Brandon Hurst

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Brandon Hurst
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Hurst in the early 1910s
Born (1866-08-30)30 August 1866
London, England, UK
Died 15 July 1947(1947-07-15) (aged 80)
Hollywood, California, US
Cause of death
Years active 1915–1947
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)

Brandon Hurst (30 August 1866 – 15 July 1947) was an English stage and film actor. He studied linguistics in his youth and began playing in theater in 1880s. He indulged in much Broadway work from 1900 until his entry in films. His most notable stage appearance was Two Women in 1910 co starring Mrs. Leslie Carter and Robert Warwick. It was in the year 1915, when he was nearly fifty years old, that he appeared in his first film Via Wireless in the role of Edward Pinckney. He appeared in 129 other films until his death in 1947. He became well known in the 1920s with many notable negative roles, such as the taunting Sir George Carew in Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1920), the evil Jehan Frollo in The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923), the cuckold Alexei Karenin opposite Greta Garbo in Love (1927) which was based on Tolstoy's Anna Karenina and the jester Balkiphedro in The Man Who Laughs (1928). For some time, he appeared in minor roles in talkies. He then returned with a great role as the sinister Merlin the Magician in Fox's A Connecticut Yankee (1931).

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