Francis L. Sullivan

Francis Loftus Sullivan(6 January 1903 – 19 November 1956) was an English film and stage actor.

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 Francis L. Sullivan's Early life

attended Stonyhurst , the Jesuit public school in Lancashire , England, whose alumni include Charles Laughton and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle .

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 Francis L. Sullivan's Career

The Missing Rembrandt, as a German villain opposite Arthur Wontner as Sherlock Holmes .

Among his film roles are Mr. Bumble inOliver Twist(1948) and Phil Nosseross in the film noirNight and the City(1950). Sullivan also played the part of Jaggers in two versions of Charles Dickens 'sGreat Expectations- in 1934 and 1946 . He appeared in a fourth Dickens film, the 1935 Universal Pictures version ofThe Mystery of Edwin Drood, in which he played Crisparkle.

He was featured inThe Citadel(1938), starring Robert Donat , and a decade later, he played the role of Pierre Cauchon in the technicolor version ofJoan of Arc(1948), starring Ingrid Bergman . In 1938 he starred in a revival of the Stokes brothers' playOscar Wildeat London's Arts Theatre . He played the Attorney General prosecuting the case defended by Robert Donat as barrister Sir Robert Morton, in the first film version ofThe Winslow Boy(1948).

Sullivan also acted in light comedies, includingMy Favorite Spy(1951), starring Bob Hope and Hedy Lamarr , in which he played an enemy agent, and the comedyFiddlers Three(1944), portraying Nero . He also played the role of Pothinus in the film version of George Bernard Shaw 'sCaesar and Cleopatra(1945). The film was directed by Gabriel Pascal , and was the last film personally supervised by Shaw himself. Sullivan reprised the role in a stage revival of the play.

Sullivan, who eventually became a naturalized US citizen, won a Tony Award in 1955 for the Agatha Christie playWitness for the Prosecution. Earlier, he had played Hercule Poirot at London's Embassy Theatre in the Christie play,Black Coffee(1930).[citation needed]

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 Francis L. Sullivan's Death

He died of a heart attack, aged 53 (some sources claim he died from an unspecified "lung ailment").[citation needed]

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 Francis L. Sullivan's Selected filmography

  • The Missing Rembrandt(1932)
  • The Chinese Puzzle(1932)
  • Called Back(1933)
  • Great Expectations(1934)
  • The Return of Bulldog Drummond(1934)
  • The Warren Case(1934)
  • Princess Charming(1934)
  • The Mystery of Edwin Drood(1935)
  • Spy of Napoleon(1936)
  • The Interrupted Honeymoon(1936)
  • A Woman Alone(1936)
  • Non-Stop New York(1937)
  • Fine Feathers(1937)
  • Action for Slander(1937)
  • Kate Plus Ten(1938)
  • The Drum(1938)
  • The Ware Case(1938)
  • The Citadel(1938)
  • The Four Just Men(1939)
  • Young Man's Fancy(1939)
  • 21 Days(1940)
  • "Pimpernel" Smith(1941)
  • The Day Will Dawn(1942)
  • The Foreman Went to France(1942)
  • Fiddlers Three(1944)
  • Caesar and Cleopatra(1945)
  • The Laughing Lady(1946)
  • Great Expectations(1946)
  • Take My Life(1947)
  • Broken Journey(1948)
  • Oliver Twist(1948)
  • The Winslow Boy(1948)
  • Joan of Arc(1948)
  • Christopher Columbus(1949)
  • The Red Danube(1949)
  • Night and the City(1950)
  • Behave Yourself!(1951)
  • My Favorite Spy(1951)
  • Caribbean(1952)
  • Plunder of the Sun- Thomas Berrien (1953)
  • Hell's Island(1955)
  • The Prodigal(1955)

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 Francis L. Sullivan's References

  1. GRO Register of Births: MAR 1903 1d 727 WANDSWORTH - Francis Loftus Sullivan
  2. Tony Earnshaw (2005). Beating the Devil: The Making of the Night of the Demon. National Museum of Photography, Film & Television. p. 35. ISBN 978-0-9531926-1-8. Retrieved 19 December 2015. 

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