The Canterville Ghost

by dgranger | created - 11 months ago | updated - 11 months ago | Public

Oscar Wilde’s comic novella, “The Canterville Ghost”, about the ghost of Sir Simon De Canterville who is doomed to haunt Canterville Castle until one of his descents performs an act of bravery and courage in his name*, has been filmed many times with a French version, a few German versions, a two musical version, two animated versions, and a new CGI animated version in development. Many fine actors have played this part. Showing them in chronological order, (Yeah, you have to go through the older film versions and old tv versions first before you get to the more modern actors), who do you think played him the best (aka, who is your favorite)?

Do your comedy ghost hunting here if you want to talk about it.

* What adds comedy to the story is that until his curse gets broken, Sir Simon must perform his duties as a ghost and must scare away everyone from the castle. It goes well for him until he eventually meets a family who simply can’t be scared away.

1. Charles Laughton

Actor | Witness for the Prosecution

Charles Laughton was born in Scarborough, Yorkshire, England, to Eliza (Conlon) and Robert Laughton, hotel keepers of Irish and English descent, respectively. He was educated at Stonyhurst (a highly esteemed Jesuit college in England) and at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (received gold medal). ...

The Canterville Ghost (1944)

2. Edward Ashley

Actor | Dick Tracy Meets Gruesome

Edward Ashley was born on August 12, 1904 in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia as Edward Montagu Ashley Cooper . He was an actor, known for Dick Tracy Meets Gruesome (1947), The Court Jester (1955) and Bitter Sweet (1940). He was married to Nora Swinburne. He died on May 5, 2000 in San Diego, ...

The Canterville Ghost (1949) - The actor’s studio Program

3. Bruce Lester

Actor | The Letter

Bruce Lester was born on June 6, 1912 in Johannesburg, South Africa as Bruce Somerset Lister. He was an actor and writer, known for The Letter (1940), My Son, My Son! (1940) and Celia (1949). He was married to Jane. He died on June 13, 2008 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

The Canterville Ghost (1950) - Fireside theater

4. Basil Howes

Actor | The Saint

Basil Howes was born on December 19, 1901 in Shirehampton, Bristol, England as Charles Edward Basil Howes. He was an actor, known for The Saint (1962), The New Hotel (1932) and Thriller (1960). He died on March 2, 1976 in Bayswater, London, England.

The Canterville Ghost (1950) - Robert Montgomery Presents tv program

5. John Qualen

Actor | Casablanca

One of the best and most familiar character actors of the first four decades of sound films, although few who knew his face also knew his name, John Qualen was born in Canada to Norwegian parents. His father was a minister. The family moved to the United States and Qualen (whose real name was ...

The Canterville Ghost (1953) - Your Favorite Story tv program

6. Ernest Truex

Actor | His Girl Friday

The ultimate milquetoast and ineffectual boss in comedy outings, meek character actor Ernest Truex was a small (5'3"), adenoidal, very well-dressed fellow, a popular avuncular type in later years who enjoyed a seven-decade-long career. He was born September 19, 1889, in Kansas City, Missouri, the ...

The Canterville Ghost (1958) - Matinee Theatre program.

7. Bernard Cribbins

Actor | Frenzy

An actor since the age of 14, Bernard Cribbins had become a major star on the London stage by his mid-20s, but it was another ten years before he became a national star by his success in film comedies and with a string of hit records. He appeared in several of the "Carry On" series, and also ...

The Canterville Ghost (1962) - BBC Sunday-Night Play tv program

8. Barry McDaniel

Soundtrack | Sunday Bloody Sunday

Barry McDaniel was born on October 18, 1930 in Lyndon, Kansas, USA. He was an actor, known for Sunday Bloody Sunday (1971), The Canterville Ghost (1964) and Ariadne auf Naxos (1978). He died on June 18, 2018 in Berlin, Germany.

Das Gespenst von Canterville (1964) a German version - TV movie

9. Bruce Forsyth

Actor | Bedknobs and Broomsticks

Veteran entertainer Sir Bruce Forsyth had a career spanning eight decades, in which he went from struggling variety performer to Saturday night TV stardom. On the way, he became one of the most recognisable entertainers in the business, driven by what appeared to be inexhaustible energy. He became ...

The Canterville Ghost (1966) - Mystery and Imagination tv program

10. Michael Redgrave

Actor | The Lady Vanishes

Sir Michael Redgrave was of the generation of English actors that gave the world the legendary John Gielgud, Ralph Richardson and Laurence Olivier, Britain three fabled "Theatrical Knights" back in the days when a knighthood for thespian was far more rare than it is today. A superb actor, Redgrave ...

The Canterville Ghost (1966) - ABC Stage 67 tv program. It is a musical version of the story.

11. Vladimir Kenigson

Actor | Padenie Berlina

Vladimir Vladimirovich Kenigson was born on Novembr 7, 1907, in Simferopol, Russian Empire (now Simferopol, Ukraine). He studied acting at the Studio of Simferopol Drama Theatre and became a member of the troupe in 1925. After having toured all over the USSR, he was invited by Aleksandr Tairov to ...

