George Zucco was an accomplished British actor who is remembered as a character actor in horror films. His mother was British and for several years had worked as an attendant to Queen Victoria; Zucco's father was a Greek immigrant. Zucco began acting when he was eighteen years old…more
Zucco's wife, Stella, outlived her husband by nearly 40 years dying on May 11, 1999 at the age of 99.
Zucco won acclaim in the late 1920's for his performance in a play entitled Journey's End. Future Frankenstein star Colin Clive co-starred with Zucco in the play.
Zucco was an avid dog lover who owned several German Shephards.
His nickname on the set of Universal Studios was "One Take Zucco."
According to his wife, Zucco never refused a fan request for an autograph.
Zucco's wife, Stella, detested fellow horror genre actor Lionel Atwill.
Bela Lugosi and Zucco appeared in two films together: Voodoo Man and Scared to Death.
Zucco appeared as Professor Andoheb, the High Priest of Arkan, in three films: The Mummy's Hand, The Mummy's Tomb, and The Mummy's Ghost.
After his death, Zucco was cremated and his ashes are now interred at the Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills Cemetary in Los Angeles.
According to some reports, Zucco was a raving lunatic during his final years, having been driven insane by his numerous mad doctor roles. His wife Stella always vehemently denied these assertations.
Zucco spent his final years in the Monterey Sanitarium, an assisted-living facility.
In 1951, Zucco had a stroke on the set of The Desert Fox which would later incapacitate him almost completely.
Zucco resided in the Pacific Palisades section of Los Angeles for many years before moving to another home in the Brentwood section.
Zucco refused to appear in Return of the Ape Man because he considered his role ludicrous but he was still credited as being in the movie.
Zucco's final on-screen appearance was a bit part in 1951's David and Bathsheba.
Tragically, Zucco's daughter, Frances, died almost two years after him from throat cancer on March 14, 1962.
Zucco and his wife, Stella, had one daughter named Frances who later became an actress and an award-winning equestrian.
Zucco was married to Stella Francis, a former British stage actress, from 1930 until his death.
Zucco served in the Yorkshire Regiment during World War I as a lieutenant and was severely wounded in his right arm which was nearly paralyzed.
After completing his schooling, Zucco went to live in Winnipeg, Canada for a time. That was where he got his first stage acting experience.
Zucco was educated at Borden Grammar School and London Polytechnic.
Zucco's father was a merchant of Greek descent and his mother was a former lady in waiting to Queen Victoria.
Zucco was the first of three actors to play the nefarious Professor Moriarty in the Sherlock Holmes series in The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes.
Zucco played British Prime Minister Disraeli in the original Broadway production of Victoria Regina, starring Helen Hayes and Vincent Price.