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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
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
Bela Lugosi
and Edward Van Sloan
Edward Van Sloan
in Dracula. 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. Partial filmography[edit]

Under Suspicion (1930) Once a Lady (1931) Always Goodbye (1931) Almost Married (1932) Vanity Fair (1932) Dr. Monica (1934) The Moonstone
The Moonstone
(1934) Cardinal Richelieu (1935) After Office Hours
After Office Hours
(1935)

References[edit]

Coughlin, Jim. "The Supporting Players of Universal's Dracula". Midnight Marquee #49, pp. 63–7.

External links[edit]

Herbert Bunston on IMDb Herbert Bunston at the Internet Broadway Database

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