Oscar Actors: Knox, Alexander–Wilson

Alexander Knox was born on January 16, 1907 in Ontario, Canada and graduated from the University of Western Ontario.

He later moved to Boston to perform on the stage with the Boston Repertory Theater. The company folded after the stock market crash of 1929, and Knox returned to London, Ontario where he worked as a reporter for The London Advertiser before moving to London, England where, during the 1930s he appeared in several films.

He starred opposite Jessica Tandy in the 1940 Broadway production of Jupiter Laughs. In 1944, he was cast by Darryl F. Zanuck to star in Wilson, the biopic about U.S. President Woodrow Wilson, for which he won a Golden Globe and was nominated for the Best Actor Oscar.

However, during the McCarthy Era, he was blacklisted by the Hollywood studios, forcing him to return to England.

Knox had major roles in The Sea Wolf, Over 21, Sister Kenny, The Vikings, Europa ’51, None Shall Escape, and Nicholas and Alexandra, as well as supporting roles, late in his career, in The Damned, Joshua Then and Now and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.

He wrote six adventure novels: Bride of Quietness (1933), Night of the White Bear (1971), The Enemy I Kill (1972), Raider’s Moon, The Kidnapped Surgeon and Totem Dream. He also wrote plays and at least three detective novels under a pseudonym prior to 1945.

Knox was married to American actress Doris Nolan  from 1944 until his death in 1995. They had a son Andrew Knox, an actor, who committed suicide in 1987.

Knox died April 25, 1995 from bone cancer.