George Zucco


Actor
George Zucco

About

Birth Place
Manchester, England, GB
Born
January 11, 1886
Died
May 27, 1960

Biography

British actor George Zucco began his career during the transition from silent films to pictures with sound. After honing his craft as a vaudeville actor in the 1910s, Zucco made his screen debut in the 1931 film "The Dreyfus Case," which chronicled the conviction of French officer Alfred Dreyfus for treason in 1894. Following his debut, Zucco followed a career path whereby he would take ...

Photos & Videos

The Mad Ghoul - Scene Stills
The Mad Ghoul - Movie Poster
The Mad Ghoul - Lobby Cards

Family & Companions

Stella Zucco
Wife
Actor. British; born in 1900; married Zucco in 1929; died on April 5, 1999 at age 99.

Biography

British actor George Zucco began his career during the transition from silent films to pictures with sound. After honing his craft as a vaudeville actor in the 1910s, Zucco made his screen debut in the 1931 film "The Dreyfus Case," which chronicled the conviction of French officer Alfred Dreyfus for treason in 1894. Following his debut, Zucco followed a career path whereby he would take nearly every role he was offered, resulting in a colossal filmography. One of his most iconic roles came in 1939 when Zucco played the villainous Professor Moriarty in "The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes." His popular turn as an antagonist opened up new doors in Hollywood--in particular, he went on to play numerous characters in Universal Pictures horror films. Zucco was usually featured in a supporting role as a sinister intellectual. He played Dr. Lorenzo Cameron in 1942's "The Mad Monster," the titular character in 1942's "Dr. Renault's Secret," and Dr. Alfred Morris in 1943's "The Mad Ghoul," among other nefarious roles. From 1940 to 1947 alone, Zucco starred in almost two-dozen horror films. Nevertheless, he found time to return to Sherlock Holmes mysteries in 1943, playing a Nazi spy in "Sherlock Holmes in Washington." Astonishing as it may seem, Zucco acted in nearly 100 films in the span of his 20-year career.

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

Flame of Stamboul (1951)
The Voice
David and Bathsheba (1951)
Egyptian ambassador
The First Legion (1951)
Father Robert Stuart
Let's Dance (1950)
Judge
Madame Bovary (1949)
Dubocage
The Secret Garden (1949)
Dr. Fortescue
The Barkleys of Broadway (1949)
The judge
Harbor of Missing Men (1949)
H. G. Danzinger
Joan of Arc (1948)
Constable of Clervaux
Captain from Castile (1948)
Marquis de Carvajal
Who Killed Doc Robbin (1948)
Dr. Hugo Robbin
The Pirate (1948)
The viceroy
Secret Service Investigator (1948)
Otto Dagoff
Tarzan and the Mermaids (1948)
Palanth
The Imperfect Lady (1947)
Mr. Mallam
Lured (1947)
Officer Barrett
Where There's Life (1947)
Paul Stertorius
Moss Rose (1947)
Craxton
Scared to Death (1947)
Dr. Joseph Van Ee
Desire Me (1947)
Father Donnard
The Flying Serpent (1946)
Professor Andrew Forbes
Confidential Agent (1945)
Inspector Geddes
House of Frankenstein (1945)
Lampini
Fog Island (1945)
Leo Grainer [Grainger]
Midnight Manhunt (1945)
Jelke
Hold That Blonde (1945)
Pavel Sorasky
Week-End at the Waldorf (1945)
Bey of Aribajan
Sudan (1945)
Horadef
Having Wonderful Crime (1945)
King
Return of the Ape Man (1944)
Ape man
Voodoo Man (1944)
Nicholas
Shadows in the Night (1944)
Frank Swift
The Mummy's Ghost (1944)
High Priest
The Seventh Cross (1944)
Fahrenburg
Holy Matrimony (1943)
Crepitude
Never a Dull Moment (1943)
[Tony] Rocco
Sherlock Holmes in Washington (1943)
[Richard] Stanley [also known as Heinrich Hinkle]
Dead Men Walk (1943)
Dr. Lloyd Clayton/Dr. Elwyn Clayton
The Black Raven (1943)
[Amos] Bradford
The Mad Ghoul (1943)
Dr. Alfred Morris
The Black Swan (1942)
Lord Denby
The Mad Monster (1942)
Dr. [Lorenzo] Cameron
The Mummy's Tomb (1942)
Andoheb
Dr. Renault's Secret (1942)
Dr. Renault
My Favorite Blonde (1942)
Dr. Hugo Streger
Halfway to Shanghai (1942)
Karl Zerta
Topper Returns (1941)
Dr. Jeris
Ellery Queen and the Murder Ring (1941)
Dr. Janney
The Monster and the Girl (1941)
Dr. Parry
A Woman's Face (1941)
Defense attorney
Dark Streets of Cairo (1941)
Abadi
International Lady (1941)
Webster
Arise, My Love (1940)
Prison governor
The Mummy's Hand (1940)
Andoheb
New Moon (1940)
Vicomte Ribaud
The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939)
Procurator
The Cat and the Canary (1939)
Lawyer Crosby
Here I Am a Stranger (1939)
James K. Paulding
The Magnificent Fraud (1939)
Dr. [Luis] Virgo
Charlie Chan in Honolulu (1939)
Dr. Cardigan
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1939)
Professor Moriarty
Captain Fury (1939)
Arnold Trist
Suez (1938)
Prime minister
Vacation from Love (1938)
Dr. Waxton
Lord Jeff (1938)
Jim Hampstead [Charles Debtford]
Three Comrades (1938)
Dr. Plauten
Fast Company (1938)
Otto Brockler
Arsene Lupin Returns (1938)
Prefect of police
Arrest Bulldog Drummond (1938)
Rolf Alferson
Marie Antoinette (1938)
Governor of Concierge
Madame X (1937)
Dr. LaFarge
Rosalie (1937)
General Maroff
The Man Who Could Work Miracles (1937)
[Moody] The Colonel's butler
The Firefly (1937)
Secret Service chief
Souls at Sea (1937)
[Barton] Woodley
Saratoga (1937)
Dr. Harmsworth
The Bride Wore Red (1937)
Count Armalia
London by Night (1937)
Inspector Jefferson
Parnell (1937)
Sir Charles Russell
Sinner Take All (1936)
[Crowley] Bascomb
After the Thin Man (1936)
Dr. Kammer
The Lady Is Willing (1934)
Man from reclamation agent
What's in a Name? (1934)
Something Always Happens (1934)
The Midshipmaid (1932)
Dreyfus (1931)

