Howard, Leslie

orig. Leslie Howard Steiner

born April 3, 1893, London, Eng.
died June 1, 1943, at sea

British actor.

He became a popular stage actor in London and later on Broadway, where he won acclaim for Her Cardboard Lover (1927), The Petrified Forest (1935), and Hamlet (1936). He was noted for his quiet, persuasive English charm. He made his U.S. film debut in Outward Bound (1930) and later starred in Of Human Bondage (1934), Pygmalion (1938), Intermezzo (1939), and Gone with the Wind (1939). He died during World War II (1939–45) when his plane was shot down en route from Lisbon to London.

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▪ British actor
original name  Leslie Howard Steiner 
born April 3, 1893, London, Eng.
died June 1, 1943, at sea
 English actor, producer, and film director whose acting had a quiet, persuasive English charm.

      After working as a bank clerk, Howard served in World War I, where he was able to strengthen an early interest in the stage. Adopting his stage name, he first appeared on stage in 1917. After acting for some years in England, he became popular on Broadway in New York City. After a short return to London in 1926, he enjoyed a long run with Tallulah Bankhead in Her Cardboard Lover (1927). Soon afterward, he appeared in both London and New York in John Balderston's Berkeley Square, a dramatization from Henry James's incomplete novel The Sense of the Past. His other notable stage successes were The Petrified Forest (1935) and Hamlet (1936), his own production in which he starred.

  Howard made his American film debut in 1930, when he appeared in Outward Bound. He was an incomparable Henry Higgins in the first major film version (1938) of George Bernard Shaw's play Pygmalion. Other memorable films in which he starred include Of Human Bondage (1934), The Scarlet Pimpernel (1935), The Petrified Forest (1936), Romeo and Juliet (1936), and Gone with the Wind (1939). He was killed during World War II when the plane that was carrying him from Lisbon to London was shot down.
 

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