Character actor, Douglass Dumbrille, was born on Oct 13, 1889 in Hamilton, Canada. Dumbrille appeared in over 205 film and television roles. His best known films include Mr Deeds Goes to Town (scheming lawyer John Cedar) and A Day at Races (banker JD Morgan). Dumbrille died at the age of 84 on Apr 2, 1974 in Woodland Hills, CA .
Stiff-necked, eagle-eyed and saturnine, Douglass Dumbrille's smile was that of a conspirator. His villains could be stuffy or sadistic, farcical or for real. He was a good foil for the Marx Brothers, Bob Hope and Abbott and Costello -- and a fine sophisticated menace for a fistful of "B" feature detectives to overcome. Sometimes billed as "Douglas" in the 1930s. He died from a heart attack.(Source: available at Amazon Quinlan's Illustrated Dictionary of Film Character Actors).
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