Character Actors

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 (Bizarre Los Angeles)

“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  

Celebrity Portraits

Bill Murray – photos and quotes

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"I know you've heard this before, but comedy is very, very serious business. Anybody can make people cry, but not anybody can make 'em laugh. It's mathematical and complex and just hard. It's so tough." -- Bill Murray (Bizarre Los Angeles)

“I know you’ve heard this before, but comedy is very, very serious business. Anybody can make people cry, but not anybody can make ’em laugh. It’s mathematical and complex and just hard. It’s so tough.” — Bill Murray in 1990 Photo: Stripes (1981)   “When I did The Razor’s Edge, there were all these conversations that […]

Celebrity Portraits

Gracie Allen

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"You can't be funny without a funny situation. Give an ordinary player funny lines and a ludicrous situation and he or she will get laughs." -- Gracie Allen (Bizarre Los Angeles)

“You can’t be funny without a funny situation. Give an ordinary player funny lines and a ludicrous situation and he or she will get laughs.” — Gracie Allen Quote: 1939 Photo: College Swing (1937)   Dorothy Lamour hanging out with Gracie Allen and Betty Hutton at the Hollywood Brown Derby in 1948.

Forgotten Stars

Dudley Moore – photos and quotes

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Dudley Moore in "Arthur."

“All comedians seem to have the same boring old story. They were all very unpopular at school. I was bullied, perhaps because I was wary of kids. I was afraid of them. Finally, I decided to do something about it, and, instinctively, I went towards humor….The coward’s way.” — Dudley Moore Source: Dick Schaap   […]

Celebrity Portraits

Bob Hope – photos and quotes

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Bob Hope

“I’ve been in this game long enough to realize there’s no such thing as a new quip….The object is to make a quip sound fresh by giving it a new turn, or tying it up with modern slang or situations in the news.” — Bob Hope Source: Irving Wallace (1940) Photo: 1939   Marlene Dietrich, Bob […]

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 […]

Silent Film Stars

Sidney Smith

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Sidney Smith

Silent film comedian Sidney Smith (often billed as Sid Smith) reads the Los Angeles Evening Herald while being groomed in a shabby, run-down bathroom. He died on July 4, 1928, from ingesting poisoned alcohol during a drinking binge that had lasted several days. Apparently, Smith had attended a party at a Santa Monica beach house […]