Raymond Huntley

Raymond Huntley

  • Birthday: 1904-04-23
  • Deathday: 1990-10-19
  • Place of birth: King's Norton, Worcestershire, England, UK
  • Also know as: Horace Raymond Huntley

Biography

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.

Filmography

Passport to Pimlico

1949

As Mr. Wix

The Pure Hell of St. Trinian's

1960

As Judge Slender

Our Man in Havana

1960

As General

I See a Dark Stranger

1946

As J. Miller

I'm All Right Jack

1959

As Magistrate

The Way Ahead

1944

As Pvt. Herbert Davenport

Night Train to Munich

1940

As Kampenfeldt

The Great St. Trinian's Train Robbery

1966

As Sir Horace, the Minister

Carlton-Browne of the F.O.

1959

As Foreign Secretary Tufton-Slade

Room at the Top

1959

As Mr. Hoylake

Laxdale Hall

1953

As Samuel Pettigrew, M.P.

Make Mine Mink

1960

As Inspector Pape

The Last Page

1952

As Clive Oliver

Doctor at Sea

1955

As Capt. Beamish

So Evil My Love

1948

As Henry Courtney

The Mummy

1959

As Joseph Whemple

Rembrandt

1936

As Ludwick

The Prisoner

1955

As The General

School for Secrets

1946

As Prof. Laxton-Jones

Only Two Can Play

1962

As Vernon

The Green Man

1956

As Sir Gregory Upshott

The Constant Husband

1955

As J.F. Hassett

Orders Are Orders

1954

As Col. Fred Bellamy

The Black Torment

1964

As Colonel John Wentworth

Hostile Witness

1968

As John Naylor

That's Your Funeral

1972

As Emmanuel Holroyd

The Ghost of St. Michael's

1941

As Mr Humphries

Bottoms Up!

1960

As Garrick-Jones

Innocent Meeting

1959

As Harold Phillips

Broken Journey

1948

As Edward Marshall

The Teckman Mystery

1954

As Maurice Miller

They Came to a City

1944

As Malcolm Stritton

Inspector Hornleigh Goes to It

1941

As Dr. Kerbishley

Mr. Perrin and Mr. Traill

1948

As Moy-Thompson

Sands of the Desert

1960

As Bossom

Suspect

1960

As Sir George Gatting the Minister of Defense

On the Beat

1962

As Sir Ronald Ackroyd

Freedom Radio

1941

As Rabenau

London Melody

1937

As Policeman Outside Nightclub

The Adding Machine

1969

As Smithers

Nurse on Wheels

1963

As Vicar Walcott

Glad Tidings

1953

As Tom Forester

Breathless

1960

As A Journalist (uncredited)

The Yellow Teddy Bears

1963

As Harry Haliburton

The House in the Square

1951

As Mr. Throstle

Next to No Time

1958

As Forbes, Factory Supervisor

Knight Without Armour

1937

As White Officer

Sleepwalker

1984

As Old Englishman

Hobson's Choice

1954

As Nathaniel Beenstock

The New Lot

1943

As Barrington

Let's Be Famous

1939

As Singer in trio (uncredited)

'Pimpernel' Smith

1941

As Marx

Geordie

1955

As Olympic Selector

The Ghost Train

1941

As John Price

Aunt Clara

1954

As Rev. Maurice Hilton

Trio

1950

As Mr. Henry Chester

The Last Man to Hang

1956

As Attorney General

The Dam Busters

1955

As Official, National Physical Laboratory

The Long Dark Hall

1951

As Chief Inspector Sullivan

Brothers in Law

1957

As Tatlock Q.C.

Crooks Anonymous

1962

As Wagstaffe

Father Came Too!

1964

As Mr Wedgewood

Symptoms

1974

As Burke

Rotten to the Core

1965

As Governor

It's Hard to be Good

1948

As Williams

Hot Millions

1968

As Bayswater

Dinner at the Ritz

1937

As Gibout

Waltz of the Toreadors

1962

As Ackroyd

When We Are Married

1943

As Albert Parker

When We Are Married

1938

As Councillor Albert Parker

When We Are Married

1951

As Councillor Albert Parker

Meet Mr. Lucifer

1953

As Patterson

A French Mistress

1960

As Reverend Edwin Peake

The Criminals

1958

As Hector Crawford

Tune On the Old Tax Fiddle

0000

As Mr. Gaunt

Destiny of a Spy

1969

As Supt. Pode

Town on Trial

1957

As Dr. Reese

Arthur? Arthur!

1969

As George Payne

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