Austin Trevor

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Austin Trevor
Austin Trevor (actor).jpg
Born Claude Austin Trevor[1][2]
(1897-10-07)October 7, 1897
Belfast, Northern Ireland
Died January 22, 1978(1978-01-22) (aged 80)
Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Years active 1930–1969

Claude Austin Trevor (7 October 1897 – 22 January 1978) was a Northern Irish actor who had a long career in film and television.[3]

He played the parson in John Galsworthy's 1927 Broadway production Escape. He was the first actor to play Agatha Christie's detective Hercule Poirot on screen in three British films during the early 1930s: Alibi (1931), Black Coffee (1931) and Lord Edgware Dies (1934). He subsequently turned up in a character part in a later Poirot adaptation The Alphabet Murders in 1965. He stated that he only got the Poirot role because he could speak with a French accent.[4][5]

During the 1960s he worked largely in television, appearing in series such as The First Churchills in which he played Lord Halifax. He appeared in an episode of the legal drama The Main Chance.[3][6]

He died in Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk.



  1. ^ Mark Campbell (2015). Agatha Christie: The Books, the Films and the Television Shows featuring Poirot, Miss Marple and More. Oldcastle Books. ISBN 978-1843444244. 
  2. ^ Adrian Room (2010). Dictionary of Pseudonyms: 13,000 Assumed Names and Their Origins (fifth ed.). McFarland. p. 481. ISBN 978-0786457632. 
  3. ^ a b "Austin Trevor". BFI. 
  4. ^ Hal Erickson. "Austin Trevor - Biography, Movie Highlights and Photos - AllMovie". AllMovie. 
  5. ^ "Austin Trevor". 
  6. ^ "Body and Soul (1969)". BFI. 

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