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|Also Known As:||Died:||July 29, 1983|
|Born:||August 30, 1896||Cause of Death:||pneumonia|
|Birth Place:||Toronto, Ontario, CA||Profession:||Cast ...|
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Stage debut at Appleby in "She Stoops to Conquer"
Lieutenant with Canadian Field Artillery in France; after year at the front returned to Canada suffering from shell shock; served as artillery instructor alongside fellow-officer and future actor Walter Pidgeon
Artillery and trench warfare instructor at school in Toronto, Yale and Princeton
To Siberia with Canadian Expeditionary Force; in charge of entertainment while stationed at Vladivostok
Discharged from army; to Oxford, England
Returned to Canada, appearing in amateur productions
To England to pursue professional acting career
Joined Everyman Theatre, Hempstead; professional stage debut in their "In the Zone"
In West End production including debut of G.B. Shaw's "St. Joan"
Took over as manager of Everyman; Everyman collpased 1927
Film debut (a bit) in "High Treason" (Great Britain)
Film acting debut in "The Speckled Band" (GB)
To US; Broadway debut in "Hamlet" (dir. Norman Bel Geddes); then to Hollywood and contract with Universal (where wife Adrienne Allen was just signed as actress) as writer-director
First Hollywood film, James Whale's "The Old Dark House"
After having troubles finding film work in Hollywood, returned to England and successfully found feature work there
Returned to Hollywood; first films, John Cromwell's "The Prisoner of Zenda" and John Ford's "The Hurricane"
Began two-year run as "Abe Lincoln in Illinois", written especially for Massey by Robert Sherwood
US short film debut in "For auld lang syne"
Signed with Warner Bros.
Became US citizen
Authored play "The Hanging Judge"; staged by Michael Powell in England; later made for TV in both GB and US
Final Broadway appearance in "JB"
Played Dr. Leonard Gillespie on the NBC medical drama series, "Doctor Kildare", with Richard Chamberlain in the title role
Campaigned for Barry Goldwater
Final stage performance in LA production of "The Night of the Iguana"
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