Kentervilskoe prividenie (1972) - a short Russian animated version

12. Ted Knight

Actor | Mary Tyler Moore

Actor Ted Knight paid his dues with nearly two decades of relatively obscure dramatic, often villainous television work, before finding enduring fame in a scene-stealing supporting turn on a classic 1970s sitcom, hilariously overplaying a silver-haired, self-important imbecile. Although the ...

The Canterville Ghost (1975) - The Ghost Busters tv show - animated

13. David Niven

Actor | Murder by Death

David Niven was named after the Saint's Day on which he was born, St. David, patron Saint of Wales. He attended Stowe School and Sandhurst Military Academy and served for two years in Malta with the Highland Light Infantry. At the outbreak of World War II, although a top-line star, he re-joined the...

The Canterville Ghost (1974) - tv movie

14. James Irwin

Actor | Twelfth Night

James Irwin is an actor, known for Twelfth Night (1981) and The Canterville Ghost (1983).

The Canterville Ghost (1983) - A musical

15. Richard Kiley

Actor | Jurassic Park

Although Richard Kiley's rich baritone and strong vocal talent was much in evidence and received due respect with his award of a Tony for "Man of La Mancha", it was little used in his television and movie appearances. Won two Tony Awards as Best Actor (Musical): in 1959 for "Redhead" and in 1966 ...

The Canterville Ghost (1985) - TV movie

16. John Gielgud

Actor | Arthur

Born in London, England, John Gielgud trained at Lady Benson's Acting School and RADA, London. Best known for his Shakespearean roles in the theater, he first played Hamlet at the age of 26. He worked under the tutelage of Lilian Bayliss with friend and fellow performer Laurence Olivier and other ...

The Canterville Ghost (1986) - tv movie

17. Dick Orkin

Writer | The Canterville Ghost

A popular voice heard on radio and TV for over 40 years. Operates The Famous Radio Ranch, a company that writes and produces radio and television commercials. Still travels and gives seminars to producers and programers in the industry.

Became nationally known in 1966 with his unique radio serial ...

The Canterville Ghost (1988) - animated

18. Jirí Bartoska

Actor | Vsichni moji blízcí

Jirí Bartoska was born on March 24, 1947 in Decín, Czechoslovakia. He is an actor and producer, known for All My Loved Ones (1999), Tiger Theory (2016) and Der Salzbaron (1994).

Strasidlo cantervillské (1989) - a Czech tv version

19. Aiden Grennell

Actor | Michael Collins

Aiden Grennell was born on January 10, 1920 in Dublin, Ireland as Aiden Vernon Grennell. He was an actor, known for Michael Collins (1996), In the Name of the Father (1993) and Inside (1985). He was married to Iris Lawler. He died on January 13, 2001 in Dublin.

The Canterville Ghost (1990) - Animated short

20. Patrick Stewart

Actor | Logan

Sir Patrick Stewart was born in Mirfield, Yorkshire, England, to Gladys (Barrowclough), a textile worker and weaver, and Alfred Stewart, who was in the army. He was a member of various local drama groups from about age 12. He left school at age 15 to work as a junior reporter on a local paper; he ...

The Canterville Ghost (1996) - TV movie

21. Ian Richardson

Actor | From Hell

A classical actor (and founding member in 1960 of the Royal Shakespeare Company), Richardson earned international fame as the villainous Francis Urquart in the BBC television trilogy, "House of Cards." Uttered in a cut-glass accent, the Machiavellian Prime Minister's sly "You might well think that ...

The Canterville Ghost (1997) - tv movie

22. Phillip Hinton

Actor | Caddie

Phillip Hinton is an actor, known for Caddie (1976), Blue Murder (1995) and Farscape (1999).

The Canterville Ghost (2001) - animated tv short.

23. Andreas Schmidt

Actor | Pigs Will Fly

Andreas Schmidt was born on November 23, 1963 in Heggen, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany as Andreas M. Schmidt. He was an actor and writer, known for Pigs Will Fly (2002), Plus-minus null (1998) and Fleisch ist mein Gemüse (2008). He was married to Jennifer. He died on September 28, 2017 in ...

Das Gespenst von Canterville (2005) - a German version

24. Audrey Fleurot

Actress | Intouchables

Audrey Fleurot was born on July 6, 1977 in Mantes-la-Jolie, Yvelines, France. She is an actress, known for The Intouchables (2011), Spiral (2005) and Un village français (2009).

As Aliénor de Canterville in “Le fantôme de Canterville” (2016) - a French version

25. Stephen Fry

Actor | Gosford Park

Writer, actor, comedian, doer of good works, excellent good friend to the famous and not, Fry lives in his London SW1 flat and his Norfolk house when not traveling. Famous for his public declaration of celibacy in the "Tatler" back in the 1980s, Emma Thompson has characterised her friend as "90 ...

Or Hugh Laurie as Simon De Canterville in “The Canterville” - CGI Animated film in development

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