Background information
Feature films 101 Dalmations (1996 remake)
Television programs
Video games
Park attractions
Actor John Shrapnel
Performance model
Inspiration Mr. De Vil from the original story The Hundred and One Dalmatians by Dodie Smith
Character information
Other names Mr. Skinner
L. Skinner
Personality Mute, ruthless, evil, murderous, scary
Appearance Gray balding hair, scar on neck, black fedora, black coat, black gloves
Occupation Taxidermist
Alignment Bad
Goal To help Cruella make her Dalmatian coat
Home Villa De Vil
Friends Cruella De Vil
Enemies Dalmatian puppies, Kipper, Roger and Anita
Likes Killing and skinning animals
Dislikes His scar being mentioned, dogs and other live animals
Powers and abilities
Weapons Skinning instruments
Fate Arrested by the police and gets sprayed by a skunk.
Typical Saying (Wheezes)

Skinner (also known as "Mr. Skinner") is the tertiary antagonist of the 1996 live-action film 101 Dalmatians. He was portrayed by John Shrapnel.


101 DalmatiansEdit

In the film, Skinner is a skinner and taxidermist who often kills animals to make products out of them. When he was young, a dog attacked him by tearing open his throat and ripping out his vocal cords in the process, leaving him with a bad scar on his neck. Due to this, he cannot speak at all. He is the one responsible for killing the female white Siberian tiger at the London Zoo (which the "novelization" shows him doing) and makes it into a rug for Cruella. When Horace and Jasper come to pick it up, Horace makes a comment about Skinner's scar and why he can't talk; despite Jasper warning him not to do so, resulting in Jasper hitting his brother. Later on, when Jasper and Horace kidnap the puppies and take them to De Vil Manor, Cruella calls Skinner and hires him kill the puppies and turn them into a fur coat. When Skinner arrives at De Vil Manor, Horace and Jasper have already left and all the puppies except for Lucky have escaped. Just as Skinner is about to grab Lucky, another dog named Kipper comes and bites Skinner's butt and fights with him, saving Lucky. The police later find Skinner and put him in the paddy wagon along with Horace, Jasper and Cruella, who are all taken to jail. On the way, Cruella finds out that she has accidentally brought a real skunk (instead of her purse) into the paddy wagon, and she, Skinner, Horace and Jasper are all sprayed by the skunk, causing them to all scream in terror and hold their noses.


  • Skinner is based loosely on Cruella's husband Mr. De Vil from the original story, who was also a skinner but could talk, except he had a more weak-willed personality, while Skinner has a more menacing personality.
  • John Shrapnel (who portrays Skinner) and Tim McInnerny (who portrays Alonzo) later starred in Notting Hill together. In said film, Shrapnel portrayed the P. R. Chief and McInnerny portrayed Will's best friend Max.
  • In the "novelization" of the live-action film, Skinner's address is: "152 Merton Road, London, SW1 9EH", with Horace describing his building as a red brick town house with a black door.
  • Skinner is the first live-action Disney villain who doesn't speak. In once instance, he communicates with Cruella over the phone by tapping a knife against the receiver, which Cruella surprisingly understood as a response translated as, "How should I kill them?" when discussing the Dalmatian puppies.
  • Ironically, despite being unable to speak, Skinner screams really loud when a real skunk (which Cruella had accidentally brought with her) sprays its odor fumes while in the paddy wagon.
  • Skinner did not appear in 102 Dalmatians, which implies that he is still in prison with Horace and Jasper.