Search a film or person :
Ian Hunter is a Actor British born on 13 june 1900 at Cape Town (South africa)

Ian Hunter

Ian Hunter
If you like this person, let us know!
Nationality United-kingdom
Birth 13 june 1900 at Cape Town (South africa)
Death 23 september 1975 (at 75 years) at London (United-kingdom)

Ian Hunter (13 June 1900 – 22 September 1975) was an English character actor.


Ian Hunter was born in the Kenilworth area of Cape Town, South Africa where he spent his childhood. In his teen years he and his parents returned to the family origins in England to live. Sometime between that arrival and the early years of World War I, Hunter began exploring acting. But in 1917 - and being only 17 - he joined the army to serve in France for the year of war still remaining. Within two years he did indeed make his stage-acting debut. Hunter would never forget that the stage was the thing when the lure of moving making called - he would always return through his career. With a jovial face perpetually on the verge of smiling and a friendly and mildly British accent, Hunter had good guy lead written all over him. He decided to sample the relatively young British silent film industry by taking a part in Not for Sale (1924) for British director W.P. Kellino who had started out writing and acting for the theater.

Hunter then made his first trip to the U.S. - Broadway, not Hollywood - because Basil Dean, well known British actor, director, and producer, was producing Sheridan's "The School for Scandal" at the Knickerbocker Theater - unfortunately folding after one performance. It was a more concerted effort with film the next year back in Britain, again with Kellino. He then met up-and-coming mystery and suspense director Alfred Hitchcock in 1927. He did Hitch's The Ring (1927) - about the boxing game, not suspense - and stayed for the director's When Boys Leave Home (1927). And with a few more films into the next year he was back with Hitchcock once more for Easy Virtue (1928), the Noël Coward play. By late 1928 he returned to Broadway for only a months run in the original comedy "Olympia" but stayed on in America via his first connection with Hollywood. The film was Syncopation (1929), his first sound film and that for RKO, that is, one of the early mono efforts, sound mix with the usual silent acting.

As if restless to keep ever cycling back and forth across the Atlantic - fairly typical of Hunter's career - he returned to London for Dean's mono thriller Escape! (1930). There was an interval of fifteen films in toto before Hunter returned to Hollywood and by then he was well established as a leading man. With The Girl from 10th Avenue (1935) with Bette Davis, Hunter made his connection with Warner Bros. But before settling in with them through much of the 1930s, he did three pictures in succession with another gifted and promising British director, Michael Powell. He then began the films he is most remembered from Hollywood's Golden Era. Although a small part, he is completely engaging and in command as the Duke in the Shakespearean extravaganza of Austrian theater master Max Reinhardt, A Midsummer Night's Dream (1935) for Warner's. It marked the start of a string of nearly thirty films for WB. Among the best remembered was his jovial King Richard in the rollicking The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938). Hunter was also paired in seven movies with Kay Francis between 1935 and 1938.

Hunter was playing the field as well - he was at Twentieth Century as everybody's favorite father-hero - including Shirley Temple - in The Little Princess (1939). And he was the unforgettable benign guardian angel-like Cambreau in Loew's Strange Cargo (1940) with Clark Gable. He was staying regularly busy in Hollywood until into 1942 when he returned to Britain to serve in the war effort. After the war Hunter stayed on in London, making films and doing stage work. He appeared once more on Broadway in 1948 and made Edward, My Son (1949) for George Cukor. Although there was some American playhouse theater in the mid-1950s, Hunter was bound to England, working once more for Powell in 1961 before retiring in the middle of that decade after nearly a hundred outings before the camera.

Among dozens of film roles, his best-remembered appearances include That Certain Woman (1937) with Bette Davis, The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938, as King Richard the Lionheart), The Little Princess (1939, as Captain Reginald Crewe) and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1941, as Dr. Lanyon). Hunter returned to the Robin Hood legend in the 1955 TV series The Adventures of Robin Hood in the recurring role of Sir Richard of the Lea.

Best films

Usually with

Cedric Gibbons
Cedric Gibbons
(12 films)
Hal B. Wallis
Hal B. Wallis
(9 films)
(8 films)
Kay Francis
Kay Francis
(7 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Ian Hunter (82 films)

