWS 4
  • MOVIES 42

Douglass Dumbrille

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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.

Douglass Dumbrille

Shows (4)

The Twilight Zone
The Twilight Zone
Mr. Halpert
Batman (1966)
Batman (1966)
The Doctor
Perry Mason
Perry Mason
Judge / Judge Robert Adler
Hallmark Hall Of Fame
Hallmark Hall Of Fame
Governor Spriggs / Governor William Claiborne

Movies (42)

The Ten Commandments
The Ten Commandments
Jannes
Treasure Island
Treasure Island
Pirate of the Spanish Main
Virginia City
Virginia City
Maj. Drewery
Julius Caesar
Julius Caesar
Lepidus
Mr. Deeds Goes to Town
Mr. Deeds Goes to Town
John Cedar
Scaramouche
Scaramouche
Assembly President
A Day at the Races
A Day at the Races
Morgan
The Buccaneer
The Buccaneer
Collector of the Port
A Life at Stake
A Life at Stake
Gus Hillman
Abbott and Costello in the Foreign Legion
Abbott and Costello in the Foreign Legion
Sheik Hamud El Khalid
Mr. Moto in Danger Island
Mr. Moto in Danger Island
Comdr. La Costa
The Three Musketeers
The Three Musketeers
Athos (as Douglas Dumbrille)
Ali Baba Goes to Town
Ali Baba Goes to Town
Prince Musah
Last of the Wild Horses
Last of the Wild Horses
Charlie Cooper
Jupiter's Darling
Jupiter's Darling
Scipio
Hi, Nellie!
Hi, Nellie!
Dawes
The Lives of a Bengal Lancer
The Lives of a Bengal Lancer
Mohammed Khan
Gypsy Wildcat
Gypsy Wildcat
Baron Tovar
Kentucky
Kentucky
John Dillon - 1861
The Frozen Ghost
The Frozen Ghost
Inspector Brant
Ride 'Em Cowboy
Ride 'Em Cowboy
Jake Rainwater
M'Liss
M'Liss
Lou Ellis
Heroes for Sale
Heroes for Sale
Chief Engineer Jim (uncredited)
The Witness Chair
The Witness Chair
Stanley Whittaker
The Big Store
The Big Store
Mr. Grover
Uncertain Glory
Uncertain Glory
Police Commissioner LaFarge
Dishonored Lady
Dishonored Lady
District Attorney O'Brien
City in Darkness
City in Darkness
B. Petroff (as Douglas Dumbrille)
Fog Over Frisco
Fog Over Frisco
Joshua Mayard
The Door Knocker
The Door Knocker
Gangster
Charlie Chan at Treasure Island
Charlie Chan at Treasure Island
Stewart Salsbury, alias Thomas Gregory
Broadway Bill
Broadway Bill
Eddie Morgan
Night in Paradise
Night in Paradise
High Priest
Jungle Woman
Jungle Woman
District Attorney
Baby Face
Baby Face
Brody
Murder Among Friends
Murder Among Friends
Carter Stevenson
Peter Ibbetson
Peter Ibbetson
Colonel Forsythe
Captain John Smith and Pocahontas
Captain John Smith and Pocahontas
Powhatan (as Douglas Dumbrille)
Crime and Punishment
Crime and Punishment
Grilov
Female
Female
George Mumford
His Woman
His Woman
Alisandroe
Harold Teen
Harold Teen
H.H. Snatcher (as Douglas Dumbrille)