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Raymond Huntley

1904-04-23 Birmingham, England, UK

Image of Raymond Huntley


Horace Raymond Huntley (23 April 1904 – 15 June 1990) was an English actor who appeared in dozens of British films from the 1930s to the 1970s. He also appeared in the ITV period drama Upstairs, Downstairs as the pragmatic family solicitor Sir Geoffrey Dillon, and other television shows, such as the Wodehouse Playhouse, ('Romance at Droitwich Spa'), in 1975. Born in Kings Norton, Worcestershire (now a suburb of Birmingham) in 1904, Huntley made his stage debut at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre on 1 April 1922, in A Woman Killed with Kindness. His London debut followed at the Court Theatre on 22 February 1924, in As Far as Thought can Reach. He subsequently inherited the role of Count Dracula from Edmund Blake in Hamilton Deane's touring adaptation of Dracula, which arrived at London's Little Theatre on 14 February 1927, subsequently transferring to the larger Duke of York's Theatre. Later that year he was offered the chance to reprise the role on Broadway (in a script streamlined by John L. Balderston); when he declined, the part was taken by Bela Lugosi instead. Huntley did, however, appear in a US touring production of the Deane/Balderston play, covering the east coast and midwest, from 1928-30. "I have always considered the role of Count Dracula to have been an indiscretion of my youth" he recalled in 1989. After Dracula, he made his Broadway debut at the Vanderbilt Theatre on 23 February 1931, in The Venetian Glass Nephew. On returning to the UK, his many West End appearances included The Farmer's Wife (Queen's Theatre 1932), Cornelius (Duchess Theatre 1935), Bees on the Boat Deck (Lyric Theatre 1936) Time and the Conways (Duchess Theatre 1937), When We Are Married (St Martin's Theatre 1940), Rebecca (Queen's Theatre 1940; Strand Theatre 1942), They Came to a City (Globe Theatre 1943), The Late Edwina Black (Ambassadors Theatre 1948), And This Was Odd (Criterion Theatre 1951), Double Image (Savoy Theatre 1956), Any Other Business (Westminster Theatre 1958), Caught Napping (Piccadilly Theatre 1959), Difference of Opinion (Garrick Theatre 1963), An Ideal Husband (Garrick Theatre 1966), Getting Married (Strand Theatre 1967), Soldiers (New Theatre 1968) and Separate Tables (Apollo Theatre 1977). He also starred opposite Flora Robson in the Broadway production of Black Chiffon (48th Street Theatre 1950). Often cast as a supercilious bureaucrat or other authority figure, Huntley was also a staple figure in British films, his many appearances including The Way Ahead, I See a Dark Stranger, Passport to Pimlico and The Dam Busters. In his later years, he became well-known on television as Sir Geoffrey Dillon, the family solicitor to the Bellamys in LWT's popular 1970s drama series Upstairs, Downstairs. Huntley died in Westminster Hospital, London in 1990. In his obituary, the New York Times wrote, "During his long career the actor played judges, bank managers, churchmen, bureaucrats and other figures of authority. He could play them straight if necessary, but in comedy his natural dryness of delivery was exaggerated to the point where the character he was playing invited mockery as a pompous humbug." Source: Article "Raymond Huntley" from Wikipedia in english, licensed under CC-BY-SA 3.0.


