Samuel David Hyams
30 March 1893
|Died||25 July 1960 (aged 67)|
|Resting place||Myrtle Hill Memorial Park, Tampa, Florida|
(m. 1933; div. 1946)
Hoey was born Samuel David Hyams in London to Russian-Jewish parents, another source says Irish and Russian-Jewish parents, who earned a living by running a bed and breakfast in Brighton, on the coast of the English county of East Sussex. He received his formal education at Brighton College, and originally planned to be a teacher.
He served in the British Army during World War I. After a career as a singer, which included entertaining British troops during his war service, Hoey moved into theatre-acting in 1918, and later into cinema films. In 1931 he moved to the United States, and commenced a career in Hollywood.
Hoey's first film was Tell England. He is best known for playing Inspector Lestrade in six Universal's Sherlock Holmes series. He also portrayed the master of Harrow in The Foxes of Harrow and appeared in Tarzan and the Leopard Woman.
Hoey "appeared frequently in London" stage productions, including those of Sydney Carroll's Shakespearean repertory company. He played Mr. Rochester opposite Katharine Hepburn in the American production of Helen Jerome's stage adaptation of Jane Eyre. He also wrote a play called The Haven and toured in it in 1946 with Melville Cooper, Valerie Cossart and Viola Roache.
Hoey's Broadway credits include Hassan (1924), Katja (1926–1927), Green Waters (1936), Virginia (1937), Empress of Destiny (1938), The Circle (1938), Lorelei (1938), The Burning Deck (1940), Heart of a City (1942), The Haven (1946), and Getting Married (1951).
Issue No. 45 of "Films of the Golden Age" magazine features an interview with Hoey's son Michael A. Hoey (1934–2014), who extensively discusses Dennis Hoey's early life, career, marriages and death. In his book, "Elvis, Sherlock and Me: How I Survived Growing Up in Hollywood" (Bear Manor Media-2007) he discusses his father's career and their sometimes turbulent relationship.
- Tip Toes (1927) as Hotelier (film debut)
- The Man from Chicago (1930) as Jimmy Donovan
- Tell England (1931) as The Padre
- Never Trouble Trouble (1931) as Stranger
- Love Lies (1932) as Cyrus Watt
- Life Goes On (1932) as Anthony Carlisle
- The Maid of the Mountains (1932) as Orsino
- Baroud (1933) as Captain Sabry
- The Good Companions (1933) as Joe Brundit
- The Wandering Jew (1933) as Lord de Beaudricourt
- Maid Happy (1933) as Sir Rudolph Bartlett
- Facing the Music (1933) as Capradossi
- My Old Duchess (1934) as Montagu Neilson
- Lily of Killarney (1934) as Miles-Na-Copaleen
- Chu Chin Chow (1934) as Rakham, chief henchman
- I Spy (1934) as MNT
- Jew Süss (1934) as Dieterle
- Brewster's Millions (1935) as Mario
- Immortal Gentleman (1935) as Soldier/Toby Belch
- Honeymoon for Three (1935) as Mons Daumery
- The Tunnel (1935) as Worker (uncredited)
- The Mystery of the Mary Celeste (1935) as Tom Goodschard
- Maria Marten, or The Murder in the Red Barn (1935) as Gambling Winner
- Black Roses (1935) as Nikander
- Uncivilised (1937) as Mara the White Chief
- A Yank in the R.A.F. (1941) as Intelligence Officer
- Confirm or Deny (1941) as Duffield, Ministry of Information
- Son of Fury: The Story of Benjamin Blake (1942) as Lord Tarrant
- This Above All (1942) as Parsons
- Cairo (1942) as Colonel Woodhue
- Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Weapon (1942) as Inspector Lestrade
- Forever and a Day (1943) as Mover
- Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man (1943) as Inspector Owen
- They Came to Blow Up America (1943) as Col. Taeger
- Bomber's Moon (1943) as Colonel von Grunow
- Sherlock Holmes Faces Death (1943) as Inspector Lestrade
- The Spider Woman (1944) as Inspector Lestrade
- Uncertain Glory (1944) as Father Le Clerc
- The Pearl of Death (1944) as Inspector Lestrade
- National Velvet (1944) as Mr. Greenford
- The Keys of the Kingdom (1944) as Alec Chisholm (uncredited)
- Sherlock Holmes and the House of Fear (1945) as Inspector Lestrade
- A Thousand and One Nights (1945) as Sultan Kamar Al-Kir/Prince Hadji
- Kitty (1945) as Mr. Jonathan Selby
- Tarzan and the Leopard Woman (1946) as Commissioner
- Terror by Night (1946) as Inspector Lestrade
- She-Wolf of London (1946) as Inspector Pierce
- Anna and the King of Siam (1946) as Sir Edward
- Roll on Texas Moon (1946) as Cole Gregory
- The Strange Woman (1946) as Tim Hager
- The Crimson Key (1947) as Steven Loring
- Second Chance (1947) as Roger Elwood
- Golden Earrings (1947) as Hoff
- The Foxes of Harrow (1947) as Master of Harrow
- Christmas Eve (1947) as Williams-Butler
- Where There's Life (1947) as Minister of War Grubitch
- If Winter Comes (1947) as Tiny Wilson
- Ruthless (1948) as Mr. Burnside
- Joan of Arc (1948) as Sir William Glasdale
- Wake of the Red Witch (1948) as Captain Munsey
- Bad Men of Tombstone (1949) as Mr. Smith
- The Secret Garden (1949) as Mr. Pitcher
- The Kid from Texas (1950) as Major Harper
- The Adventures of Ellery Queen (1950, TV) as Ronny Sinclair
- David and Bathsheba (1951) as Joab
- Caribbean Gold (1952) as Burford
- Plymouth Adventure (1952) as Head Constable (final film, uncredited)
- Omnibus (1956, TV) as Arthur Conan Doyle
- Hassan (1924), Masrur
- Katja (1926), Ivo
- Green Waters (1936), Ian McRuvie
- Jane Eyre (1936), Mr. Rochester
- Virginia (1937), Sir Guy Carleton
- Empress of Destiny (1938), Potemkin
- The Circle (1938), Lord Porteous
- Lorelei (1938), Reprecht Eisenkranz
- The Burning Deck (1940), Captain Applegate
- Heart of a City (1942), Leo Saddle
- The Haven (1946), Edmund Durward
- Getting Married (1951), The General
- "Actor for "Uncivilised."". The Age. Australia, Melbourne, Victoria: Newspapers.com. 26 November 1935. p. 12. Retrieved 31 January 2016.
- "Career Thrown in Reverse". New York, Brooklyn: Newspapers.com. The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. 6 March 1938. p. 39. Retrieved 31 January 2016.
- "Stage Entrants". New York, Brooklyn: Newspapers.com. The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. 8 December 1936. p. 9. Retrieved 31 January 2016.
- Mann, William J. Kate: The Woman Who Was Hepburn. (2007) Macmillan. p. 257.
- "Dennis Hoey". Playbill Vault. Retrieved 1 February 2016.
- "Monday's Highlights" (PDF). Radio and Television Mirror. 13 (4): 43. February 1940. Retrieved 19 February 2015.
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