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In Dick Tracy vs. Cueball (1946)
|Born||Skelton Barnaby Knaggs
27 June 1911
Hillsborough Sheffield, West Riding of Yorkshire, England, UK
|Died||30 April 1955
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Cause of death||cirrhosis of the liver|
|Spouse(s)||Thelma Crawshaw (1949-?)|
Skelton Barnaby Knaggs (27 June 1911 – 30 April 1955) was an English stage actor who also appeared in films, especially in horror films.
Knaggs moved to London where he attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and became a Shakespearean actor. In addition to appearing on stage in Shakespeare's Cymbeline, Knaggs appeared in a few British films, including an uncredited role as a German orderly in Michael Powell's The Spy in Black.
At some point he moved to Los Angeles, California and found work as a character actor in Hollywood. Diminutive and eccentric-looking, with prominent teeth and a bony, pock-marked face, he was typecast in sinister roles, often in horror films. These ranged from uncredited bit parts to prominent roles in the Sherlock Holmes thriller Terror by Night, the all-star monster rally House of Dracula and three Val Lewton productions including The Ghost Ship. In the latter, a voice-over narrative by Knaggs is heard, representing the thoughts of his character, a mute seaman.
Back in London, he married Thelma Crawshaw in 1949, then returned to Hollywood. The last film in which he appeared was Fritz Lang's period adventure based on J. Meade Falkner's novel Moonfleet. An alcoholic, Knaggs died of cirrhosis of the liver in Los Angeles in 1955, at the age of 43.
- 1936 - Strangers on Honeymoon
- 1937 - The High Command
- 1938 - South Riding
- 1939 - The Spy in Black
- 1939 - Torture Ship
- 1941 - Diamond Frontier
- 1943 - The Ghost Ship
- 1943 - Headin' for God's Country
- 1943 - None But the Lonely Heart
- 1944 - The Invisible Man's Revenge
- 1944 - The Lodger
- 1945 - The Picture of Dorian Gray
- 1945 - Isle of the Dead
- 1945 - House of Dracula
- 1946 - Terror by Night
- 1946 - Bedlam
- 1946 - A Scandal in Paris
- 1946 - Dick Tracy vs. Cueball
- 1947 - Dick Tracy Meets Gruesome
- 1947 - Forever Amber
- 1948 - The Paleface
- 1949 - Master Minds
- 1951 - Captain Video: Master of the Stratosphere
- 1952 - Blackbeard the Pirate
- 1953 - Rogue's March
- 1953 - Botany Bay
- 1954 - Casanova's Big Night
- 1955 - Moonfleet