Life Events

1908

Stage acting debut in Canada

Photo Collections

The Mad Ghoul - Scene Stills
Here are some scene stills from Universal Pictures' The Mad Ghoul (1943), starring David Bruce, Evelyn Ankers, and George Zucco.
The Mad Ghoul - Movie Poster
Here is a half-sheet movie poster for Universal Pictures' The Mad Ghoul (1943).
The Mad Ghoul - Lobby Cards
Here are several Lobby Cards from Universal Pictures' The Mad Ghoul (1943). Lobby Cards were 11" x 14" posters that came in sets of 8. As the name implies, they were most often displayed in movie theater lobbies, to advertise current or coming attractions.

Videos

Movie Clip

Lord Jeff (1938) - Darjeeling Is Not Hot Early events, young Lord Geoffrey (Freddie Bartholomew) from India is visited by Inspector Scott (Matthew Boulton), after a trip with his governess to a London jeweler ended strangely, the first sign of funny business, with Gale Sondergaard and George Zucco on the phone, in MGM's Lord Jeff, 1938.
Having Wonderful Crime (1945) - Barflies In The Ointment Playboy lawyer Malone (Pat O’Brien) aims to romance the star of the water ballet (Anje Berens) at the resort where he’s followed his newlywed amateur sleuth pals Helene (Carole Landis) and Jake (George Murphy), on what suddenly becomes a real murder case, in Having Wonderful Crime, 1945.
Having Wonderful Crime (1945) - I Might Win A Prize! Elaborate plotting to get pinup Carole Landis (as newlywed amateur sleuth Helene Justus) disrobed, George Murphy her husband, Pat O’Brien their fast-talking lawyer pal, Blanche Ring the rich lady paying him, and Anje Berens the water-ballerina getting excuses, in RKO’s Having Wonderful Crime, 1945.
Cat And The Canary, The (1939) - Psychology Of Fear Distant cousins Cicily (Nydia Westman) and actor Wally (Bob Hope) securing their ancestor's creepy bayou mansion, after learning that Joyce (Paulette Goddard), visited by the executor Crosby (George Zucco), got all his money, in the horror-comedy The Cat And The Canary, 1939.
Souls At Sea (1937) - Such Unmitigated Atrocity Director Henry Hathaway’s opening, George Zucco, whom we’ll learn is a British agent, Porter Hall as the prosecutor, Gary Cooper in the dock, Frances Dee a complainant, but there’s more to it, in Souls At Sea, 1937, based on the of historic wreck of the William Brown.
Lured (1947) - You Noticed His Fangs American showgirl Sandy (Lucille Ball) at a London theater, working undercover with the police to entice a serial killer, attracts the attention of impresario Fleming (George Sanders), posing as his own secretary, who earlier tried to hire her, then meets detective Barret (George Zucco), in Lured,1947.
Cat And Canary, The (1939) - Psychology Of Fear Actor Wally (Bob Hope) and Cicily (Nydia Westman) are among the distant cousins securing their ancestor's spooky bayou mansion, after learning that Joyce (Paulette Goddard), visited by executor Crosby (George Zucco) was his sole heir, in the horror spoof The Cat And The Canary, 1939.
Cat And The Canary, The (1939) - There Are Spirits All Around You Bob Hope as Wally joins fellow potential heirs at the spooky Louisiana mansion, George Zucco the lawyer, Gale Sondergaard the housekeeper, with Elizabeth Patterson, Nydia Westman, Douglass Montgomery and John Beal, then Paulette Goddard's entrance, in the horror-comedy The Cat And The Canary, 1939.
Cat And The Canary, The (1939) - Is He A Dangerous Maniac? After the reading of their ancestor's will in his bayou home, Bob Hope as Wally, with Nydia Westman, George Zucco the lawyer, John Beal, Elizabeth Patterson, Paulette Goddard who got the money, Douglass Montgomery and John Wray, the guard bringing scary news, in the horror spoof The Cat And The Canary, 1939.
Madame X (1937) - Not So Sudden With Wives After a lurid opening introducing his wife, (Gladys George, title character), we meet Warren William as Parisian attorney Fleuriot, George Zucco the family doctor, treating their stricken son, in what was already the fourth movie version of Madame X, 1937, directed by Sam Wood.
Bride Wore Red, The - Bring A Girl To My Table Count Armalia (George Zucco), dispirited at the pretensions of his social set, in Trieste's seediest saloon, meets singer Anni (Joan Crawford), early in The Bride Wore Red, 1937, from a play by Ferenc Molnar.

Companions

Stella Zucco
Wife
Actor. British; born in 1900; married Zucco in 1929; died on April 5, 1999 at age 99.

Bibliography