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.
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.
Prof. Townsend: Then expect something that's fiercer, more cruel and deadly than anything that ever walked on earth!
Dr. Murchison: The old must make way for the new, especially when the old is suspected of senility.
The Professor: War is hell, Mr. Thornhill, even when it's a cold one.
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