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Nigel Bruce is a Actor British born on 4 february 1895 at Ensenada (Mexique)

Nigel Bruce

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Birth name William Nigel Ernle Bruce
Nationality United-kingdom
Birth 4 february 1895 at Ensenada (Mexique)
Death 8 october 1953 (at 58 years) at Santa Monica (USA)

William Nigel Ernle Bruce (4 February 1895 – 8 October 1953), best known as Nigel Bruce, was a British character actor on stage and screen. He was best known for his portrayal of Dr. Watson in a series of films and in the radio series The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (starring Basil Rathbone as Sherlock Holmes). Bruce is also remembered for his roles in the Alfred Hitchcock films Rebecca and Suspicion.

Biography

Bruce was the second son of Sir William Waller Bruce, 10th Baronet (1856–1912) and his wife Angelica, Lady Bruce (died 1917), daughter of General George Selby, Royal Artillery. Bruce was born in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico, while his parents were on holiday there. His older brother was the author and adventurer Sir Michael Bruce, 11th Baronet. He was educated at the Grange, Stevenage and at Abingdon School, Oxfordshire. He served in France from 1914 as a lieutenant in the 10th Service Battalion of the Somerset Light Infantry and the Honourable Artillery Company, but was severely wounded at Cambrai the following year, with eleven bullets in his left leg, and spent most of the remainder of the war in a wheelchair.

He made his first appearance on stage on 12 May 1920 at the Comedy Theatre as a footman in Why Marry?. In October that year, he went to Canada as stage manager to Henry V. Esmond and Eva Moore, also playing "Montague Jordan" in Eliza Comes to Stay; upon returning to England, he toured acting the same part. He appeared constantly onstage thereafter, and eight years later started also working in silent films. In 1934, he moved to Hollywood, later setting up home at 701 North Alpine Drive, Beverly Hills.

Nigel Bruce typically played buffoonish, fuzzy-minded gentlemen. During his film career, he worked in 78 films, including Treasure Island (1934), The Charge of the Light Brigade (1936), Rebecca (1940), and Suspicion (1941).

Bruce participated in two landmark films: Becky Sharp (1935), the first feature film in full Technicolor, and Bwana Devil (1952), the first 3-D feature. He uncharacteristically played a detestable figure in The Rains Came (1939) which became the first film to win an Oscar for special effects.

Best films

Rebecca (1940)
(Actor)
Suspicion (1941)
(Actor)
The Last of Mrs. Cheyney (1937)
(Actor)
Limelight (1952)
(Actor)
This Above All (1942)
(Actor)
The Rains Came (1939)
(Actor)

Usually with

Basil Rathbone
Basil Rathbone
(16 films)
Harry Cording
Harry Cording
(12 films)
Mary Gordon
Mary Gordon
(12 films)
Holmes Herbert
Holmes Herbert
(11 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Nigel Bruce (77 films)

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Actor

World for Ransom, 1h22
Directed by Robert Aldrich
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Action, Noir
Themes Political films
Actors Dan Duryea, Gene Lockhart, Patric Knowles, Reginald Denny, Nigel Bruce, Keye Luke
Roles Governor Sir Charles Coutts
Rating58% 2.903712.903712.903712.903712.90371
Mike Callahan (Duryea) is an Irish émigré and war veteran working in Singapore as a private detective. He takes on a case from a former flame, now a nightclub singer. She thinks her husband Julian March (Knowles) is involved in criminal activities and asks him to help out.
Limelight
Limelight (1952)
, 2h17
Directed by Charlie Chaplin
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Musical, Romance
Themes Dance films, Films about music and musicians, Musical films
Actors Charlie Chaplin, Claire Bloom, Nigel Bruce, Buster Keaton, Sydney Chaplin, Wheeler Dryden
Roles Postant, an Impresario
Rating80% 4.048244.048244.048244.048244.04824
The movie is set in London in 1914, on the eve of World War I (and the year Chaplin made his first film). Calvero (Chaplin), once a famous stage clown but now a washed-up drunk, saves a young dancer, Thereza "Terry" Ambrose, (Claire Bloom), from suicide. Nursing her back to health, Calvero helps Terry regain her self-esteem and resume her dancing career. In doing so he regains his own self-confidence, but his attempts to make a comeback meet with failure. Terry says she wants to marry Calvero despite their age difference, although she has befriended Neville (Sydney Earl Chaplin), a young composer Calvero believes would be better suited to her. In order to give them a chance, Calvero leaves home and becomes a street entertainer. Terry, now starring in her own show, eventually finds Calvero and persuades him to return to the stage for a benefit concert. Reunited with an old partner (Keaton), Calvero gives a triumphant comeback performance. He suffers a heart attack during a routine, however, and dies in the wings while watching Terry, the second act on the bill, dance on stage.
Hong Kong
Hong Kong (1952)

