Monte Blue

Monte Blue

  • Born on
    • January 11th, 1887
  • Died on
    • February 18th, 1963
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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Acting (57 Credits)

1954Apache as Geronimo
1953The Last Posse as Uncle Will
1952Hangman's Knot as Maxwell
1950Backfire as Det. Sgt. Pluther (uncredited)
1949Flaxy Martin as Joe, Detective
1949The Big Wheel as Deacon Jones
1949The Fountainhead as Gas Station Executive (uncredited)
1948Silver River as 'Buck' Chevigee
1948Key Largo as Sheriff Ben Wade
1948Johnny Belinda as Ben (uncredited)
1947Possessed as Norris - lake house caretaker
1947Life with Father as The Policeman
1947The Unfaithful as Businessman with Hunter
1946Never Say Goodbye as Policeman (uncredited)
1946Two Guys from Milwaukee as Broadcast Director (uncredited)
1945San Antonio as Cleve Andrews
1945Danger Signal as Policeman in Car
1945The Horn Blows at Midnight as The Chef (uncredited)
1944The Mask of Dimitrios as Abdul Dhris
1943Divide and Conquer as Bit Role
1943Edge of Darkness as Petersen
1943Action in the North Atlantic as Seaman (uncredited)
1943Mission to Moscow as Heckler (uncredited)
1943The Hard Way as Man in Audience (Uncredited)
1942Gentleman Jim as Gambler in "Lucky Guy"
1942Road to Morocco as Kasim's Aide (uncredited)
1942Across the Pacific as Dan Morton
1942I Married a Witch as Doorman (uncredited)
1942Casablanca as American (uncredited)
1942My Favorite Blonde as Policeman at Union Hall (uncredited)
1941Sunset in Wyoming as Jim Hayes
1941The Great Man's Lady as Man #2, Hoyt City
1940Young Bill Hickok as Marshal Evans
1940Road to Singapore as High Priest (uncredited)
1940North West Mounted Police as Indian
1939Days of Jesse James as Train Passenger
1939Juarez as Lerdo de Tajada
1939Dodge City as Barlow
1939Union Pacific as Indian (uncredited)
1938The Big Broadcast of 1938 as Passenger (uncredited)
1937Born to the West as Bart Hammond
1937Souls at Sea as Mate
1936Undersea Kingdom as Unga Khan
1936Mary of Scotland as Messenger
1935The Lives of a Bengal Lancer as Hamzulla Khan
1935'G' Men as Fingerprint Expert
1928White Shadows in the South Seas as Dr. Matthew Lloyd
1926So This Is Paris as Dr. Paul Giraud
1924The Marriage Circle as Dr. Franz Braun
1921Orphans of the Storm as Danton
1921The Affairs of Anatol as Abner Elliott
1920Something to Think About as Jim Dirk
1918Johanna Enlists as Pvt. Vibbard
1917Wild and Woolly as One of Wild Bill's Men (Uncredited)
1916The Matrimaniac as Assistant Hotel Manager (uncredited)
1916Intolerance as The Strike Leader
1915The Birth of a Nation

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