Raymond Huntley (23 April 1904 - 19 October 1990) was an English actor who appeared in dozens of British films from the 1930s through to the 1970s. Huntley also appeared in the ITV period drama Upstairs, Downstairs as the pragmatic family solicitor Sir Geoffrey Dillon. Life and career: Born in Birmingham in 1904, Huntley was often cast as a supercilious bureaucrat or other authority figure, and his many film appearances included The Way Ahead, I See a Dark Stranger, Passport to Pimlico and The Dam Busters. Huntley has been credited as the first actor to portray Count Dracula, but that is incorrect. Huntley was first to play the role in Hamilton Deane's stage adaptation, later revised by John L. Balderston and now the most successful stage version of Bram Stoker's novel. The very first stage performance of Dracula occurred in 1897, shortly after the novel was published; Stoker himself mounted a one-off dramatisation of the novel at Sir Henry Irving's Lyceum Theatre in London, where Stoker was manager. In Huntley's later years, he became well known on television as Sir Geoffrey Dillon, the family solicitor to the Bellamys in LWT's popular 1970s drama series Upstairs, Downstairs. Huntley died in the Westminster Hospital, London in 1990 In his obituary, The New York Times wrote, "During his long career the actor played judges, bank managers, churchmen, bureaucrats and other figures of authority. He could play them straight if necessary, but in comedy his natural dryness of delivery was exaggerated to the point where the character he was playing invited mockery as a pompous humbug." Filmography: What Happened Then? (1934), Can You Hear Me, Mother? (1935), Mozart (1936), Rembrandt (1937), London Melody (1937), Dinner at the Ritz (1937), Knight Without Armour (1937), The Lion Has Wings (1939), Bulldog Sees It Through (1940), Night Train to Munich (1940), Freedom Radio (1941), Inspector Hornleigh Goes To It (1941), The Ghost of St. Michael's (1941), Pimpernel Smith (1941), The Ghost Train (1941), Once a Crook (1941), The Day Will Dawn (1942), The New Lot (1943), When We Are Married (1943), The Way Ahead (1944), They Came to a City (1944), School for Secrets (1946), I See a Dark Stranger (1946), So Evil My Love (1948), Mr. Perrin and Mr. Traill (1948), Broken Journey (1948), It's Hard to Be Good (1948), Passport to Pimlico (1949), Trio (1950), The Long Dark Hall (1951), I'll Never Forget You (1951), The House in the Square (1951), Mr. Denning Drives North (1952), The Last Page (1952), Meet Mr. Lucifer (1953), Laxdale Hall (1953), Glad Tidings (1953), Hobson's Choice (1954), The Teckman Mystery (1954), Orders Are Orders (1954), Aunt Clara (1954), The Prisoner (1955), The Constant Husband (1955), Doctor at Sea (1955), The Dam Busters (1955), Geordie (1955), The Last Man to Hang? (1956), The Green Man (1956), Brothers in Law (1957), Town on Trial (1957), Next to No Time (1958), Room at the Top (1959), Carlton-Browne of the F.O. (1959), Innocent Meeting (1959), Our Man in Havana (1959), I'm All Right Jack (1959), The Mummy (1959), Bottoms Up (1960), Breathless (1960), Sands of the Desert (1960), Follow That Horse! (1960), Make Mine Mink (1960), A French Mistress (1960), Suspect (1960), The Pure Hell of St. Trinian's (1960), Only Two Can Play (1962), Waltz of the Toreadors (1962), Crooks Anonymous (1962), On the Beat (1962), Nurse on Wheels (1963), The Yellow Teddy Bears (1963), Father Came Too! (1963), The Black Torment (1964), Rotten to the Core (1965), The Great St Trinian's Train Robbery (1966), Hostile Witness (1968), Hot Millions (1968), The Adding Machine (1969), Arthur! Arthur! (1969), That's Your Funeral (1972), Young Winston (1972), Symptoms (1974)

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