Dick Rush

born: 16 August 1882
Dubbo, New South Wales,
died: 11 March 1956
Los Angeles, California,
United States of America
(age 73)

Australian-born actor with a fairly big film career in Hollywood (at least one unreliable source claims AUSTRIA as his country of birth).
His 1882 Australian Birth Record gives his birth name as "Charles Orr Rush", Orr being his Mother's maiden name. His 1956 LA Death Record gives his birth name as "Charles Orrrichard Rush". Other records don't mention "Richard", only "Charles (Dick)" with "Dick" in parenthesis. In his Citizenship Applications he claims to have arrived in America in 1919 but he is on a ship's passenger list as arriving in San Francisco from Australia in January 1907 as a "warehouse man". By the 1910 Census, he was a "bartender in a saloon".
He was a prolific assistant director, director, and actor. In September 1918 in San Francisco, he volunteered for the Imperial Australian Force and after training in LA and Canada as a rifleman, he spent a year in France and was discharged in London in October 1919. He was a veteran of the Boer War where he had served 19 months as a "mounted rifleman" until 1903. He earned 3 decorations for his military service. He married divorcee Geneva Houck Fredericks (1882-1965) in CA in June 1932: his first and her third. They had no children. Dick became a US Citizen in 1949.
*Regarding his height: "official" sources vary from 5'11½" - 6'0½".
Real name: Charles Orr Rush
Height: 6'0"* [see above]
Films listed on this page: complete Hal Roach filmography.


Taxi Barons
Taxi company foreman

Arbor Day
Murphy, side show barker

Acknowledgements & sources:
https://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?indiv=1&dbid=1778&h=2933437&tid=&pid=&usePUB=true&_phsrc=aMx22&_phstart=successSource (1882 AUS Birth
https://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?dbid=7949&h=724541&indiv=try&o_vc=Record:OtherRecord&rhSource=9177 (1907 arrive SFO
https://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?indiv=1&dbid=7884&h=1596325&tid=&pid=&usePUB=true&_phsrc=aMx24&_phstart=successSource (1910 C SFO
https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MHQL-196 (1920 C LA actor; motion pictures
https://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?indiv=1&dbid=6224&h=90102868&ssrc=pt&tid=6663623&pid=412111062131&usePUB=true (1930 C LA; Actor, MP
https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:K9CD-KVM (1940 C LA;actor, MP; wf Geneva
http://www.archive.org/stream/motionpicturenew00moti_20#page/n358/mode/1up/search/%22dick+rush%22 (1918 vet Boer War
http://www.archive.org/stream/filmdailyvolume556newy#page/545/mode/1up/search/%22dick+rush%22 (1918 military training LA & Canada
http://www.archive.org/stream/moviwor3738chal#page/n691/mode/1up/search/%22dick+rush%22 (1918 patriotism
https://archive.org/stream/motrestu00moti#page/206/mode/1up/search/HOLDER (1918 Studio Directory bio
https://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?dbid=6482&h=19532716&indiv=try&o_vc=Record:OtherRecord&rhSource=1778 (1918 US Draft Card
https://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?dbid=60864&h=306247&indiv=try&o_vc=Record:OtherRecord&rhSource=60901 (1918 SFO enlists AUS Army
https://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?indiv=1&dbid=60864&h=306247&ssrc=pt&tid=11305365&pid=350143045666&usePUB=true (1919 AUS mil record
https://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?indiv=1&dbid=1193&h=4266506&ssrc=pt&tid=11305365&pid=350143045666&usePUB=true (1921 Decl of Intent
https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:K8FD-H6J (1932 marriage to Geneva Fredericks
https://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?dbid=1002&h=13750800&indiv=try&o_vc=Record:OtherRecord&rhSource=6482 (1942 WWII Draft Card
https://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?dbid=3998&h=1963326&indiv=try&o_vc=Record:OtherRecord&rhSource=5180 (1949 Naturalization Petition
https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VPC4-DDR (1956 CA Death Index; "Charles Orrrichard Rush")
Jim Jarvis (research and information)

This page was last updated on: 11 June 2019