Bruce Lester

Born Jun 6, 1912
Hometown Johannesburg
Died Jun 13, 2008
Death Place Los Angeles
Other Names Bruce Somerset Li...

Bruce Lester was a South African-born English film actor with over 60 screen appearances to his credit between 1934 and his retirement from acting in 1958. Lester's career divided into two distinct periods. Between 1934 and 1938, billed as Bruce Lister, he appeared in upwards of 20 British films, mostly of the cheaply-shot and quickly-forgotten quota quickie variety. He then moved to the U.S.… Read More

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1912 Birth Born on June 6, 1912.


Between 1934 and 1938, billed as Bruce Lister, he appeared in upwards of 20 British films, mostly of the cheaply shot and quickly forgotten quota quickie variety. … Read More
1938 26 Years Old Things took an upturn in 1938, when he was signed to Teddington Studios, the British division of Warner Brothers. … Read More
1940 28 Years Old Lester's film career hit its peak in the early 1940s, beginning with the role of Mr. Bingley in the 1940 adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, followed by landing a plum role in the Bette Davis classic The Letter. … Read More


1943 31 Years Old In 1943 he played in the Joan Crawford and Fred MacMurray spy drama Above Suspicion. … Read More
1947 35 Years Old On his return to Hollywood, Lester's career faltered, with both the quality of film and size of role he was being offered tapering off. He did land a good part in 1947's Golden Earrings with Ray Milland and Marlene Dietrich, then returned for a time to Europe, where he starred in But Not in Vain (1948 - filmed in the Netherlands) and Celia: The Sinister Affair of Poor Aunt Nora (1949). … Read More


2008 96 Years Old In later years, Lester and his wife divided their time between Los Angeles and Palm Springs. He continued to play tennis, and was a keen member of the Hollywood Cricket Club. Lester died in Los Angeles on 13 June 2008, one week after his 96th birthday.
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