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Monte Blue Biography

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Monte Blue (January 11, 1887 – February 18, 1963) was a movie actor who began his career as a romantic leading man in the silent film era, and later progressed to character roles. Blue was born as Gerard Montgomery Bluefeather in Indianapolis, Indiana. His father was half French, half Cherokee Indian. One of five children, his father died and his mother could not raise five children alone. Along with another brother, they both admitted to the Indiana Soldiers' and Sailors' Children's Home. This did not stop him working his way through to Purdue University. When growing up, Blue built up his physique to become a football player (he grew to six feet three inches tall). He not only played football, but he was also a fireman, railroad worker, coal miner, cowpuncher, ranch hand, circus rider, lumberjack, and finally, a day laborer at the studios of D. W. Griffith. He had no theatrical experience when he came to the screen. In his first movie, The Birth of a Nation (1915), he was a stuntman and an extra in the movie. In his next movie, he starred in another small part in the movie, Intolerance (1916). Gradually moving to supporting roles for both D. W. Griffith and Cecil B. DeMille, Blue earned his breakthrough role as Danton in Orphans of the Storm, starring sisters, Lillian Gish and Dorothy Gish. Then he rose to stardom as a rugged romantic lead along with top leading actresses such as Clara Bow, Gloria Swanson, and Norma Shearer. His most prolific female screen partner was Marie Prevost with whom he made several films in the mid 20s at Warner Brothers. Blue's finest silent screen performance was as the alcoholic doctor who finds paradise in MGM's White Shadows in the South Seas (1928). Blue became one of the few silent stars to survive the talkie revolution. However, he lost his investments in the stock market crash of 1929. He rebuilt his career as a character actor, working until his retirement in 1954. One of his more memorable roles was the sheriff in Key Largo. He divorced his first wife in 1923 and married Tova Jansen in 1924. He had two children, Barbara Ann and Richard Monte. During the later part of his life, Monte Blue was an active Mason and the advance man for the Hamid-Morton Shrine Circus; while on business in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, he had a heart attack because of complications from influenza, dying at age 76. Monte Blue has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6286 Hollywood Blvd. Description above from the Wikipedia article Monte Blue, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

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Jan 11, 1887 - In Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie The Birth of a Nation 1915-02-08
Latest Project:
Series Rawhide 1959-01-09

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Series Rawhide Unknown 1959-01-09
Series 26 Men Unknown 1957-11-01
Series The Adventures of Jim Bowie Unknown 1956-09-07
Series The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp Unknown 1955-09-06
Movie Adventures of the Texas Kid: Border Ambush Sheriff 1954-01-01
Series The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin Unknown 1954-10-15
Movie Apache Geronimo 1954-07-09
Movie The Last Posse Uncle Will 1953-07-04
Series Sky King Unknown 1952-04-05
Series This Is Your Life Unknown 1952-10-01
