Alexander D'Arcy (Arabic: ألكسندر دارسي; 10 August 1908 – 20 April 1996) was an Egyptian stage, television and film actor with an international film repertoire.
from the trailer for Topper Takes a Trip (1939)
10 August 1908
|Died||20 April 1996 87) (aged|
(m. 1940; div. 1943)
Born Alexander Sarruf in Cairo, Egypt, D'Arcy, variously credited as Alexandre D'Arcy, Alex D'Arcy, Alexandre Darcy and Alex d'Arcy appeared in some 45 films, mostly as a suave gentleman or smooth rogue. His first film appearance was in 1927 in The Garden of Allah, and then appeared in Alfred Hitchcock's Champagne (1928). He went to France, acted in a number of films, then departed for America. In 1936, listed as Joseph Alexandre Fabre - artist, aged 27, race French, nationality Egyptian - he sailed to New York as a first class passenger on the S/S Ile de France. He eventually left New York for Hollywood where he started by playing supporting roles in several films in the late 1930s, including The Prisoner of Zenda (1937) Stolen Holiday (1937), The Awful Truth (1937). In 1953, he was one of the suitors of Marilyn Monroe's character in How to Marry a Millionaire and featured in Abdulla the Great and Soldier of Fortune in 1955.
His roles diminished in importance, and by the 1960s, he acted mostly on television and resurfaced in horror films, notably It's Hot in Paradise (1962) and as Dracula in Blood of Dracula's Castle (1969). Evidently a favorite of such cult directors as Roger Corman, Russ Meyer and Sam Fuller, D'Arcy was seen in Corman's The St. Valentine's Day Massacre (1967), Meyer's The Seven Minutes (1971) and Fuller's Dead Pigeon on Beethoven Street (1972 or 1974 TV movie).
Throughout his life, D’Arcy split his time between his homes in the United States and Europe. In addition to acting, he worked as a restaurateur in Berlin. He was naturalized as a United States citizen in Los Angeles in May 1942. In his petition for naturalization, he declared that upon naturalization he wished his name to be legally changed from Joseph Alexandre Fabre to Alexander d'Arcy.
D’Arcy was married twice and had one child. In 1940, he married his second wife, actress Arleen Whelan. They had a daughter named Susannah and divorced in 1943.
- The Garden of Allah (1927) - Bit Role (uncredited)
- Champagne (1928) - (uncredited)
- Paradise (1928) - Spirdoff
- Daughter of the Regiment (1929)
- A Romance of Seville (1929) - Ramon Dunigo
- La revanche du maudit (1930) - Edmond Saint-Edme
- À Nous la Liberté (1931) - Le gigolo (uncredited)
- King of the Hotel (1932) - Alonzo
- Ce cochon de Morin (1932)
- Je vous aimerai toujours (1933) - Jean-Claude
- Poliche (1934) - Saint-Wast
- La Kermesse héroïque (Carnival in Flanders) (1935) - Le capitaine / The Captain
- Stolen Holiday (1937) - Anatole
- The Prisoner of Zenda (1937) - De Gautet (uncredited)
- The Awful Truth (1937) - Armand Duvalle
- She Married an Artist (1937) - Phillip Corval
- Women Are Like That (1938) - Paul - a Headwaiter (uncredited)
- Flight to Fame (1938) - Perez
- Topper Takes a Trip (1938) - Baron
- Good Girls Go to Paris (1939) - Paul Kingston
- Rhumba Rhythm at the Hollywood La Conga (1939, Short) - Himself (cameo)
- 5th Ave Girl (1939) - Maitre d'Hotel
- Three Sons (1939) - Prince Nicky - Phoebe's Husband
- Another Thin Man (1939) - Gigolo Who Danced with Nora Charles at West Indies Club (scenes deleted)
- City of Chance (1940) - Baron Joseph
- Irene (1940) - Mr. Dumont (uncredited)
- The Blonde from Singapore (1941) - Prince Sali
- Marriage Is a Private Affair (1944) - Mr. Garby (uncredited)
- L'ange rouge (1949) - Ocelli
- Harriet Quimby (1952, TV Movie) - Andre Houpert
- Man on a Tightrope (1953) - Rudolph
- Vicki (1953) - Robin Ray
- How to Marry a Millionaire (1953) - J. Stewart Merrill
- Les clandestines (1954) - Louis d'Osterkoff
- Abdulla the Great, aka Abdullah's Harem (1955) - Marco
- Soldier of Fortune (1955) - Rene Dupont Chevalier
- Horrors of Spider Island (Ein Toter hing im Netz) (1960) - Gary Webster
- The Festival Girls (1961) - Larry Worthington
- Casanova wider Willen (1964, TV Movie) - Jack Perri
- Fanny Hill (1964) - Admiral
- The Incredible Sex Revolution (1965) - Pierre
- Way...Way Out (1966) - Deuce Hawkins
- The St. Valentine's Day Massacre (1967) - Joe Aiello
- Blood of Dracula's Castle (1969) - Count Dracula - alias Count Charles Townsend
- The Seven Minutes (1971) - Christian Leroux
- Tatort (1973, TV Series, episode: Tote Taube in der Beethovenstraße) (1973) - Mr. Novak (final appearance)
- "Alexander D'Arcy Film Actor, 87". Associated Press. 28 April 1996.
- Glenn Erickson (25 April 2016). "Dead Pigeon On Beethoven Street".
- "Alexander D'Arcy; Film Actor". Los Angeles Times. 23 April 1996.
- Vosburgh, Dick (17 May 1996). "Obituary:Alex D'Arcy". The Independent. independent.co.uk. Retrieved 28 April 2018.
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