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Anthony Dawson

Long-faced, emaciated-looking character actor with a thin mustache and an impeccable English accent, Anthony Dawson was typecast in a variety of villainous roles in the 1950s and 1960s. He was born Anthony Douglas Gillon Dawson in Edinburgh, Scotland, to Ida Violet (Kittel) and Eric Francis Dawson. His father was Scottish and his mother was of German and English descent. Dawson made his greatest impact in the Alfred Hitchcock classic Dial M for Murder (1954). He was excellent as Lesgate, seedy ex-Cambridge classmate of would-be wife murderer Wendice (Ray Milland). In the scene where Wendice blackmails him to commit the killing ("There were times I felt you belonged to me"), he is nervous and visibly torn between fear and avarice. Dawson gave similarly sinister performances in the thriller Midnight Lace (1960), where he menaced hapless Doris Day, and the Terence Fisher-directed Hammer horror The Curse of the Werewolf (1961) as Count Siniestro. In another film by this director, the James Bond classic Dr. No (1962), Dawson played the geologist Prof. R.J.Dent, a henchman of the title character who attempts to assassinate the hero, then finds out to his cost what Bond's "license to kill" really means. Dawson was also the first screen incarnation of Bond villain Ernst Stavro Blofeld (in From Russia with Love (1963) and Thunderball (1965)), though the viewer only sees his hands stroking a white cat and hears the voice of Austrian actor Eric Pohlmann. A highly capable, immediately recognizable actor, Dawson deserved better roles than came his way after the mid-1960s. He eventually ended up playing small parts in minor Italian films and European co-productions, but should not be confused with the Italian horror director Antonio Margheriti who sometimes used the pseudonym 'Anthomy M. Dawson'. An interesting footnote to Dawson's career are his unpublished memoirs, "Rambling Recollections", in which he vividly recalls meeting Hitchcock after first arriving in Hollywood. This took place at a dinner party given by the director at Perino's Restaurant in Los Angeles. Also present were 'Dial M' co-stars Grace Kelly and English actor John Williams. Dawson later escorted Kelly to her residence at Chateau Marmont, an apartment bloc on Sunset Strip. Dawson then intimated that an affair took place, which, however lasted just until Ray Milland arrived on the scene. [Source, IMDB]


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Born:
Oct 18, 1916 In Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
Movie/TV Credits:
42
First Appeared:
In the movie Charley's (Big-Hearted) Aunt 1940-08-31
Latest Project:
Movie Selling Hitler 1991-06-11
Known For
Poster of Massacre in Rome
Poster of A Sky Full of Stars for a Roof
Poster of Tiger Bay
Filmography
Movie Selling Hitler Marquis of Bath 1991-06-11
Movie Run for Your Life Colonnello Moorcroft 1988-01-01
Movie Ghoulies II Priest 1987-09-22
Movie Massacre in Rome SS-Brigadeführer Wilhelm Harster 1973-10-24
Movie The Valachi Papers Federal Investigator 1972-06-01
Movie Red Sun Hyatt 1971-09-15
Movie Operation Snafu Italian General 1970-03-03
Movie Deadlock Anthony Sunshine, der alte Killer 1970-10-15
Movie The Battle of Neretva General Morelli 1969-10-07
Movie A Sky Full of Stars for a Roof Samuel Pratt 1968-08-14
Movie Your Turn to Die Dr. Evans 1967-01-01
Movie Operation Kid Brother Alpha 1967-04-20
Movie Death Rides a Horse Burt Cavanaugh 1967-08-31
Movie The Rover Captain Vincent 1967-09-27
Movie The Yellow Rolls-Royce Mickey 1964-12-31
Movie From Russia with Love Ernst Blofeld 1963-10-11
Series The Saint Unknown 1962-10-04
Movie Seven Seas to Calais Lord Burleigh 1962-12-22
Movie Offbeat James Dawson 1961-01-01
Movie The Curse of the Werewolf The Marques Siniestro 1961-05-01
Movie Midnight Lace Roy Ash 1960-10-13
Movie Tiger Bay Barclay 1959-03-01
Movie Libel Gerald Loddon 1959-10-23
Movie Grip of the Strangler Supt. Burk 1958-05-11
Movie Action of the Tiger Security Officer 1957-08-30
Series The Buccaneers Unknown 1956-09-19
Movie That Lady Don Inigo 1955-05-11
Movie Dial M for Murder Charles Swann 1954-05-29
Movie The Long Dark Hall The Man 1951-02-06
Movie Valley of the Eagles Sven Nystrom 1951-09-26
Series Hallmark Hall of Fame Unknown 1951-12-24
Series Robert Montgomery Presents Unknown 1950-01-30
Movie They Were Not Divided Michael 1950-04-24
Movie The Wooden Horse Pomfret 1950-10-16
Movie The Woman in Question Inspector Wilson 1950-10-03
Movie The Queen of Spades Fyodor 1949-03-16
Series The Philco Television Playhouse Unknown 1948-10-03
Series Studio One Unknown 1948-11-07
Movie School for Secrets Flt. Lt. Norton 1946-12-23
Movie The Way to the Stars Bertie Steen 1945-06-16
Movie They Met in the Dark 2nd Code Expert 1943-08-11
Movie Charley's (Big-Hearted) Aunt Student 1940-08-31
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