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Edward Van Sloan Edward Van Sloan
Born: November 1, 1882
Died: March 6, 1964 (at the age of 81)

On November 1, 1882, Edward Van Sloun was born in Chaska, Minnesota of German parents. Edward's father, Martin Van Sloun, and mother, Theresa (Breher) Van Sloun. Young Edward originally planned on following into the field of architecture like his father.

Edward and his widowed mother, Theresa, and siblings (rank J., Mary D., Leonora M., Alma K., Josephine), moved to San Francisco, CA. While still in school he was working on stage lighting and scenic design in a production of 'The Merchant of Venice', he was encouraged to also play a part in the show. Edward changed his name from Van Sloun to Van Sloan as he decided to pursue an acting career.

In 1908, Edward came east and made his professional acting debut and started working with stock compaines in the US and Canada. He begain his career in light comedy playing odd Englishmen. In 1916, Edward landed his first film, a silent film 'Slander' (1916), a six-reeler directed by Will S. Davis.

Edward would settle in Philadelphia, PA where he met and married the only time to Myra Jackson. They would have one child, Paul (born Feb 21, 1911 in Pennsylvania), and they were married until her death on June 1, 1960.

Van Sloan would reach Broadway in 1922 to appear in Roland West's play 'The Unknown Purple'. He would appear in more plays but when he played a doctor in the 1926 production of 'Schweiger' this would be a turning point in his career. On October 5, 1927 'Dracula' would open at the Fulton Theater in New York City, this would star Bela Lugosi in the title role. Within six months Universal Pictures was in talks with him about reprising his role as Van Helsing for the film 'Dracula' (1931) for which would be his most memorable role. This would be Van Sloans first non-silent film.

Edward Van Sloan Dracula (1931)
Edward Van Sloan
Edward Van Sloan Dracula (1931)
Edward Van Sloan with Bela Lugosi
Edward Van Sloan Dracula (1931)
Edward Van Sloan with Dwight Frye

In 1931 he was also offered the role of Dr Waldman in James Whale's classic 'Frankenstein' (1931) with Boris Karloff, Colin Clive, and Dwight Frye

Edward Van Sloan Frankenstein (1931) Edward Van Sloan Frankenstein (1931)

Edward Van Sloan Mummy 1932 In 1932, Van Sloan would be in Columbia Pictures 'Behind The Mask' (1932 and he would play Dr Muller in Universal's 'The Mummy' (1932) with Boris Karloff.

Edward Van Sloan Mummy 1932

In 1933, Van Slaon would appear in 'The Death Kiss' (1933), reuniting his wiht his 'Dracula' (1931) stars, Bela Lugosi and David Manners

Edward Van Sloan Death Kiss (1933) Edward Van Sloan Death Kiss (1933) with Al Hill
Edward Van Sloan with Al Hill

After 'Deaths Kiss' (1934) Edward would appear in many films in small roles, most notably would be 'Death Takes a Holiday' (1934) with Fredric March and 'The Black Room' (1935) with Boris Karloff. Also in 1935 he would be in 'The Last Days of Pompeii' (1935). Van Sloan would reprise his role as Professor Van Helsing in Universal's 'Dracula's Daughter' (1936) starring Gloria Holden. Due to the end of the first horror cycle with ended in 1936, Edward would work steady and did some stage work but even Universal seemed to lose interest in Van Sloan for other roles.

Edward Van Sloan in Last Days Of Pompeii (1935)
Edward Van Sloan as Calvus in Last Days Of Pompeii (1935)

In 1939, Van Sloan would appear with Bela Lugosi in the Universal 12-Chapter Serial 'The Phantom Creeps' (1939) (he would also be in the 1949 edited version Feature Film).

In 1940 he would appaear with Boris Karloff and Evelyn Keyes in the Columbia Pictures film 'Before I Hang' (1940).

Edward Van Sloan in Before I Hang (1940) with Boris Karloff
Edward Van Sloan in Before I Hang (1940) with Boris Karloff

In 1943, Van Sloan was in the Republic Pictures 12-Chapter Serial 'The Masked Marvel' (1943) as Prof. A.M. MacRae.

In 1944, Van Sloan was in the Republic Pictures 15-Chapter Serial 'Captain America' (1944) as Gregory-Lyman's Aide.

Van Sloan would appear in a few more films but most pretty un eventful. His last film was the Film-Noir 'The Underworld Story' (1950) with Dan Duryea, Herbert Marshall, Gale Storm. He would live the rest of his days in his adopted home of San Francisco until his death'

Edward Van Sloan in The Underworld Story (1950)
Edward Van Sloan in The Underworld Story (1950)

Van Sloan would at least see his work enjoyed by a new generation of fans through Television and the great early Horror Hosts. Unfortunatly on March 6, 1964 at the age of 81, Edward Van Sloan died in San Fransico, CA. He was interred at Boehm Cemetery, Blue Bell, Pennsylvania.

