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      Leslie Howard

      Leslie Howard

      Highest Rated: 100% The Petrified Forest (1936)

      Lowest Rated: 78% Romeo and Juliet (1936)

      Birthday: Apr 3, 1893

      Birthplace: Forest Hill, London, England, UK

      Debonair English actor Leslie Howard excelled at playing disillusioned intellectuals and gallant gentlemen on the stages and screens of Britain and America for nearly 30 years. Painfully shy as a child and traumatized on the battlefields of World War I, Howard turned to the theater as a form of therapy, and began appearing on the stages of London within a few short years. By the 1920s, Howard had left for Broadway, where he achieved acclaim in a series of well-received productions over the following decade. He made his Hollywood debut in an adaptation one of his more successful plays "Outward Bound" (1930), and repeated that strategy with "The Animal Kingdom" (1933). Lauded performances opposite Bette Davis in "Of Human Bondage" (1933) helped make Howard one of the most popular stars of the 1930s. For better or worse, he would be forever remembered for three roles in particular - swashbuckling hero Sir Percy Blakney in "The Scarlet Pimpernel" (1934), egocentric Professor Henry Higgins in "Pygmalion" (1938) and milquetoast Ashley Wilkes in "Gone With the Wind" (1939). Despite his success, Howard held a rather poor opinion of Hollywood. By 1940, he had returned to England to support the war effort with a series of propaganda films, including "49th Parallel" (1941), prior to his death over the Bay of Biscay in 1943. Considered the ideal British leading man, both refined and sensitive, those close to him opined that while astonishingly talented, Howard was merely playing himself.

      Highest rated movies

      100% Intermezzo
      100% The Petrified Forest
      95% Pygmalion
      90% Gone With the Wind
      90% The Scarlet Pimpernel
      88% 49th Parallel
      87% Of Human Bondage
      80% Smilin' Through

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      GONE WITH THE WIND, Vivien Leigh, Leslie Howard, 1939 THE FORTY-NINTH PARALLEL, (aka THE INVADERS), Leslie Howard, 1941 ROMEO AND JULIET, Leslie Howard, Norma Shearer, 1936 THE FORTY-NINTH PARALLEL, (aka THE INVADERS), Leslie Howard, 1941 THE FORTY-NINTH PARALLEL, (aka THE INVADERS), Leslie Howard, 1941 BERKELEY SQUARE, from left: Leslie Howard, Heather Angel, 1933, TM & Copyright © 20th Century Fox Film Corp BERKELEY SQUARE, Leslie Howard, 1933, TM and copyright ©20th Century Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved CAPTURED, Leslie Howard, 1933 BERKELEY SQUARE, Leslie Howard, Heather Angel, 1933, TM and copyright ©20th Century Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved SMILIN' THROUGH, Leslie Howard, Norma Shearer, 1932 ROMEO AND JULIET, Leslie Howard, Norma Shearer, 1936 ROMEO AND JULIET, Leslie Howard, Norma Shearer, 1936, balcony scene SECRETS, Leslie Howard, Mary Pickford, 1933 SECRETS, Leslie Howard, Mary Pickford, 1933 SECRETS, Leslie Howard, Mary Pickford, 1933 ROMEO AND JULIET, Leslie Howard, Norma Shearer, 1936, balcony scene A FREE SOUL, Leslie Howard, Norma Shearer, 1931 IT'S LOVE I'M AFTER, Bette Davis, Leslie Howard, 1937 THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL, Leslie Howard, 1934 FIVE AND TEN, Marion Davies, Leslie Howard, (art direction by Cedric Gibbons) 1931

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Lamp Still Burns Producer - 1943
      No Score Yet 44% The Gentle Sex Director - 1943
      No Score Yet 61% Spitfire R.J. Mitchell (Character),
      Director
      - 1942
      No Score Yet No Score Yet From the Four Corners Screenwriter - 1942
      No Score Yet 77% Pimpernel Smith Professor Horatio Smith (Character),
      Director,
      Producer
      - 1941
      88% 75% 49th Parallel Philip Armstrong Scott (Character) - 1941
      90% 92% Gone With the Wind Ashley Wilkes (Character) $198.7M 1939
      100% 67% Intermezzo Holger (Character) - 1939
      95% 85% Pygmalion Professor Henry Higgins (Character),
      Director
      - 1938
      No Score Yet 82% It's Love I'm After Basil Underwood (Character) - 1937
      No Score Yet 68% Stand-In Atterbury Dodd (Character) - 1937
      78% 54% Romeo and Juliet Romeo (Character) - 1936
      100% 80% The Petrified Forest Alan Squier (Character) - 1936
      90% 75% The Scarlet Pimpernel Sir Percy Blakeney/The Scarlet Pimpernel (Character) - 1935
      No Score Yet 29% British Agent Stephen "Steve" Locke (Character) - 1934
      87% 69% Of Human Bondage Philip Carey (Character) - 1934
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Lady Is Willing Albert Latour (Character) - 1934
      No Score Yet 43% Secrets John Carlton (Character) - 1933
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Captured Captain Fred Allison (Character) - 1933
      No Score Yet 70% Berkeley Square Peter Standish (Character) - 1933
      80% 70% Smilin' Through Sir John Carteret (Character) - 1932
      No Score Yet 56% The Animal Kingdom Tom Collier (Character) - 1932
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Service for Ladies Max Tracey (Character) - 1932
      No Score Yet 58% A Free Soul Dwight Winthrop, Jan's Fiancee (Character) - 1931
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Five and Ten Berry Rhodes (Character) - 1931
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Devotion David Trent (Character) - 1931
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Never the Twain Shall Meet Dan Pritchard (Character) - 1931
      No Score Yet 54% Outward Bound Tom Prior (Character) - 1930