Leo G. Carroll


Actor
Leo G. Carroll

About

Also Known As
Leo Grattan Carroll, Leo Carroll
Birth Place
Weedon, England, GB
Born
October 25, 1892
Died
October 16, 1972
Cause of Death
Pneumonia

Biography

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...

Photos & Videos

Tarantula - Lobby Cards
A Christmas Carol (1938) - Publicity Stills
A Christmas Carol (1938) - Scene Stills

Biography

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.

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

From Nashville With Music (1969)
Arnold
How to Steal the World (1968)
The Helicopter Spies (1968)
The Karate Killers (1967)
The Spy With My Face (1966)
Alexander Waverly
One of Our Spies Is Missing (1966)
The Spy in the Green Hat (1966)
One Spy Too Many (1966)
Mr Alexander Waverly
That Funny Feeling (1965)
O'Shea
The Prize (1963)
Count Bertil Jacobsson
The Parent Trap (1961)
Reverend Mosby
1 + 1 (Exploring the Kinsey Reports) (1961)
Professor [R.D.] Logan
North by Northwest (1959)
Professor
The Swan (1956)
Caesar
Tarantula (1955)
Prof. Gerald Deemer
We're No Angels (1955)
Felix Ducotel
Young Bess (1953)
Mr. Mums
Treasure of the Golden Condor (1953)
Raoul Dondel
Rogue's March (1953)
Col. Lenbridge
The Bad and the Beautiful (1953)
Henry Whitfield
The Snows of Kilimanjaro (1952)
Bill Swift
The Desert Fox (1951)
Field Marshal von Rundstedt
Strangers on a Train (1951)
Senator Morton
The First Legion (1951)
Father [Paul Duquesne] Rector
Father of the Bride (1950)
Mr. Massoula
The Happy Years (1950)
The Old Roman [Mr. Hopkins]
Enchantment (1949)
Proutie
The Paradine Case (1948)
Sir Joseph Farrell
So Evil My Love (1948)
Jarvis
Forever Amber (1947)
Matt Goodgroome
Time Out of Mind (1947)
Captain Fortune
Song of Love (1947)
Professor Wieck
Spellbound (1945)
Dr. Murchison
The House on 92nd Street (1945)
Col. Hammershon
Suspicion (1941)
Captain [George] Melbeck
This Woman Is Mine (1941)
Angus McKay
Bahama Passage (1941)
Delbridge
Scotland Yard (1941)
Craven
Rebecca (1940)
Dr. Baker
Charlie Chan's Murder Cruise (1940)
Professor Gordon
Waterloo Bridge (1940)
Policeman
Tower of London (1939)
Hastings
Wuthering Heights (1939)
Joseph
The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex (1939)
Sir Edward Coke
City in Darkness (1939)
Louis Santelle
Bulldog Drummond's Secret Police (1939)
Henry Seaton [also known as Borjei Islanyani and Albert Boulton]
A Christmas Carol (1938)
Marley's ghost
London by Night (1937)
Correy/Von Kranz/ Rabbit Man/Umbrella Man
Captains Courageous (1937)
Burns
The Man I Marry (1936)
Mr. Furthermore
Clive of India (1935)
Mr. Manning
Murder on a Honeymoon (1935)
Joseph B. Tate
The Right to Live (1935)
Dr. Harvester
The Casino Murder Case (1935)
Smith
Stamboul Quest (1934)
Kruger
The Barretts of Wimpole Street (1934)
Dr. Ford-Waterlow
Outcast Lady (1934)
Dr. Masters
Sadie McKee (1934)
Phelps ["Finnegan"]
What Every Woman Knows (1934)
Senate head

Life Events

1911

Stage acting debut

1912

First appearances on London and New York stage

1924

Moved permanently to the USA

1934

Film acting debut

1937

Co-starred in "Captains Courageous"

1939

Acted in support of Laurence Olivier and Merle Oberon in "Wuthering Heights"

