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Leo G. Carroll

Leo G. Carroll

N/A (passed away Oct. 16th, 1972)
Born in
Weedon Bec, Northamptonshire, England
5' 10

Leo G. Carroll's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
The Man From U.N.C.L.E. TV Show
The Man From U.N.C.L.E.
The Girl from U.N.C.L.E. TV Show
The Girl from U.N.C.L.E.
Topper TV Show
Star Tonight TV Show
Star Tonight

Main Movie Roles

Guest TV Roles

[none found]


Carroll was born in Weedon Bec, Northamptonshire, on October 24, 1886, to William and Catherine Carroll. His Roman Catholic parents named him after then-Pope Leo XIII. His year of birth has appeared in two ways in different sources: 1892 or incorrectly 1886. In 1897 his family lived in York, where his Irish-born father was a foreman in an ordnance store. In the 1901 Census for West Ham, London, his occupation is listed as "wine trade clerk". In the 1911 census, he is living at the same address and described as a "dramatic agent".
Stage career Carroll made his stage debut in 1912. His acting career was on hold during World War I, when he served in the British Army. He then performed in London and on Broadway in New York City. In 1933, he was a member of the Manhattan Theatre Repertory Company in the inaugural season of the Ogunquit Playhouse in Ogunquit, Maine.
During 1933 - 1934 Carroll had an important role in a successful Broadway play, The Green Bay Tree (which has no relation besides the shared title to the novel by Louis Bromfield), and in 1941 starred with Vincent Price and Judith Evelyn in Patrick Hamilton's Angel Street (Gas Light), which ran for three years at the Golden Theatre on 45th Street in New York City. After the production closed, he starred in the title role in J. P. Marquand's The Late George Apley.

  • Born to a wealthy English Catholic family, he was named after the reigning Pope at the time of his birth, Leo XIII (1810 - 1903, reigned 1878 - 1903)
  • He appeared as 'Laurence Olivier' (qv)'s manservant in The Green Bay Tree at Broadway's Cort Theatre in the 1933-34 season, in which Olivier co-starred with his real-life first wife, 'Jill Esmond (I)' (qv). The play, directed by the legendary 'Jed Harris' (qv), was a hit, playing for 166 performances. The Green Bay Tree, written by 'Mordaunt Shairp' (qv), was one of the first plays to deal with the topic of homosexuality.
  • Was one of the first actors to play the same character (Alexander Waverly) on two different television series: _"The Man from U.N.C.L.E." (1964)_ (qv) and its spin-off, _"The Girl from U.N.C.L.E." (1966)_ (qv) . Others actors who have done this are 'Gale Gordon' (qv), 'Frank Cady' (qv), 'Richard Anderson (I)' (qv), 'Martin E. Brooks' (qv), 'Marla Gibbs' (qv), 'David Hasselhoff' (qv) and 'Fred Dalton Thompson' (qv).
  • Fought in the British army during WW I and was seriously wounded.
  • Made his Broadway debut in K.G. Sowerby's play Rutherford & Son at the Little Theatre on December 24, 1912. He last appeared on the Great White Way over 40 years later in 'Emlyn Williams (II)' (qv)'s Someone Waiting at the John Golden Theatre, a flop which opened and closed after 15 performances in February 1956.

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