"After The Wizard of Oz, I was typecast as a lion, and there aren't all that many parts for lions." -- Bert Lahr (Bizarre Los Angeles)

Bert Lahr – photos and quotes

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“After The Wizard of Oz, I was typecast as a lion, and there aren’t all that many parts for lions.” — Bert Lahr   “If you want to be a success in Hollywood, be sure and go to New York.” — Bert Lahr     2

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Billy Curtis

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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 […]

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"Bootleggers are as common as whiskers in Russia. Seems that we'll have to give 'em tags so they'll not be bothering one another." -- Al St. John (Bizarre Los Angeles)

Al St. John

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“Bootleggers are as common as whiskers in Russia. Seems that we’ll have to give ’em tags so they’ll not be bothering one another.” — Al St. John Source: 1919   2

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Stuart Erwin (Bizarre Los Angeles)

Stuart Erwin

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“When I started out as an actor, I knew I couldn’t hop right into leading man roles. I had to specialize. A comedian by nature, I started to be a fast-talking wise-cracker. But I had lots of competition, and saw I had to choose another line. So I picked up the other extreme.” — Stuart […]

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“There’s no reason in the world that a fat man shouldn’t have evil ideas.” – Sydney Greenstreet in 1942. (Bizarre Los Angeles)

Sydney Greenstreet

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“There’s no reason in the world that a fat man shouldn’t have evil ideas.” – Sydney Greenstreet in 1942.   2

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Montagu Love (Bizarre Los Angeles)

Montagu Love

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“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 […]

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Frequent mad scientist and diabolical movie villain George Zucco, known at Universal as "One Take Zucco." (Bizarre Los Angeles)

George Zucco

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Frequent mad scientist and diabolical movie villain George Zucco was once known at Universal as “One Take Zucco.” 2

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

Lew Cody

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“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 […]

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Bobby Cannavale. Photo by Eric Chakeen for The New York Times

Bobby Cannavale – photos and quotes

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“I always had the same idea, even when I was young. I want to play everything.” — Bobby Cannavale   “I never did anything like I did in Boardwalk Empire, and that was a really multidimensional role that was very different for me. You know, for a long time before that, I was just playing […]

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Henry Brandon (Bizarre Los Angeles)

Henry Brandon

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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, […]

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