January 11, 1886 - May 28, 1960
Born in Manchester, England, UK
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A Lot of Favorite Memories of George Zucco
- As "Moody," the butler in The Man Who Could Work Miracles (1936), scripted by H. G. Wells (based on his book) and directed by Lothar Menzies.
With Roland Young, Ralph Richardson, Ernest Thesiger, Joan Gardner, George Sanders, Torin Thatcher and Michael Rennie.
- As "Dr. Adolph Kammer" in After the Thin Man (1936), based on characters created by Dashiell Hammett, and directed by W. S. Van Dyke.
Starring William Powell and Myrna Loy (as Nick and Nora Charles), with James Stewart, Elissa Landi, Asta (the dog) and Joseph Calleia.
- As the "Prefect of Police" pursuing the master thief in Arsène Lupin Returns (1938), directed by George Fitzmaurice.
With Melvyn Douglas, Virginia Bruce, Warren William, Nat Pendleton, Monty Woolley, E.E. Clive, Ian Wolfe,
Tully Marshall, Jonathan Hale and Egon Brecher.
- As "Otto Brockler" in Fast Company, aka The Rare-Book Murder (1938), directed by Edward Buzzell.
With Melvyn Douglas, Florence Rice, Claire Dodd, Louis Calhern, Nat Pendleton, Douglass Dumbrille and Dwight Frye.
- As "Dr. Cardigan," keeping the brain of a chinese murderer alive in Charlie Chan in Honolulu (1938), directed by H. Bruce Humberstone.
Starring Sidney Toler and Victor Sen Yung, with Phyllis Brooks, John King, Robert Barrat, Marc Lawrence, Philip Ahn and Richard Alexander.
- As the villain "Rolf Alferson" who steals a death ray in Arrest Bulldog Drummond (1939), directed by James P. Hogan.
With John Howard, Heather Angel , H.B. Warner, Reginald Denny, E.E. Clive, Zeffie Tilbury, Leonard Mudie, Billy Bevan,
John Davidson , Forrester Harvey, Steve Clemente and Olaf Hytten.
- As the "Procurator" torturing Esmeralda
and later spearheading the petition drive to deny her the right to sanctuary within the walls of Notre Dame cathedral,
in The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939), based on Victor Hugo's novel, and directed by William Dieterle,
Starring Charles Laughton, Maureen O'Hara and Cedric Hardwicke, with Thomas Mitchell, Edmond O'Brien, Alan Marshal, Walter Hampden, Harry Davenport,
Fritz Leiber, George Tobias, Sig Arno, Alexander Granach, Charles Halton, Otto Hoffman, Cy Kendall, Victor Kilian, Elmo Lincoln, Rondo Hatton and Nestor Paiva.
- As the perfect villain, "Professor Moriarty," in The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1939), based on stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
and a play by William Gillette, and directed by Alfred L. Werker.
Starring Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce and Ida Lupino, with
Alan Marshal, Henry Stephenson, E.E. Clive, Mary Gordon, Holmes Herbert, Hillary Brooke, Harry Cording, Neil Fitzgerald, Leyland Hodgson, Brandon Hurst,
Leonard Mudie and C. Montague Shaw.
- As "Crosby," a dead millionaire's attorney, gathering his heirs in a creepy bayou mansion to read the will
in the horror / comedy The Cat and the Canary (1939), directed by Elliott Nugent.
Starring Bob Hope and Paulette Goddard, with John Beal, Douglass Montgomery, Gale Sondergaard, Elizabeth Patterson, John Wray,
Charles Lane and Chief Thundercloud.
- As "Professor Andoheb," High Priest of Karnak, in The Mummy's Hand (1940), directed by Christy Cabanne,
and starring Dick Foran, Peggy Moran, Wallace Ford, Cecil Kellaway, Eduardo Ciannelli, Charles Trowbridge, and Tom Tyler (as Kharis, the mummy).
- As mad "Dr. Perry, " transplanting the brain of a wrongly-executed man into a gorilla in The Monster and the Girl (1941), directed by Stuart Heisler.
With Ellen Drew, Robert Paige, Paul Lukas, Joseph Calleia, Onslow Stevens, Rod Cameron, Marc Lawrence, Gerald Mohr,
Emma Dunn, Fern Emmett, Edward Van Sloan and Charles Gemora (as the Gorilla).
- As "Dr. Jeris" in Topper Returns (1941), based on Thorne Smith's characters, directed by Roy Del Ruth.
With Joan Blondell, Roland Young, Carole Landis, H.B. Warner, Eddie Anderson and Rafaela Ottiano.
- As the defense attorney in A Woman's Face (1941), directed by George Cukor.
Starring Joan Crawford, Melvyn Douglas and Conrad Veidt, with Osa Massen, Reginald Owen, Albert Bassermann, Marjorie Main,
Donald Meek, Robert Warwick, Gilbert Emery, Henry Daniell, Sarah Padden and William Farnum.
