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M.A. Wetherell’s biography, fact, career, awards, net worth and life story

IntroBritish actor
Was Film director
Actor
Screenwriter
Film producer
From South Africa
Type Film, TV, Stage & Radio
Gendermale
Birth

1884, Leeds, United Kingdom

Death

25 February 1939
(aged 55 years)

Marmaduke Arundel “Duke” Wetherell (1883 – 25 February 1939) was a British–South African actor, screenwriter, producer and film director.

Biography

Born in Bodmin, Cornwall, Wetherell acted in both British and South African films during the silent era. In the 1920s he branched out to producing and directing films but they were not a success. He produced, directed and played the lead role in his productions of Livingstone (1925) and Robinson Crusoe (1927). A planned biography of Lawrence of Arabia called Revolt in the Desert to be photographed by Freddie Young who had photographed his war films The Somme (1927) and Victory (1928) did not eventuate .

He was responsible for the hoax “surgeon’s photograph” of the Loch Ness Monster.

He was the father of actor Ian Colin.

Selected filmography

Actor

  • The Rose of Rhodesia (1918)
  • Isban: Or the Mystery of the Great Zimbabwe (1920)
  • The Madcap of the Veld (1921)
  • Wee MacGregor’s Sweetheart (1922)
  • Man and His Kingdom (1922)
  • His Wife’s Husband (1922)
  • Darkness (1923)
  • Curfew Must Not Ring Tonight (1923)
  • Women and Diamonds (1924)

Director

  • Livingstone (1925)
  • Robinson Crusoe (1927)
  • The Somme (1927)
  • Victory (1928)
  • A Moorland Tragedy (1933)
  • Hearts of Oak (1933)
  • Wanderlust (1933)
  • Safari (1937)

Producer

  • Roses of Picardy (1927)