Herbert Bunston (15 April 1874 – 27 February 1935) was an English
stage and screen actor. He is remembered for his role as Dr. John
Seward in the Broadway and film versions of Dracula.
Bunston was born in Dorset, and attended
Cranleigh School in Surrey.
He appeared on the British stage between 1896 and 1922, after which he
emigrated to the United States. He first appeared on the Broadway
stage in Arthur Wing Pinero's The Enchanted Cottage in 1923 alongside
Katharine Cornell. Other roles included That Awful Mrs. Eaton! and
Simon Called Peter in 1925. None of these plays ran as many as 100
performances. Bunston won strong critical notice for his next role in
1925's Young Woodley, which ran for 260 performances. On 5 October
1927, he debuted alongside
Bela Lugosi and
Edward Van Sloan
Edward Van Sloan in
Following his success in these last two plays, he signed a contract
with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Following a number of roles of greater and
lesser significance, Bunston was cast to re-create his Broadway role
in the film adaptation of Dracula (1931). Bunston continued to appear
in character roles for the next four years until his death in Los
Angeles in 1935.
Under Suspicion (1930)
Once a Lady (1931)
Always Goodbye (1931)
Almost Married (1932)
Vanity Fair (1932)
Dr. Monica (1934)
The Moonstone (1934)
Cardinal Richelieu (1935)
After Office Hours
After Office Hours (1935)
Coughlin, Jim. "The Supporting Players of Universal's Dracula".
Midnight Marquee #49, pp. 63–7.
Herbert Bunston on IMDb
Herbert Bunston at the Internet Broadway Database
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