1940

Appeared in "Rebecca", starring Joan Fontaine and produced and directed by Alfred Hitchcock; first of six films with Hitchcock

1941

Reteamed with Hitchcock and Joan Fontaine in "Suspicion"

1945

Cast as the villain in Hitchcock's "Spellbound"

1947

Acted in "Forever Amber"

1950

Played the caterer in "Father of the Bride"

1951

Portrayed a senator in "Strangers on a Train"

1953

Played title character in the CBS series "Topper"

1955

Supported Humphrey Bogart in "We're No Angels"

1959

Had featured role in "North by Northwest"; last film with Hitchcock

1961

Played the reverend set to officiate at a wedding in the Disney comedy "The Parent Trap"

1962

Co-starred in the TV series "Going My Way"

1964

Created signature role of Alexander Waverly on the NBC spy series "The Man From U.N.C.L.E."

1966

Also played Waverly in the spin-off "The Girl From U.N.C.L.E." (NBC)

1969

Last film, "From Nashville with Music"

Photo Collections

Tarantula - Lobby Cards
Here are several Lobby Cards from Universal's Tarantula (1955). 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.
A Christmas Carol (1938) - Publicity Stills
Here are a few publicity stills from MGM's A Christmas Carol (1938), starring Reginald Owen. Publicity stills were specially-posed photos, usually taken off the set, for purposes of publicity or reference for promotional artwork.
A Christmas Carol (1938) - Scene Stills
Here are several scene stills from MGM's A Christmas Carol (1938), starring Reginald Owen as Ebenezer Scrooge.
One of Our Spies is Missing - Publicity Stills
Here are a few publicity stills from MGM's One of Our Spies is Missing (1966), starring Robert Vaughn and David McCallum from the TV series The Man from U.N.C.L.E..

Videos

Movie Clip

Forever Amber (1947) - England Is Aflame Producer Darryl Zanuck and director Otto Preminger attempt the rare double-prologue, leading to the rural Puritan household of Leo G. Carroll, and top-billed Linda Darnell as the already rebellious title character, in the multi-million dollar 20th Century-Fox production from the Kathleen Winsor novel, Forever Amber, 1947.
Spellbound (1945) - The Basic Secret Of Science Mental hospital staff doctor Peterson (Ingrid Bergman) with colleague Fleurot (John Emery), discussing a patient’s lust, and his own, then boss Murchison (Leo G. Carroll), discussing his replacement, then Norman Lloyd as patient Garmes, early in Alfred Hitchcock’s Spellbound, 1945.
Spellbound (1945) - Steadier Hands Two scenes introducing Dr. Edwardes (Gregory Peck) to his new staff at the mental hospital, first with outgoing Dr. Murchison (Leo G. Carroll) then with perplexed Dr. Peterson (Ingrid Bergman), in Alfred Hitchcock's Spellbound, 1946.
Tarantula (1955) - Some Of These Big Brains Sheriff Andrews (Nestor Paiva) has persuaded M.D. Matt Hastings (John Agar) he needs to see a body found in the Arizona desert, soon identified by Prof. Deemer (Leo G. Carroll), early in Tarantula, 1955.
Tarantula (1955) - Graduate Work In Biology Just introducing themselves after she's hitched a ride from town, Arizona doctor Matt (John Agar) has news for grad student "Steve" (Mara Corday), neither knowing of the weird work her new employer Deemer (Leo G. Carroll) is up to, in Tarantula, 1955.
Bad And The Beautiful, The (1953) - That's Star Quality Stories within stories, Vincente Minnelli's flashback covering the rise of Hollywood legacy actress Georgia (Lana Turner), shepherded by producer Jonathan Shields (Kirk Douglas), Leo G. Carroll a droll director, Sammy White her wobbly agent, in The Bad And The Beautiful, 1953.
Swan, The (1956) - Open, Send For Caesar! Opening credits and Princess Beatrix (Jessie Royce Landis) in a panic, from Charles Vidor's The Swan, 1956, starring Grace Kelly, Alec Guinness and Louis Jourdan, shot at the Vanderbilt (Biltmore) Estate in North Carolina.
Father of the Bride (1950) - One Of Those Little Caterers Stanley (Spencer Tracy) and Ellie (Joan Bennett) in their first encounter with the wedding planner Mr. Massoula (Leo G. Carroll) in Vincente Minnelli's Father of the Bride, 1950.
Strangers On A Train (1951) - Open, My Name's Bruno Opening credits and the famous footsteps, in the opening to Alfred Hitchcock's Strangers On A Train, 1951, starring Farley Granger and Robert Walker, from the novel by Patricia Highsmith.
Wuthering Heights (1939) - On The Barren Yorkshire Moors Beginning the stormy prologue from Samuel Goldwyn's celebrated 1939 production of Wuthering Heights, Miles Mander as the visitor Lockwood, Laurence Olivier the taciturn Heathcliff, other characters rather obscured, from the Emily Bronte novel, directed by William Wyler.
Christmas Carol, A (1938) - Jacob Marley Having dismissed the neighborhood patrol, Scrooge (Reginald Owen) becomes convinced, upon a second encounter, that the ghost of Marley (Leo G. Carroll, half exposed) is real, in MGM's 1938 version of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol.
Wuthering Heights (1939) - That Weakness You Call Virtue Cathy (Merle Oberon) visits Heathcliff (Laurence Olivier) who defends his intention to marry her sister-in-law, from Samuel Goldwyn's production, from Emily Bronte's novel, Wuthering Heights, 1939, directed by William Wyler.

