Brandon Hurst (August 30, 1866 – July 15, 1947)[1] was an English stage and film actor.[2][3]

Brandon Hurst
Brandon Hurst3.jpg
Portrait, early 1910s
Born(1866-08-30)30 August 1866
London, UK
Died15 July 1947(1947-07-15) (aged 80)
Hollywood, California, U.S.
Resting placePierce Brothers Valhalla Memorial Park
Years active1915–1947
Height6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)

Early lifeEdit

Hurst studied philology in his youth and began performing in theater in the 1880s.[4]


He worked in Broadway shows from 1900 until his entry into motion pictures. His most notable stage appearance was Two Women in 1910, costarring Mrs. Leslie Carter and Robert Warwick.[5]

He was nearly fifty before his film debut in 1915. This was in the film Via Wireless as the character Edward Pinckney. He appeared in 129 other films before his death in 1947. He became well known in the 1920s for many distinguished roles portraying the antagonist. Some of these films such as the taunting Sir George Carewe in Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1920), the evil Jehan Frollo in The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923), the cuckold Alexei Karenin opposite Greta Garbo in Love (1927) which was based on Tolstoy's Anna Karenina and the jester Balkiphedro in The Man Who Laughs (1928) are regarded as some of the best films of the time.

His roles in talkies during the 1920s and 1930s were often small. One of his more important roles was the sinister Merlin the Magician in Fox's A Connecticut Yankee (1931).[6] Hurst worked as an actor until his death, his last film was Two Guys from Texas (1948).

Selected filmographyEdit


  1. ^ Brandon Hurst
  2. ^ Silent Film Necrology, p.258 2ndEditon c.2001 by Eugene Michael Vazzana ISBN 0-7864-1059-0
  3. ^ Who Was Who on Screen, p.229 2ndEdition c.1977 Evelyn Mack Truitt ISBN 0-8352-0914-8
  4. ^ Brandon Hurst at Allmovie
  5. ^ Pictorial History of the American Theatre: 1860-1970 p.118 c.1969 by Daniel Blum ISBN 0-517-01095X
  6. ^ Brandon Hurst on IMDb

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