Job Actor
Years active 1905-1946
Known for Suave, impeccable diction, faintly seedy sophistication; mad professors, crooked lawyers, staring-eyed scientists
Top Roles Col. Bishop, Capt. Don Pasqual 'Pasqualito' Costelar, Professor James Moriarty, Prof. Marakov, Mayor of Vasaria
Top GenresDrama, Horror, Romance, Mystery, Comedy, Crime
Top TopicsMonster, Spies, World War II
Top Collaborators , , (Producer), (Producer)
Shares birthday with David Niven, Harry Belafonte, Jack Clayton  see more..

Lionel Atwill Overview:

Character actor, Lionel Atwill, was born Lionel Alfred William Atwill on Mar 1, 1885 in Croydon, London. Atwill appeared in 75 film roles. His best known films include Captain Blood (as Colonel Bishop), To Be or Not to Be (as Rawitch), Boom Town (as Harry Compton), and most notably -- Mystery of the Wax Museum (as Ivan Igor), Son of Frankenstein (as Krogh) and Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Weapon (as Professor James Moriarty). Atwill died at the age of 61 on Apr 22, 1946 in Pacific Palisades, CA and was laid to rest in Chapel Of The Pines Crematory Cemetery in Los Angeles, CA.

MINI BIO:

Suave and usually moustachioed, Lionel Atwill was an actor of impeccable diction and an air of faintly seedy sophistication. His characters suppurated corruption under their skins of suavity. He went from Britain to Hollywood, where he was soon playing dozens of mad professors, crooked lawyers and staring-eyed scientists, but made a memorable Moriarty to Basil Rathbone's Sherlock Holmes. His career survived a rather pofaced scandal in the early 1940s over the showing of 'blue movies' at his home.

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

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Sorry no river pictures today. ?Yesterday, I did manage to see three new old movies with in supporting roles. ?The leads were some of my favorite actors so it worked out well. I don?t think I?ve ever seen a film from the Dr. Kildare series before. ?In this one, Lionel Barrymore needs ... Read full article


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By Dan Day Jr. on Feb 20, 2016 From The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog

Those wishing to participate in the Movie Scientist Blogathon were given three groups of movie scientists to write about--the good, the mad, and the lonely. Due to my classic horror film leanings I had no choice but to pick the mad--and how could I not write a post about , the maddest H... Read full article


Book Review: : THE EXQUISITE VILLAIN

By Dan Day Jr. on Jan 24, 2015 From The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog

Midnight Marquee Press has published a number of fine books on horror and science-fiction films over the years, and one of the latest is Neil Pettigrew's fine biography on the great character actor . The English-born Atwill is best known now for his roles in several classic horror film... Read full article


Book Review: : THE EXQUISITE VILLAIN

By Dan Day Jr. on Jan 24, 2015 From The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog

Midnight Marquee Press has published a number of fine books on horror and science-fiction films over the years, and one of the latest is Neil Pettigrew's fine biography on the great character actor . The English-born Atwill is best known now for his roles in several classic horror film... Read full article


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Lionel Atwill Quotes:

Professor Moriarty: The needle to the last, eh, Holmes?


Dr. Paul Rigas: ...eventually a race of superior men can be developed, men whose only wants are electricity.
Dr. John Lawrence: But, man, you're challenging the forces of Creation!
Dr. Paul Rigas: The forces of Creation? Bah! You know as well as I do that more than half the people of the world are doomed to a life of mediocrity - born to be nonentities, millstones around the neck of progress, men who have to be fed, watched, looked over, and taken care of by a superior intelligence. My theory is to make these people of more use to the world. By successive treatments their bodies can be so electrolyzed that they are no longer subject to the pains and frailties of ordinary mankind.
Dr. John Lawrence: Sometimes I think you are mad.
Dr. Paul Rigas: I am! So was Archimedes, Galileo. Newton, Pasteur, Lister, and all the others who dared to dream!


Dr. Haines, Academy of Surgical Research: Professor, since we retired this body has been... It has been...
Dr. Jerry Xavier: I know, but I don't want her to know.


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Lionel Atwill Facts
Screen and stage actor.

Played the title role in the play "Napoleon," but it ran for only 12 performances in 1928.

Died before completing his work on Lost City of the Jungle (1946). His remaining scenes were completed using a double.

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