David Manners

Canadian-born American Actor
Born Apr 30, 1900

David Manners was a Canadian - American film actor. Born Rauff de Ryther Daun Acklom in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Manners came to Hollywood at the beginning of the talking films revolution after studying acting with Eva Le Gallienne, and acting on stage with Helen Hayes. His family moved to New York City in 1907 and to Hastings-on-Hudson, New York in 1922.… Read More

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1900 Birth Born on April 30, 1900.
1907 7 Years Old His family moved to New York City in 1907, and to Hastings-on-Hudson, New York in 1922. … Read More


1930 30 Years Old In late 1930, he filmed his best remembered role, as Jonathan Harker opposite Bela Lugosi, in Universal's horror classic, Dracula (1931). … Read More
1933 33 Years Old …  Although he was among the first group of actors to join the fledgling Screen Actors Guild in 1933, he returned to New York City.
1936 36 Years Old In 1936, he returned to California, living on a ranch near Victorville until 1956, and later in Pacific Palisades and Santa Barbara, with his partner, writer Bill Mercer, for thirty years until Mercer's death in 1978.


1940 40 Years Old In 1940, he officially changed his name to David Joseph Manners (Manners was his mother's maiden name), and became a naturalized citizen of the United States. … Read More


1971 71 Years Old His reflections on philosophy were put forth in Look Through: An Evidence of Self Discovery, published in 1971 by El Cariso Publications.
1998 99 Years Old Manners died in Santa Barbara, California on December 23, 1998 at age 98, having outlived his long-term partner, Bill Mercer, who had died twenty years earlier. … Read More
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