Francis de Wolff

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Francis de Wolff
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Born Francois Marie De Wolff
(1913-01-07)7 January 1913
Essex, England
Died 18 April 1984(1984-04-18) (aged 71)
Sussex, England
Occupation Actor
Years active 1935–1977

Francis de Wolff (7 January 1913 – 18 April 1984) was an English character actor. Large, bearded, and beetle-browed, he was often cast as villains in both film and television.

Born in Essex, he made his film debut in Flame in the Heather in 1935, and went on to make many other appearances in such films as Fire Over England (1937), Treasure Island (1950), Scrooge (1951), as the Ghost of Christmas Present, Ivanhoe (1952), Moby Dick (1956), Saint Joan (1957), From Russia with Love (1963), Carry On Cleo (1964) and The Three Musketeers (1973).

He is perhaps best remembered as a supporting player in horror films of the 1950s and 1960s, many of them for Hammer Studios. These include Corridors of Blood (1958), The Hound of the Baskervilles (1959), The Man Who Could Cheat Death (1959), The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll (1960), Devil Doll (1963) and The Black Torment (1964).

His television appearances include The Avengers, Danger Man, Dixon of Dock Green, Lord Peter Wimsey, Doctor Who, Rookery Nook, Jesus of Nazareth, Maigret, Paul Temple, The Saint, and The Tomorrow People.

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