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 in the early 1900s moved to Oakland, California, and began acting on stage, which was also his mother's profession. He performed in stock theater for only four years before being cast on Broadway, where he made his debut in Cordelia Blossom in 1914. Over a half century later, in 1965, Walburn acted in his final Broadway production, A Very Rich Woman.[1][2] During his long career, he also toured extensively, performing on stages throughout the United States and in other countries.[1]

Walburn did not make an impact in films until 1934 with the release of The Count of Monte Cristo starring Robert Donat. 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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