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Arthur Wontner (1875–1960)

Arthur Wontner (1875-1960), the critics' choice. "No better "Sherlock Holmes" than Arthur Wontner is likely to be seen and heard in pictures, in our time... The keen, worn, kindly face and quiet prescient smile are out of the very pages of the book", Vincent Starrett's 'The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes'. Arthur Wontner made his first stage ... See full bio »


(age 85) in London, England, UK

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The Triumph of Sherlock Holmes
Murder at the Baskervilles
Murder at the Baskervilles Sherlock Holmes
The Fighting Pimpernel
The Fighting Pimpernel Lord Grenville
The Warden
The Warden Bishop of Barchester


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 1955 Three Cases of Murder
Leader of the House (segment "Lord Mountdrago")
 1950-1954 BBC Sunday-Night Theatre (TV Series)
Duke of Venice / Arbishop of Canterbury / Lord Quinton / ...
- Prelude to Glory (1954) ... Arbishop of Canterbury
- Stolen Waters (1954) ... Lord Quinton
- Mr. Pim Passes By (1952) ... Carraway Pim
- The Unknown Warrior (1951) ... The father
- The Day of Glory (1951) ... Colonel Sanderson
 1954 A Hundred Years Old (TV Movie)
Don Evaristo
 1954 A Private Room (TV Short)
General Sir George Darenth, KCB
 1954 Clementina (TV Series)
Count Otto von Ahlen
- A Man Needs His Friends (1954) ... Count Otto von Ahlen
 1953 Rope (TV Movie)
Sir Johnstone Kentley
 1953 A Fish in the Family (TV Movie)
Lord Blair
 1953 Genevieve
Old Gentleman
 1953 Sea Devils
Baron de Baudrec
 1952 Brandy for the Parson
Major Glockleigh
 1952 George and the Dragon (TV Movie)
The King of Cyrene
 1951 The Warden (TV Series)
Bishop of Barchester
- Part 6 (1951) ... Bishop of Barchester
- Part 4 (1951) ... Bishop of Barchester
- Part 3 (1951) ... Bishop of Barchester
- Part 2 (1951) ... Bishop of Barchester
 1950 The Fighting Pimpernel
Lord Grenville
 1950 Bright Shadow (TV Movie)
Col. Philip Risborough
 1950 Corinth House (TV Movie)
Major Shales
 1949 Ten Little Niggers (TV Movie)
General Mackenzie
 1949 The Flashing Stream (TV Movie)
Rear Admiral Sir George Helston, CB, RN
 1949 Macbeth/II (TV Movie)
 1949 Macbeth (TV Movie)
King Duncan
 1948 Blanche Fury
Lord Rudford
 1948 Pygmalion (TV Movie)
Colonel Pickering
 1948 A Hundred Years Old (TV Movie)
Don Evaristo
 1947 Hamlet Part 2/II (TV Movie)
 1947 Hamlet Part 2 (TV Movie)
 1947 Hamlet Part 1/II (TV Movie)
 1947 Hamlet Part 1 (TV Movie)
 1947 Victoria Regina (TV Movie)
Lord Conyngham
 1947 The Infernal Machine (TV Movie)
Ghost of Laius
 1947 The Merchant of Venice/II (TV Movie)
Duke of Milan
 1947 The Merchant of Venice (TV Movie)
Duke of Venice
 1947 Love from a Stranger (TV Movie)
Dr. Gribble
 1946 Second Chance (TV Movie)
Colonel David Forrester
 1946 The Masque of Kings (TV Movie)
Emperor Franz Joseph of Austria
 1943 The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp
Embassy Counsellor
 1939 Just Like a Woman
 1939 The Day Is Gone (TV Movie)
Major Warminside
 1938 Old Iron
 1938 Queen of Crime
Colonel Westhanger
 1938 13 Men and a Gun
 1938 The Terror
Col. Redmayne
 1938 The Gay Lord Quex (TV Movie)
Marquess of Quex
 1937 The Live Wire
 1937 Murder at the Baskervilles
Sherlock Holmes
 1937 Storm in a Teacup
 1937 Thunder in the City
Sir Peter
 1936 Second Bureau
Col. Gueraud
 1936 Dishonour Bright
 1935 Line Engaged
Insp. Morland
 1935 Regal Cavalcade
Undetermined Minor Role (uncredited)
 1935 The Triumph of Sherlock Holmes
Sherlock Holmes
 1932 Condemned to Death
Sir Charles Wallington
 1931 A Gentleman of Paris
Judge Le Fevre
 1931 Sherlock Holmes' Fatal Hour
Sherlock Holmes
 1930 The Message (Short)
Sir John Craig
 1928 The Infamous Lady
The K.C.
 1924 The Diamond Man
Lady Marshalt
 1924 Eugene Aram
Eugene Aram
 1923 Secret Mission (Short)
 1923 Shadow of Death (Short)
Sir John Bellingham
 1923 The Battle of Love (Short)
 1923 The Courage of Despair (Short)
 1923 The Last Stake (Short)
 1923 The Velvet Woman (Short)
 1923 Bonnie Prince Charlie
Lord Kingsburgh
 1916 The Bigamist
Tony Henderson
 1916 Lady Windermere's Fan
Lord Darlington
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He acted in William Shakespeare's play, "Henry VIII", at the Empire Theatre in London, England with Sybil Thorndike, Norman V. Norman, Lyall Swete, Lewis Casson, O.B. Clarence and Laurence Olivier (played "First Serving Man") in the cast. Lewis Casson was also the director. Charles Ricketts was the designer. See more »

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He was born 'Arthur Wontner Smith', but assumed the stage name 'Arthur Wontner' when he made his first appearance on stage at the age of 22 in 1897 (the year of Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee). He changed his name legally by deed poll in 1909 (along with his eldest daughter Helen Mary). See more »

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