Colin Kenny

Biography

Already accomplished in his homeland, Irish actor Colin Kenny came to the US in 1917 to make his bid in films. To his memory there would be over 150 of them. The silent movies were more generous in ladling out cast credit. He had steady roles from 1918 to the later 1920s. One of his best opportunities had been as Cecil Greystoke, in Tarzan of the Apes (1918) and its sequel The Romance of Tarzan (1918). Sound and the 1930s arrived with a stingy attitude about tallying credit by the most efficient means-to as few actors as possible. But that was the lot of many a character actor of the time, as well as some production people. Kenny found the parts most varied just the same. He was the Talking Clock in Alice in Wonderland (1933). His opening line (of only a few) "Ahh, guilty!" in a distinctively clipped noble attitude as Lord Chester Dyke in Captain Blood (1935) during the courtroom scene in England sets him apart. But such small parts of all sorts would be his sole acting fare, for he was already in his late 40s. Yet his movie roles would average five or six each year from 1934 to 1947, and the list would include many a major film. The year 1952 would be his busiest and include The Quiet Man and Limelight. The bit parts slowed and included simple extra work thereafter. Yet Colin Kenny kept working. He joined a whole crowd of fellow elder British expatriates for a choice bit part in My Fair Lady (1964). His last movie was the 'Steve McQueen' vehicle The Cincinnati Kid (1965).

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Sherlock Holmes in Washington

Hotel Doorman (uncredited)

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Désirée

Gen. Becker (uncredited)

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The Egg

Gerald Stone

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So You Think You're a Nervous Wreck

Luncheon Club Member (uncredited)

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Strange Fascination

Man at Fashion Show (uncredited)

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Kind Lady

Pedestrian (uncredited)

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El Padre Perdido

Nightclub Patron (uncredited)

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Free and Easy

Gambler (uncredited)

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It Shouldn't Happen to a Dog

Bar and Grill Customer (uncredited)

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On the Sunny Side

BBC Radio Technician (uncredited)

Starring In
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Hotel

Hotel Patron (uncredited)

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The Oscar

Academy Awards Guest (uncredited)

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The Cincinnati Kid

Spectator at Cockfight (uncredited)

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Shenandoah

Kirchenmitglied (uncredited)

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My Fair Lady

Ad Lib at Church (uncredited)

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Where Love Has Gone

Mrs. Hayden's Servant (uncredited)

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The Best Man

Extra (uncredited)

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The Prize

Guest at Awards Ceremony (uncredited)

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To Kill a Mockingbird

Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)

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The Manchurian Candidate

Senator (uncredited)

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Mr. Hobbs Takes a Vacation

Bartender (uncredited)

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Judgment at Nuremberg

Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)

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El tercer hombre era mujer

Club Patron (uncredited)

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Midnight Lace

Pub Patron (uncredited)

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Elmer Gantry

Extra at Revival Meeting (uncredited)

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Sunrise at Campobello

Convention Delegate (uncredited)

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Heller in Pink Tights

Bonanza Audience Member (uncredited)

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The Story on Page One

Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)

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Auntie Mame

Perry - Party Guest (uncredited)

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The Last Hurrah

Plymouth Club Member (uncredited)

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Tarawa Beachhead

Man in Bar (uncredited)

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Witness for the Prosecution

Juror (uncredited)

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Sweet Smell Of Success

Patron at 21 (uncredited)

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Top Secret Affair

Spectator at Senate Hearing (uncredited)

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Les Girls

Gendarme Outside Courtroom (uncredited)

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The First Traveling Saleslady

Pedestrian (uncredited)

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Bigger Than Life

Churchgoer (uncredited)

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Death of a Scoundrel

Stock Purchaser (uncredited)

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Beyond a Reasonable Doubt

Juror (uncredited)

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Moonfleet

Guest (uncredited)

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How to Be Very, Very Popular

Strip Bar Bartender (uncredited)

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A Man Called Peter

Man at Youth Rally (uncredited)

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It's a Dog's Life

Butcher (uncredited)

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Sincerely Yours

Concert Attendee (uncredited)

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It's Always Fair Weather

Father in Montage / Nightclub Extra (uncredited)

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Désirée

Gen. Becker (uncredited)

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There’s No Business Like Show Business

Priest on Altar (uncredited)

