Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. When not used as pinstripe-suited authority figures or Runyonesque characters (Nicely-Nicely Johnson in The Big Street (1942)), he was always diverting in screwball comedies, notably in My Man Godfrey (1936) and Topper (1937). Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. In talkies, he was the truculent police sergeant Heath in five installments of the Philo Vance series at Paramount, starring William Powell. Consequently, he found himself demoted to supporting roles but still managed to make a decent living out of his unusual appearance and his trademark gravelly bullfrog voice. Eugene initially played leads in silent feature films and was described as relatively athletic by the time he appeared in D.W. Griffith's The Birth of a Nation (1915) and Intolerance: Love's Struggle Throughout the Ages (1916). Under contract at Warners, he proved to be the very best ever incarnation of Friar Tuck in The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938) and followed this with another priestly effort as Father Felipe in The Mark of Zorro (1940).

In talkies, he was the truculent police sergeant Heath in five installments of the Philo Vance series at Paramount, starring William Powell.

He spent in total six years with touring companies, briefly worked as a streetcar conductor in Portland and finally found his way to motion pictures. He spent in total six years with touring companies, briefly worked as a streetcar conductor in Portland and finally found his way to motion pictures. ( Log Out /  Eugene Pallette was an American actor that appeared in over 240 motion pictures between 1913 and 1946. He made his final return to the screen at Poverty Row studio Monogram in Suspense (1946), rounding out his career with a minor film noir set in the skating rink, starring the 'Ice Maiden' Belita. Intolerance: Love's Struggle Throughout the Ages.

Biography This eminently recognizable, bulbous, beetle-browed character actor left Culver Military Academy and began acting in repertory companies before becoming a Hollywood extra and stunt man. Whether true or not, Eugene was ultimately forced to sell the property in 1949 due to ill-health (throat cancer, as it turned out). Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. First, Preminger was quite liberal, and let's just say Pallette was not. His vast appetite for food increased his girth manifold and he steadfastly refused to go on a diet. Eugene's father had also been a thespian at one time but eventually ended his career as an insurance salesman. Under contract at Warners, he proved to be the very best ever incarnation of Friar Tuck in The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938) and followed this with another priestly effort as Father Felipe in The Mark of Zorro (1940).

Whether true or not, Eugene was ultimately forced to sell the property in 1949 due to ill-health (throat cancer, as it turned out). The ranch In his younger days, Eugene was apparently of the more slender build since he once managed to hold down a job as a jockey!

This eminently recognizable, bulbous, beetle-browed character actor left Culver Military Academy and began acting in repertory companies before becoming a Hollywood extra and stunt man. In talkies, he was the truculent police sergeant Heath in five installments of the Philo Vance series at Paramount, starring William Powell. By his own account, he began in films on the East Coast around 1910 or 1911, gravitating to Hollywood by 1913 and appeared in some 100 productions each year for the first four years of his tenure. Sometime in the early 20s, he began to dabble in Texas oil and first amassed and then lost a fortune within the space of a year.Eugene remained gainfully employed all through the 20s, 30s, and 40s. Some of his movies and roles in the 1930’s include: Friar Tuck in The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938), Carole Lombard’s father in My Man Godfrey (1936), The Lady Eve (1941), Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939), First Love (1939), and The Mark of Zorro (1940). Born July 8, 1889 in Winfield, Kansas, USA. His vast appetite for food increased his girth manifold and he steadfastly refused to go on a diet. Eugene's father had also been a thespian at one time but eventually ended his career as an insurance salesman. Sometime in the early 20s, he began to dabble in Texas oil and first amassed and then lost a fortune within the space of a year. Eugene died eight years later in Los Angeles at the age of 65. This eminently recognizable, bulbous, beetle-browed character actor left Culver Military Academy and began acting in repertory companies before becoming a Hollywood extra and stunt man. https://timelesshollywood.wordpress.com/2015/01/29/eugene-pallette When not used as pinstripe-suited authority figures or Runyonesque characters (Nicely-Nicely Johnson in The Big Street (1942)), he was always diverting in screwball comedies, notably in My Man Godfrey (1936) and Topper (1937). Eugene died eight years later in Los Angeles at the age of 65. Sometime in the early 20s, he began to dabble in Texas oil and first amassed and then lost a fortune within the space of a year. But a few things happened along the way. Allegedly, he lived the life of a semi-recluse for the next four years, anticipating a nuclear attack by stockpiling all manner of essential items in order to become fully self-sufficient. Whether true or not, Eugene was ultimately forced to sell the property in 1949 due to ill-health (throat cancer, as it turned out).

