Actor Athlete Croquet player Hurler Polo player Sailor Submariner Tennis player

Henry Hugh Gordon Stoker

Quick Facts

IntroBritish naval officer and sportsperson
Was Athlete
Tennis player
Polo player
Hurler
Sailor
Submariner
Actor
Croquet player
From United Kingdom
Type Film, TV, Stage, Radio
Sports
Gendermale
Birth 2 February 1885, Dublin, Ireland
Death 2 February 1966, London, UK
(aged 81 years)
Star signAquarius
Education
Royal Naval College

Biography

Commander Henry Hugh Gordon Dacre Stoker, DSO (2 February 1885 – 2 February 1966), commonly credited in films as H. G. Stoker or Dacre Stoker, was a Royal Navy officer of the First and Second World Wars, and a stage and screen actor. He was also a sportsman, active in polo, croquet, hurling and tennis, competing at Wimbledon and becoming the croquet champion of Ireland in 1962, aged 77. He was a cousin to the author Bram Stoker.

Life

Stoker’s naval career began in 1900 with training aboard HMS Britannia. He studied at the Royal Naval College, Greenwich, and, in July 1904, was promoted to sub-lieutenant. He volunteered for the Royal Navy Submarine Service. Aged 23 he was promoted to lieutenant, and his first submarine command. Later he was given responsibility to establish a submarine station on Gibraltar.

He served in the First World War as captain of the Australian Submarine AE2, which in 1915 was the first submarine to penetrate the mined narrows of the Dardanelles and thus to enter the Sea of Marmara. After a series of naval engagements there, AE2 was attacked by the Ottoman torpedo boat Sultanhisar. The submarine was scuttled and the crew captured, with Stoker using his acting talents to entertain fellow prisoners and to attempt to escape, unsuccessfully. Leaving the navy in 1920 to act, he was recalled to active service at the outbreak of the Second World War. In 1945 he again left the navy to act.

Partial filmography

  • One Precious Year (1933) – Sir John Rome
  • Channel Crossing (1933) – Captain R.H. Kilbee
  • The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934) – Police Chief At Siege (uncredited)
  • Koenigsmark (1935) – (uncredited)
  • Brown on Resolution (1936) – Captain Holt
  • The First Offence (1936) – Dr. Penrose
  • Pot Luck (1936) – Davey
  • It’s You I Want (1936) – Braille
  • Moonlight Sonata (1937) – Club Member (uncredited)
  • Non-Stop New York (1937) – Captain
  • Crackerjack (1938) – Supt. Benting
  • Full Speed Ahead (1940) – Sir Robert Barrymore
  • Brighton Rock (1947) – Registrar (uncredited)
  • Call of the Blood (1948) – Uncle Ben
  • Woman Hater (1948) – Old Boy (uncredited)
  • It’s Hard to Be Good (1948) – Elderly Man (uncredited)
  • Call of the Blood (1949) – French doctor
  • The Inheritance (1950)
  • Four Days (1951) – Baxter
  • Where’s Charley? (1952) – Wilkinson
  • Star in the Summer Night an episode from Armchair Theatre (1959) – Martin McDonald