Ted Claire

born: 29 December 1898
New York City, New York,
United States of America
died: 08 December 1960
Chicago, Illinois,
United States of America
(age 61)

American stage actor and comedian, who later got in trouble with the law for impersonating an officer in 1953. Later operated a theatrical school in Chicago.
According to his draft card Ted was 5'7" tall. The height of 5'10½" comes from the 1953 article w/police report. I personally fail to see how a difference of three inches can be mistaken unless it was for a child growing into adulthood?
Real name: Henry Jacob Bier
Height: 5'10½"
Films listed on this page: complete Hal Roach filmography.


Lucky Beginners

Acknowledgements & sources:
https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2WWH-D76 (birth record)
https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV9Q-V9RQ (1915 NJ Census)
https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KZJF-SMB (WWI draft reg. card)
https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:24JD-7JM (1935 pass. list)
https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KZQZ-MZ8 (1939 pass. list)
https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QJDN-HYCK (1939 pass. list)
https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:K9HW-KJL (1940 Census)
https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:V4D4-7CR (WWII draft reg. card)
https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KDZF-CL1 (1946 pass. list)
https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV9N-RMSC (death record)
https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/11744610/ (El Paso Herald-Post, 11 Jun 1953)
https://archive.org/stream/variety221-1960-12#page/n152/mode/1up/search/%22ted+claire%22 (Variety, 14 Dec 1960)
https://www.elpasotimes.com/story/life/2017/03/10/1953-conman-swindles-el-paso-police-chief-vinson/98978166/ (El Paso Times)
https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:V2QJ-XVW (daughter Marsha Theodora Bier in CA Birth Index, 1939)
Jesse Brisson (research and information)

This page was last updated on: 25 April 2019