February 25, 2017


Francis L. Sullivan (1903-1956) b. London, England, UK.

Francis L. Sullivan

Educated at Stonyhurst College and a Shakespeare aficionado from a young age, imposing British character actor Francis Loftus Sullivan made his Old Vic debut in 1921 in a production of Richard III. His film career began in 1932 and ended in 1955, the year before his death; he is perhaps best known for his Dickensian portrayals of Mr. Jaggers in both the 1934 and 1946 versions of Great Expectations, and Bumble in David Lean’s Oliver Twist (1948). He was frequently cast as a menacing figure in numerous b&w thrillers including Non-Stop New York (1937) and Pimpernel Smith (1941). After Night and the City (1950), Sullivan moved to Hollywood – playing in such highly coloured escapism as Caribbean (1952), Plunder of the Sun (1953) and Drums of Tahiti (1954). Eventually he became a naturalized U.S. citizen. A keen criminologist in later life, he became a good friend of author Agatha Christie.

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