James Ridley Osgood Perkins (May 16, 1892 – September 21, 1937) was an American actor.
Perkins as Walter Burns in The Front Page (1928)
James Ridley Osgood Perkins
May 16, 1892
|Died||September 21, 1937 (aged 45)|
Washington, D.C., U.S.
Janet Esselstyn Rane (m. 1922)
|Relatives||Oz Perkins (grandson)|
Elvis Perkins (grandson)
Life and careerEdit
Perkins was born in West Newton, Massachusetts, son of Henry Phelps Perkins Jr., and his wife, Helen Virginia (née Anthony). His maternal grandfather was wood engraver Andrew Varick Stout Anthony. He was a descendant of Mayflower passenger John Howland and a graduate of Harvard College.
Perkins made his Broadway debut in 1924 in the George S. Kaufman – Marc Connelly play Beggar on Horseback. In the next 12 years, he would appear in 24 Broadway productions, including The Front Page and Uncle Vanya.
Despite his success as a leading man in the theatre, Hollywood viewed him as a character actor. He appeared in 12 silent films, including Puritan Passions, before moving to talkies such as Scarface and Gold Diggers of 1937.
"The best actor I ever worked with was Osgood Perkins," Louise Brooks told Kevin Brownlow. "You know what makes an actor great to work with? Timing. You don't have to feel anything. It's like dancing with a perfect dancing partner. Osgood Perkins would give you a line so that you would react perfectly. It was timing -- because emotion means nothing." Brooks and Perkins appeared together in Love 'Em and Leave 'Em (1926).
|1922||The Cradle Buster||Crack 'Spoony'|
|1923||Puritan Passions||Dr. Nicholas|
|1924||Grit||Boris Giovanni Smith|
|1925||Wild, Wild Susan||M. Crawford Dutton|
|1926||Love 'Em and Leave 'Em||Lem Woodruff|
|1927||High Hat||The Assistant Director|
|1927||Knockout Reilly||Spider Cross|
|1929||Mother's Boy||Jake Sturmberg|
|1931||Tarnished Lady||Ben Sterner|
|1934||Madame DuBarry||Duc de Richelieu|
|1934||Kansas City Princess||Marcel Duryea - French Private Eye|
|1934||The President Vanishes||Harris Brownell|
|1934||Secret of the Chateau||Martin|
|1935||I Dream Too Much||Paul Darcy|
|1936||Gold Diggers of 1937||Morty Wethered|
|1937||A Star Is Born||Otto||Uncredited, (final film)|
- Great Stars of the American Stage; in Historic Photographs, p.85 c.1983 edited by Stanley Appelbaum ISBN 0-486-24555-1
- Winecoff, Charles (2009). Split File: The Life of Anthony Perkins. Diane Pub Co. p. 10. ISBN 078819870X.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-05-08. Retrieved 2016-11-03.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
- Monahan, Kaspar (October 9, 1932). "The Show Shops". The Pittsburgh Press. Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh. p. 31. Retrieved November 9, 2018 – via Newspapers.com.
- "26 Elected to the Theater Hall of Fame." The New York Times, March 3, 1981.
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