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Holmes Herbert (born Horace Edward Jenner; 30 July 1882 – 26 December 1956) was an English
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who appeared in Hollywood films from 1915 to 1952, often as a British gentleman.


Early life

Born Horace Edward Jenner, (some sources give Edward Sanger) Holmes Herbert emigrated to the United States in 1912. He was the first son of Edward Henry Jenner (stage name Ned Herbert), who worked as an actor and comedian in the British theatre.


Career

Holmes Herbert never made a film in his native country but managed to appear in 228 films during his career in the U.S., beginning with stalwart leading roles during the silent era and numerous supporting roles in many classic Hollywood films of the sound era, including '' Captain Blood'' (1935), ''
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'' (1936), ''
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'' (1937), ''
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'' (1938), and ''
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'' (1940). In silent films, Herbert could play different nationalities, as did his contemporaries like
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, but when sound films came in, their pronounced British accents were revealed. Herbert is perhaps best known for his role as Dr. Jekyll's friend Dr. Lanyon in '' Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde'' (1931), and made something of a career in horror films of the period, appearing in ''The Terror'' (1928), '' The Thirteenth Chair'' (1929 and 1937), ''
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'' (1933), ''
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'' (1933), ''
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'' (1935), ''Tower of London (1939 film), Tower of London'' (1939), ''The Ghost of Frankenstein'' (1942), ''The Undying Monster'' (1942), ''The Mummy's Curse'' and ''The Son of Dr. Jekyll'' (1952). He also played in several of Universal Studios, Universal's cycle of Sherlock Holmes films during the 1940s. He retired from acting in 1952.


Personal life and death

Herbert was married three times. His first wife was actress Beryl Mercer, and his second was Elinor Kershaw, Elinor Kershaw Ince, widow of film mogul Thomas H. Ince. Both marriages ended in divorce. His third wife, Agnes Bartholomew, died in 1955, leaving Herbert a widower. He died in 1956 at age 74. He was buried in Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Glendale), Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale, California.


