Brandon Hurst was an English stage and film actor. He worked in Broadway shows from 1900 until his entry into motion pictures. His most notable stage appearance was Two Women in 1910, costarring Mrs. leslie Carter and Robert Warwick.
He was nearly fifty before his film debut in Via Wireless (1915) as Edward Pinckney. He appeared in 129 other films. He became well known in the 1920s for portraying the antagonist and anti-heroes. Those roles include Sir George Carewe in Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1920), Jehan Frollo in The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923), Alexei Karenin opposite Great Garbo in Love (1927), and Barkilphedro in The Man Who Laughs (1928).
One of his more important roles was the sinister Merlin the Magicia in Fox's A Connecticut Yankee (1931).