Nigel De Brulier

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Nigel De Brulier
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Born Francis George Packer
(1877-08-08)8 August 1877
Frenchay village, Bristol, England, UK
Died 30 January 1948(1948-01-30) (aged 70)
Los Angeles, California, USA
Years active 1914–1943

Nigel De Brulier (8 August 1877 – 30 January 1948), born Francis George Packer, was an English film actor.


De Brulier was born in Frenchay, a suburb of Bristol on August 8, 1877 as Francis George Packer, the son of James Packer, a Gloucestershire coachman, and his wife Louisa Packer (née Field). De Brulier launched his career as an actor and singer on the stage in his native country and transferred to the American stage after moving to Canada and then to the United States in 1898. His first film role was a poet in The Pursuit of the Phantom in 1914. In 1915 he acted in the film Ghosts based on a play by Henrik Ibsen.

Nigel De Brulier portrayed Cardinal Richelieu in the four films: The Three Musketeers (1921), The Iron Mask (1929), The Three Musketeers (1935) and The Man in the Iron Mask (1939).

De Brulier appeared with Douglas Fairbanks in The Gaucho (1927) and was also one of the few actors of the silent era who reached reasonable success in talkies, although his roles in them were quite minor. He played the wizard Shazam in the 1941 Republic serial Adventures of Captain Marvel and also acted in Charlie Chan in Egypt in 1935.

He played Jokaanan, the Prophet in a silent film version of Oscar Wilde's Salome (1923). A clip of De Brulier in Salomé was used in Before Stonewall, a film documenting the gay rights movement.[1]


De Brulier died in Los Angeles in 1948.

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  1. ^ Salomé (1923/I) on IMDb. Retrieved 28 February 2008.

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