Philip Merivale

Philip Merivale (2 November 1886 – 12 March 1946) was an English film and stage actor and screenwriter.

Philip Merivale
Philip Merivale in The Stranger (1946).jpg
Merivale in The Stranger (1946)
Born(1886-11-02)2 November 1886
Rehutia, Manickpur, India
Died12 March 1946(1946-03-12) (aged 59)
  • Actor
  • screenwriter
Years active1914–1946
(m. 1912; died 1934)

(m. 1937)
Children4, including John
Parent(s)Walter Merivale
Emma Magdalene Pittman

Life and careerEdit

Merivale was born in Rehutia, Manickpur, India, to railway engineer Walter Merivale (1855–1902) and Emma Magdalene Merivale ("Maggie"; née Pittman; 1854–1940); his father's profession meant the family lived in India, Costa Rica, and Barbados (where he was Manager of the Barbados Railway) before settling at Chiswick. Philip's sister, Dorothea, was married to the civil servant Sir Henry Bunbury, Accountant-General of the Post Office.[1][2][3]

Merivale was a respected stage actor who entered the cinema during the silent era. Merivale appeared in twenty films and also scripted one. He died from a heart ailment aged 59.

He was twice married to:

Broadway rolesEdit

After creating the role of Col. Pickering in the London production of Pygmalion, Philip Merivale (second from right) played Henry Higgins opposite Mrs. Patrick Campbell (right) when Shaw's play was taken to Broadway (1914)
Philip Merivale and Patricia Collinge in the Broadway production of Pollyanna (1916)



  1. ^ United States of America Congressional Record: Proceedings and Debates of the 87th Congress, First Session, vol. 107, part 9, United States Government Printing Office (Washington), 1961, p. 12008
  2. ^ "Turtle Bunbury - Award-winning travel writer, historian and author based in Ireland".
  3. ^ "Collection: Correspondence of the Merivale Family, mainly of Walter Merivale, railway engineer, and his wife Emma Magdalene | Bodleian Archives & Manuscripts".
  4. ^ London, England, Marriages and Banns, 1754-1921
  5. ^ Passenger Manifest SS Philadelphia 4 August 1906
  6. ^ The Play-pictorial: Volume 20

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