Alexander Knox


Actor

About

Birth Place
Strathroy, Ontario, CA
Born
January 16, 1907
Died
April 25, 1995
Cause of Death
Cancer

Biography

Canadian actor Alexander Knox moved to England as a young man, where he distinguished himself as a stage actor in the 1930s, also appearing in film productions there throughout the decade. After a few supporting performances in British comedies and mysteries and a bit part in the adventure classic "The Four Feathers," he made the jump to Hollywood, where he landed a sizable role in "The ...

Photos & Videos

Family & Companions

Doris Nolan
Wife
Actor. Married 1943 until his death; born 1916.

Bibliography

"Bride of Quietness"
Alexander Knox
"Night of the White Bear"
Alexander Knox
"The Enemy I Kill"
Alexander Knox
"Raider's Moon"
Alexander Knox

Biography

Canadian actor Alexander Knox moved to England as a young man, where he distinguished himself as a stage actor in the 1930s, also appearing in film productions there throughout the decade. After a few supporting performances in British comedies and mysteries and a bit part in the adventure classic "The Four Feathers," he made the jump to Hollywood, where he landed a sizable role in "The Sea Wolf," an adaptation of the often-filmed Jack London novel of the same name, in which Knox acted alongside screen legend Edward G. Robinson. Three years later, Knox was chosen to portray the titular president in the biopic "Wilson," which is the role he's best remembered for. Though the film itself was a financial disaster, Knox's Academy Award-nominated depiction of Woodrow Wilson earned him high praises. Now a reputable Hollywood player, Knox continued to take starring parts in a disparate series of films, working with such leading lights as Humphrey Bogart, Rosalind Russell and Irene Dunne --until he was blacklisted from the American film industry in the '50s. Undeterred, Knox opted to continue his career in England, later to return to the U.S. for memorable supporting turns in films such as 1958's costume adventure "The Vikings" and the 1962 war epic "The Longest Day." Later, in 1966, he appeared in the U.K. historical drama "Khartoum." He continued to act in films and TV series until bowing out of the limelight in the mid-80s.

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

Joshua Then and Now (1985)
Gorky Park (1983)
Cry of the Innocent (1980)
Thornton Donegan
Holocaust 2000 (1978)
Meyer
The Chosen (1978)
Truman at Potsdam (1976)
Secretary Of War Stimson
Nicholas and Alexandra (1971)
The American ambassador [Root]
Puppet on a Chain (1971)
Skullduggery (1970)
Buffington
Fraulein Doktor (1969)
General Peronne
Run a Crooked Mile (1969)
Sir Howard Nettleton
Shalako (1968)
Henry Clarke
Villa Rides (1968)
Madero
How I Won the War (1967)
American general
The 25th Hour (1967)
Prosecutor
Accident (1967)
College provost
Bikini Paradise (1967)
Commissioner Lighton
You Only Live Twice (1967)
U. S. President
Modesty Blaise (1966)
Minister
Khartoum (1966)
Sir Evelyn Baring
The Share Out (1966)
Colonel Calderwood
The Psychopath (1966)
Frank Saville
These Are the Damned (1965)
Bernard
Mister Moses (1965)
Reverend Anderson
Crack in the World (1965)
Sir Charles Eggerston
Man in the Middle (1964)
Colonel Burton
Woman of Straw (1964)
Lomer
In the Cool of the Day (1963)
Frederick Bonner
The Longest Day (1962)
Gen. Bedell Smith
Crack in the Mirror (1960)
President
Oscar Wilde (1960)
Intent to Kill (1959)
Dr. McNeill
The Wreck of the Mary Deare (1959)
Petrie
The Two-Headed Spy (1959)
Gestapo Leader Mueller
The Vikings (1958)
Father Godwin
Davy (1958)
Sir Giles [Manning]
Chase a Crooked Shadow (1958)
Chandler Bridson
Hidden Fear (1957)
Hartman
High Tide At Noon (1957)
Reach for the Sky (1956)
Mr. Joyce
The Night My Number Came Up (1955)
Owen Robertson
The Divided Heart (1955)
Chief Justice
The Sleeping Tiger (1954)
Dr. Clive Esmond
Paula (1952)
Dr. Clifford Frazer
Europa '51 (1952)
Europa '51 (1952)
George Girard
Man in the Saddle (1951)
Will Isham
I'd Climb the Highest Mountain (1951)
Tom Salter
Saturday's Hero (1951)
Professor Megroth
The Son of Dr. Jekyll (1951)
Curtis Lanyon
Two of a Kind (1951)
Vincent Mailer
Tokyo Joe (1949)
Mark Landis
The Judge Steps Out (1949)
Judge [Tom] Bailey [also known as Tom Brown]
The Sign of the Ram (1948)
Mallory St. Aubyn
Sister Kenny (1946)
Dr. [Aeneas] McDonnell
Over 21 (1945)
Max Wharton
Wilson (1945)
Woodrow Wilson
None Shall Escape (1944)
Wilhelm Grimm
Commandos Strike At Dawn (1942)
German captain
This Above All (1942)
Rector
Commandos Strike at Dawn (To Be Deleted) (1942)
The Sea Wolf (1941)
Humphrey Van Weyden

Writer (Feature Film)

The Judge Steps Out (1949)
Screenwriter
Sister Kenny (1946)
Screenwriter

Cast (TV Mini-Series)

Helen Keller -- The Miracle Continues (1984)

Life Events

Photo Collections

Wilson - Movie Poster
Wilson - Movie Poster
These Are the Damned - Movie Poster
Here is the American one-sheet movie poster for These Are the Damned (1963, released in the U.S. in 1965), directed by Joseph Losey. One-sheets measured 27x41 inches, and were the poster style most commonly used in theaters.

