Arthur Mund

born: 04 July 1882
Lee's Summit, Jackson County, Missouri,
United States of America
died: 13 August 1975
San Bernadino, California,
United States of America
(age 93)

American actor who starred in George Ovey "Jerry" silent comedies made in 1916-1917. Arthur Mund is unusual in that he is cited in the trade magazines under BOTH names, "Mund" and "Munns" SIMULTANEOUSLY! Just one example is given in the sources but there are many. The father, Sanford C. Munns (1855-1939), owned his own farm in Lee's Summit, MO and by 1900 owned a ranch and fruit orchard in San Bernardino, CA where Arthur was a laborer and truck driver. By 1909, Sanford, Arthur, and Uncle George Munns owned an automobile agency in Los Angeles. They sold the agency about 1912 and bought 2 ranches in San Fernando and Arthur remained in LA as a salesman and eventually a motion picture actor.
According to "City Directories" and Censuses he also worked as a clerk, musician and manager of his father's ranch and meat market in Santa Monica. In October of 1916 he enlisted in the Army. In March of 1918, he was on a list of "Christie" actors at a military training camp and by December he was discharged as a sergeant in the Coastal Artillery Band. His 1942 Draft Card gives his profession as "actor". His 1975 obituary says he was an "actor for Universal Studios for 28 years". In the 1920 LA Census he lists himself as "assistant director-motion pictures". At age 65 in 1948 in Hollywood, he married 54 yr.-old Vida I Greig, a bookkeeper: he a lathe operator for an aircraft co. This was the first marriage for both. She died in 1976, a year after Arthur. Together, through veterans' organizations they doggedly lobbied both State and Federal legislatures for benefits for WWI veterans for many years.
Real name: Arthur Thomas Munns
Height: 5'10"
Films listed on this page: complete Hal Roach filmography.


The Battle Of The Century

Acknowledgements: (1880 Census Prairie, MO.) 1900 (C Redlands, CA: farm laborer) 1910 (C LA: "automobile agency") 1920 (C LA: "assistant director; motion pictures") (1930 city dir Santa Monica: "clerk") (1940 C Santa Monica: "actor motion pictures") U.S., WWII Draft Registration Cards, 1942 April 25: Santa Monica: res. 457-15th St.: Actor: Height 5' 10" (1948 April 19: Hollywood: marriage Vida I Greig: he lathe operator for aircraft co.) (1902 City Dir: Redlands: family ranch driver) U.S., City Directories, 1822-1995: 1909 LA: "Mumms Automobile Agency" with Dad and Uncle. Department of Veterans Affairs BIRLS Death File, 1850-2010: Arthur T. Munns 1916 Oct 3 San Fernando: mil enlist: disch 1918 Dec 20 U.S., City Directories, 1822-1995: 1916 cd LA Arthur T. Munns: Photo Player r. 133 W 21st St. U.S., City Directories, 1822-1995: 1917 cd LA:Arthur T. Munns: Actor: r 2126 S Main (1918 Mar 09: list of Christie actors on military duty) (1918 Dec.20: Arthur Thomas Munns discharge Sgt. 27 Coast Arty Band) U.S., City Directories, 1822-1995: 1923 cd San Fernando: mgr of Dad & Mom's wholesale meats & ranch: all 3 res 1703 4th St - U.S., City Directories, 1822-1995 1928 cd Santa Monica:Arth Munns "Musician" r 457 15th St. w/parents - U.S., City Directories, 1822-1995: 1931 cd Santa Monica :Arth T Munns "clk" r. 457 15th w parents - U.S., City Directories, 1822-1995 : 1933 cd Santa Monica: Arthur T Munns "actor" r. 457 15th w parents
"Motion Picture News" 1916 Feb 26 "Jerry's Millions" ARTHUR MUNNS
"Moving Picture World" 1916 May 6 "The Traitor" ARTHUR MUND
"San Bernardino County Sun" 1940 Aug 29 p.16 Santa Monica: Arthur T. Munns photo w/ lift hoist invention working model
"San Bernardino County Sun" 1961 May 18 p.36 San Bernardino:Arthur T. Munns lobbies w/ wf for Vets of WWI USA Inc. (1975 Aug. 13 Arthur Munns d. San Bernardino)
"San Bernardino County Sun" 1975 Aug 14 p.23: Arthur T. Munns obit d.Aug 13 in San Bernardino: b. Lee's Summit, MO: actor at Univ Studios 28 yrs
Randy Skretvedt (information relating to The Battle Of The Century appearance)
Jim Jarbis (bio notes and extensive research)

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