British thespian Leo G. Carroll began acting comparatively late, appearing on stage for the very first time at the age of 26 and then suspending his budding career to join the British Army during World War II. But by the late 1920s, Carroll was working regularly in both the West End and Broadway, and made his film debut in 1934. Acclaimed roles as Marley's Ghost opposite Reginald Owen as Scrooge in the 1938 "A Christmas Carol" and as Joseph in William Wyler's classic adaptation of "Wuthering Heights" were followed by a string of films by the great Alfred Hitchcock, including pivotal roles in "Rebecca," "Spellbound," "Strangers On A Train," and "North By Northwest." Carroll also had a facility for comedy, best seen as the splendidly sycophantic caterer in "Father of the Bride" and in three seasons as the straight-laced milquetoast Cosmo Topper in the paranormal situation comedy "Topper." Carroll returned to television for what would become his most famous role, as Alexander Waverly, head of international spy organization UNCLE, in "The Man From UNCLE" and its short-lived spinoff "The Girl From UNCLE," as well as several quickly-made film sequels. Carroll died in 1972.
Cast (Feature Film)
Stage acting debut
First appearances on London and New York stage
Moved permanently to the USA
Film acting debut
Co-starred in "Captains Courageous"
Acted in support of Laurence Olivier and Merle Oberon in "Wuthering Heights"
Appeared in "Rebecca", starring Joan Fontaine and produced and directed by Alfred Hitchcock; first of six films with Hitchcock
Reteamed with Hitchcock and Joan Fontaine in "Suspicion"
Cast as the villain in Hitchcock's "Spellbound"
Acted in "Forever Amber"
Played the caterer in "Father of the Bride"
Portrayed a senator in "Strangers on a Train"
Played title character in the CBS series "Topper"
Supported Humphrey Bogart in "We're No Angels"
Had featured role in "North by Northwest"; last film with Hitchcock
Played the reverend set to officiate at a wedding in the Disney comedy "The Parent Trap"
Co-starred in the TV series "Going My Way"
Created signature role of Alexander Waverly on the NBC spy series "The Man From U.N.C.L.E."
Also played Waverly in the spin-off "The Girl From U.N.C.L.E." (NBC)
Last film, "From Nashville with Music"