- As "Webster" in International Lady (1941), directed by Tim Whelan.
With Ilona Massey, George Brent, Basil Rathbone, Martin Kosleck, Leyland Hodgson and Clayton Moore.
- As "Dr. Edwin L. Jannery" in Ellery Queen and the Murder Ring (1941),
written by Frederic Dannay and Manfred Lee (as Ellery Queen), and directed by James P. Hogan.
With Ralph Bellamy, Margaret Lindsay, Charley Grapewin, Paul Hurst, James Burke, Leon Ames,
Blanche Yurka, Olin Howlin, Dennis Moore and Byron Foulger.
- As German spy "Dr. Hugo Streger" in the wartime comedy My Favorite Blonde (1942), directed by Sidney Lanfield.
Starring Bob Hope and Madeleine Carroll, with
Lionel Royce, Dooley Wilson, Milton Parsons, Edmund Cobb, Bing Crosby, Leyland Hodgson, Carl 'Alfalfa' Switzer and Minerva Urecal.
- As "Dr. Lorenzo Cameron," working feverishly to create an army of werewolves between hallucinations in PRC's
The Mad Monster (1942), directed by Sam Newfield.
With Glenn Strange, Johnny Downs, Anne Nagel, Sarah Padden, Mae Busch , Reginald Barlow, Robert Strange and Henry Hall.
- As "Dr. Robert Renault," who turned an ape into a manservant — Dr. Renault's Secret (1942).
Based on a novel by Gaston (The Phantom of the Opera) Leroux, and directed by Harry Lachman.
With J. Carrol Naish, Shepperd Strudwick, Lynne Roberts, Mike Mazurki, Jack Norton,
Bert Roach, Arthur Shields and Ray Corrigan (as The Ape).
- As "Andoheb," shot to pieces in the previous "Kharis" film, but hanging on just long enough to
pass on the high priest duties to a new guy, in The Mummy's Tomb (1942), directed by Harold Young.
Starring Dick Foran, John Hubbard, Elyse Knox, Wallace Ford, Turhan Bey, and Lon Chaney Jr.(as Kharis, the mummy),
with Cliff Clark, Mary Gordon, Frank Reicher, Emmett Vogan, Harry Cording, Grace Cunard, Fern Emmett, Glenn Strange,
Guy Usher, and stock footage from The Mummy's Hand featuring Sig Arno, Cecil Kellaway, Peggy Moran and Tom Tyler.
- As "Lord Denby" in the pirate adventure The Black Swan (1942), directed by Henry King.
Starring Tyrone Power, Maureen O'Hara and Laird Cregar, with Thomas Mitchell, George Sanders, Anthony Quinn,
Willie Fung, Olaf Hytten and Clarence Muse.
- As good/evil twin brothers "Dr. Lloyd Clayton" and "Elwyn Clayton," the latter an undead vampire,
in PRC's Dead Men Walk (1943), directed by Sam Newfield.
With Dwight Frye, Mary Carlisle, Fern Emmett, Sam Flint, Robert Strange, Al St. John and Forrest Taylor.
- As "Heinrich Hinkle," alias "Richard Stanley"in Sherlock Holmes in Washington (1943), directed by Roy William Neill.
Starring Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce, with Marjorie Lord, Henry Daniell, John Archer, Holmes Herbert,
Gilbert Emery, Mary Gordon, Gerald Hamer, Leyland Hodgson, Clarence Muse, Jason Robards Sr. and Ian Wolfe.
- As "Amos Bradford," alias "The Raven," a crook who runs an inn called The Black Raven (1943),
directed by Sam Newfield for PRC.
With Robert Livingston, Wanda McKay, Glenn Strange, I. Stanford Jolley , Byron Foulger and Charles Middleton.
- As "Dr. Alfred Morris" in Universal's The Mad Ghoul (1943), directed by James P. Hogan.
With David Bruce, Evelyn Ankers, Robert Armstrong, Turhan Bey, Milburn Stone, Andrew Tombes, Rose Hobart, Addison Richards and Charles McGraw.
- As "Nicholas," a high priest of the Ramboona cult who moonlights as a gas station attendant, in Monogram's zany
Voodoo Man (1944), directed by William Beaudine.
Starring Bela Lugosi, experimenting to revive his dead wife with voodoo, hypnosis, and the vital fluids of young girls.
With Wanda McKay, Louise Currie, John Carradine, Tod Andrews, George DeNormand, George Eldredge,
Theodore Lorch, Walter McGrail and Dennis Moore
- Returning one last time as " Andoheb, High Priest of Arkan" in The Mummy's Ghost (1944), directed by Reginal Le Borg.
Starring Lon Chaney Jr. (as Kharis) and John Carradine,
with Robert Lowery, Ramsay Ames, Barton MacLane, Frank Reicher, Harry Shannon, Emmett Vogan, David Bruce and Martha Vickers.
