Leo G. Carroll

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Leo G. Carroll

Born

10/25/1892, Weedon, England, UK

Died

10/16/1972

Birth Name

Leo G. Carroll

Gender

Male

Also Known As

Leo Carroll
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Leo Carroll was born October 25, 1892. He was a British character actor best known for his roles in several Hitchcock films, The Man from U.N.C.L.E. and Topper. He was born in Weedon, Buckinghamshire to a wealthy Catholic family. He was named after the reigning pope, Leo XIII.…more

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    • Leo G. Carroll was a private person. Though much is known about his actoring and military careers, little is known about his personal life.

    • Leo G. Carroll's father was an Irish-born British military officer. Leo had thought he would make a career of the military. Injuries during World War I forced him to change his military career pursuits.

    • Leo Carroll never won any movie or television awards. He was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Drama in 1966 and 1967 for his protrayal or Waverly in "The Man From U.N.C.L.E." and "The Girl From U.N.C.L.E."

    • During World War I, Leo Carroll served in the infantry for England. He fought in France, Greece and Palestine. He was injuried in action by a bullet. He spent two years in a hospital recovering.

    • Leo Carroll final Hitchcock role was in 1959. Carroll played the Professor in the thriller, "North by Northwest". This film starred Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint, and James Mason.

    • In 1940, Leo had the oppertunity to work again with Laurence Olivier. This time he was a co-star, playing Dr. Baker in Alfred Hitchcock's "Rebecca". This movie also starred Joan Fontaine and Judith Anderson. This was Mr. Carroll introduction to Hitchcock films. He was so well liked by the producers that he was cast in six of Hitchcock's movies.

    • In 1939 Mr. Carroll was cast in a role opposite Bette Davis, Errol Flynn, and Vincent Price in "The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex".

    • In 1939, Carroll played the housekeeper, Joseph, in "Wuthering Heights". The part in the book is harsh. The film makes the character a little softer but it was still a cruel role. The film starred Merle Oberon as Cathy Earnshaw, Laurence Olivier as Heathcliff, and David Niven as Edgar Linton.

    • In 1937, Leo played Burns in the adventure, "Captains Courageous". The film starred Spencer Tracy, Lionel Barrymore, Mickey Rooney, and Freddie Bartholomew. Spencer Tracy recieved an Academy Award for best actor in this film.

    • Leo Carroll is the narrator heard on Disneyland and Disneyworld's "Haunted Mansion" ride.

    • What did Cosmo Topper do on his time off with George and Marion? What else would they be doing by smoking a Camel? Cosmo really gets into it. He is simply mad about his Camels. "They're mild, the way I like mildness. And they have flavor, the way I like flavor!" Unfortunately it looked more like he was smoking speed or crack!

    • Leo Carroll was one of the first actors to appear in two different television series as the same character. The shows are: "The Man From U.N.C.L.E. "(1964–68), and its spin-off " The Girl from U.N.C.L.E. " (1966). The character is: spymaster Alexander Waverly.

    • When Leo Carroll was born the reigning Pope was Leo XIII. His family were English Catholic and named him after the Pope who reigned 1878 - 1903.

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