He made his final return to the screen at Poverty Row studio Monogram in Suspense (1946), rounding out his career with a minor film noir set in the skating rink, starring the 'Ice Maiden' Belita. Eugene died eight years later in Los Angeles at the age of 65. His career was put on hold while he served with the Flying Corps during the First World War, but just a couple of years after his return to films he started to turn into a compulsive gourmand. Consequently, he found himself demoted to supporting roles but still managed to make a decent living out of his unusual appearance and his trademark gravelly bullfrog voice. His career was put on hold while he served with the Flying Corps during the First World War, but just a couple of years after his return to films he started to turn into a compulsive gourmand. His career was put on hold while he served with the Flying Corps during the First World War, but just a couple of years after his return to films he started to turn into a compulsive gourmand. Follow Timeless Hollywood on WordPress.com, Hollywood A Celebration of American Silent Film. ( Log Out / 

He played Aramis to Douglas Fairbankss's D'Artagnan in The Three Musketeers (1921) and appeared as a Hal Roach contract player in the classic Laurel & Hardy short The Battle of the Century (1927). In fact, there were two controversial incidents between Pallette and Preminger. Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. Change ). Select the department you want to search in, Top subscription boxes – right to your door, © 1996-2020, Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates. The majority of this prodigious output was undoubtedly made up of one-reel shorts. He played Aramis to Douglas Fairbankss's D'Artagnan in The Three Musketeers (1921) and appeared as a Hal Roach contract player in the classic Laurel & Hardy short The Battle of the Century (1927). A truly versatile, his gallery of characters ranged from garrulous and witty and ingratiating, to brooding loners, from avuncular to cantankerous. Consequently, he found himself demoted to supporting roles but still managed to make a decent living out of his unusual appearance and his trademark gravelly bullfrog voice. The original Butler homestead from the late 1800’s is still on the property. https://immortalephemera.com/40035/eugene-pallette-biography Near the end of World War II, Eugene and a business partner acquired a 3500-acre estate and ranch along the Imnaha River in remote Wallowa County, Oregon, complete with a fallout shelter. There once was a cannery, a power plant a sawmill and a 5,000 sq' concrete warehouse built to withstand anything and house years of provisions. In his younger days, Eugene was apparently of the more slender build since he once managed to hold down a job as a jockey! A truly versatile, his gallery of characters ranged from garrulous and witty and ingratiating, to brooding loners, from avuncular to cantankerous. The aforementioned business partner later denied this as a rumor, implying that the ranch was merely a place where Eugene entertained his actor friends (some came to hunt and fish). A truly versatile, his gallery of characters ranged from garrulous and witty and ingratiating, to brooding loners, from avuncular to cantankerous. Under contract at Warners, he proved to be the very best ever incarnation of Friar Tuck in The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938) and followed this with another priestly effort as Father Felipe in The Mark of Zorro (1940).Near the end of World War II, Eugene and a business partner acquired a 3500-acre estate and ranch along the Imnaha River in remote Wallowa County, Oregon, complete with a fallout shelter. Near the end of World War II, Eugene and a business partner acquired a 3500-acre estate and ranch along the Imnaha River in remote Wallowa County, Oregon, complete with a fallout shelter.

The aforementioned business partner later denied this as a rumor, implying that the ranch was merely a place where Eugene entertained his actor friends (some came to hunt and fish). He played Aramis to Douglas Fairbankss's D'Artagnan in The Three Musketeers (1921) and appeared as a Hal Roach contract player in the classic Laurel & Hardy short The Battle of the Century (1927). Built in the 1940's by the late actor Eugene Pallette as a hideaway from Hollywood and a Refuge from looming world disaster after World War 2. The majority of this prodigious output was undoubtedly made up of one-reel shorts. When not used as pinstripe-suited authority figures or Runyonesque characters (Nicely-Nicely Johnson in The Big Street (1942)), he was always diverting in screwball comedies, notably in My Man Godfrey (1936) and Topper (1937). It's a source of amazement to those filmgoers born after 1915 -- which is to say, most of us in the early 21st century -- that rotund, frog-voiced, barrel-shaped Eugene Pallette started out in movies as a rough-and-tumble stuntman and graduated to romantic leading man, all in his first five years in pictures. Eugene's father had also been a thespian at one time but eventually ended his career as an insurance salesman. ( Log Out /  The aforementioned business partner later denied this as a rumor, implying that the ranch was merely a place where Eugene entertained his actor friends (some came to hunt and fish).

In his younger days, Eugene was apparently of the more slender build since he once managed to hold down a job as a jockey! Eugene Pallette is most recognized for his froggy voice. ( Log Out /  Eugene remained gainfully employed all through the 20s, 30s, and 40s.



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