Pete Bell

born: 27 August 1872
Chicago, Illinois,
United States of America
died: 06 November 1952
Saginaw, Michigan,
United States of America
(age 80)

American actor and acrobat, the husband and stage partner of Eva Bell. Formerly with the Barnum & Bailey Circus as part of the duo "Bell and Henry," where Pete was well known as a double somersault leaper, Pete and Eva performed together as "Bell and Eva," performing a bounding trampoline act; both also acted alongside a young Oliver Hardy in his earliest films at Lubin.
Peter Greenwald (Pete) married Eva Scranton on 6 November 1907 in London, Ontario, Canada. They settled in Eva's hometown of Saginaw, Michigan, and had two children: Peter Leroy Greenwald (1909-1971) and Evelyn May Greenwald (1911-1936); Evelyn, who worked in her parents' act, tragically succumbed to burns, at age 25, after her bedwear caught on fire from a cigarette. Pete passed away on his and Eva's 45th wedding anniversary. The whole family is interred at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Saginaw.
Real name: Peter William Greenwald
Height: 5'3"
Films listed on this page: all films with Babe Hardy.



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Acknowledgements: (birth record) (1900 Census) (1900 passport app.) (1907 marriage) (1910 Census) (1920 Census) (1930 Census) (1940 Census) (1950 Census)
Peter W Greenwald, "Michigan, U.S., Death Records, 1867-1952" ( (Social Security Numident File) (Find a Grave) (Variety, 16 Nov 1907) (The Billboard, 23 Nov 1907) (Variety, 18 Jan 1908) (The Billboard, 27 Jun 1914) (The Billboard, 27 Mar 1915) (The Billboard, 02 Apr 1927) (The Billboard, 30 May 1936) (daughter Evelyn May Greenwald's death certificate, 1936)
Jesse Brisson (bio notes and research)

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