|born: 21 November 1896
United States of America
|died: 18 August 1938
Los Angeles, California,
United States of America
American heavyweight silent screen comedian, villain or comic foil in short features for Al Christie or Mack Sennett.|
In the 1930 census, he is listed as residing at 4637 Melbourne Avenue, Los Angeles, an apartment building, where he leases a flat at $30 a month. His occupation is listed as “Actor – Motion Pictures.” He is 34 years old and married to Eula M. Loback, 31 years old, who was born in Missouri.
His death certificate records that Loback passed away August 18, 1938 around 5:20 A.M. Cause: carcinoma of stomach. Date of onset: June 1936. His occupation was listed as “Actor – Stage and Screen” and he had worked in this occupation 20 years, and had been a resident in Los Angeles 24 years. His father is listed as Peder Olsen, born in Norway, and his mother Ellen Berg, also born in Norway. At the time of his death Loback resided at 2626 ½ South Raymond Avenue, Los Angeles, the same address given for the death certificate informant, Mrs. Hilma Howland.
Loback’s WWI draft registration, dated June 5, 1917, gives for date of birth, 21 November 1895. His occupation is listed as “Actor” at “LKO Film Co. Sunset & Gower Los Angeles Calif.” He is unmarried. Next to line 12 on the form, asking “Do you claim exemption from draft?” Loback indicates “overweight.” His physical stature is described as “medium” height, “stout” build, “dark brown” hair, “blue” eyes, and a check mark is placed next to “bald.” His home address is 1137 Gardner St., Los Angeles [present day 1137 North Gardner St.]. This would be approximately one mile west of the LKO Studio address.
This document has a few discrepancies: not only is Loback’s birth date given a year earlier than other sources, but he is listed as 22 years of age, when if he had been born in November 1895, he would’ve been 21 in June 1917. The fact he is bald at such a young age suggests he may in fact have been born in 1894. This would mean at the time of his death he was 43, not 41. His name is also reversed to “Oscar Marvin Loback.”
Not sure what happened to his wife Eula Loback. The 1930 census is the only document on which her name appears, and nothing exists to tell me whether she passed away prior to Marvin’s death, or if they were divorced by 1938.
Real name: Marvin Oscar Loback
||Films listed on this page: complete Hal Roach filmography.|