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Leo G. Carroll Overview:

Legendary character actor, Leo G. Carroll, was born Leo Gratten Carroll on Oct 25, 1886 in Weedon, England. Carroll appeared in over 75 film and television roles. His best known films include Spellbound (1945, as Dr. Murchison) and North by Northwest (1959 as the professor) (*see below list for all of his Hitchcock films). On television, he was best known as Cosmo Topper in Topper (1953-1955), Father Fitzgibbon in Going My Way (1962-1963) and Alexander Waverly in The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (1964-1968). Carroll died at the age of 86 on Oct 16, 1972 in Hollywood, CA and was laid to rest in Grand View Memorial Park Cemetery in Glendale, CA.

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With Beetle-brow and deliberate speech,  Leo G. Carroll came to Hollywood via the English stage (debuting in 1911), then Broadway. He continued to show a preference for the stage but will be best remembered by moviegoers for his role as the villainous Dr. Murchison in Spellbound. For  television fans, he will be best known as Alexander Waverly from the long-running TV series The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (1964-1968).

(Source: available at Amazon Quinlan's Illustrated Dictionary of Film Character Actors).

*CARROLL / HITCHCOCK FILMS:

Leo G. Carroll appeared 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).

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Carroll was never nominated for an Academy Award.

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Leo G. Carroll Quotes:

Felix Ducotel: I'll say one thing for crooks - they give you an honest day's work.


Prof. Gerald Deemer: The disease of hunger, like most diseases, well, it spreads. There are 2 billion people in the world today. In 1975 there'll be 3 billion. In the year 2000, there'll be 3,625,000,000. The world may not be able to produce enough food to feed all these people. Now perhaps you'll understand what an inexpensive nutrient will mean.
Dr. Matt Hastings: Well, not many of us look that far in the future, sir.
Prof. Gerald Deemer: Our business is the future. No man can do it on his own, of course. You don't pull it out of your hat like a magician's rabbit. You - well, you build on what hundreds of others have learned before you.


Prof. Gerald Deemer: The history of medicine is the history of the unusual;


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Leo G. Carroll Facts
Made his Broadway debut in K.G. Sowerby's play Rutherford & Son at the Little Theatre on December 24, 1912. He last appeared on the Great White Way over 40 years later in Emlyn Williams's Someone Waiting at the John Golden Theatre, a flop which opened and closed after 15 performances in February 1956.

Born to a wealthy English Catholic family, he was named after the reigning Pope at the time of his birth, Leo XIII (1810 - 1903, reigned 1878 - 1903)

He appeared as Laurence Olivier's manservant in The Green Bay Tree at Broadway's Cort Theatre in the 1933-34 season, in which Olivier co-starred with his real-life first wife, Jill Esmond. The play, directed by the legendary Jed Harris, was a hit, playing for 166 performances. The Green Bay Tree, written by Mordaunt Shairp, was one of the first plays to deal with the topic of homosexuality.

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