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I am an amateur actor, and all my life I have drawn inspiration for my work from great actors. This drawing of strength is a commonplace in both the amateur and professional stage. Henry Daniell was one actor whose work particularly inspired me,as a young man and, now, as an old one. His naturalness perfecly accomodated his elegance ;his superb diction enhanced even the smallest scrap of dailogue. The ease and audacious control that he exhibited in every role made me want to duplicate such work in my own avocational craft.What could I say to Mr Daniell today if he were to come alive? Simply, "Thank you for great lessons. You have been the best of teachers ".
One of the most talented supporting actors in Hollywood in the 30's and 40's, Just look at the films in Mr. Daniell's filography, Camille, The Sea Hawk, The Body Snacther, All GRADE A. Moved to Televison with grace and style in the 50's with great success and never seemingly out of work. Were do we find this talent today, sorry to day we can't.
In his auto-biography,In and Out of Character,Basil Rathbone considered Mr. Daniell the best Moriarity he played opposite. I disagree. I favor George Zucco,from The Adventures.
A Great Character Actor
I just watched Henry Daniell in "The Body Snatcher" and he was so good as the black- mailed, tormented Dr. Toddy. He held his own against Boris Karloff and showed a wide range of emotions, and he even played a love scene or two. I think he is a great under rated actor. I hope TCM will show his films more. Would love to see him in a noir!
- jeffrey sicular
Henry Daniell was cast by Universal Studios to play the part of Dr. Moriarity opposite the one time Warner Brothers Star Basil Rathbone.