Videos

Movie Clip

Sea Wolf, The (1941) -- A Criminal Offense First scene for both Ruth (Ida Lupino) and Van Weyden (Alexander Knox), catching a ferry out of San Francisco, her situation desperate, in Michael Curtiz's The Sea Wolf, 1941, from the Jack London novel, also starring John Garfield and Edward G. Robinson in the title role.
Chase A Crooked Shadow (1958) - Barcelona Opening scenes, introducing apparent high society criminals Richard Todd (who will pose as "Ward" Prescott), Faith Brook as his colleague "Elaine," Anne Baxter as their mark "Kimberly," Alexander Knox her kindly uncle, from Cast A Crooked Shadow, 1959.
Sea Wolf, The (1941) - You Die Too Easy! First appearance by Edward G. Robinson in the title role as sea captain "Wolf Larsen," mostly berating the rescued Van Weyden (Alexander Knox) in the Michael Curtiz version of The Sea Wolf, 1941, from the Jack London novel.
Sister Kenny (1946) - Symptoms Presenting Themselves Per Hollywood, on her very first call, playing the famous Outback nurse Elizabeth Kenny, ca. 1911, Rosalind Russell has received a diagnosis of infantile paralysis for young Dorrie (Doreen McCann) and, with aid from her parents (Fay Helm, Charles Kemper), invents her own radical treatment, in Sister Kenny, 1946.
Sister Kenny (1946) - Re-Educate The Muscles Rosalind Russell as title character, Australian nurse Elizabeth Kenny, with boyfriend Kevin (Dean Jagger), an army doctor, recounting a polio case then reporting to her mentor doctor (Alexander Knox) about what they discover is a radical treatment she's invented, in Sister Kenny, 1946.
Wilson (1944) - I'm A Schoolteacher! Little reason is given for party bosses (Thurston Hall, James Rennie, J.M. Kerrigan) visiting the Princeton president (Alexander Knox, in the title role) with an unsolicited offer, his wife Ellen (Ruth Nelson) particularly pleased, opening Wilson, 1944.
Wilson (1944) - I've Made No Deal First rally for the Princeton president (Alexander Knox in the title role) running for governor of New Jersey, 1910, wife and daughter (Ruth Nelson, Ruth Ford) anxious, activist Tumulty (Thomas Mitchell) doubtful, party boss Senator Jones (Thurston Hall) playing along, early in WIlson, 1944.
Wilson (1944) - What They're Dying For May, 1915 and the RMS Lusitania is sunk off Ireland, news spreads of Americans lost (Sir Cedric Hardwicke as Senator Lodge among the infuriated) finally to the cabinet of President Wilson (Alexander Knox), who offers stirring words, in producer Darryl F. Zanuck's hagiographic Wilson, 1944.
Sea Wolf, The (1941) -- Open, The Ghost Opening titles and the dramatic introduction of John Garfield as the futigive Leach, from Michael Curtiz's definitive version of Jack London's The Sea Wolf, 1941, starring Edward G. Robinson.
Sister Kenny (1946) - I'm Gonna Be That Bush Nurse Queensland, Australia, 1911, Rosalind Russell playing her personal friend, the pioneering nurse Elizabeth Kenny, coming home with sponsor Dr. McDonnell (Alexander Knox, also co-screenwriter) to parents (Beulah Bondi, Charles Dingle), opening writer-producer-director Dudley Nichols' Sister Kenny, 1946.
Sign Of The Ram, The (1948) - I'd Never Butt In Husband Mallory (Alexander Knox) has just fled at signs of the arrival of neighborhood gossip Clara (Dame May Whitty), visiting her disabled writer friend Leah (Susan Peters), meeting her new secretary Sherica (Phyllis Thaxter), in the early John Sturges thriller The Sign Of The Ram, 1948.
Oscar Wilde (1960) - Mr. Wilde Is A Poet His barrister (Alexander Knox) having just read a letter he wrote to friend Lord Alfred (John Neville), Robert Morley (title character) is called to the stand in his libel suit against Alfred's father, Lord Queensberry (Edward Chapman), in Oscar Wilde, 1960.

Companions

Doris Nolan
Wife
Actor. Married 1943 until his death; born 1916.

Bibliography

"Bride of Quietness"
Alexander Knox
"Night of the White Bear"
Alexander Knox
"The Enemy I Kill"
Alexander Knox
"Raider's Moon"
Alexander Knox
"The Kidnapped Surgeon"
Alexander Knox