Leo G. Carroll

Leo G. Carroll


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


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


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)

From Nashville With Music (1969)
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)
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)
The Swan (1956)
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)
The Paradine Case (1948)
Sir Joseph Farrell
So Evil My Love (1948)
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)
Scotland Yard (1941)
Rebecca (1940)
Dr. Baker
Charlie Chan's Murder Cruise (1940)
Professor Gordon
Waterloo Bridge (1940)
Tower of London (1939)
Wuthering Heights (1939)
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)
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)
Stamboul Quest (1934)
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


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"

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..


Movie Clip

Forever Amber (1947) -- (Movie Clip) 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) -- (Movie Clip) 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) -- (Movie Clip) 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) -- (Movie Clip) 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) -- (Movie Clip) 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) -- (Movie Clip) 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) -- (Movie Clip) 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) -- (Movie Clip) 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) -- (Movie Clip) 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) -- (Movie Clip) 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) -- (Movie Clip) 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) -- (Movie Clip) 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.


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.