Filmography

* ''His Wife'' (1915) - John Dennys * ''Her Life and His'' (1917) - Ralph Howard * ''The Man Without a Country (1917 film), The Man Without a Country'' (1917) - Lt. Philip Nolan * ''A Doll's House (1918 film), A Doll's House'' (1918) - Thorvald Helmar * ''The Whirlpool (1918 film), The Whirlpool'' (1918) - Judge Reverton * ''The Death Dance (film), The Death Dance'' (1918) - Arnold Maitland * ''The Divorcee (1919 film), The Divorcee'' (1919) - Sir Paradine Fuldes * ''The Rough Neck'' (1919) - A Half-Breed Indian * ''The White Heather'' (1919) - Lord Angus Cameron * ''Other Men's Wives'' (1919) - Fenwick Flint * ''The Market of Souls'' (1919) * ''The A.B.C. of Love'' (1919) - Harry Bryant * ''On with the Dance (1920 film), On with the Dance'' (1920) - Minor Role * ''His House in Order (1920 film), His House in Order'' (1920) - Filmer Jesson * ''Black Is White'' (1920) - Jim Brood * ''My Lady's Garter'' (1920) - Henry Van Derp, aka The Hawk * ''The Right to Love (1920 film), The Right to Love'' (1920) - Lord Falkland * ''Lady Rose's Daughter'' (1920) - Jacob Delafield * ''Dead Men Tell No Tales (1920 film), Dead Men Tell No Tales'' (1920) - Squire John Rattray * ''The Truth About Husbands'' (1920) - Dustan Renshaw * ''Her Lord and Master'' (1921) - R. Honorable Thurston Ralph, Viscount Canning * ''Heedless Moths'' (1921) - The Sculptor * ''The Wild Goose (film), The Wild Goose'' (1921) - Frank Manners * ''The Inner Chamber'' (1921) - Edward J. Wellman * ''The Family Closet'' (1921) - Alfred Dinsmore * ''Any Wife'' (1922) - Philip Gray * ''A Stage Romance'' (1922) - Prince of Wales * ''Evidence (1922 film), Evidence'' (1922) - Judge Rowland * ''Divorce Coupons'' (1922) - Roland Bland * ''Moonshine Valley'' (1922) - Dr. Martin * ''A Woman's Woman'' (1922) - John Plummer * ''Toilers of the Sea (1923 film), Toilers of the Sea'' (1923) - Sandro * ''I Will Repay (film), I Will Repay'' (1923) - Sir Percy Blakeney * ''Week End Husbands'' (1924) - William Randall * ''The Enchanted Cottage (1924 film), The Enchanted Cottage'' (1924) - Maj. Hillgrove * ''Another Scandal'' (1924) - Pelham Franklin * ''Her Own Free Will'' (1924) - Peter Craddock * ''Sinners in Heaven'' (1924) - Hugh Rochedale * ''Love's Wilderness'' (1924) - David Tennant * ''The Lost World (1925 film), The Lost World'' (1925) - Angry Man at Meeting * ''Daddy's Gone A-Hunting'' (1925) - Greenough * ''Up the Ladder'' (1925) - Robert Newhall * ''Wildfire (1925 film), Wildfire'' (1925) - Garrison * ''The Wanderer (1925 film), The Wanderer'' (1925) - Prophet * ''Wreckage (film), Wreckage'' (1925) - Stuart Ames * ''A Woman of the World'' (1925) - Richard Granger * ''The Passionate Quest'' (1926) - Erwen * ''The Honeymoon Express'' (1926) - Jim Donaldson * ''Josselyn's Wife (1926 film), Josselyn's Wife'' (1926) - Thomas Josselyn * ''The Fire Brigade'' (1926) - James Corwin * ''One Increasing Purpose'' (1927) - Charles Paris * ''The Nest (1927 film), The Nest'' (1927) - Richard Elliot * ''When a Man Loves (film), When a Man Loves'' (1927) - Jean Tiberge * ''Mr. Wu (1927 film), Mr. Wu'' (1927) - Mr. Gregory * ''Lovers (1927 film), Lovers'' (1927) - Milton * ''The Heart of Salome'' (1927) - Sir Humphrey * ''Slaves of Beauty'' (1927) - Leonard Jones * ''The Gay Retreat'' (1927) - Charles Wright * ''East Side, West Side (1927 film), East Side, West Side'' (1927) - Gilbert Van Horn * ''The Silver Slave'' (1927) - Tom Richards * ''Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1928 film), Gentlemen Prefer Blondes'' (1928) - Henry Spoffard * ''Their Hour'' (1928) - Cora's