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. Mr. Carroll made his stage debut in 1912. He won roles in plays the ran in London and Broadway. He moved to Hollywood in 1934 to start a career in film. The year he moved he made his film debut in Sadie McKee. He quickly won other parts, often playing doctors or butlers. One of his more notable roles was Marley's ghost in A Christmas Carol in 1938. In addition, he won the role of Joseph in Wuthering Heights in 1939.
Carroll is well-known for his roles in six of Alfred Hitchcock's films. As with earlier roles he was often cast as doctors or other figure of authority, such as the spymaster The Professor in North by Northwest. An usual part because it was a comedy role was his role as the befuddled banker on “Topper” from 1953 to 1956. He return to drama when cast as the spymaster Alexander Waverly on The Man From U.N.C.L.E. from 1964 to 1968. He continued this character in the spin-off The Girl from U.N.C.L.E. in 1966. He was one of the first actors to appear in two different television series as the same character.
In 1972 he died in Hollywood of pneumonia brought on by cancer and was interred in the Grand View Memorial Park Cemetery in Glendale, California.