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Frederick Leister (1885–1970)

Frederick Leister was born on December 1, 1885 in London, England. He was an actor, known for Evensong (1934), Dear Octopus (1943) and The World, the Flesh, the Devil (1932). He died on August 24, 1970. See full bio »


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Evensong Emperor FranzJosef
Dear Octopus Charles Randolph
The Prime Minister Lord Melbourne


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 1964 Boyd Q.C. (TV Series)
Major General Boyd
- The Reluctant Prosecutor (1964) ... Major General Boyd
 1963 ITV Television Playhouse (TV Series)
- To Bury Caesar (1963) ... Judge
 1963 Mr. Justice Duncannon (TV Series)
Mr. Justice Partin
- A Case of Whisky (1963) ... Mr. Justice Partin
- The Whole Truth (1963) ... Mr. Justice Partin
 1959-1962 ITV Play of the Week (TV Series)
Leonard Braithwaite / Mr. Leadbitter
- When the Kissing Had to Stop, Act 1: The Hammer (1962) ... Leonard Braithwaite
- The Younger Generation (1959) ... Mr. Leadbitter
 1962 Brothers in Law (TV Series)
Judge Burford
- Counsel's Opinion (1962) ... Judge Burford
 1961 The Naked Edge
 1961 No Hiding Place (TV Series)
- Nina and the Night People (1961) ... General
 1959-1961 Emergency-Ward 10 (TV Series)
John Handon / Bishop of Oxbridge
- Episode #1.408 (1961) ... Bishop of Oxbridge
- Episode #1.232 (1959) ... John Handon
- Episode #1.231 (1959) ... John Handon
- Episode #1.228 (1959) ... John Handon
 1960 Surprise Package
Aide to King Pavel II (uncredited)
 1960 Trouble in the Sky
Sir Henry (uncredited)
 1960 BBC Sunday-Night Play (TV Series)
The Judge
- Twentieth Century Theatre: Justice (1960) ... The Judge
 1959 Interpol Calling (TV Series)
Sir Isaac Spendler
- Private View (1959) ... Sir Isaac Spendler
 1959 Bleak House (TV Mini-Series)
Lord Chancellor
- Episode #1.1 (1959) ... Lord Chancellor
 1959 Left Right and Centre
Dr. Rushall
 1958 BBC Sunday-Night Theatre (TV Series)
- The Long Sunset (1958) ... Lucian
 1958 Doomsday for Dyson (TV Movie)
 1958 Dick and the Duchess (TV Series)
The Judge
- The Courtroom (1958) ... The Judge
 1958 Prescription for Murder
Dr. Alexander
 1957 Dangerous Exile
Capt. Andrew Ogden
 1956 Around the World in 80 Days
Reform Club Member (uncredited)
 1955 The Time of His Life
Sir John Carter-Wilson
 1955 Colonel March of Scotland Yard (TV Series)
- The Second Mona Lisa (1955) ... Constable
 1955 Footsteps in the Fog
Dr. Simpson
 1955 Rheingold Theatre (TV Series)
The Governor
- Another Day (1955) ... The Governor
 1955 The Dam Busters
Committee Member
 1955 The End of the Affair
Dr. Collingwood
 1955 Shadow of Fear
Dr. Elder
 1954 Souls in Conflict
Rev. Alan Woodbridge
 1954 The Vise (TV Series)
- The Eavesdropper (1954)
 1954 Delayed Action
Sir Francis (uncredited)
 1952 Mr. Potts Goes to Moscow
Prime Minister
 1952 Evidence for Hire
Sir Edward Carteret
 1952 The Crimson Pirate
 1951 Green Grow the Rushes
Col. Gill
 1951 The Rossiter Case
Sir James Ferguson
 1950 The Astonished Heart
Vicar in Play (voice, uncredited)
 1950 The 20 Questions Murder Mystery
Police Commissioner
 1949 Boys in Brown
 1949 Landfall
 1949 Dear Mr. Prohack
The Director General
 1949 Paper Orchid
Walter Wibberley
 1949 For Them That Trespass
The Vicar
 1949 All Over the Town
 1949 Forbidden
Dr. Franklin
 1948 Quartet
Prison Governor (segment "The Kite")
 1948 Escape
 1947 Nightbeat
 1947 Mrs. Fitzherbert
Henry Errington
 1947 So Well Remembered
John Channing
 1946 The Captive Heart
Mr. Mowbray
 1945 The Agitator
Mark Overend
 1945 Kiss the Bride Goodbye
Captain Blood
 1944 One Exciting Night
Arnold Hampton
 1944 The Hundred Pound Window
Ernest Draper
 1943 The Shipbuilders
Mr. Villier
 1943 Dear Octopus
Charles Randolph
 1943 The Gentle Sex
Colonel Lawrence
 1943 We'll Meet Again
Mr. Hastropp
 1942 The Young Mr. Pitt
Lord Auckland (uncredited)
 1942 The Next of Kin
 1941 Atlantic Ferry
James Morison
 1941 The Spell of Amy Nugent
Mr. Vincent
 1941 The Prime Minister
Lord Melbourne
 1939 The Fugitive
 1939 Goodbye, Mr. Chips
 1939 The Outsider
Joseph Sturdee
 1938 Queen of Destiny
Herbert H. Asquith
 1937 Dinner at the Ritz
 1937 King Solomon's Mines
Diamond buyer (uncredited)
 1937 The Show Goes On
O.B. Dalton
 1937 You're in the Army Now
British Vice Consul
 1936 The Secret of Stamboul
Dignitary at Ball (uncredited)
 1936 Mozart
 1934 The Iron Duke
King of Prussia
 1934 Evensong
Emperor FranzJosef
 1932 The World, the Flesh, the Devil
Sir James Hall
 1931 Down River
Inspector Manning
 1931 The Dreyfus Case
 1931 Bracelets
Slim Symes
 1930 The Message (Short)
Inspector Hudson
 1922 The Glorious Adventure
A Knight / Courtier (uncredited)

Personal Details

Other Works:

He acted in Ian Hay's play, "Housemaster", at the Shaftesbury Theatre in London, England with Tony Wickham, Elizabeth Nolan, Rosalyn Boulter, Joan White, John Ford, Humphrey Morton and Kynaston Reeves in the cast. See more »

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Distinguished-looking, bushy-browed British character actor, initially employed as a clerk at a solicitor's office and slated for a legal career. Instead, he appeared on stage from 1906 in musical comedies. His film career began well into his middle age. He was invariably cast as aristocrats, magistrates, clergymen, military officers and genteel professional men.

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