Character Actors

Charles Butterworth

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Charles Butterworth (Bizarre Los Angeles)

No Substitute for Human Kindness by Jim Bishop King Press, 1974 There never was a guy like Charlie Butterworth. He had a face like a bereaved horse. His attitude, even when affronted, was whispered obsequiousness. Butterworth as a comedian, could fumble with the brim of a hat for two reels while trying to tell an […]

Character Actors

Billy Curtis – a Mini Biography

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“Of all the midgets, Billy Curtis was the handsomest and had the most style. He was flashily dressed and he smoked cigars. He was quite arrogant. He looked down on the others because he had a degree of success in vaudeville.” – Charlie Schram, M-G-M makeup man, describing Curtis on the set of The Wizard Of […]

Character Actors

Montagu Love

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Montagu Love (Bizarre Los Angeles)

“Like many other men who have risen to the top in the profession, Montagu Love was intended by fond parents for other things. His father wished ‘Monty’ Love to become a minister, but ‘Monty’ began his young career as an illustrator for The Daily News in London. One day, when Montagu Love dropped into the […]

Celebrity Portraits

Lew Cody: The Butterfly Man

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"The girl is yours when you kiss her - until you meet the next one." -- Lew Cody (Bizarre Los Angeles)

“The girl is yours when you kiss her – until you meet the next one.” — Lew Cody Source: 1920   The Butterfly Man (1920)   SODA JERK ON WAGER Hollywood, June 5, 1928 (U.P.) – If Lew Cody and Ralph Spence really placed a $1,000 side bet on the outcome then Lew Cody won […]

Character Actors

Henry Brandon

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Henry Brandon (Bizarre Los Angeles)

Henry Brandon, real name Henry von Kleinbach, was born in Berlin, Germany, in 1912, shortly before his family moved to the United States. He attended Stanford University and was a product of the Pasadena Playhouse, when Hal Roach signed him to play the villain in Babes in Toyland (1934). From that point forward, Brandon worked steadily, […]

Character Actors

Marjorie Rambeau

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"If there's one thing which makes me sick with managers, it is their thrice confounded belief that they really know what the public wants. Unusally they know nothing of the kind. They give the public what they think it wants, and the public has to have some amusement some way or other, so it swallows, albeit with frequent distaste, what the managers offer." -- Marjorie Rambeau (Bizarre Los Angeles)

“If there’s one thing which makes me sick with managers, it is their thrice confounded belief that they really know what the public wants. Unusally they know nothing of the kind. They give the public what they think it wants, and the public has to have some amusement some way or other, so it swallows, […]