Job Actor
Years active 1920-1952
Known for Bumbling English aristocrats, husbands, military types, society snobs
Top Roles Beaky, Doctor John H. Watson, Doctor Watson, E. Clay Benham, Hutchins Stubbs
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:

[At Sherlock's suggestion, Watson interrogates a suspect on his own, but the suspect is suspicious of Watson's official standing and turns the inquiry around]
Prof. William Kilbane: Are you a policeman?
Dr. John H. Watson: No.
Prof. William Kilbane: Then, by what right, do you force your way into my compartment?
Dr. John H. Watson: Well, I...
Prof. William Kilbane: What are YOU doing on this train? Where are YOU going?
Dr. John H. Watson: I'm not going anywhere.

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

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

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Nigel Bruce Facts
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.

In late 1944 he began writing an autobiography entitled "Games, Gossip and Greasepaint" which was never published. However many extracts were published in The Sherlock Holmes Journal (London/Oxford, England) Winter issue 1998 Volume 19 Number 1.

Fought in the British army during World War I and was seriously wounded in action.

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