Character Actors

Jack Oakie – photos and quotes

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Jack Oakie

“Diction! Say! That’s the thing that’s ruined more stars than made ’em. Diction! That’s what’s wrong with half the old-timers. They started learning how to talk and they flounce around the sets with their ‘cawnts’ and ‘Chewsdays’ and all that stuff. Say, audiences don’t want that sort of stuff, see? Audiences want to hear actors […]

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Tom Ewell

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Tom Ewell and Marilyn Monroe (Bizarre Los Angeles)

“You might say that I have cornered the blonde market in Hollywood. And it’s really nice work.” — Tom Ewell Photo: The Seven Year Itch (19155). With Marilyn Monroe.

Character Actors

Harry Carey

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Harry Carey

“The main trouble with the picture industry today is this business of imitating. It’s done for money. Art is a slight consideration with most producers. Yet a picture that lacks art doesn’t make money. The fellows who are getting the most out of the business are the ones who are doing something new.” — Harry […]

Character Actors

Hervé Villechaize

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Hervé Villechaize

“He was a very small man and he used to touch me and I used to say, ‘Don’t touch me. You are diseased.’ I wasn’t being cruel about his size, it was just that he was a sex maniac. He had a lust for ladies, unnatural.” — Roger Moore Source: Stefan Kyriazis (2016) Photo: The […]

Character Actors

Ernest Thesiger

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Ernest Thesiger

“Anyone with a modicum of intelligence and the right kind of physique ought to make a film actor, if they are lucky enough to be told exactly what to do, and I cannot see that the actor for the screen deserves any more credit than a schoolboy who is good at dictation should have for […]

Character Actors

Minna Gombell

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Minna Gombell

“I’d probably get an inferiority complex and wither away if it weren’t that the girl friend business is so steady and profitable. Sometimes I like to imagine myself in some leading man’s arms. Then again, that might not be so good, either. I might get typed as a kissable, romantic actress and they are now […]

Character Actors

Nydia Westman

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Nydia Westman

“I get a little tired of being a Cockney, too, mostly because my mouth is getting crooked from talking out of one side of it all the time. But those are my only complaints. I was a star once on Broadway, and it’s a lot more fun to be an ‘almost ran.’” — Nydia Westman […]

Character Actors

Una Merkel – photos and quotes

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Una Merkel

“No one could call me beautiful, but both the public and I like to see beautiful girls…so it will be better for me if I am cast in comedy roles…where they are not thinking how you look all the time.” — Una Merkel   “Ah have to keep mahself fit physically — keep interested — […]

Character Actors

Ralph Belamy – photos and quotes

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Ralph Bellamy

“One day in Hollywood, I read a script in which the character was described as ‘charming but dull — a typical Ralph Bellamy type.’ I promptly headed for New York to find a part with guts.” — Ralph Bellamy   Surrender (1931). With Warner Baxter and Leila Hyams.   “I always tell the producers, if […]