Job Actor
Years active 1924-64
Known for Shysters, villains; foil to the Marx Brothers, Bob Hope and Abbott and Costello
Top Roles John Cedar, John Dillon, Mohammed Khan, Major Drewery, Baradas
Top GenresDrama, Comedy, Romance, Adventure, Crime, Action
Top TopicsBook-Based, Pre-Code Cinema, World War II
Top Collaborators (Director), (Director), , (Producer)
Shares birthday with Laraine Day, Cornel Wilde, Robert Walker  see more..

Douglass Dumbrille Overview:

Character actor, Douglass Dumbrille, was born on Oct 13, 1889 in Hamilton, Canada. Dumbrille appeared in over 205 film and television roles. His best known films include Mr Deeds Goes to Town (scheming lawyer John Cedar) and A Day at Races (banker JD Morgan). Dumbrille died at the age of 84 on Apr 2, 1974 in Woodland Hills, CA .


Stiff-necked, eagle-eyed and saturnine, Douglass Dumbrille's smile was that of a conspirator. His villains could be stuffy or sadistic, farcical or for real. He was a good foil for the Marx Brothers, Bob  Hope and Abbott and Costello -- and a fine sophisticated menace for a fistful of "B" feature detectives to overcome. Sometimes billed as "Douglas" in the 1930s. He died from a heart attack.

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



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Mohammed Khan: We have ways to make men talk.

Sethi: Do you mean to tell me he would turn the slaves against me? I've been his father!
Jannes: Ambition knows no father.

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According to author Blackie Seymour, in the February 2009 issue of Classic Images, Dumbrille owned an onion farm at one point but sold it after making his Broadway debut, in "Macbeth" in 1924.

Married at age 70 to the 28 yr. old Patricia, daughter of friend and actor, Alan Mowbray.

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