Nigel De Brulier

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Nigel De Brulier
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Francis George Packer

(1877-08-08)8 August 1877
Died30 January 1948(1948-01-30) (aged 70)
Years active1914–1943

Nigel De Brulier (born Francis George Packer, 8 August 1877 – 30 January 1948) was an English film actor.



De Brulier was born in Frenchay, a suburb of Bristol on August 8, 1877 as Francis George Packer, the son of James Packer, a Gloucestershire coachman, and his wife Louisa Packer (née Field). [1] [2] De Brulier launched his career as an actor and singer on the stage in his native country and transferred to the American stage after moving to Canada and then to the United States in 1898. [3] His first film role was a poet in The Pursuit of the Phantom in 1914. [4] In 1915 he acted in the film Ghosts based on a play by Henrik Ibsen. [5]

Bristol City and county in England

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The Pursuit of the Phantom is a 1914 American drama film written and directed by Hobart Bosworth. The film stars Hobart Bosworth, Rhea Haines, Helen Wolcott, Courtenay Foote and Myrtle Stedman. The film was released on September 1, 1914, by Paramount Pictures.

Henrik Ibsen Norwegian playwright and theatre director

Henrik Johan Ibsen was a Norwegian playwright, theatre director, and poet. As one of the founders of modernism in theatre, Ibsen is often referred to as "the father of realism" and one of the most influential playwrights of his time. His major works include Brand, Peer Gynt, An Enemy of the People, Emperor and Galilean, A Doll's House, Hedda Gabler, Ghosts, The Wild Duck, When We Dead Awaken, Pillars of Society, The Lady from the Sea, Rosmersholm, The Master Builder, and John Gabriel Borkman. He is the most frequently performed dramatist in the world after Shakespeare, and by the early 20th century A Doll's House became the world's most performed play.

Nigel De Brulier portrayed 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). [5]

Cardinal Richelieu French clergyman, noble and statesman

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<i>The Three Musketeers</i> (1921 film) 1921 film by Fred Niblo

The Three Musketeers is a 1921 American silent film based on the novel The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas, père. It was directed by Fred Niblo and stars Douglas Fairbanks as d'Artagnan. The film originally had scenes filmed in the Handschiegl Color Process. The film had a sequel, The Iron Mask (1929), also starring Fairbanks as d'Artagnan and DeBrulier as Cardinal Richelieu.

<i>The Iron Mask</i> 1929 film by Allan Dwan

The Iron Mask is a 1929 American part-talkie adventure film directed by Allan Dwan. It is an adaptation of the last section of the novel The Vicomte de Bragelonne by Alexandre Dumas, père, which is itself based on the French legend of the Man in the Iron Mask.

De Brulier appeared with Douglas Fairbanks in The Gaucho (1927) [6] 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. He played the wizard Shazam in the 1941 Republic serial Adventures of Captain Marvel and also acted in Charlie Chan in Egypt in 1935. [7]

Douglas Fairbanks American actor, screenwriter, director, and producer

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<i>The Gaucho</i> 1927 film by F. Richard Jones

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Shazam (wizard) comic book character created by Bill Parker and C. C. Beck for Fawcett Comics

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He played Jokaanan, the Prophet in a silent film version of Oscar Wilde's Salome (1923). A clip of De Brulier in Salomé was used in Before Stonewall , a film documenting the gay rights movement. [8]

<i>Salomé</i> (1923 film) 1923 film by Charles Bryant

Salomé is a 1923 silent film directed by Charles Bryant and starring Alla Nazimova. It is an adaptation of the Oscar Wilde play of the same name. The play itself is a loose retelling of the biblical story of King Herod and his execution of John the Baptist at the request of Herod's stepdaughter, Salomé, whom he lusts after.

Oscar Wilde 19th-century Irish poet, playwright and aesthete

Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde was an Irish poet and playwright. After writing in different forms throughout the 1880s, he became one of London's most popular playwrights in the early 1890s. He is best remembered for his epigrams and plays, his novel The Picture of Dorian Gray, and the circumstances of his criminal conviction for homosexuality, imprisonment, and early death at age 46.

<i>Salome</i> (play) tragedy by Oscar Wilde

Salome is a tragedy by Oscar Wilde. The original 1891 version of the play was in French. Three years later an English translation was published. The play tells in one act the Biblical story of Salome, stepdaughter of the tetrarch Herod Antipas, who, to her stepfather's dismay but to the delight of her mother Herodias, requests the head of Jokanaan on a silver platter as a reward for dancing the dance of the seven veils.


De Brulier died in Los Angeles on January 30, 1948. He was interred at Grand View Memorial Park Cemetery in Glendale, California. [9]

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Grand View Memorial Park Cemetery cemetery in Glendale, California

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Selected filmography

<i>The Hypocrites</i> (1915 film) 1915 film by Lois Weber, Nate Watt

Hypocrites, also known as The Hypocrites, is a 1915 silent drama film written and directed by Lois Weber (1879–1939).

The Spanish Jade is a 1915 American drama silent film directed by Wilfred Lucas, written by Maurice Hewlett and Louis Joseph Vance, and starring Betty Bellairs, Wilfred Lucas, Nigel De Brulier, Arthur Tavares, Frank Lanning and Howard Davies. It was released on April 11, 1915, by Paramount Pictures.

Ghosts is a 1915 silent film drama based on the famous play Ghosts by Henrik Ibsen. It was directed by George Nichols. D. W. Griffith produced the film and Erich von Stroheim served in several capacities as technical advisor, wardrobe assistant and costume designer. George Siegmann was an assistant director. The film had an alternate or working title The Wreck.

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