Lionel Atwill (1885-1946)

Lionel Atwill in "Son of Frankenstein." Before the horror: The burly, pit bull British actor became a Broadway star in 1918 and made his film debut in short order, generally cast in macabre or villainous roles. Prior to joining the Universal family, he appeared in several horror films, mostly notably 1932's "Dr. X" and 1933's "Mystery of the Wax Museum" at Warner Bros. Iconic Universal roles: The disfigured Inspector Krogh in 1939's "Son of Frankenstein" has a difficult time maneuvering his cumbersome artificial arm, which he'd been wearing since a child after the Frankenstein monster ripped his limb out from the roots. Atwill also appeared in such chillers as 1941's "Man Made Monster," 1942's "The Ghost of Frankenstein," 1943's "Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man," 1944's "House of Frankenstein" and 1945's "House of Dracula." Memorable quote: "The Monster had escaped and was ... ravaging the countryside, killing, maiming, terrorizing. One night he burst into our house. My father took a gun and fired at him but the savage brute sent him crashing to a corner. Then he grabbed me by the arm!" ("Son of Frankenstein")
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