Movie Trail of the Arrow (archive footage) 1952-11-02
Series Mr. & Mrs. North Unknown 1952-10-03
Movie Hangman's Knot Maxwell 1952-11-15
Movie Snake River Desperadoes Jim Haverly 1951-05-30
Series The Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok Unknown 1951-04-15
Movie Gold Raiders John Sawyer 1951-09-09
Movie The Sea Hornet Lt. Drake 1951-11-06
Movie The Blonde Bandit Police Chief Ramsey 1950-01-11
Movie Backfire Det. Sgt. Pluther 1950-02-11
Movie So You Want to Hold Your Husband Rice - Curry's Partner 1950-07-01
Movie The Iroquois Trail Chief Sagamore 1950-06-15
Movie This Side of the Law The Sheriff 1950-06-17
Movie Flaxy Martin Joe, Detective 1949-02-15
Movie Homicide George (the sheriff) 1949-04-02
Movie The Big Wheel Deacon Jones 1949-11-04
Movie The Younger Brothers Deputy Joe 1949-05-03
Movie Ranger of Cherokee Strip Chief Hunter 1949-11-04
Movie Silver River 'Buck' Chevigee 1948-05-29
Movie Johnny Belinda Ben (uncredited) 1948-09-14
Movie Key Largo Sheriff Ben Wade 1948-07-31
Movie Bells of San Fernando Governor Don Sebastian Fernando 1947-03-01
Movie Possessed Norris - lake house caretaker 1947-07-26
Movie Life with Father The Policeman 1947-09-13
Movie Cinderella Jones Jailer 1946-03-09
Movie Two Guys from Milwaukee Broadcast Director (uncredited) 1946-07-26
Movie Never Say Goodbye Policeman (uncredited) 1946-11-09
Movie Shadow of a Woman Mike, Police Lieutenant 1946-09-14
Movie The Time, The Place and The Girl Stage Manager (uncredited) 1946-12-28
Movie The Horn Blows at Midnight The Chef (uncredited) 1945-04-28
Movie San Antonio Cleve Andrews 1945-11-29
Movie The Mask of Dimitrios Abdul Dhris 1944-07-01
Movie Why We Fight: Divide and Conquer Bit Role 1943-01-01
Movie Truck Busters Scrappy O'Brien 1943-01-28
Movie My Favorite Blonde Policeman at Union Hall (uncredited) 1942-04-02
Movie Klondike Fury Flight Dispatcher 1942-03-20
Movie The Remarkable Andrew Policeman 1942-03-05
Movie The Great Man's Lady Man #2, Hoyt City 1942-04-15
Movie North to the Klondike John Burke 1942-01-23
Movie Across the Pacific Dan Morton 1942-09-05
Movie Casablanca American (uncredited) 1942-11-26
Movie Gentleman Jim Gambler in "Lucky Guy" 1942-11-14
Movie Secret Enemies Hugo Mehl, the Doorman 1942-09-17
Movie I Married a Witch Doorman (uncredited) 1942-10-30
Movie Riders of Death Valley Rance Davis 1941-07-01
Movie The Great Train Robbery The Super 1941-02-28
Movie Bad Man of Deadwood Sheriff Jordan 1941-09-05
Movie Sunset in Wyoming Jim Hayes 1941-07-15
Movie King of the Texas Rangers Capt. Tom King Sr. 1941-10-03
Movie Pacific Blackout Colonel 1941-12-31
Movie Law of the Timber Hodge Mason 1941-12-19
Movie New York Town McAuliffe 1941-10-31
Movie Road to Singapore High Priest 1940-03-22
Movie Young Bill Hickok Marshal Evans 1940-10-21
Movie Mystery Sea Raider Captain Norberg 1940-10-26
Movie North West Mounted Police Indian 1940-10-22
Movie The Texas Rangers Ride Again Pablo Slide Along 1940-12-13
Movie Union Pacific Indian (uncredited) 1939-05-05
Movie Dodge City Barlow 1939-03-31
Movie Juarez Lerdo de Tajada 1939-06-10
Movie Frontier Pony Express Cherokee 1939-04-11
Movie Port of Hate Hammond 1939-08-21
Movie Geronimo Interpreter 1939-11-26
Movie Days of Jesse James Train Passenger 1939-12-20
Movie Our Leading Citizen Frank 1939-08-23
Movie Cocoanut Grove Undetermined Role 1938-05-20
Movie The Big Broadcast of 1938 Passenger (uncredited) 1938-02-11
