Job Actor
Years active 1920-1952
Known for Bumbling English aristocrats, husbands, military types, society snobs
Top Roles Beaky, William S. Gilbert, Doctor Watson, Doctor Watson, Dr. Tuttle
Top GenresDrama, Mystery, Romance, Comedy, Crime, Adventure
Top TopicsBook-Based, Detectives, England
Top Collaborators (Director), (Producer), , (Director)
Shares birthday with Ida Lupino, George A. Romero, Walter Catlett  see more..

Nigel Bruce Overview:

Character actor, Nigel Bruce, was born William Nigel Ernle Bruce on Feb 4, 1895 in Ensenada, Mexico. Bruce died at the age of 58 on Oct 8, 1953 in Santa Monica, CA .


Nigel Bruce was a British actor (born in Mexico) who carved out a career for himself playing well-meaning bumbler-fumblers and husbands. His 'Doctor Watson' in the Sherlock Holmes films of the 1930s and 1940s, although excellent at first, tended to drift into caricature in later films. Nigel also appeared in two Hitchcock classics, "Rebecca" (as 'Major Giles Lacy') and "Suspicion" (as 'Beaky'). He died from a heart attack at age 53.

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



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By Aurora on Oct 7, 2013 From Once Upon a Screen

British character actor, who appeared in over 80 films in a career that spanned three decades, died sixty years ago today (October 8, 1953). ?Best known for his depiction of Dr. Watson starring opposite Basil Rathbone in several pictures and radio dramas based on the?adventures of Sherlo... Read full article

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Nigel Bruce Quotes:

Col. Bruce 'Bunny' Willowbrook: There are only two kinds of men: those who admit they like women, and liars.

Dr. McLean: There's a good guest... brings his own cook and his own bedroom!

Dr. McLean: I've seen more game in the streets of Glasgow.

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In May 1945 Bruce underwent surgery for varicose veins in his legs as a result of his war injuries.

Two daughters: Jennifer and Pauline

Best known for his inimitable, forever-indelible portrayals of a most blithering Dr. John Watson opposite Basil Rathbone's Sherlock Holmes in Universal's World War II-era Holmes films.

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