Douglas Seale

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Douglas Seale
Born(1913-10-28)28 October 1913
Died13 June 1999(1999-06-13) (aged 85)
OccupationActor, producer, director
Years active1934–1995
Spouse(s)Elaine Wodson
(m. 1938; div. 19??)
Joan Barbara Geary
(m. 1950; div. 19??)
Louise Troy
(m. 1992; died 1994)

Douglas Seale (28 October 1913 – 13 June 1999) was an English actor, producer and director.

Early life[edit]

Born in London, he was educated at Rutlish School and trained for the stage at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.


He made his professional debut in 1934 and performed in theatre until 1940, before serving in the Royal Corps of Signals during World War II. After being demobbed in 1946, Seale joined the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre company in Stratford-upon-Avon for two seasons before turning to producing and directing stage plays in the United Kingdom and the United States. After returning to acting in later life, he enjoyed his greatest stage success playing Selsdon Mowbray in the 1983 Broadway production of Noises Off, for which he was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play.

In film, Seale provided the voice of Krebbs the koala in The Rescuers Down Under (1990) and, two years later, the Sultan in Aladdin (1992) (with Val Bettin replacing him in the later productions), he also appeared in several films, including Miloš Forman's Amadeus (1984), and Ernest Saves Christmas (1988), in which he played Santa Claus. He appeared in the 1986 Christmas film, A Smoky Mountain Christmas, as Vernon. Seale had a small starring role as Santa in Steven Spielberg's Amazing Stories. In 1989, he appeared in the Family Ties episode "Get Me to the Living Room on Time".

He also played a character "Malcolm" in the 1995 game Phantasmagoria.

Personal life[edit]

Seale's third wife (after two divorces) was American film, television and stage actress, Louise Troy, they were married from 1992 until her death from breast cancer, aged 60, on 5 May 1994.[1][2]

He died in New York City on 13 June 1999, aged 85, and was survived by his two sons from his second marriage, Jonathan and Timothy, and two grandchildren, he was cremated and his ashes were scattered into the Atlantic Ocean.[3]

Selected filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1949 Stop Press Girl Jeweller's Assistant Uncredited
1984 Amadeus Count Arco
1985 Heaven Help Us Brother Domenic
1986 A Smoky Mountain Christmas Vernon TV Movie
1988 Ernest Saves Christmas Santa
1989 Ghostbusters II Plaza Hotel Man
A More Perfect Union Lord Carmarthen
1990 Mr. Destiny Boswell
The Rescuers Down Under Krebbs the Koala Voice
Almost an Angel Father
1992 Aladdin Sultan Voice
1993 For Love or Money Freddy
1995 Palookaville Old Man (final film role)


  1. ^ "Actress Louise Troy, Honored For Roles In Broadway Musicals". Chicago Tribune. 7 May 1994. Archived from the original on 3 May 2014. Retrieved 21 February 2019.
  2. ^ "Louise Troy; Actress Appeared on Stage, TV". LA Times. 14 May 1994. Archived from the original on 3 December 2015. Retrieved 21 February 2019.
  3. ^ Van Gelder, Lawrence (20 June 1999). "Douglas Seale, 85, British Director and Actor". NY Times. The New York Times Company. p. 1039. Retrieved 21 February 2019.

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