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Also Known As: Lionel Alfred William Atwill Died: April 22, 1946
Born: March 1, 1885 Cause of Death: pneumonia
Birth Place: Croydon, England, GB Profession: actor, director

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Prolific British stage actor who came to America in 1916 and starred as a romantic lead on Broadway. Although Atwill made his screen debut in 1916, he is best known as the suavely menacing villain (most often a sinister mad doctor) of countless Hollywood horror films of the 1930s and 40s, most notably "Doctor X" (1932), "The Mystery of the Wax Museum" (1933, an especially superb performance), "Murders in the Zoo" (1933) and "The Hound of the Baskervilles" (1939). He was also memorable as the stolid, one-armed police chief doggedly searching for the monster in the horror sequel, "Son of Frankenstein" (1939). Rather stocky in middle age, with an incisive manner and a rich voice beautifully suited to the delivery of ruefully ironic dialogue, Atwill also gave a fine account of himself as one of several men dangerously obsessed with Concha (Marlene Dietrich) in Josef von Sternberg's memorable "The Devil Is a Woman" (1935).

Prolific British stage actor who came to America in 1916 and starred as a romantic lead on Broadway. Although Atwill made his screen debut in 1916, he is best known as the suavely menacing villain (most often a sinister mad doctor) of countless Hollywood horror films of the 1930s and 40s, most notably "Doctor X" (1932), "The Mystery of the Wax Museum" (1933, an especially superb performance), "Murders in the Zoo" (1933) and "The Hound of the Baskervilles" (1939). He was also memorable as the stolid, one-armed police chief doggedly searching for the monster in the horror sequel, "Son of Frankenstein" (1939). Rather stocky in middle age, with an incisive manner and a rich voice beautifully suited to the delivery of ruefully ironic dialogue, Atwill also gave a fine account of himself as one of several men dangerously obsessed with Concha (Marlene Dietrich) in Josef von Sternberg's memorable "The Devil Is a Woman" (1935).

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Genius at Work (1946) Latimer Marsh
3.
 Fog Island (1945) Alec Ritchfield
4.
 House of Frankenstein (1945) Arnz
5.
 Crime, Inc. (1945) Pat Coyle
6.
 House of Dracula (1945) Inspector Holtz
7.
 Lady in the Death House (1944) [Charles] Finch
8.
 Captain America (1944)
9.
 Secrets of Scotland Yard (1944) Waterlow
10.
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1904:
London stage debut in "The Walls of Jerico"
1916:
Moved to USA
1918:
Screen debut, "For Sale"
:
Acted on the Broadway stage in a number of plays during the 1920s
1932:
Went to Hollywood; earliest films there include "The Silent Witness" and "Dr. X"
1946:
Last films included "Genius at Work"
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Education

Mercers School: -

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wife:
Louise Cromwell MacArthur. Married June 7, 1930; formerly the wife of Major General Douglas MacArthur.

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