See index for CTFT sketch: Born April 30, 1905, in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada; died December 23, 1998, in Santa Barbara, CA. Actor and author. David Manners was well known for his roles in horror films, where he usually played a terrified straight man to monsters such as Count Dracula. Manners played opposite the title character in the Bela Lugosi film Dracula(1931).Manners was born Rauff de Ryther Duan Acklom and studied acting in Canada. In the 1920s he took stage roles in Canada and in the U.S., including the title role of Hippolytus in Toronto (1924). He continued to work on the stage into the 1940s, but also acted in motion pictures beginning in the 1930s.Manner's horror credits included The Mummy(1932) and The Black Cat(1934). In addition to horror films, Manners played in movies such as A Bill of Divorcement and Torch Singers; he starred opposite leading ladies including Katharine Hepburn and Barbara Stanwick. Manners authoredseveral novels.
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