The son of a baronet, he was born in Ensenada, Mexico, where his parents were on vacation.
He was severely wounded in World War I and spent most of the war in a wheelchair.
In 1920 he began his career on stage and eight years later started working in silent films. In 1934 he moved to Hollywood. During his career he worked on 77 movies, including Treasure Island, The Scarlet Pimpernel, Lassie Come Home, The Corn is Green, and Bwana Devil.
He played buffoonish, fuzzy-minded gentlemen and his signature role was that of Dr. Watson in the Sherlock Holmes series beginning in 1939 with his good friend Basil Rathbone. Holmes purists objected that Watson in the books was an intelligent and capable person, just not a super detective, and that the Bruce portrayal made him seem dimmer and more bumbling than he was. But for millions of fans, Bruce was the definitive Watson. There were 14 films made and he also played Watson on the radio.
Bruce died in 1953, aged 57, in Santa Monica, California. His last movie, World for Ransom, was released in 1954.
Nigel Bruce Facts
|Birth Name||William Nigel Bruce|
|Birthday||February 14, 1895|
|Date of death||October 8, 1953 (age 58)|
|Height||6' (1m83) How tall is Nigel Bruce compared to you?|
|Sherlock Holmes & The Woman In Green|
|Dressed To Kill|
|Terror By Night|
|The Mystery of Sherlock Holmes: Terror By Night|
|Sherlock Holmes & The Secret Weapon|
|The Complete Sherlock Holmes Collection|
|The Mystery of Sherlock Holmes: Dressed To Kill|