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:

Roger Thornhill: If you fellows can't lick the VanDamm's of this world without asking girls like her to bed down with them and fly away with them and probably never come back, perhaps you ought to start learning how to lose a few cold wars.
The Professor: I'm afraid we're already doing that.


Dr. Murchison: [with his revolver pointed at Constance] You're an excellent analyst, Dr. Peterson, but a rather stupid woman.


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


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Leo G. Carroll Facts
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)

Was one of the first actors to play the same character (Alexander Waverly) on two different television series: "The Man from U.N.C.L.E." (1964) and its spin-off, "The Girl from U.N.C.L.E." (1966) . Others actors who have done this are Gale Gordon, Frank Cady, Richard Anderson, Martin E. Brooks, Marla Gibbs, David Hasselhoff and Fred Dalton Thompson.

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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