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:

Dr. Matt Hastings: But what if circumstances magnified one of them in size and strength, took it out of its primitive world, and turned it loose in ours?
Prof. Townsend: Then expect something that's fiercer, more cruel and deadly than anything that ever walked on earth!


Uncle Bill: A man should never lose his hand at hunting.


Dr. Murchison: The old must make way for the new, especially when the old is suspected of senility.


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Fought in the British army during WW I and was seriously wounded.

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.

He was mentioned in the song "Science Fiction/Double Feature" from The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975).

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