Trailer

What Every Woman Knows - (Original Trailer) An ambitious wife (Helen Hayes) backs her husband's political career in this adaptation of the James M. Barrie play. with Brian Aherne, directed by Gregory La Cava.
Swan, The - (Original Trailer) On the eve of her marriage to a prince, a noblewoman falls for her brother's tutor in The Swan (1956) starring Grace Kelly.
Snows of Kilimanjaro, The - (Original Trailer) Gregory Peck, Ava Gardner and Susan Hayward star in the Henry King's adaptation of Ernest Hemingway's story The Snows of Kilimanjaro (1952).
Enchantment - (Original Trailer) Handkerchiefs at the ready as a British general (David Niven) finds the adoption of a beautiful orphan (Teresa Wright) leads to Enchantment (1948).
Father of the Bride (1950) - (Original Trailer) A doting father (Spencer Tracy) faces mountains of bills and endless trials when his daughter (Elizabeth Taylor) marries in Father of the Bride (1950), directed by Vincente Minnelli.
Suspicion - (Re-issue Trailer) A wealthy wallflower (Joan Fontaine) suspects her penniless playboy husband (Cary Grant) of murder in Suspicion (1942), directed by Alfred Hitchcock.
Captains Courageous - (Re-issue Trailer) A spoiled rich kid is lost at sea and rescued by a fishing boat, where hard work and responsibility help him become a man.
Prize, The - (Original Trailer) American Nobel Prize-winner Paul Newman mixes it up with spies when he travels to Stockholm to collect his award in The Prize (1963).
Stamboul Quest - (Original Trailer) A notorious enemy spy (Myrna Loy) falls for an American medical student during World War I in Stamboul Quest (1934).
Song of Love - (Original Trailer) Katharine Hepburn, Paul Henreid and Robert Walker star in Song of Love (1947), the true story of Clara Schumann's battle to restore her husband's health and resist the romantic overtures of Johannes Brahms.
London By Night - (Original Trailer) A blackmailer holds the key to several murders in London By Night (1937) starring George Murphy and George Zucco.
Happy Years, The - (Original Trailer) Unruly young Dean Stockwell is sent to prep school to straighten him out in this adaptation of Owen Johnson's The Lawrenceville School Stories.

Bibliography