Father * ''The Sporting Age'' (1928) - James Driscoll * ''The Terror (1928 film), The Terror'' (1928) - Goodman * ''Through the Breakers'' (1928) - Eustis Hobbs * ''On Trial (1928 film), On Trial'' (1928) - Gerald Trask * ''The Charlatan (1929 film), The Charlatan'' (1929) - Count Merlin - aka Peter Dwight * ''Careers (film), Careers'' (1929) - Carouge * ''Say It with Songs'' (1929) - Dr. Robert Merrill * ''Madame X (1929 film), Madame X'' (1929) - Noel * ''Her Private Life'' (1929) - Rudolph Solomon * ''The Careless Age'' (1929) - Sir John * '' The Thirteenth Chair'' (1929) - Sir Roscoe Crosby * ''The Kiss (1929 film), The Kiss'' (1929) - M. Lassalle * ''Untamed (1929 film), Untamed'' (1929) - Howard Presley * ''The Ship from Shanghai'' (1930) - Paul Thorpe * ''The Single Sin'' (1931) - Roger Van Dorn * ''The Hot Heiress'' (1931) - Mr. Hunter * ''Chances (film), Chances'' (1931) - Maj. Bradford * ''Broadminded (film), Broadminded'' (1931) - John J. Hackett Sr. * ''Daughter of the Dragon'' (1931) - Sir John Petrie * '' Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde'' (1931) - Dr. John Lanyon * ''Shop Angel'' (1932) - James Walton Kennedy * ''Miss Pinkerton'' (1932) - Arthur Glenn * ''Central Park (1932 film), Central Park'' (1932) - Benefit Emcee * ''Sister to Judas'' (1932) - Bruce Rogers * ''
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'' (1933) - Dr. Rasmussen * ''
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'' (1933) - Chief of Police * ''Beloved (1934 film), Beloved'' (1934) - Lord Landslake * ''The House of Rothschild'' (1934) - Rowerth * ''The Count of Monte Cristo (1934 film), The Count of Monte Cristo'' (1934) - Judge * ''The Pursuit of Happiness (1934 film), The Pursuit of Happiness'' (1934) - Gen. Sir Henry Clinton * ''The Curtain Falls (1934 film), The Curtain Falls'' (1934) - John Scorsby * ''Sons of Steel (1934 film), Sons of Steel'' (1934) - Curtis Chadburne * ''One in a Million (1934 film), One in a Million'' (1935) - Donald Cabot, Sr. * ''Cardinal Richelieu (film), Cardinal Richelieu'' (1935) - Noble * ''
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'' (1935) - Sir Karell Borotyn * ''Accent on Youth (film), Accent on Youth'' (1935) - Frank Galloway * ''The Dark Angel (1935 film), The Dark Angel'' (1935) - Major in Dugout * '' Captain Blood'' (1935) - Capt. Gardner * ''Wife vs. Secretary'' (1936) - Frawley * ''Brilliant Marriage'' (1936) - Mr. Rodney Allison * ''The Country Beyond (1936 film), The Country Beyond'' (1936) - Insp. Reed * ''Champagne Charlie (1936 film), Champagne Charlie'' (1936) - Capt. Dell * ''The White Angel (1936 film), The White Angel'' (1936) - War Minister * ''Charlie Chan at the Race Track'' (1936) - Chief Steward, Melbourne Cup * ''The Gentleman from Louisiana'' (1936) - Chief Steward * ''15 Maiden Lane'' (1936) - Harold Anderson * ''
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'' (1936) - Gen. O'Neill * ''House of Secrets (1936 film), House of Secrets'' (1936) - Sir Bertram Evans - Home Secretary * ''Lloyd's of London (film), Lloyd's of London'' (1936) - Spokesman * ''Stolen Holiday'' (1937) - Nicole's Dance Partner at Party * ''The Prince and the Pauper (1937 film), The Prince and the Pauper'' (1937) - First Doctor * ''The Thirteenth Chair (1937 film), The Thirteenth Chair'' (1937) - Sir Roscoe Crosby * ''Slave Ship (1937 film), Slave Ship'' (1937) - Commander * ''
