Roland Culver

Active - 1931 - 1982  |   Born - Aug 21, 1900 in London, England  |   Died - Jan 3, 1984   |   Genres - Comedy, Drama, Crime, Romance, Spy Film

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Biography by Hal Erickson

Royal Academy of Dramatic Art graduate and ex-Royal Air Force pilot Roland Culver quietly pursued a stage career from 1925 and a film career from 1930, reliably if unspectacularly playing a steady stream of leading roles. By the mid-'40s, Culver developed into a dry-witted, low-key character actor turning in memorable work in such films as On Approval (1943) and Dead of Night (1945). He moved to Hollywood in 1946, where for the next five years he essayed such "dependable" gentlemanly characterizations as Heavenly emissary Mr. Jordan in Down to Earth (1947). Back in England in the early '50s, he continued to play prominent parts in films like The Holly and the Ivy (1953). Working regularly in TV, he could be seen as Menenius in Spread of the Eagle, a 1962 BBC series based on the Roman plays of Shakespeare. Roland Culver persevered in small but impressive roles until his retirement in 1982.

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