Display filmography as list


Clifford (1994)
, 1h30
Origin USA
Genres Comedy
Themes Films set in the future
Actors Charles Grodin, Martin Short, Mary Steenburgen, Dabney Coleman, Richard Kind, Jennifer Savidge
Rating53% 2.6501052.6501052.6501052.6501052.650105
At a Catholic school in 2050, a troublesome boy named Roger (Ben Savage) is running away after blowing up the gym due to not being allowed to play on the basketball team—he was accepted onto the team but his parents have forbidden contact sports. He is stopped by Father Clifford (Martin Short), an old priest, who tries to persuade him to change his ways by telling him a story of his own youth.
Kali Yug: Goddess of Vengeance, 1h32
Directed by Mario Camerini
Origin France
Genres Drama, Fantasy, Adventure
Actors Paul Guers, Senta Berger, Lex Barker, Claudine Auger, Sergio Fantoni, Klaus Kinski
Roles Robert Talbot
Rating55% 2.7509452.7509452.7509452.7509452.750945
À la fin du XIX en Inde, Simon Palmer, un jeune médecin anglais se trouve impliqué dans un crime commis par une secte de fanatiques hindous.
Le Mystère du temple hindou, 1h31
Directed by Mario Camerini
Origin France
Genres Drama, Adventure
Actors Paul Guers, Senta Berger, Lex Barker, Claudine Auger, Joachim Hansen, Sergio Fantoni
Roles Robert Talbot
Rating53% 2.683952.683952.683952.683952.68395
À la fin du XIX en Inde, un médecin anglais tente de sauver le petit-fils d'un maharadjah, enlevé par une secte fanatique.
Guns of Darkness, 1h43
Directed by Anthony Asquith
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Adventure
Actors David Niven, Leslie Caron, James Robertson Justice, David Opatoshu, Eleanor Summerfield, Ian Hunter
Roles Dr. Swann
Rating62% 3.101993.101993.101993.101993.10199
Caught in a South American country during a coup, a British couple (Niven and Caron) try and help the former President escape to the border.
The Queen's Guards, 1h50
Directed by Michael Powell
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama
Actors Daniel Massey, Raymond Massey, Robert Stephens, Ursula Jeans, Elizabeth Shepherd, Duncan Lamont
Roles Mr. George Dobbie
Rating67% 3.3575953.3575953.3575953.3575953.357595
The film tells the story of John Fellowes (Daniel Massey), an officer in the Grenadier Guards as he prepares for the Trooping the Colour ceremony. John is the son of retired guardsman Capt. Fellowes (Raymond Massey) and Mrs. Fellowes (Ursula Jeans). John's older brother was also a Guards officer, but he was killed in action and John feels he is being forced to follow in his brother's footsteps.
Doctor Blood's Coffin, 1h32
Directed by Sidney J. Furie
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Horror
Themes Medical-themed films, Zombie films, Films about viral outbreaks, Disaster films
Actors Kieron Moore, Hazel Court, Ian Hunter, Paul Hardtmuth
Roles Dr. Robert Blood, Peter's Father
Rating48% 2.4177852.4177852.4177852.4177852.417785
Peter Blood (Kieron Moore) is a young doctor who experiments with bringing the dead back to life. His early subject is the deceased husband of Linda Parker (Hazel Court), a woman he is attracted to. Hidden in a Cornish tin mine, he conducts his ghastly experiments using curare to remove living, beating hearts from undeserving people in order to bring the deserving dead back to life.
The Bulldog Breed, 1h37
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Comedy
Themes Military humor in film, Seafaring films, Transport films
Actors Norman Wisdom, Ian Hunter, David Lodge, Robert Urquhart, Edward Chapman, Eddie Byrne
Roles Admiral Sir Bryanston Blyth
Rating65% 3.295543.295543.295543.295543.29554
Norman Puckle (Norman Wisdom), a well-meaning but clumsy grocer's assistant, cannot seem to do anything right. After being rejected by Marlene, the love of his life, he attempts suicide, but cannot even do that. He is saved from jumping off a cliff at 'Lover's Leap' by a Royal Navy petty officer. He persuades Puckle to join the Royal Navy, where he will meet 'lots of girls'.
North West Frontier, 2h9
Directed by J. Lee Thompson
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, War, Adventure, Historical
Themes Transport films, Rail transport films, Political films
Actors Kenneth More, Lauren Bacall, Herbert Lom, Wilfrid Hyde-White, I. S. Johar, Ian Hunter
Roles Sir John Wyndham, the Governor
Rating71% 3.5957753.5957753.5957753.5957753.595775
North West Frontier, British India, 1905: a Hindu maharajah asks British Army Captain Scott (Kenneth More) to take his son, Prince Kishan, to the safety of the Governor's Residence in Haserabad because a Muslim uprising has begun in his province. Accompanying them is a widow, Mrs Wyatt (Lauren Bacall), the prince's American nanny/governess. Soon after they leave, the rebels storm the palace and kill the maharajah.
Fortune Is a Woman, 1h30
Directed by Sidney Gilliat
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Noir, Crime
Actors Jack Hawkins, Arlene Dahl, Dennis Price, Violet Farebrother, Ian Hunter, Geoffrey Keen
