Raymond Walburn

Raymond Walburn (September 9, 1887 – July 26, 1969) was an American character actor of stage and screen who appeared in dozens of Hollywood movie comedies and an occasional dramatic role during the 1930s and 1940s.

Raymond Walburn
Raymond Walburn in Third Finger, Left Hand trailer.jpg
Third Finger, Left Hand trailer, (1940)
Born(1887-09-09)September 9, 1887
DiedJuly 26, 1969(1969-07-26) (aged 81)
New York City, U.S.
OccupationActor
Years active1913–1958
Spouse(s)Gertrude Steinman
(m.?-1953; her death)
Jane Davis
(m.1955-1969; his death)

Life and careerEdit

Born in Plymouth, Indiana, Walburn moved to Oakland, California, and took up acting on the stage, the same profession as his mother. He acted in stock theater for four years before venturing to Broadway.[1] He made his debut on Broadway in Cordelia Blossom (1914), and his last Broadway play was A Very Rich Woman (1965).[2] He also toured in productions in the United States and other countries.[1]

He did not make an impact in films until the release of The Count of Monte Cristo, which starred Robert Donat, in 1934. His filmography includes nearly 100 films, with his best known roles as a stereotypical bumbler and as a pompous snob. He could also be villainous, as he was when he played Baron Danglars in the 1934 film version of The Count of Monte Cristo, and was a favorite of such celebrated comedy directors as Preston Sturges and Frank Capra, with whom he made several appearances.

Complete filmographyEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Alden, John (April 25, 1936). "Hollywood Mugs: Raymond Walburn -- A Hollywood Convert". Star Tribune. Minnesota, Minneapolis. p. 15. Retrieved October 23, 2019 – via Newspapers.com.
  2. ^ "Raymond Walburn". Internet Broadway Database. The Broadway League. Archived from the original on October 23, 2019. Retrieved October 23, 2019.

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