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Cyril Delevanti in The Phantom of 42nd Street (1945)
|Born||Harry Cyril Delevanti
February 23, 1889
London, England, UK
|Died||December 13, 1975
Hollywood, California, U.S.
Cause of death
|Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale, California, U.S.|
Life and career
Harry Cyril Delevanti was born in London to the Anglo-Italian music professor, Edward Prospero Richard Delevanti (1859-1911) and his wife, Mary Elizabeth (née Rowbotham). Cyril married Eva Kitty Peel (1890-1975); they had three children: Kitty (born 1913), Cyril (1914-1975), and Harry (born 1915).
His first film appearance was in Devotion (1931). In 1938, he appeared in Red Barry for director Ford Beebe, who would later marry Delevanti's daughter, Kitty, thus becoming the actor's son-in-law. From the 1940s, he appeared in countless small roles, frequently uncredited, in such films as Phantom of the Opera (1943), Confidential Agent (1945), Deception (1946), Monsieur Verdoux (1947), Forever Amber (1947), David and Bathsheba (1951), Limelight (1952), and Les Girls (1957).
In 1958, Delevanti was cast as the printer Lucius Coin in all twenty-six episodes of the NBC western television series, Jefferson Drum, starring Jeff Richards. He made two guest appearances on Perry Mason during the first and final (ninth) seasons of the series. In 1957 he played florist Mr. Tulloch in "The Case of the Silent Partner". In 1965, he played bookie Craig Jefferson in "The Case of the Silent Six".
Delevanti made guest-starring appearances on Dennis the Menace, U.S. Marshal, The Fugitive, Gunsmoke, Have Gun, Will Travel, The Tall Man, Bourbon Street Beat, The Virginian, Daniel Boone, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Mission: Impossible, Ironside, The Untouchables, Science Fiction Theater, Adventures of Superman, The Twilight Zone (in the episodes "A Penny for Your Thoughts", "The Silence" and "A Piano in the House"), Dundee and the Culhane, Peter Gunn, and Dragnet.
He continued to act in films, such as Bye Bye Birdie (1963), Dead Ringer (1964), The Night of the Iguana (1964; nominated for a Golden Globe Award as Best Supporting Actor), Mary Poppins (1964), The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965), Oh Dad, Poor Dad, Mama's Hung You in the Closet and I'm Feeling So Sad (1967), The Killing of Sister George (1968), Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971), The Girl Most Likely to... & Soylent Green (both 1973).
He died in Hollywood of lung cancer, and is interred at Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery, Glendale, California.
- "Jefferson Drum". ctva.biz. Retrieved December 22, 2012.