Dennis Hoey as Inspector Lestrade
|Born||Samuel David Hyams
30 March 1893
London, England, UK
|Died||25 July 1960
Palm Beach, Florida, U.S.
|Cause of death||Kidney disease|
|Resting place||Myrtle Hill Memorial Park, Tampa, Florida|
|Spouse(s)||Josephine Hoey (1933–46) (divorced) 1 son|
Hoey was born Samuel David Hyams in London to Russian parents (another source says Irish and Russian parents.) who owned a bed and breakfast in Brighton. He was educated at Brighton College, and he originally planned to be a teacher.
He served in the British Army during World War I. After a career as a singer, which included entertaining British troops during his war service, Hoey moved to acting on the stage in 1918 and later to films. In 1931, he moved to the United States and began appearing in Hollywood films.
Hoey's first film was Tell England. He is best known for playing Inspector Lestrade in six Universal's Sherlock Holmes series. He also portrayed the master of Harrow in The Foxes of Harrow and appeared in Tarzan and the Leopard Woman.
Hoey "appeared frequently in London" stage productions, including those of Sydney Carroll's Shakespearean repertory company. He played Mr. Rochester opposite Katharine Hepburn in the American production of Helen Jerome's stage adaptation of Jane Eyre. He also wrote a play called The Haven and toured in it in 1946 with Melville Cooper, Valerie Cossart and Viola Roache.
Hoey's Broadway credits include Hassan (1924), Katja (1926-1927), Green Waters (1936), Virginia (1937), Empress of Destiny (1938), The Circle (1938), Lorelei (1938), The Burning Deck (1940), Heart of a City (1942), The Haven (1946), and Getting Married (1951).
Issue No. 45 of "Films of the Golden Age" magazine features an interview with Hoey's son Michael A. Hoey (1934-2014), who extensively discusses Dennis Hoey's early life, career, marriages and death. In his book, "Elvis, Sherlock and Me: How I Survived Growing Up in Hollywood" (Bear Manor Media-2007) he discusses his father's career and their sometimes turbulent relationship.
- Tip Toes (1927), Hotelier
- Never Trouble Trouble (1931)
- Tell England (1931), The Padre
- Love Lies (1931), Cyrus Watt
- The Maid of the Mountains (1932), Orsino
- Maid Happy (1933)
- Facing the Music (1933), Capradossi
- The Good Companions (1933), Joe Brundit
- Lily of Killarney (1934)
- The Mystery of the Mary Celeste (1935), Tom Goodschard
- Brewster's Millions (1935), Mario
- Maria Marten, or The Murder in the Red Barn (1935, Gambler
- Honeymoon for Three (1935), Mons Daumery
- Uncivilised (1936), Mara the White Chief
- Black Roses (1937), Nikander
- Son of Fury: The Story of Benjamin Blake (1942), Lord Tarrant
- Cairo (1942), Colonel Woodhue
- Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Weapon (1943), Inspector Lestrade
- Bomber's Moon (1943), Colonel von Grunow
- Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man (1943), Inspector Owen
- Sherlock Holmes Faces Death (1943), Inspector Lestrade
- The Spider Woman (1944), Inspector Lestrade
- Uncertain Glory (1944), Father Le Clerc
- The Pearl of Death (1944), Inspector Lestrade
- National Velvet (1944), Mr. Greenford
- Kitty (1945), Mr. Selby
- Sherlock Holmes and the House of Fear (1945), Inspector Lestrade
- Tarzan and the Leopard Woman (1946), Commissioner
- Anna and the King of Siam (1946), Sir Edward
- Terror by Night (1946), Inspector Lestrade
- The Foxes of Harrow (1947), Master of Harrow
- Golden Earrings (1947), Hoff
- Ruthless (1948)
- Joan of Arc (1948), Sir William Glasdale
- Wake of the Red Witch (1948), Captain Munsey
- The Secret Garden (1949), Mr. Pitcher
- David and Bathsheba (1951), Joab
- Caribbean Gold (1952), Burford
- Hassan (1924), Masrur
- Katja (1926), Ivo
- Green Waters (1936), Ian McRuvie
- Jane Eyre (1936), Mr. Rochester
- Virginia (1937), Sir Guy Carleton
- Empress of Destiny (1938), Potemkin
- The Circle (1938), Lord Porteous
- Lorelei (1938), Reprecht Eisenkranz
- The Burning Deck (1940), Captain Applegate
- Heart of a City (1942), Leo Saddle
- The Haven (1946), Edmund Durward
- Getting Married (1951), The General
- "Actor for "Uncivilised."". Australia, Melbourne, Victoria. The Age. November 26, 1935. p. 12. Retrieved January 31, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Career Thrown in Reverse". New York, Brooklyn. The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. March 6, 1938. p. 39. Retrieved January 31, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Stage Entrants". New York, Brooklyn. The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. December 8, 1936. p. 9. Retrieved January 31, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.
- Mann, William J. Kate: The Woman Who Was Hepburn. (2007) Macmillan. p. 257.
- "Dennis Hoey". Playbill Vault. Retrieved 1 February 2016.
- "Monday's Highlights" (PDF). Radio and Television Mirror 13 (4): 43. February 1940. Retrieved 19 February 2015.
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