Nigel De Brulier in The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Nigel De Brulier in a scene from The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923)

Nigel De Brulier (July 8, 1877 - January 30, 1948) was an English film actor, who launched his career in the theatre stage in his native country and transferred to movies after moving to USA. His first film role was a poet in The Pursuit of the Phantom in 1914. In 1915 he acted in the film Ghosts based on a play by Henrik Ibsen.

Nigel De Brulier played Cardinal Richelieu in the four films: The Three Musketeers (1921), The Iron Mask (1929), The Three Musketeers (1935) and The Man in the Iron Mask (1939). De Brulier appeared with Douglas Fairbanks in The Gaucho (1927) and was also one of the few actors of the silent era who reached reasonable success in talkies, although his roles in them were quite minor. De Brulier's appearance inspired a figure of the wizard in an episode The Sorcerer's Apprentice in the Walt Disney's animated cartoon film Fantasia. He actually played the wizard Shazam in the Republic serial Adventures of Captain Marvel and also acted in Charlie Chan in Egypt in 1935.

He played Jokaanan, the Prophet in a silent film version of Oscar Wilde's Salomé (1923 film) (1923), which is said to have been done with an all-homosexual cast, in tribute to the author.


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