Movie The Great Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok Mr. Cameron 1938-06-30
Movie The Mysterious Rider Cap Folsom 1938-09-21
Movie Tom Sawyer, Detective Sheriff Walker 1938-12-24
Movie Rebellious Daughters Charlie, alias Clint Houston 1938-07-01
Movie Hawk of the Wilderness Yellow Weasel 1938-12-03
Movie The Outcasts of Poker Flat Indian Jim 1937-04-16
Movie A Million To One John Kent, Sr. 1937-03-03
Movie Rootin' Tootin' Rhythm Joe Stafford 1937-05-12
Movie Secret Agent X-9 1937-04-12
Movie Souls at Sea Mate 1937-09-03
Movie Amateur Crook Crone 1937-12-10
Movie Born to the West Bart Hammond 1937-12-10
Movie Sky Racket Benjamin Arnold 1937-10-01
Movie Undersea Kingdom Unga Khan 1936-05-30
Movie Desert Gold Chetley 'Chet' Kasedon 1936-03-26
Movie Prison Shadows Bert McNamee 1936-07-17
Movie Treachery Rides the Range Colonel Drummond 1936-05-02
Movie Ride Ranger Ride Duval, aka Chief Tavibo 1936-11-30
Movie Song of the Gringo Sheriff 1936-11-22
Movie Mary of Scotland Messenger 1936-08-28
Movie Social Error Dean Carter 1935-04-30
Movie The Lives of a Bengal Lancer Hamzulla Khan 1935-01-11
Movie G-Men Fingerprint Expert 1935-05-04
Movie On Probation Al Murray 1935-04-01
Movie Trails of the Wild RCMP Larry Doyle 1935-07-31
Movie Nevada Clem Dillon 1935-11-29
Movie Wanderer of the Wasteland Guerd Larey 1935-09-09
Movie The Test Pepite La Joie 1935-05-10
Movie The Last Round-up Jack Kells 1934-05-01
Movie Come On, Marines! Lt. Allen 1934-01-01
Movie Wagon Wheels Kenneth Murdock 1934-09-15
Movie Student Tour Jeff Kane 1934-10-05
Movie Buffalo Stampede Smiley 1933-03-01
Movie The Intruder John Brandt 1933-03-13
Movie The Stoker Dick Martin 1932-06-15
Movie Officer Thirteen Tom Burke 1932-12-15
Movie Those Who Dance Dan Hogan 1930-04-18
Movie Show of Shows Condemned Man (segment "Rifle Execution") 1929-12-28
Movie White Shadows in the South Seas Dr. Matthew Lloyd 1928-11-11
Movie Conquest Donald Overton 1928-12-22
Movie So This Is Paris Dr. Paul Giraud 1926-07-31
Movie Other Women's Husbands Dick Lambert 1926-03-17
Movie The Limited Mail Bob Wilson / Bob Snobson 1925-09-05
Movie Kiss Me Again Gaston Fleury 1925-08-01
Movie Red Hot Tires Al Jones 1925-10-31
Movie Hogan's Alley Lefty O'Brien 1925-12-12
Movie How to Educate a Wife Ernest Todd 1924-05-01
Movie The Marriage Circle Dr. Franz Braun 1924-02-10
Movie Mademoiselle Midnight Owen Burke / Jerry Brent 1924-04-14
Movie Daughters of Pleasure Kent Merrill 1924-06-15
Movie The Dark Swan Lewis Dike 1924-11-26
Movie Defying Destiny Jack Fenton 1923-09-29
Movie Lucretia Lombard Stephen Winship 1923-12-07
Movie Broadway Rose Tom Darcy 1922-09-22
Movie Moonlight and Honeysuckle Ted Musgrove 1921-07-01
Movie Orphans of the Storm Danton 1921-12-28
Movie The Affairs of Anatol Abner Elliott 1921-09-25
Movie Something to Think About Jim Dirk 1920-10-16
Movie Johanna Enlists Pvt. Vibbard 1918-09-14
Movie M'Liss Mexican Joe Dominguez 1918-05-05
Movie One Hundred Percent American Mayme's Army boyfriend 1918-10-04
Movie The Goddess of Lost Lake (uncredited) 1918-10-14
Movie Betsy's Burglar Victor Gilpin 1917-03-04
Movie Hands Up! Dan Tracy 1917-04-28
Movie The Man from Painted Post Slim Carter 1917-09-29
Movie The Devil's Needle Bartender (uncredited) 1916-08-12
Movie Intolerance: Love's Struggle Throughout the Ages The Strike Leader 1916-09-04
Movie The Matrimaniac Assistant Hotel Manager (uncredited) 1916-12-16
Movie The Vagabond Prince Peasant 1916-10-22
Movie The Birth of a Nation Minor Role 1915-02-08