Directed by Lewis R. Foster
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Adventure
Themes Political films
Actors Ronald Reagan, Rhonda Fleming, Nigel Bruce, Lowell Gilmore, Claud Allister, Marvin Miller
Roles Lighton
Rating52% 2.6341952.6341952.6341952.6341952.634195
Le vol d'un trésor de pierres précieuses est à la portée d'un aventurier; il est retenu par son amour pour une bonne femme.
Bwana Devil, 1h19
Directed by Arch Oboler
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Action, Adventure
Themes Films set in Africa
Actors Robert Stack, Barbara Britton, Nigel Bruce, Patrick Aherne
Roles Dr. Angus McLean
Rating49% 2.4776652.4776652.4776652.4776652.477665
The film is set in British East Africa in the early 20th century. Thousands of workers are building the Uganda Railway, Africa's first railroad, and intense heat and sickness make it a formidable task. Two men in charge of the mission are Jack Hayward and Dr. Angus Ross. A pair of man-eating lions are on the loose and completely disrupt the undertaking. Hayward desperately attempts to overcome the situation, but the slaughter continues.
Hong Kong
Hong Kong (1952)
, 1h34
Directed by Lewis R. Foster
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Adventure
Actors Ronald Reagan, Rhonda Fleming, Nigel Bruce, Marvin Miller, Marvin Miller, Lowell Gilmore
Roles Lighton
Rating52% 2.6341952.6341952.6341952.6341952.634195
Dans la mégalopole de Hong Kong, Jeff Williams, un aventurier sans scrupule tente à tout prix de dérober un bien précieux détenu par un orphelin, mais finit par renoncer pour l'amour d'une belle.
Vendetta
Vendetta (1950)
, 1h23
Directed by Max Ophüls, Howard Hughes, Jr., Mel Ferrer, Preston Sturges, Stuart Heisler
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Crime
Themes Seafaring films, Transport films
Actors Faith Domergue, George Dolenz, Donald Buka, Joseph Calleia, Robert Warwick, Hugo Haas
Roles Sir Thomas Nevil
Rating62% 3.144953.144953.144953.144953.14495
In 1825, in the village of Pietranera in French-controlled Corsica, hot-blooded maiden Colomba della Rabia (Faith Domergue) wants her brother Orso (George Dolenz) to avenge the murder of their father by the powerful Barracini family. Despite being a lieutenant, Orso is a man of peace and reason who opposes the Corsican practice of vendetta and revenge; he is more interested in courting the beautiful English aristocrat, Lydia Nevil (Hillary Brooke), who is vacationing on the island with her father, Col. Sir Thomas Nevil (Nigel Bruce).
Julia Misbehaves, 1h39
Directed by Jack Conway
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Romantic comedy, Romance
Actors Greer Garson, Walter Pidgeon, Peter Lawford, Elizabeth Taylor, Cesar Romero, Lucile Watson
Roles Col. Bruce 'Bunny' Willowbrook
Rating68% 3.4449953.4449953.4449953.4449953.444995
In 1936 London, mature showgirl Julia Packett (Greer Garson) leads a precarious life. She pretends to be contemplating suicide in order to finagle some money out of a male friend in order to pay her bills. Then, she receives a wedding invitation from her daughter Susan (Elizabeth Taylor). As a young woman, Julia had married wealthy William Packett (Walter Pidgeon). However, after fourteen months of marriage, his disapproving mother (Lucile Watson) had managed to break them up. Julia returned to show business, but left her infant daughter with her husband, so that the child could be raised in more secure circumstances.
The Two Mrs. Carrolls, 1h39
Directed by Peter Godfrey, Peter Godfrey
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Noir, Crime
Themes Peinture, Théâtre, Serial killer films, Films based on plays
Actors Humphrey Bogart, Barbara Stanwyck, Alexis Smith, Nigel Bruce, Isobel Elsom, Ann Carter
Roles Dr. Tuttle
Rating68% 3.44643.44643.44643.44643.4464
While on vacation in Scotland, Sally Morton (Barbara Stanwyck) learns that her lover, the painter Geoffrey Carroll (Humphrey Bogart), is already married. Before returning home to his pre-teen daughter, Beatrice (Ann Carter), and his ill wife, Geoffrey buys a package (which the audience later learns contained poison) from chemist Horace Blagdon (Barry Bernard). The audience sees that Geoffrey is painting his wife's portrait, depicting her as an "angel of death".
The Exile
The Exile (1947)
, 1h35
Directed by Max Ophüls
Origin USA
Genres Swashbuckler, Adventure, Romance
Actors Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., María Montez, Rita Corday, Henry Daniell, Nigel Bruce, Robert Coote
Roles Sir Edward Hyde
Rating66% 3.3414053.3414053.3414053.3414053.341405
In 1660, Charles Stuart (Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.), deposed as king of England by Oliver Cromwell and the Roundheads, is in exile in the Netherlands with a few loyalists, awaiting the right opportunity to return. Whilst bartering in a local marketplace, he meets Katie (Rita Corday), a Dutch farm owner and flower seller.
Dressed to Kill, 1h16
Directed by Roy William Neill
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Crime
Themes Sherlock Holmes films, Buddy films
