Nigel Bruce

Nigel Bruce
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Nigel Bruce Biography

Nigel Bruce (February 4, 1895 – October 8, 1953), was a British character actor on stage and screen, best known as Doctor Watson in a series of films and in the radio series The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (starring Basil Rathbone as Sherlock Holmes).

William Nigel Ernle Bruce was the second son of Sir William Waller Bruce, 10th Baronet (1856–1912) and his wife Angelica (d. 1917), daughter of General George Selby, Royal Artillery. Bruce was born in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico while his parents were vacationing there. He was educated at The Grange, Stevenage, and at Abingdon School, Berkshire. Before World War I, he played first class cricket. He served in France from 1914 as a lieutenant in the 10th Service Battalion - Somerset Light Infantry, and the Honourable Artillery Company, but was severely wounded at Cambrai the following year, with eleven bullets in his left leg, and spent most of the remainder of the war in a wheelchair. Read Full Bio >>