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Jack La Rue

Jack La Rue

  • Born on
    • May 3rd, 1902
  • Died on
    • January 11th, 1984
Jack La Rue (born Gaspere Biondolillo) was an American stage, screen, and television actor. La Rue went from high school to his first acting job, in Otis Skinner's road company production of Blood and Sand. He performed in Broadway plays from around 1923 to 1931. According to La Rue, while appearing in Mae West's play Diamond Lil, he was spotted by Howard Hawks, who offered him a part in the film Scarface, starring Paul Muni. He moved to Hollywood, where he appeared in numerous films. However, Scarface was not one of them. La Rue stated in a newspaper article that, after four days, Hawks had to replace him with George Raft because La Rue was taller than Muni and had a more powerful voice. Later, however, Raft turned down the role of the despicable villain in The Story of Temple Drake, fearing it would damage his screen image, so the part went to La Rue. Sometimes mistaken for Humphrey Bogart, he played thugs and gangsters for the most part. However, director Frank Borzage atypically cast him as a priest in the 1932 version of A Farewell to Arms simply because, according to newspaper columnist Hubbard Keavy, he was "tired of seeing conventional characters". La Rue stated he turned down a role in The Godfather and many parts in the television series The Untouchables because of the way they portrayed Italian-Americans. La Rue died of a heart attack at Saint John's Health Center in Santa Monica, California, at the age of 81. He was buried in Holy Cross Cemetery, Culver City, California.

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Filmography

Acting (30 Credits)

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1976Won Ton Ton: The Dog Who Saved Hollywood as Silent Film Villain
1964Robin and the 7 Hoods as Tomatoes
196240 Pounds of Trouble as Nick the Greek
1948No Orchids for Miss Blandish as Slim Grisson
1947My Favorite Brunette as TonyWatch Free
1945Road to Utopia as LeBec
1945Cornered as Diego, Hotel Valet
1945The Spanish Main as Lt. Escobar
1945Dakota as Suade
1944Dangerous Passage as MikeWatch Free
1942American Empire as Pierre - Beauchard HenchmanWatch Free
1942Pardon My Sarong as Tabor (uncredited)
1941Footsteps in the Dark as Ace Vernon
1940Charlie Chan in Panama as Emil Manolo
1940The Sea Hawk as Lt. Ortega
1937Captains Courageous as Priest
1935Special Agent as Jake Andrews
1933The Story of Temple Drake as Trigger
1933To the Last Man as Jim Daggs
1933Christopher Strong as Carlo
1933The Kennel Murder Case as Eduardo Grassi
193342nd Street as Thug (uncredited)
1932A Farewell to Arms as PriestWatch Free
1932Virtue as Toots O'Neil
1932Lawyer Man as Spike Murphy (uncredited)
193220, 000 Years in Sing Sing as Prisoner at Check-In (uncredited)
1932Blessed Event as Louis De Marco
1932Three on a Match as Ace's Henchman (uncredited)
1932I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang as Ackerman (uncredited)
1926Fine Manners as New Year's Eve Celebrant

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