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Leonard Mudie
Mudie in British Intelligence (1940)
Mudie in British Intelligence (1940)
Leonard Mudie Cheetham

(1883-04-11)April 11, 1883
DiedApril 14, 1965(1965-04-14) (aged 82)
Resting placeChapel of the Pines Crematory
Years active1908–1965
Spouse(s)Beatrice Terry
Gladys Lennox

Leonard Mudie (born Leonard Mudie Cheetham; April 11, 1883 – April 14, 1965) was an English character actor whose career lasted for nearly fifty years. After a successful start as a stage actor in England, he appeared regularly in the US, and made his home there from 1932. He appeared in character roles on Broadway and in Hollywood films.

Life and career

Early years

Leonard Mudie Cheetham was born in Cheetham Hill, a suburb of Manchester, England, the son of Thomas Hurst Cheetham and Lucy Amy Mudie. He made his stage debut with Annie Horniman's company at the Gaiety Theatre, Manchester in 1908.[1] He remained with the company for several seasons, in a wide range of roles including Humphrey in The Knight of the Burning Pestle, Verges in Much Ado About Nothing, Alan Jeffcoate in the première of Hindle Wakes, Joseph Surface in The School for Scandal, Gordon Jayne in The Second Mrs. Tanqueray and Walter How in Justice.

In The Manchester Guardian, James Agate commented on Mudie's acting in 1909, "[He] has a definite and genuine feeling for the stage. His enunciation is very faulty, his accent not good … but the acting instinct is there."[2] With the Horniman company Mudie made his London and American debuts.[1]

In 1914 and 1915 Mudie appeared at the Opera House, Boston in The Merry Wives of Windsor, Julius Caesar, The Merchant of Venice, and Twelfth Night.[1] In 1916 he appeared at the New Amsterdam Theatre, New York in The Merry Wives of Windsor, playing Justice Shallow to the Falstaff of Sir Herbert Tree.[1] For the next five years he appeared on Broadway and on tour in the US in modern plays, including a run playing Abraham Lincoln in a play based on the politician's life (1921), and another playing Brian Strange in A.A. Milne's Mr Pim Passes By (1922).[1]

Film career

Mudie as the priest in Rage in Heaven (1941)
Mudie as the priest in Rage in Heaven (1941)

Mudie made his film debut in a Boris Karloff film, The Mummy in 1932. He moved to Hollywood in that year, and lived there for the rest of his life.[3] He played a range of screen parts, some substantial, and others short cameos. Among the bigger roles were Dr Pearson in The Mummy, Porthinos in Cleopatra (1934), Maitland in Mary of Scotland (1936), and De Bourenne in Anthony Adverse (1936). His small roles, according to The New York Times, were typically "a bewigged, gimlet-eyed British judge".[3]

Mudie made the postwar transition into television, and appeared in four episodes of Adventures of Superman, in roles ranging from the comedic to the sinister. For the postwar cinema he played the regular character Commander Barnes in the series of Bomba, the Jungle Boy films.[3] Mudie's final acting role was as one of the elderly survivors of a wrecked spaceship in “The Cage”, the first pilot episode of Star Trek, which was filmed in 1964 but not broadcast on television in full until 1988.

Partial filmography


  1. ^ a b c d e Parker, pp. 684–85
  2. ^ Agate, James. "Gaiety Theatre – Candida", The Manchester Guardian, 26 October 1909, p. 7
  3. ^ a b c "Leonard Mudie", The New York Times. Retrieved 22 May 2014

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