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'' (1937) - Commander of Paris * ''Love Under Fire'' (1937) - Darnley * ''The Girl Said No (1937 film), The Girl Said No'' (1937) - Charles Dillon (scenes deleted) * ''Lancer Spy'' (1937) - Dr. Aldrich * ''The Buccaneer (1938 film), The Buccaneer'' (1938) - Captain McWilliams * ''Here's Flash Casey'' (1938) - Major Addison * ''The Black Doll'' (1938) - Dr. Giddings * ''The Adventures of Robin Hood (film), The Adventures of Robin Hood'' (1938) - Archery Referee * ''Kidnapped (1938 film), Kidnapped'' (1938) - Judge * ''Marie Antoinette (1938 film), Marie Antoinette'' (1938) - Herald * ''Say It in French'' (1938) - Richard Carrington Sr. * ''Mr. Moto's Last Warning'' (1939) - Bentham * ''The Mystery of Mr. Wong'' (1939) - Prof. Ed Janney * ''The Little Princess (1939 film), The Little Princess'' (1939) - Doctor * ''Mystery of the White Room'' (1939) - Hospital Administrator * ''Juarez (film), Juarez'' (1939) - Marshal Randon * ''Wolf Call (film), Wolf Call'' (1939) - J.L. Winton * ''The Sun Never Sets (film), The Sun Never Sets'' (1939) - Colonial Official * ''Trapped in the Sky (film), Trapped in the Sky'' (1939) - Fielding * ''The House of Fear (1939 film), The House of Fear'' (1939) - Minor Role * ''Stanley and Livingstone'' (1939) - Frederick Holcomb * ''The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (film), The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes'' (1939) - Justice * ''Hidden Power'' (1939) - Dr. Morley * ''The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex'' (1939) - Majordomo * ''Intermezzo (1939 film), Intermezzo'' (1939) - The Doctor * ''20,000 Men a Year'' (1939) - Dean Norris * ''Rulers of the Sea'' (1939) - Member of Naval Company * ''Tower of London (1939 film), Tower of London'' (1939) - Councilman * ''We Are Not Alone (1939 film), We Are Not Alone'' (1939) - Police Inspector * ''Everything Happens at Night'' (1939) - Featherstone * ''The Earl of Chicago'' (1940) - Sergeant-at-Arms * ''British Intelligence (film), British Intelligence'' (1940) - Arthur Bennett * ''An Angel from Texas'' (1940) - Second Banker * ''Women in War'' (1940) - Chief Justice * ''Phantom Raiders'' (1940) - Sir Edward * ''
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'' (1940) - Asst. Commissioner * ''Boom Town (film), Boom Town'' (1940) - Doctor * ''A Dispatch from Reuters'' (1940) - Member of Parliament * ''The Letter (1940 film), The Letter'' (1940) - Robert's Friend at Bar at Party * ''South of Suez'' (1940) - Simpson * ''Rage in Heaven'' (1941) - The Judge * ''Scotland Yard (1941 film), Scotland Yard'' (1941) - Dr. Woodward * ''Man Hunt (1941 film), Man Hunt'' (1941) - Saul Farnsworthy * ''International Squadron (film), International Squadron'' (1941) - Sir Basil Wryxton * ''The Men in Her Life'' (1941) - Second Doctor * ''The Ghost of Frankenstein'' (1942) - Magistrate * ''Danger in the Pacific'' (1942) - Commissioner * ''Lady in a Jam'' (1942) - Man * ''Invisible Agent'' (1942) - Sir Alfred Spencer * ''Strictly in the Groove'' (1942) - Commissioner * ''The Undying Monster'' (1942) - Chief Constable * ''Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Weapon'' (1942) - Sir. Reginald * ''Sherlock Holmes in Washington'' (1943) - Mr. Ahrens * ''A Stranger in Town (1943 film), A Stranger in Town'' (1943) - Supreme Court Justice * ''Two Tickets to London'' (1943) - Kilgallen * ''The Man from Down Under'' (1943) - Government Official at Train Station * ''Corvette K-225'' (1943) - Commodore Ramsay * ''Calling Dr. Death'' (1943) - Bryant - the Butler * ''The Uninvited (1944 film), The Uninvited'' (1944) - Charlie Jessup * ''Bermuda Mystery'' (1944) - Judge * ''The Pearl of Death'' (1944) - James Goodram * ''Our Hearts Were Young and Gay (film), Our Hearts Were Young and Gay'' (1944) - Captain * ''The Unwritten Code'' (1944) - McDowell * ''Enter Arsène Lupin'' (1944) - Jobson * ''The Mummy's Curse'' (1944) - Dr. Cooper * ''The House of Fear (1945 film), Sherlock Holmes and the House of Fear'' (1945) - Alan Cosgrave * ''Jealousy (1945 film), Jealousy'' (1945) - Melvyn Russell * ''The Strange Affair of Uncle Harry'' (1945) - Warden * ''Swingin' on a Rainbow'' (1945) - Butler * ''George White's Scandals (film), George White's Scandals'' (1945) - Lord Michael Asbury * ''Confidential Agent'' (1945) - Lord Benditch * ''Three Strangers'' (1946) - Sir Robert * ''The Bandit of Sherwood Forest'' (1946) - Baron * ''Dressed to Kill (1946 film), Dressed to Kill'' (1946) - Ebenezer Crabtree * ''Cloak and Dagger (1946 film), Cloak and Dagger'' (1946) - British Officer * ''The Verdict (1946 film), The Verdict'' (1946) - Sir William Dawson * ''Love Laughs at Andy Hardy'' (1946) - Dr. White, Minister * ''Over the Santa Fe Trail'' (1947) - Doc Henderson * ''Mr. District Attorney (1947 film), Mr. District Attorney'' (1947) - Gallentyne * ''The Ghost Goes Wild'' (1947) - Judge * ''Bulldog Drummond at Bay (1947 film), Bulldog Drummond at Bay'' (1947) - Scotland Yard Inspector McIvar * ''Ivy (1947 film), Ivy'' (1947) - Mulloy * ''Singapore (1947 film), Singapore'' (1947) - Rev. Thomas Barnes * ''Bulldog Drummond Strikes Back (1947 film), Bulldog Drummond Strikes Back'' (1947) - Scotland Yard Inspector McIvar * ''This Time for Keeps'' (1947) - Norman Randall * ''If Winter Comes'' (1947) - Mr. Broadhurst, the Chemist * ''The Swordsman (1948 film), The Swordsman'' (1948) - Lord Glowan * ''A Woman's Vengeance'' (1948) - Warder * ''The Wreck of the Hesperus (1948 film), The Wreck of the Hesperus'' (1948) - Pastor West * ''Sorry, Wrong Number'' (1948) - Wilkins * ''Johnny Belinda (1948 film), Johnny Belinda'' (1948) - Judge * ''Hills of Home (film), Hills of Home'' (1948) - Hillocks * ''Family Honeymoon'' (1948) - Rev. Miller * ''Jungle Jim (film), Jungle Jim'' (1948) - Commissioner Geoffrey Marsden * ''Command Decision (film), Command Decision'' (1948) - Chairman * ''South of St. Louis'' (1949) - Sir Cecil * ''The Lost Tribe (1949 film), The Lost Tribe'' (1949) - Narrator * ''The Stratton Story'' (1949) - Doctor * ''Canadian Pacific (film), Canadian Pacific'' (1949) - Head of Canadian Parliament * ''Barbary Pirate (film), Barbary Pirate'' (1949) - Thomas Jefferson * ''Post Office Investigator'' (1949) - James Seeley * ''Mark of the Gorilla'' (1950) - Narrator * ''The Iroquois Trail'' (1950) - Gen. Johnson * ''To Please a Lady'' (1950) - Benson - Regina's Butler * ''The Magnificent Yankee (1950 film), The Magnificent Yankee'' (1950) - Justice McKenna * ''The Law and the Lady (1951 film), The Law and the Lady'' (1951) - English Colonel * ''David and Bathsheba (film), David and Bathsheba'' (1951) - Jesse * ''Anne of the Indies'' (1951) - English Sea Captain * ''The Son of Dr. Jekyll'' (1951) - Constable * ''The Unknown Man'' (1951) - Reverend Michael * ''The Wild North'' (1952) - Magistrate * ''At Sword's Point'' (1952) - Mallard * ''The Brigand (film), The Brigand'' (1952) - Archbishop


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* * {{DEFAULTSORT:Herbert, Holmes 1882 births 1956 deaths English male film actors English male silent film actors People from Mansfield 20th-century English male actors Burials at Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Glendale) Male actors from Nottinghamshire English emigrants to the United States