Maitland in Leeds and Grenville United Counties, Ontario — Central Canada (North America)
Douglas Rupert Dumbrille
Pax Alma Redit
DOUGLAS RUPERT DUMBRILLE
A Canadian pioneer in early Hollywood, this character actor was born in Hamilton, Ontario. He frequently vacationed here at "Sprucelawn,” his father's birthplace.
Sometimes billed as Douglas Dumbrille, he appeared in silent movies between 1913-1916. He made his Broadway debut in 1924 and acted in stage productions until the 1930s. As his career advanced, he assumed the theatrical name "Douglass Dumbrille."
Considered as one of film's great character actors with roles in more than 200 motion pictures, he was highly regarded and sought out by renowned directors, such as Frank Capra for Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936) and Cecil B. DeMille for The Ten Commandments (1956).
With distinctive physical features and an urbane voice, he was often cast as a distinguished character villain. He was also considered an ideal foil in comedy films with Abbot and Costello, the Marx Brothers and Bob Hope. In the 1950s and 1960s, he made numerous television appearances.
Erected by Sprucelawn RMD Corporation
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, Music • Entertainment. A significant historical year for this entry is 1924.
Location. 44° 38.171′ N, 75° 36.73′ W. Marker is in Maitland, Ontario, in Leeds and Grenville United Counties. Marker is at the intersection of County Highway 2 and Church Street (County Highway 2), on the left when traveling east on County Highway 2. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2 Church Street, Maitland ON K0E 1P0, Canada. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Dorothy Martha Dumbrille (here, next to this marker); Lieut.-Col. Thain Wendell MacDowell, V.C., D.S.O. (a few steps from this marker); The Founding of Maitland (within shouting distance of this marker); Dumbrille's Store (within shouting distance of this marker); St. James's Masonic Lodge No. 74 (about 120 meters away, measured in a direct line); Pointe Au Baril (about 210 meters away); St. James Church 1826 (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); War of 1812 (approx. 2.4 kilometers away in the U.S.). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Maitland.
Credits. This page was last revised on August 30, 2022. It was originally submitted on August 27, 2022, by Robert Rusaw of Massena, New York. This page has been viewed 74 times since then and 34 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on August 27, 2022, by Robert Rusaw of Massena, New York. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.