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Brigadoon

Townsman (uncredited)

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Rhapsody

Audience Member (uncredited)

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Calamity Jane

Chicagoan (uncredited)

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Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

Wedding Guest (uncredited)

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So This Is Love

Man on Stage at Grace's Audition (uncredited)

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The Band Wagon

Drunk Outside Arcade (uncredited)

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Small Town Girl

Audience Spectator (uncredited)

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Ma and Pa Kettle on Vacation

Club Patron (uncredited)

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Man in the Attic

Theatre Patron (uncredited)

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Sangaree

Pub Patron (uncredited)

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Give a Girl a Break

Man Leaving Bar (uncredited)

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I, the Jury

Fenton Milford (uncredited)

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The Quiet Man

Pub Extra (uncredited)

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Limelight

Music Hall Performer (uncredited)

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Deadline U.S.A.

Newspaperman (uncredited)

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Because You're Mine

Gen. Montal's Aide (uncredited)

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Thunder in the East

Englishman (uncredited)

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Dreamboat

Bailiff (uncredited)

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Stars and Stripes Forever

Man at Dancing Masters Convention Concert (uncredited)

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Red Planet Mars

Mine Owner (uncredited)

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Million Dollar Mermaid

Ship Passenger on Deck (uncredited)

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Strange Fascination

Man at Fashion Show (uncredited)

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Kind Lady

Pedestrian (uncredited)

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Zu allem entschlossen

London Bobby (uncredited)

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The Law and the Lady

Servant (uncredited)

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My Forbidden Past

Party Guest (uncredited)

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I Can Get It for You Wholesale

Bar Patron (uncredited)

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The Company She Keeps

Racetrack Spectator in Stands (uncredited)

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Two Tickets to Broadway

Nightclub Patron (uncredited)

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Spione, Liebe und die Feuerwehr

Club Patron (uncredited)

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The Great Caruso

Operagoer (uncredited)

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All About Eve

Sarah Siddons Awards Guest (uncredited)

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Chain Lightning

Pub Patron (uncredited)

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The Earl of Chicago

Sergeant (uncredited)

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La Casa de Juego

Man in Corridor (uncredited)

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Francis

Officer at Plane Departure (uncredited)

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Montana

Party Guest (uncredited)

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Outrage

Country Dance Attendee (uncredited)

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Hunt the Man Down

Bar Patron (uncredited)

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White Heat

Prison Guard (uncredited)

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That Forsyte Woman

Constable

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Challenge to Lassie

Bailiff (uncredited)

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Command Decision

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Black Book (1949/ a.k.a. The Reign Of Terror

Patriot (uncredited)

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Any Number Can Play

Casino Patron (uncredited)

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Johnny Stool Pigeon

Porter (uncredited)

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Unfaithfully Yours

Concert Attendee (uncredited)

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April Showers

Audience Member (uncredited)

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Johnny Belinda

Man reciting Lord's Prayer (uncredited)

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Big City

Lawyer (uncredited)

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A Woman's Vengeance

Warder (uncredited)

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The Hunted

Restaurant Table Extra (uncredited)

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Kiss the Blood Off My Hands

Thomas Widgers, Innkeeper (uncredited)

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The Paradine Case

Juror (uncredited)

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Monsieur Verdoux

Police Detective (uncredited)

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Moss Rose

Cab Driver (uncredited)

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California

Delegate (uncredited)

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Mourning Becomes Electra

Policeman (uncredited)

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Good News

Chaperon at Dance (uncredited)

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Green Dolphin Street

Guest (uncredited)

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Calcutta

Police Officer (uncredited)

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So You Think You're a Nervous Wreck

Luncheon Club Member (uncredited)

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Without Reservations

U.S. Senator / Train Passenger (uncredited)

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Deception

Concertgoer (uncredited)

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The Kid from Brooklyn

Minor Role (uncredited)

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Sherlock Holmes: Terror by Night

Constable (uncredited)

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Tres Extraños

Alfred - Innkeeper / Bartender (uncredited)

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Criminal Court

Roberts (uncredited)

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The Dark Corner

Bartender (uncredited)

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It Shouldn't Happen to a Dog

Bar and Grill Customer (uncredited)

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Anni Verdi

Registrar (uncredited)

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Night and Day

Doorman (uncredited)

