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Leo Genn ACTOR


Leo Genn was born on August 9th, 1905 in London, England with the middle name John, born to Woolfe William Genn and Rachel Asserson.  He received his early years education at the City of London School and later enrolled at Cambridge University and studied law.
After graduating from college he began practicing law in 1928 and simultaneously, began to develop an interest in acting.  In 1930, he began performing as a stage actor and after gaining a couple years experience, Genn then broke into the film industry appearing in his first film, "Immortal Gentleman" (1935). 
Genn maintained his involvement as a stage actor becoming a part of the Old Vic Company where he performed in a variety of Shakespearean productions.  He continued to add more film credits to his resume, "Drums" (1938) and "Pygmalion" (1938) starring Leslie Howard and Wendy Hiller.  The majority of roles he portrayed were of characters dealing in the field of law.
In 1940 he took a brief break from acting and joined the Royal Artillery where he earned the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in 1943 and in 1945 he was awarded the Croix de Guerre.  Returning back to films, his roles were becoming more prominent appearing in the films, "The Way Ahead" (1944) and "Green for Danger" (1946).
Maintaining his presence on stage he appeared in the production, "Another Part of the Forest" and still took on more film roles such as, "Mourning Becomes Electra" (1947), "The Velvet Touch" (1948) starring with Rosalind Russell, Claire Trevor and Leon Ames, "The Snake Pit" (1948) co-starring Olivia de Havilland, Mark Stevens and Celeste Holm, "Quo Vadis" (1951) starring alongside Robert Taylor, Deborah Kerr and Peter Ustinov, "Plymouth Adventure" (1952) starring with Spencer Tracy, Gene Tierney, Van Johnson, Lloyd Bridges and John Dehner, "Moby Dick" (1956) starring Gregory Peck, Richard Basehart and Orson Welles, "The Longest Day" (1962) starring John Wayne, Henry Fonda, Robert Mitchum, Sean Connery, Eddie Albert, Peter Lawford, Rod Steiger, Curt Jurgens, Richard Burton and Edmond O'Brien and "55 Days at Peking" (1963) starring Charlton Heston, Ava Gardner, David Niven and John Ireland.
In addition to his stage and film work he also added a variety of television series to his credits such as, "Screen Director's Playhouse", "Armchair Theatre", "On Trial", "About Religion", "The Defenders", "The Virginian", "Vendetta", "The Expert", "Strange Report" and his final television role, "The Zoo Gang" in 1974.
Leo Genn retired from acting and passed away just four years later on January 26th, 1978 in London, England after suffering from a heart attack.  Genn married only once to Marguerite van Praag in 1933. 


1975   Sie sind frei, Doktor Korczak 

1974   Cover Up 
1974   The Zoo Gang 

1973   The MacKintosh Man 

1973   The Silent One 
1972   Endless Night

1971   The Persuaders

1971   Die Screaming, Marianne
1971   A Lizard in a Woman's Skin 

1970   Connecting Rooms 

1970   BBC Play of the Month 
1970   The Bloody Judge 

1969   Strange Report 

1969   The Expert 
1968   The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde 

1967   Saint Joan 

1966   Vendetta
1966   Khartoum

1966   Psycho-Circus

1965   Agatha Christie's 'Ten Little Indians'
1965   The Wednesday Play

1964   The Secret of Dr. Mabuse

1964   The Virginian
1963   Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre

1963   55 Days at Peking

1963   The Defenders 
1963   Festival 

1962   About Religion 

1962   The Longest Day 
1961   On Trial: The Dilke Case

1960   On Trial 

1960   Escape by Night 
1960   Playgirl After Dark 

1960   Mrs. Miniver

1959   Armchair Theatre
1958   Tank Force 

1958   I Accuse! 

1957   The Steel Bayonet 
1956   Beyond Mombasa 

1956   Moby Dick 

1955   Screen Directors Playhouse
1955   Omnibus

1955   Lady Chatterley's Lover

1955   The Lowest Crime
1954   The Green Scarf

1953   Personal Affair

1953   Paratrooper 
1953   The Girls of Pleasure Island

1952   Plymouth Adventure

1952   Affair in Monte Carlo
1951   The Magic Box

1951   Quo Vadis 

1950   The Wooden Horse 
1950   The Miniver Story 

1950   No Place for Jennifer

1949   The Undefeated
1948   The Snake Pit

1948   Dulcimer Street

1948   The Velvet Touch
1947   Mourning Becomes Electra

1946   Green for Danger 

1945   Caesar and Cleopatra 
1944   Henry V 

1944   The Way Ahead 

1943   The Bells Go Down 
1942   The Young Mr. Pitt

1940   Girl in the News 

1940   Law and Disorder 
1940   Ten Days in Paris 

1940   Blackout 

1938   Pygmalion
1938   Dangerous Medicine 

1938   Queen of Crime

1938   Drums 
1937   The Rat 

1937   The Cavalier of the Streets 

1937   When Thief Meets Thief 
1936   Accused

1936   Rhodes

1936   The Dream Doctor
1935   Immortal Gentleman

Matinee Classics - Mourning Becomes Electra starring Rosalind Russell, Michael Redgrave, Raymond Massey, Kirk Douglas, Katina Paxinou, Leo Genn, Nancy Coleman, Henry Hull, Sara Allgood, Thurston Hall, Walter Baldwin and Elisabeth Risdon
Matinee Classics - Plymouth Adventure starring Spencer Tracy, Gene Tierney, Van Johnson, Leo Genn, Barry Jones, Dawn Addams, Lloyd Bridges, Noel Drayton, John Dehner, Tommy Ivo and Lowell Gilmore
Matinee Classics - Plymouth Adventure starring Spencer Tracy, Gene Tierney, Van Johnson, Leo Genn, Barry Jones, Dawn Addams, Lloyd Bridges, Noel Drayton, John Dehner, Tommy Ivo and Lowell Gilmore
Matinee Classics - Quo Vadis starring Deborah Kerr, Robert Taylor, Peter Ustinov, Leo Genn, Patricia Laffan, Finlay Currie, Abraham Sofaer, Marina Berti, Buddy Baer, Felix Aylmer and Nora Swinburne
Matinee Classics - Ten Little Indians starring Hugh O'Brian, Shirley Eaton, Fabian Forte, Leo Genn, Stanley Holloway, Wilfrid Hyde-White, Daliah Lavi, Dennis Price, Marianne Hoppe, Mario Adorf and Christopher Lee

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