George Humbert

George Humbert (born Umberto Gianni; July 29, 1880 – May 8, 1963) was an Italian-born American actor who appeared in more than 100 films between 1918 and the 1950s. He emigrated to the United States as a steerage passenger on board the Italian steamer Sannio, which sailed from Genoa, Italy and arrived at the Port of New York in June 1907; he was examined by the U.S. immigration service on Ellis Island and allowed to enter the United States legally. He became a United States citizen in 1933.[citation needed]

George Humbert
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Humbert and Hope Hampton in Stardust (1922)
Umberto Gianni

(1880-07-29)July 29, 1880
Pisa, Tuscany, Italy
DiedMay 8, 1963(1963-05-08) (aged 82)

Humbert was a nephew of Italian actor Ernesto Rossi, and he served as an ensign in the Royal Italian Navy.[1] The Duke of Abruzzi, after hearing Humbert perform, recommended that he enter the Florence Music Conservatory. After Humbert performed in opera in Italy, he joined the San Carlo Opera Company in the United States.[2]

In addition to his acting, Humbert coached other actors, including Gloria Swanson and George Beban, in mannerisms of Italian people.[2]

Selected filmographyEdit

Year Title Role
1918 The Woman and the Law
We Should Worry Pierre Picard
Why America Will Win Gen. Pancho Villa
The Caillaux Case Albert Calmette
1919 Bullin' the Bullsheviki
1922 Stardust Antonio Marvelli
1932 The Night Club Lady Andre
Hearts of Humanity Tony
1933 The California Trail Mayor Alberto Piedra
1934 Whom the Gods Destroy Niccoli
Redhead Pasquale
1936 The Public Pays Simonelli
Sea Spoilers Johnny "Hop-Scotch"
1937 Love and Hisses Chef
Nancy Steele Is Missing! Giuseppe Spano
A Girl with Ideas Toni
Porky's Garden Italian Poultry Farmer (voice)
1938 Island in the Sky Peter Trompas
No Time to Marry Buenocasa
Swing It, Sailor! Pet Shop Proprietor
1939 Daughters Courageous Manuel Lopez
Fisherman's Wharf Pietro
Full Confession Mercantonio
1940 Boys of the City Tony
Girl from Avenue A Sylvester Gallupi
1941 Fiesta Pancho
Law of the Timber Eric


  1. ^ "'Street Scene' Actor Plans to Call on Mayor". The Los Angeles Times. California, Los Angeles. May 13, 1931. p. 11. Retrieved July 14, 2018 – via  
  2. ^ a b "Humbert to put melody in play". Los Angeles Evening Express. April 7, 1931. p. 15. Retrieved August 8, 2020 – via

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