Leo G. Carroll
BORN: October 25, 1892
DIED: October 16, 1972
Leo G. Carroll was the son of an Irish-born
British military officer. The younger Carroll had intended to follow in his father's footsteps, but his World War I experiences
discouraged him from pursuing a military career. On the British stage from the age of sixteen, Carroll settled in the U.S.
in 1924, playing such plum theatrical roles as the title character in The Late George Apley. In films from 1934, Carroll often
portrayed shy, self-effacing Britishers who, in "Uriah-Heep" fashion, used their humility to hide a larcenous or
homicidal streak. Reportedly Alfred Hitchcock's favorite actor, Carroll was seen in half a dozen Hithcock films, notably Spellbound
(1946) (as the scheming psychiatrist) and North by Northwest (1959) (as the dry-witted CIA agent). A "method actor"
before the term was invented, Carroll was known to immerse himself in his roles, frequently confounding strangers by approaching
them "in character." Leo G. Carroll was always a welcome presence on American television, starring as Topper in
the "ghostly" sitcom of the same name, and co-starring as Father Fitzgibbons in Going My Way (1962) and Alexander
Waverly on The Man From UNCLE (1964-68) and Girl From UNCLE (1966-67).