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Deadline at Dawn

Birthday Party Table Guest (uncredited)

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The Locket

Wyndhams' Chauffeur (uncredited)

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The Verdict

Sergeant (uncredited)

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Don't Gamble with Strangers

Ship Passenger (uncredited)

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Kitty

Mr. Thickness (uncredited)

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Jungle Queen

Constable (uncredited)

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Week-End at the Waldorf

Party Guest (uncredited)

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The Dolly Sisters

Speakeasy Table Extra (uncredited)

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The Stork Club

Nightclub Patron (uncredited)

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The Brighton Strangler

Inspector (uncredited)

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The Princess and the Pirate

First Mate on the 'Mary Ann' (uncredited)

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Sherlock Holmes in Pearl of Death

Guard (uncredited)

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Das Gespenst von Canterville

Nobleman (uncredited)

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The Lodger

Plainclothesman (uncredited)

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Ministry of Fear

Scotland Yard Man (uncredited)

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None But the Lonely Heart

Policeman Outside (uncredited)

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Meet the People

Boat Christening Witness (uncredited)

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Up in Arms

Theatre Patron (uncredited)

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Sherlock Holmes in Washington

Hotel Doorman (uncredited)

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Best Foot Forward

Party Guest (uncredited)

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The Leopard Man

Nightclub Customer (uncredited)

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Slightly Dangerous

Opera Guest (uncredited)

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The Constant Nymph

Party Guest (uncredited)

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The Heat's On

Nightclub Patron (uncredited)

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Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Weapon

Scotland Yard Detective (uncredited)

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Random Harvest

Workman (uncredited)

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Mrs. Miniver

Policeman (uncredited)

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Thunder Birds

Townsman (uncredited)

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Journey for Margaret

Steward (uncredited)

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Tales of Manhatten

Concertgoer (Laughton sequence) (uncredited)

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On the Sunny Side

BBC Radio Technician (uncredited)

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Keeper of the Flame

Reporter (uncredited)

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Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

Constable (uncredited)

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Rage in Heaven

Restaurant Patron / Court Bailiff (uncredited)

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Free and Easy

Gambler (uncredited)

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Ziegfeld Girl

Croupier (uncredited)

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The Sea Hawk

Officer (uncredited)

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The Invisible Man Returns

Plainclothesman (uncredited)

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Captain Caution

Jim - English Ship's Brig Officer (uncredited)

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City for Conquest

Al's Pal (uncredited)

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The House of the Seven Gables

Court Bailiff (uncredited)

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Torchy Blane in Chinatown

Mourner at Burial Service (uncredited)

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Tower Of London

Soldier (uncredited)

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Raffles

Bobby (uncredited)

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A Christmas Carol

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The Adventures of Robin Hood

Sir Baldwin

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Mysterious Mr. Moto

Phony Policeman (uncredited)

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Entführt

Clansman (uncredited)

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The Prince and the Pauper

Watchman #2 (uncredited)

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Souls at Sea

Military Guard (uncredited)

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Maid of Salem

Hunter (uncredited)

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The Firefly

English General (uncredited)

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The Charge of the Light Brigade

Maj. Anderson (uncredited)

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The Jeeves Collection (Thank You, Jeeves! / Step Lively, Jeeves!)

Crook (uncredited)

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Charlie Chan at the Race Track

Judge (uncredited)

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Captain Blood

Lord Chester Dyke

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The Dark Angel

Officer at Station (uncredited)

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Bonnie Scotland

Black Watch officer (uncredited)

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Clive of India

Old Soldier (uncredited)

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Charlie Chan in Shanghai

Reporter (uncredited)

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Kind Lady

Scotland Yard man #2 (uncredited)

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Black Sheep

Ship's Officer (uncredited)

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El Padre Perdido

Nightclub Patron (uncredited)

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The World Moves On

Officer at Wedding Reception (uncredited)

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The Mystery of Mr. X

Constable (uncredited)

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Alice in Wonderland (1933)

The Clock (uncredited)

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The Kiss Before the Mirror

Court Clerk (uncredited)

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Su Único Pecado

Officer at Inquest (uncredited)

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Movie Crazy

Man Leaving Men's Room (uncredited)

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The Egg

Gerald Stone

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Little Lord Fauntleroy

Bevis

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Tarzan of the Apes

Greystoke's Nephew

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