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1950The Underworld Story Minister at Funeral
1950This Side of the Law Judge (uncredited)
1948Sealed Verdict Priest
1948A Foreign Affair German (uncredited)
1946Betty Co-Ed A.J.A. Woodruff
1946The Mask of Diijon Sheffield
1945I'll Remember April Board Member (uncredited)
1944End of the Road Judge
1944The Conspirators Dutch Underground Leader (uncredited)
1944Wing and a Prayer Admiral (uncredited)
1944Captain America Gregory--Lyman's Aide [Chs. 1-2] (uncredited)
1943The Song of Bernadette Doctor (uncredited)
1943The Masked Marvel Prof. A.M. MacRae (uncredited)
1943Riders of the Rio Grande Pop Owens
1943Mission to Moscow German Diplomat in Berlin (uncredited)
1943Submarine Alert Dr. Johann Bergstrom (uncredited)
1943Hitler's Children Chief Tribunal Judge (uncredited)
1942Valley of Hunted Men Dr. Heinrich Steiner
1942Destination Unknown Holland Legation (uncredited)
1942A Man's World Doc Stone
1941The Men in Her Life First Doctor (uncredited)
1941Love Crazy Sanity Hearing Doctor (uncredited)
1941The Monster and the Girl Dave - the Warden (uncredited)
1941Virginia Minister (uncredited)
1940Before I Hang Dr. Ralph Howard
1940The Secret Seven Prof. Holtz
1940The Doctor Takes a Wife Burkhardt
1940Teddy the Rough Rider (Short) Elihu Root, Secretary of State (uncredited)
1940Abe Lincoln in Illinois Dr. Barrett (uncredited)
1939The Phantom Creeps Jarvis - Spy Chief [Chs. 2-12]
1939Honeymoon in Bali Priest on Bali (uncredited)
1938Storm Over Bengal Maharajah of Lhanapur
1938Campus Confessions Professor (uncredited)
1938Danger on the Air Dr. Leonard Sylvester
1938The Toy Wife Older Man (uncredited)
1938That Mothers Might Live (Short) Hospital Chief of Staff (uncredited)
1938Penitentiary Dr. Rinewulf (uncredited)
1937Souls at Sea Ship's Officer (uncredited)
1937The Road Back President (uncredited)
1937The Man Who Found Himself Medical Board Doctor (uncredited)
1936Sins of Man Austrian Army Doctor
1936Fatal Lady French Surete (uncredited)
1936Dracula's Daughter Professor Von Helsing
1936Road Gang Mr. Dudley (lawyer) (as Ed Van Sloan)
1936The Story of Louis Pasteur Chairman of Medical Society (uncredited)
1935Grand Exit Klorer (uncredited)
1935Three Kids and a Queen Dr. Gordon
1935The Last Days of Pompeii Calvus
1935The Black Room Doctor (uncredited)
1935The Arizonian Judge Cody (uncredited)
1935Air Hawks Prof. Schulter (uncredited)
1935Captain Hurricane Man at Susan Ann's Bedside (uncredited)
1935Death Flies East Dr. O'Neill (uncredited)
1935The Woman in Red Prosecuting Attorney Foxall
1935A Shot in the Dark Prof. Bostwick
1935Grand Old Girl Holland
1934The Man Who Reclaimed His Head Board Director (uncredited)
1934Mills of the Gods Komeoski
1934I'll Fix It Parkes
1934The Life of Vergie Winters Jim Winters
1934The Scarlet Empress Herr Wagner (uncredited)
1934Manhattan Melodrama Yacht Capt. Swenson (uncredited)
1934The Crosby Case Professor Franz Lubeck
1933Blood Money Jordan - Department Store Manager (uncredited)
1933Goodbye Love Judge
1933Murder on the Campus Prof. C. Edson Hawley
1933Deluge Prof. Carlysle (uncredited)
1933Baby Face Jameson - Bank Director (uncredited)
1933It's Great to Be Dr. Wilton
1933The Silk Express Mill Owner in Association (uncredited)
1933Trick for Trick John Russell (as Ed. Van Sloan)
1933The Working Man Mr. Briggs
1933The World Gone Mad (unconfirmed, uncredited)
1933Infernal Machine Professor Gustabve Hoffman
1933Billion Dollar Scandal Attorney Carp
1932The Mummy Doctor Muller
1932The Death Kiss Tom Avery
1932The Last Mile Rabbi
1932Thunder Below Doctor (uncredited)
1932Forgotten Commandments Doctor (uncredited)
1932Man Wanted Mr. Walters, French & Sprague Manager
1932Play-Girl Moffatt, the Boss
1932Behind the Mask Dr. August Steiner / Dr. Alec Munsell / Mr. X
1931Manhattan Parade The Lawyer (uncredited)
1931Under Eighteen Assistant to François (uncredited)
1931Frankenstein Doctor Waldman
1931Dracula Van Helsing
1916Slander Joseph Tremaine

------------ Broadway Plays -----------
May 21, 1948 -
May 29, 1948
The Vigil Judge
Sep 10, 1929 -
Nov 1929
Remote Controll Doctor A.P. Workman
Oct 05, 1927 -
May 1928
w/ Bela Lugosi as Dracula
Abraham Van Helsing
Mar 28, 1927 -
Apr 1927
Lost Lieber
Oct 11, 1926 -
Nov 1926
Juarez and Maximilian Captain Miguel Lopez
Mar 23, 1926 -
Apr 1926
Schweiger Dr. Burghardt Von Viereck
Nov 30, 1925 -
Jan 1926
Morals Herr Hauser
Jan 11, 1923 -
Jun 1923
Polly Preferred Crawford Boswell
Sep 14, 1918 -
May 1919
The Unknown Purple

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