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Herbert Bunston
Born(1874-04-15)15 April 1874
Dorset, England, UK
Died27 February 1935(1935-02-27) (aged 60)
Years active1929–1935
Spouse(s)Emily Fox Chaffey (1897-1935) (his death)

Herbert Bunston (15 April 1874 – 27 February 1935) was an English stage and screen actor. He is remembered for his role as Dr. John Seward in the Broadway and film versions of Dracula.

Bunston was born in Charmouth[1] and briefly attended Cranleigh School in Surrey.[2] before working as an actor. Bunston emigrated to the United States in 1922. His first Broadway appearance was Arthur Wing Pinero's The Enchanted Cottage in 1923. Other short-running roles in That Awful Mrs. Eaton! and Simon Called Peter were followed by a critically noticed role in a run of 260 performances of 1925's Young Woodley. On 5 October 1927, Bunston debuted as Dr John Seward in a Broadway production of Dracula alongside Bela Lugosi.[2]

Bunston's other Broadway credits include Young Woodley (1925), Simon Called Peter (1924), That Awful Mrs. Eaton (1924), The Enchanted Cottage (1923), and Drink (1903).[3]

Bunston's stage success led to a contract with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Between 1929 and 1935 he had mainly character roles in over 30 films, and 1931 he re-created his Broadway role in the film adaptation of Dracula.[2] Bunston died of a heart attack in 1935.[citation needed]

Bunston married Emily Fox Chaffey (1866-1939) in 1898 and they had two children, Margaret, and John.[1]

Partial filmography


  1. ^ a b "Ancestry® | Genealogy, Family Trees & Family History Records". www.ancestry.co.uk. Retrieved 23 February 2020.
  2. ^ a b c "Herbert Bunston | Cranleigh School 1865". Retrieved 25 February 2020.
  3. ^ "Herbert Bunston". Internet Broadway Database. The Broadway League. Archived from the original on 23 October 2020. Retrieved 23 October 2020.
  • Coughlin, Jim. "The Supporting Players of Universal's Dracula". Midnight Marquee #49, pp. 63–7.
  • "Herbert Bunston". Variety (US), March 6, 1935, p62.

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