Patric Knowles was born Reginald Lawrence Knowles in Horsforth, Yorkshire on the 11th of November, 1911, restyling himself as Patric to reflect his Irish descent when he moved into the performing arts.
After making a few movies at Warner Brothers in the UK, his performance in Crown v. Stevens (1936) landed him a contract at the studio’s Hollywood home.
Relocating the the US, Patric Knowles found himself cast alongside Errol Flynn on several occasions and, rather than committing himself to one studio, worked freelance. His casting in 1941’s The Wolf Man, however, did provide some degree of familiarity with horror roles; while his performance as dependable-but-insipid groundskeeper Frank Andrews didn’t exactly stretch his skills, he was allowed more latitude in 1943’s Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man, where his portrayal of Dr Mannering’s rapt descent into scientific obsession added an unexpected horror to the movie.
Married once, Patric Knowles died on the 23rd of December, 1995, at the age of 84.