- Credited and very visible in production stills, but not actually in the film (unless for a fleeting scene),
as the "Ape Man" in Monogram's Return of the Ape Man (1944), directed by Phil Rosen.
Starring Bela Lugosi and John Carradine as two scientists who find a frozen prehistoric caveman in the Arctic and manage to revive him.
Famous heavyweight prizefighter Frank Moran replaced Zucco as the Ape Man due to illness.
With Tod Andrews, Teala Loring, and Ernie Adams.
- As "Frank Swift," deranged uncle of a young suicidal girl, in Columbia's "Crime Doctor" feature
Shadows in the Night (1944), directed by Eugene Forde.
With Warner Baxter, Nina Foch, Lester Matthews, Ben Welden, Jeanne Bates and Charles Halton.
- As "Professor Bruno Lampini," short-lived impressario of a traveling horror show, in
Universal's "monster rally" House of Frankenstein (1944), directed by Erle C. Kenton.
Starring Boris Karloff, Lon Chaney Jr, Elena Verdugo, John Carradine, J. Carrol Naish, Glenn Strange, Lionel Atwill,
Sig Ruman, Anne Gwynne, Peter Coe, Frank Reicher and Michael Mark.
- As "Leo Grainger," a wronged man plotting to kill four people he invites to Fog Island (1945), directed by Terry O. Morse for PRC.
With Lionel Atwill, Jerome Cowan, John Whitney, Veda Ann Borg and Ian Keith.
- As "Horadef" in Universal's exotic adventure-romance Sudan (1945), directed by John Rawlins.
Starring Maria Montez, Jon Hall and Turhan Bey, with Andy Devine, Robert Warwick, Philip Van Zandt , Harry Cording, George Lynn and Tor Johnson.
- As "Jelke" in the comedy-mystery Midnight Manhunt (1945), directed by William C. Thomas.
With William Gargan, Ann Savage, Leo Gorcey, Paul Hurst, Don Beddoe, Charles Halton, George E. Stone and Ben Welden.
- As "Detective Geddes" in Warner Bros. foreign intrigue thriller Confidential Agent (1945), based on Graham Greene's novel, directed by Herman Shumlin.
Starring Charles Boyer and Lauren Bacall, with Victor Francen, Wanda Hendrix, George Coulouris, Peter Lorre,
Katina Paxinou, Holmes Herbert, Miles Mander, Lawrence Grant, Ian Wolfe, Harry Cording, Cyril Delevanti, Forrester Harvey,
Leyland Hodgson, Brandon Hurst and Olaf Hytten.
- As mad archaeologist "Professor Andrew Forbes," seeking revenge on his enemies with an Aztec killer bird god, in
PRC's The Flying Serpent (1946), directed by Sam Newfield.
With Ralph Lewis, Hope Kramer, Wheaton Chambers, Henry Hall and Terry Frost.
Very similar to PRC's Devil Bat with Bela Lugosi.
- As murder suspect "Dr. Josef Van Ee," whose daughter-in-law was Scared to Death (1947), directed by Christy Cabanne.
Starring Bela Lugosi, Molly Lamont, Nat Pendleton, Joyce Compton , Roland Varno,
Douglas Fowley, Stanley Andrews, Angelo Rossitto and Stanley Price.
- As "Craxton" in the Victorian murder mystery Moss Rose (1947), directed by actor Gregory Ratoff.
With Peggy Cummins, Victor Mature, Ethel Barrymore, Vincent Price (as the police inspector), Patricia Medina, Rhys Williams and Billy Bevan
- As "Officer H. R. Barrett," assisting with the investigation of London serial killings in Lured (1947), directed by Douglas Sirk.
With George Sanders, Lucille Ball, Charles Coburn, Boris Karloff, Sir Cedric Hardwicke, Joseph Calleia, Alan Mowbray,
Robert Coote, Alan Napier and Cyril Delevanti.
- As "Marquis De Carvajal" in an adventure set during the time of the Spanish Inquisition and the Conquest of Mexico,
Captain from Castile (1947).
Directed by Henry King, and starring Tyrone Power, Jean Peters, Cesar Romero, Lee J. Cobb, John Sutton,
Thomas Gomez, Alan Mowbray and Marc Lawrence.
- As "Doc Robbin" in the "haunted house and gorilla" horror-comedy Who Killed Doc Robbin? (1948), directed by Bernard Carr.
With Larry Olsen, Eilene Janssen, Peter Miles, Ardda Lynwood, Dale Belding, Virginia Grey, Don Castle, Paul Hurst and
Charles Gemora (as the gorilla).
- As "Palanth," evil high priest of a secret island cult in Tarzan and the Mermaids (1948), directed by Robert Florey.
Starring Johnny Weissmuller and Brenda Joyce, with Andrea Palma, Fernando Wagner, Edward Ashley and Linda Christian.
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