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Louis Jean Heydt (April 17, 1903 – January 29, 1960) was an American character actor in film, television and theatre, most frequently seen in hapless, ineffectual, or fall guy roles.[1]

Louis Jean Heydt
Louis Jean Heydt in Raiders of Old California.jpg
Louis Jean Heydt in Raiders of Old California (1957)
Born(1903-04-17)April 17, 1903
DiedJanuary 29, 1960(1960-01-29) (aged 56)
Resting placeForest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, California
Alma materDartmouth College
Occupationactor and journalist
Years active1933–1960
Spouse(s)
  • Leona Maricle Heydt (. 1928)
  • Dora Heydt

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Early lifeEdit

Heydt was born in 1903 (not 1905, as many sources have it) in Montclair, New Jersey, the son of German parents George Frederick Heydt, a jeweler and the secretary and executor for Louis Comfort Tiffany,[2] and the former Emma Foerster.[3][4]

He was educated at Montclair High School,[5] Worcester Academy. and Dartmouth College, graduating from the latter in 1926.[5] He initially wanted to be a journalist and worked as a reporter for The New York World.

Stage careerEdit

Heydt received his start in the theatre while visiting a classmate backstage while The Trial of Mary Dugan was in rehearsal. As an actual reporter, he caught the attention of the producers and was offered the role of a reporter in the play. He made his stage debut therein and went on to appear in a dozen plays, including Strictly Dishonorable, Before Morning and Happy Birthday.[6] He also played in the London company of The Trial of Mary Dugan[7] as the male lead,[5] replacing the deceased Rex Cherryman.[8]

After he left the Broadway production of The Trial of Mary Dugan, Heydt acted in stock theatre with the Alice Brady Company in Buffalo, Rochester, and Toronto.[8] In the mid-1930s, he and his wife were active in summer stock theatre in Skowhegan, Maine.[9]

Film and TV careerEdit

 
On set of Gone With the Wind (1939). L-R: Director Victor Fleming, Olivia de Havilland, and Louis Jean Heydt as one of the "hungry soldiers" at Tara.

In the 1930s, Heydt traveled to Hollywood, where he appeared in over a hundred films, most notably Gone With the Wind (1939), The Great McGinty (1940), Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo (1944) and The Big Sleep (1946).

Heydt moved early into television, initially taking roles in basic Westerns and related programs such as outlaw Tom Horn on the 1950s western television series Stories of the Century, starring and narrated by Jim Davis. He appeared in eleven episodes of Richard Carlson's 1958-1959 western series, Mackenzie's Raiders.[10][11]

Heydt guest starred on the Adventures of Superman, Treasury Men in Action, Cavalcade of America, TV Reader's Digest, Crossroads, Lux Video Theatre, Fury, The Man from Blackhawk, Wagon Train, and Maverick.[citation needed]

Personal life and deathEdit

Heydt married Leona Maricle, an actress in the Broadway company of The Trial of Mary Dugan, on August 13, 1928,[12] in New York.[13] He later married Donna Hanor.[14]

Heydt died of a heart attack on January 29, 1960, in Boston, where he collapsed immediately after leaving the stage following the first scene of a pre-Broadway performance of the play, There Was a Little Girl, in which he appeared opposite Jane Fonda. Actor Joseph Curtiss carried him to his dressing room, but it was apparent that he had died instantly.[15] Heydt's understudy, William Adler, finished the performance and the run.[16]

Partial filmographyEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "LOUIS JEAN HEYDT BIOGRAPHY & FILMOGRAPHY" Matinee Classics. 8-23-2013.
  2. ^ The New York Times, January 29, 1933
  3. ^ The New York Times, June 10, 1914
  4. ^ The New York Times, August 18, 1928
  5. ^ a b c "Louis Jean 'Bus' Heydt of Montclair Attains Film Success in Hollywood". The Montclair Times. New Jersey, Montclair. May 2, 1939. p. 13. Retrieved 4 March 2019 – via Newspapers.com.
  6. ^ New York Times, January 30, 1960
  7. ^ The New York Times, August 18, 1928
  8. ^ a b "L.J. Heydt Honoreed on Stage". The Montclair Times. New Jersey, Montclair. August 15, 1928. p. 1. Retrieved 4 March 2019 – via Newspapers.com.
  9. ^ "Colorful Ladies Are Specialties of Leona Maricle". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. October 7, 1934. p. SO 11. Retrieved 4 March 2019 – via Newspapers.com.
  10. ^ The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows, 1946-Present. Ballantine Books. 2003. ISBN 0-345-45542-8.
  11. ^ Billy Hathorn, "Roy Bean, Temple Houston, Bill Longley, Ranald Mackenzie, Buffalo Bill, Jr., and the Texas Rangers: Depictions of West Texans in Series Television, 1955 to 1967", West Texas Historical Review, Vol. 89 (2013), pp. 112–13
  12. ^ The New York Times, August 18, 1928
  13. ^ "Heydt--Maricle". The Montclair Times. New Jersey, Montclair. August 22, 1928. p. 4. Retrieved 4 March 2019 – via Newspapers.com.
  14. ^ Tucson Daily Citizen, January 30, 1960, p. 2
  15. ^ Tucson Daily Citizen, January 30, 1960, p. 2
  16. ^ The New York Times, January 30, 1960

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