|born: 10 November 1882
Graudenz, West Prussia,
|died: 20 September 1948
United States of America
|Comedy actor who played a wax-moustached villain in early silent movies, including some of the very first Charlie Chaplin shorts. He had extensive experience on stage and film.
His year of birth seems to be subject to discussion, ranging from 1873-1890, depending on which source you believe. 1882 appears to be from the majority of sources, and is the date I have credited here.
He was married to Blanche White (11 May 1911, New York); they had two children. Blanche White was her stage name; she was really English-born Ethel White (nee McCann).
1930 Census directly below says he was 29 when he married.
Census was taken April 1930 when he was 47 placing his year of birth as 1882. If true, this would mean they married at some point ranging from late 1911 to (perhaps more likely) early-late 1912.
Passenger List below (late August 1931) notes he is still married.
1930 Census (April 16, 1930): He is rooming with others at 5724 Sunset Boulevard.
He was born in Germany, as were his parents. He is 47* and is still married; he was 29 when he married. Says he immigrated in 1899 and is naturalized. He is an "actor" on "stage".
(* given his birthday is November 10, this would logically place his birth year as 1882).
1931 Passenger List (August 30, 1931): He is sailing from (????????) to San Pedro, CA on the S.S. Ruth Alexander. Gives birthdate as Nov. 10, 1886 in Manchester, England. This would logically make his apparent age 44, but it is listed as 46* so one of the two is wrong. He is married at this time. He was nationalized in 1919 in Chicago, Ill. Address: 5720 Sunset Hollywood
(* if 46, this would logically place his birth year as 1884).
If is worthy of mention that this information, and so much more, was collected by Jesse Brisson. I have culled a lot of it for the purposes of page structuring.
|Real name: Leo Herbert Weiss
|Films listed on this page: complete Hal Roach filmography,
and all films with Babe Hardy; and Charley Chase.
|▼ NON-HAL ROACH FILMS|