David Manners

DavidMannersinDracula 1931 Born: 30 April 1900
Died: 23 December  1998









Canadian American actor David Manners was born on this day in 1900. He began his acting career on Broadway but moved to Hollywood just as the talkie film revolution was gaining speed, despite being described as a “very bad actor” by director Eva Le Gallienne after she had seen him on stage. Manners was discovered by director James Whale and thrust into the limelight as a leading man opposite actresses like Barbara Stanwyck, Loretta Young and Katharine Hepburn.


He received critical acclaim for his role in Journey’s End (1930), but is best known for the films Dracula (1931), The Last Flight (1931) and The Mummy (1932) with Boris Karloff. In 1933 he was one of the original group of actors who formed the Screen Actors Guild.


Katharine Hepburn, who made her film debut opposite Manners in A Bill of Divorcement (1932), was quoted as saying “David was a big star. I was so nervous working with him … He was… just a dear to work with and a totally professional and talented actor.”

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