• 28 August 1883
  •  Monmouthshire, Wales, UK

E.E. Clive


Edward E. Clive was a Welsh-born actor/manager, initially, it seemed, slated for a medical career. After four years, he suddenly elected to abandon his studies at the University of Wales. For the next ten years, he trod the boards in diverse theatrical productions across Britain, becoming adept at a variety of regional dialects. Clive arrived in the United States in 1912 and set up the Copley Theatre Stock Company in Boston, with himself as leading performer. By the 1920's, he made a name for himself as a producer and director on Broadway ("The Creaking Chair",1926; "The Whispering Gallery",1929; "The Bellamy Trial",1931). He also continued in his position as director of the Copley. Clive arrived on Hollywood screens relatively late in life, making his debut with The Invisible Man (1933). Thereafter, he was effectively typecast in a long line of austere, humourless British butlers, town mayors and haughty aristocrats, his demeanour invariably ranging from gloomy to irritable. Though most these parts were often quite small, Clive managed to steal the odd scene or two. At his best, he was the burgomaster in Bride of Frankenstein (1935), Sir Humphrey Harcourt in The Charge of the Light Brigade (1936) and (in a recurring role), manservant 'Tenny' Tennison in several instalments of Paramount's 'Bulldog Drummond' series.