Ernest Cossart came to Hollywood to play a succession of butlers, valets and man-servants with names like Binns, Jeepers or Brassett. In fact, if you saw Angel (1937) or Letter of Introduction (1938), you may have assumed that he simply stepped from one movie set to another. Always at home donning bat-wing collars, cut-away coats and striped trousers, portly, beetle-browed Ernest Cossart was America's notion of the perfect English 'gentleman's gentleman' (along with fellow émigrés Arthur Treacher, Barnett Parker, Eric Blore and Alan Mowbray, though perhaps a little less condescending). With ancestors deriving from Scandinavia, Germany, Poland, Russia, and England, Ernest Cossart was born Emil Gottfried Adolph von Holst in Cheltenham, England, the son of a prominent musician. His brother Gustav Holst became a famous composer and music teacher. Emil adopted the stage name 'Ernest Cossart' after a brief spell as clerk for a wine merchant. He gave his first theatrical performance in 1896,
Ernest Cossart born?
Ernest Cossart was born in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England, UK