Sleepwalker Old Englishman 1984-07-05
A Voyage Round My Father Judge 1984-04-19
Symptoms Burke 1974-05-10
That's Your Funeral Emmanuel Holroyd 1972-12-01
The Adding Machine Smithers 1969-09-23
Hostile Witness John Naylor 1968-11-01
Hot Millions Bayswater 1968-09-19
The Great St. Trinian's Train Robbery Sir Horace, the Minister 1966-03-11
Rotten to the Core Governor (Uncredited) 1965-07-14
The Black Torment Colonel John Wentworth 1964-10-19
Father Came Too! Mr Wedgewood 1964-02-11
Nurse on Wheels Vicar Walcott 1963-01-03
The Yellow Teddy Bears Harry Haliburton 1963-07-01
Only Two Can Play Vernon 1962-01-19
Crooks Anonymous Wagstaffe 1962-03-31
On the Beat Sir Ronald Ackroyd 1962-12-11
Waltz of the Toreadors Ackroyd 1962-04-12
Follow That Horse! 1960-07-11
Suspect Sir George Gatting the Minister of Defense 1960-01-01
A French Mistress Reverend Edwin Peake 1960-08-25
Bottoms Up! Garrick-Jones 1960-03-25
Sands of the Desert Bossom 1960-09-08
À bout de souffle Journalist (uncredited) 1960-03-16
Our Man in Havana General 1960-01-27
Make Mine Mink Inspector Pape 1960-08-09
The Pure Hell of St. Trinian's Judge Slender 1960-12-22
Carlton-Browne of the F.O. Foreign Secretary Tufton-Slade 1959-03-10
Room at the Top Mr. Hoylake 1959-01-22
The Mummy Joseph Whemple 1959-08-01
I'm All Right Jack Magistrate 1959-08-18
Innocent Meeting Harold Phillips 1959-04-01
Next to No Time Forbes, Factory Supervisor 1958-08-04
Brothers in Law Tatlock Q.C. 1957-03-04
The Last Man to Hang Attorney General 1956-08-01
The Green Man Sir Gregory Upshott 1956-12-21
Doctor at Sea Captain Beamish 1955-07-12
Geordie Olympic Selector 1955-09-02
The Dam Busters Official, National Physical Laboratory 1955-05-16
The Prisoner The General 1955-04-19
The Constant Husband J.F. Hassett 1955-04-21
The Teckman Mystery Maurice Miller 1954-10-27
Aunt Clara Rev. Maurice Hilton 1954-11-22
Hobson's Choice Nathaniel Beenstock 1954-04-19
Orders Are Orders Col. Fred Bellamy 1954-10-01
Meet Mr Lucifer Patterson 1953-11-30
Laxdale Hall Samuel Pettigrew, M.P. 1953-04-01
Glad Tidings Tom Forester 1953-06-13
The Last Page Clive Oliver 1952-01-25
The Long Dark Hall Chief Inspector Sullivan 1951-02-06
When We Are Married Councillor Albert Parker 1951-12-25
The House in the Square Mr. Throstle 1951-12-07
Mr. Denning Drives North Wright 1951-12-18
Trio Mr. Henry Chester 1950-10-10
Passport to Pimlico Mr. Wix 1949-10-26
It's Hard to be Good Williams 1948-11-10
So Evil My Love Henry Courtney 1948-08-02
Mr. Perrin and Mr. Traill Moy-Thompson 1948-09-27
Broken Journey Edward Marshall 1948-04-14
I See a Dark Stranger J. Miller 1946-07-04
School for Secrets Prof. Laxton-Jones 1946-12-23
They Came to a City Malcolm Stritton 1944-08-21
The Way Ahead Pvt. Herbert Davenport 1944-06-09
The New Lot Barrington 1943-01-01
When We Are Married Albert Parker 1943-07-12
The Day Will Dawn 1942-06-08
The Ghost of St. Michael's Mr Humphries 1941-04-01
Freedom Radio Rabenau 1941-02-04
'Pimpernel' Smith Marx 1941-07-26
The Ghost Train John Price 1941-01-01
Inspector Hornleigh Goes to It Dr. Kerbishley 1941-05-17
Night Train to Munich Kampenfeldt 1940-08-31
Let's Be Famous Singer in trio (uncredited) 1939-03-22
When We Are Married Councillor Albert Parker 1938-11-16
Dinner at the Ritz Gibout 1937-11-26
Knight Without Armour White Officer 1937-07-23
London Melody Policeman Outside Nightclub 1937-02-04
Rembrandt Ludwick 1936-11-06
Whom the Gods Love: The Original Story of Mozart and His Wife Langer 1936-02-22
Can You Hear Me, Mother? Dolan 1935-12-02
What Happened Then? 1934-09-24