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Francis L. Sullivan

Francis L. Sullivan

Francis L. Sullivan
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Intro Actor
Was Actor Stage actor Film actor
From United Kingdom
Field Film, TV, Stage & Radio
Gender male
Birth 6 January 1903, London
Death 19 November 1956, New York City (aged 53 years)
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Francis Loftus Sullivan (6 January 1903 – 19 November 1956) was an English film and stage actor.

Early life

Francis Loftus Sullivan attended Stonyhurst, the Jesuit public school in Lancashire, England, whose alumni include Charles Laughton and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.


A heavily built man with a striking double-chin and a deep voice, Sullivan made his acting debut at the Old Vic at age 18 in Shakespeare's Richard III. He had considerable theatrical experience before he appeared in his first film in 1932, The Missing Rembrandt, as a German villain opposite Arthur Wontner as Sherlock Holmes.

Among his film roles are Mr. Bumble in Oliver Twist (1948) and Phil Nosseross in the film noir Night and the City (1950). Sullivan also played the part of Jaggers in two versions of Charles Dickens's Great Expectations - in 1934 and 1946. He appeared in a fourth Dickens film, the 1935 Universal Pictures version of The Mystery of Edwin Drood, in which he played Crisparkle.

He was featured in The Citadel (1938), starring Robert Donat, and a decade later, he played the role of Pierre Cauchon in the technicolor version of Joan of Arc (1948), starring Ingrid Bergman. In 1938 he starred in a revival of the Stokes brothers' play Oscar Wilde at London's Arts Theatre. He played the Attorney General prosecuting the case defended by Robert Donat as barrister Sir Robert Morton, in the first film version of The Winslow Boy (1948).

Sullivan also acted in light comedies, including My Favorite Spy (1951), starring Bob Hope and Hedy Lamarr, in which he played an enemy agent, and the comedy Fiddlers Three (1944), portraying Nero. He also played the role of Pothinus in the film version of George Bernard Shaw's Caesar and Cleopatra (1945). The film was directed by Gabriel Pascal, and was the last film personally supervised by Shaw himself. Sullivan reprised the role in a stage revival of the play.

Sullivan, who eventually became a naturalized US citizen, won a Tony Award in 1955 for the Agatha Christie play Witness for the Prosecution. Earlier, he had played Hercule Poirot at London's Embassy Theatre in the Christie play, Black Coffee (1930).


He died of a heart attack, aged 53 (some sources claim he died from an unspecified "lung ailment").

Selected filmography

  • The Missing Rembrandt (1932)
  • The Chinese Puzzle (1932)
  • Called Back (1933)
  • The Stickpin (1933)
  • Red Wagon (1933)
  • Great Expectations (1934)
  • The Return of Bulldog Drummond (1934)
  • The Warren Case (1934)
  • What Happened Then? (1934)
  • Princess Charming (1934)
  • The Mystery of Edwin Drood (1935)
  • Spy of Napoleon (1936)
  • The Interrupted Honeymoon (1936)
  • A Woman Alone (1936)
  • Non-Stop New York (1937)
  • Fine Feathers (1937)
  • Action for Slander (1937)
  • Kate Plus Ten (1938)
  • The Drum (1938)
  • The Ware Case (1938)
  • The Citadel (1938)
  • Climbing High (1938)
  • The Four Just Men (1939)
  • Young Man's Fancy (1939)
  • 21 Days (1940)
  • "Pimpernel" Smith (1941)
  • The Day Will Dawn (1942)
  • The Foreman Went to France (1942)
  • Fiddlers Three (1944)
  • Caesar and Cleopatra (1945)
  • The Laughing Lady (1946)
  • Great Expectations (1946)
  • Take My Life (1947)
  • Broken Journey (1948)
  • Oliver Twist (1948)
  • The Winslow Boy (1948)
  • Joan of Arc (1948)
  • Christopher Columbus (1949)
  • The Red Danube (1949)
  • Night and the City (1950)
  • Behave Yourself! (1951)
  • My Favorite Spy (1951)
  • Caribbean (1952)
  • Plunder of the Sun - Thomas Berrien (1953)
  • Hell's Island (1955)
  • The Prodigal (1955)

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