Actors Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce, Patricia Morison, Holmes Herbert, Frederick Worlock, Edmund Breon
Roles Dr. John H. Watson
Rating68% 3.4484053.4484053.4484053.4484053.448405
A convicted thief in Dartmoor prison (played by an uncredited Cyril Delevanti) hides the location of stolen Bank of England printing plates inside three music boxes (each of which plays a subtly different version of "The Swagman"). The boxes are sold at a local auction house.
Terror by Night, 1h
Directed by Roy William Neill
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Action, Adventure, Crime
Themes Transport films, Rail transport films, Sherlock Holmes films, Buddy films
Actors Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce, Alan Mowbray, Dennis Hoey, Frederick Worlock, Billy Bevan
Roles Dr. John H. Watson
Rating69% 3.497643.497643.497643.497643.49764
In London, Vivian Vedder (Renee Godfrey) verifies that a carpenter has completed a coffin for her recently deceased mother's body, which she is transporting to Scotland by train. She boards the train that evening, as do Lady Margaret Carstairs (Mary Forbes), who owns and is transporting the famous Star of Rhodesia diamond; Lady Margaret's son Roland (Geoffrey Steele); Holmes, whom Roland has hired to protect the diamond; Inspector Lestrade (Dennis Hoey), who is also worried about the diamond's safety; and Watson and his friend Major Duncan-Bleek (Alan Mowbray). Holmes briefly examines the diamond.
Pursuit to Algiers, 1h5
Directed by Roy William Neill
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Adventure, Crime
Themes Sherlock Holmes films, Buddy films
Actors Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce, Rosalind Ivan, Morton Lowry, Martin Kosleck, John Abbott
Roles Doctor Watson
Rating68% 3.4481353.4481353.4481353.4481353.448135
About to leave London for a much-needed vacation, Holmes and Watson receive a cryptic invitation. Intrigued, Holmes accepts and is met by the prime minister of the fictional country of Rovinia, who begs him to escort Prince Nikolas home. It turns out that his father has been assassinated, and Nikolas is the heir. Holmes agrees.
The Corn Is Green, 1h55
Directed by Irving Rapper
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy-drama
Themes Films about education, Films based on plays
Actors Bette Davis, Nigel Bruce, John Dall, Rhys Williams, Mildred Dunnock, Joan Lorring
Roles The Squire
Rating75% 3.7947653.7947653.7947653.7947653.794765
Middle-aged Lily Cristobel Moffatt (Bette Davis) sets up a school in a Welsh coal mining town, despite the determined opposition of the local squire (Nigel Bruce). Eventually, she considers giving up. Then she discovers a promising student, Morgan Evans, a miner seemingly destined for a life of hard work and heavy drink. With renewed hope, she works hard to help him realise his potential.
The Woman in Green, 1h8
Directed by Roy William Neill
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Action, Crime
Themes Sherlock Holmes films, Serial killer films, Buddy films
Actors Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce, Henry Daniell, Hillary Brooke, Matthew Boulton, Paul Cavanagh
Roles Dr. John Watson
Rating66% 3.349573.349573.349573.349573.34957
When several women are murdered and their forefingers severed, Holmes and Watson are called into action, but Holmes is baffled by the crimes at the start. Widower Sir George Fenwick (Paul Cavanagh), after a romantic night alone with his girlfriend Lydia Marlowe (Hillary Brooke), is hypnotized into believing that he is responsible for the crimes. He is certain that he is guilty after he awakes from a stupor and finds a woman's forefinger in his pocket. His daughter comes to Holmes and Watson without realizing that Moriarty's henchman is following her. She tells Holmes and Watson that she found her father burying a forefinger under a pile of soil. She has dug up the forefinger and shows it to them.
The House of Fear, 1h8
Directed by Roy William Neill
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Horror, Crime
Themes Sherlock Holmes films, Buddy films
Actors Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce, Aubrey Mather, Paul Cavanagh, Dennis Hoey, Holmes Herbert
Roles Dr. John Watson
Rating72% 3.6456453.6456453.6456453.6456453.645645
Holmes is visited by Mr. Chalmers, an insurance agent with a strange tale. Seven elderly single men, calling themselves "The Good Comrades", live together in the remote Scottish castle of Drearcliffe House, near the village of Inverneill. Recently one of the "Good Comrades" received a strange message, an envelope containing nothing but seven orange pips. That night, he was murdered and his body horribly mutilated. A few days later, the second envelope was delivered, this time containing six pips, and the recipient also died mysteriously soon afterwards, his battered corpse being recovered from the base of the cliffs. Chalmers holds £100,000 of life insurance policies on the seven men, and suspects that one is systematically murdering the others in order to collect the money, and begs Holmes to investigate.