Roles Clive Fisher
Rating69% 3.484423.484423.484423.484423.48442
London insurance investigator Oliver Branwell goes to Louis Manor to probe a recent fire. Tracey Moreton lives there with his wife Sarah and his mother. He introduces them to Oliver, as well as his neighbor and cousin, Clive, and describes a valuable painting that was lost in the blaze. Tracey isn't aware that Sarah and Oliver were once romantically involved.
The Battle of the River Plate, 1h59
Directed by Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, War, Action, Adventure, Historical
Themes Seafaring films, Transport films, La bataille de l'Atlantique, Political films
Actors John Gregson, Anthony Quayle, Peter Finch, Ian Hunter, Bernard Lee, Patrick Macnee
Roles Captain Woodhouse, H.M.S. Ajax
Rating66% 3.3480053.3480053.3480053.3480053.348005
In the early months of the Second World War, Nazi Germany's Kriegsmarine sends out merchant raiders to attack Allied shipping. The Royal Navy responds with hunting groups whose mission is to stop them. The group that finds the heavily armed pocket battleship Admiral Graf Spee near South America is outgunned: Graf Spee is equipped with long-range 11-inch guns, while the British heavy cruiser Exeter has much lighter 8-inch guns, and the light cruisers Ajax and Achilles have 6-inch guns. Despite this, they go straight to the attack.
Eight O'Clock Walk, 1h27
Directed by Lance Comfort
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Crime
Actors Richard Attenborough, Cathy O'Donnell, Derek Farr, Ian Hunter, Maurice Denham, Bruce Seton
Roles Geoffrey Tanner
Rating66% 3.337573.337573.337573.337573.33757
Just-married taxi driver Thomas Lesley ‘Tom’ Manning is led to an abandoned bomb-site by an eight-year-old girl who says that she has lost her dog. The kind-hearted Manning gives her his handkerchief to dry her tears. She then runs off taunting Manning as an April-fool prank. He stumbles and raises a fist at her – and this is witnessed by Mrs Zunz.
Appointment in London, 1h36
Directed by Philip Leacock
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, War
Themes Transport films, Aviation films, Political films
Actors Dirk Bogarde, Ian Hunter, Dinah Sheridan, Bryan Forbes, Walter Fitzgerald, Bill Kerr
Roles Group Captain Logan
Rating63% 3.1998053.1998053.1998053.1998053.199805
Wing Commander Tim Mason (Dirk Bogarde) is nearing the end of his third tour of operations, meaning he has flown nearly 90 missions over Germany. Having twice volunteered to continue operational flying, Mason is keen to make it a round 90 "ops", but just as he is nearing the end of his tour he receives orders banning him from further flying. Meanwhile, losses are mounting and several raids are being seen as failures, so that some of the members of his crews, Brown (Bill Kerr) and "The Brat" Greeno (Bryan Forbes) among them, are thinking that there must be a "jinx" at work. Soon afterwards, "The Brat" is caught sending unauthorised telegrams off the station. These turn out to be written to his wife, Pam (Anne Leon), rather than anything more sinister; however, Mason reprimands Greeno for the lapse in security. A few days later, Greeno's aircraft fails to return from a raid and Mason agrees to meet Pam, who has asked to see him.
It Started in Paradise, 1h34
Directed by Compton Bennett
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama
Themes La mode
Actors Jane Hylton, Martita Hunt, Muriel Pavlow, Terence Morgan, Ian Hunter, Ronald Squire
Roles Arthur Turner
Rating59% 2.958332.958332.958332.958332.95833
In 1938, Mme. Alice (Hunt), chief designer of a famous London fashion house, has lost her touch. Where once she was the most sought after designer in the city, now her creations seem locked in the past and clients are looking elsewhere for modern fashions. She is persuaded by her senior assistant Martha (Hylton) that she needs a long holiday to recapture her creative inspiration. Once Mme. Alice has departed the fiercely ambitious Martha, who has been biding her time for several years, launches a coup, designing and presenting a range of up-to-the-minute garments which are a huge success with the fashion media and bring clients flocking back to the salon. The financial backer of the business is delighted with the upturn in profits; Martha is promoted to chief designer and Mme. Alice is quietly retired.
Edward, My Son, 1h52
Directed by George Cukor
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama
Themes Films based on plays
Actors Spencer Tracy, Deborah Kerr, Ian Hunter, James Donald, Mervyn Johns, Felix Aylmer
Roles Doctor Larry Woodhope
Rating65% 3.2973753.2973753.2973753.2973753.297375
Canadian Arnold Boult and his wife Evelyn are celebrating the first birthday of their son Edward with their friend, physician Larry Woodhope, in their London home shortly after World War I. Arnold is about to embark upon a new career in finance with Harry Simpkin, who has been released from prison after serving time on fraud charges.