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Andrew Tombes (29 June 1885 – 17 March 1976) was an American comedian and character actor.


The son of a grocer, originally from Ashtabula, Ohio, Tombes was educated at Phillips Exeter Academy.[1] Early in his career, he worked as a vaudeville comic. By December 1914 he had appeared in the headlining act for the opening of the Kansas City Orpheum Theatre.[2]

He successfully ascended to Broadway comedies beginning in 1917, in the revue Miss 1917, and appeared there consistently through the 1920s, for instance in Poor Little Ritz Girl in 1920, Tip-Toes in 1925, and the Ziegfeld Follies of 1922 and 1927.[3]

Tombes' first film appearances were in 1933, already approaching 50 years old. He made a total of about 150 films for various studios.

Selected filmographyEdit


  1. ^ Gordon, Dr Roger L. (2018). Supporting Actors in Motion Pictures. Dorrance Publishing. p. 45. ISBN 9781480944992. Retrieved 11 February 2019.
  2. ^ The enchanted years of the stage: Kansas City at the crossroads of American ... by Felicia Hardison Londré, David Austin Latchaw, page 230
  3. ^ "Andrew Tombes". Internet Broadway Database. The Broadway League. Archived from the original on 11 February 2019. Retrieved 11 February 2019.

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