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Roman Bohnen
Birth: Nov. 24, 1894
Saint Paul
Ramsey County
Minnesota, USA
Death: Feb. 24, 1949
Hollywood
Los Angeles County
California, USA

Actor. An outstanding character player of stage and screen. Born in St. Paul, Minnesota, he studied for a career in business before turning to acting in the years following World War I. As a member of New York's progressive Group Theatre from 1934 to 1940 he originated major roles in seven plays by Clifford Odets, among them "Waiting for Lefty" (1935), "Awake and Sing!" (1935), and "Golden Boy" (1937). He made his movie debut in 1938. Although he preferred the theatre, Bohnen settled in Hollywood in 1941 because he needed the income to support his ailing wife. A small, prematurely wizened man with a meek-sounding voice, Bohnen was typically cast as world-weary old losers or well-meaning but ineffectual authority figures. He is unforgettable as the pathetic Candy in "Of Mice and Men" (1939) and as Dana Andrews' proud father in "The Best Years of Our Lives" (1946). His other films include "Edge of Darkness" (1943), "The Song of Bernadette" (1943), "None But the Lonely Heart" (1944), "A Bell for Adano" (1945), "The Strange Love of Martha Ivers" (1946), "Brute Force" (1947), and "Joan of Arc" (1948). Bohnen founded the controversial Actors' Lab in Hollywood and suffered a fatal heart attack onstage in its production of "Distant Isle". Actress Lee Grant, who delivered his eulogy, attributed his death to pressure from the House Un-American Activities Committee, which was investigating him as an alleged Communist sympathizer; he likely would have been blacklisted (as Grant was) had he lived. (bio by: Bobb Edwards) 
 
Burial:
Holy Cross Cemetery
Culver City
Los Angeles County
California, USA
Plot: Section D, Lot 180 [unmarked]
 
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Record added: Sep 26, 2002
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- Stasia K
 Added: Nov. 24, 2014

- Cindy
 Added: Nov. 24, 2014
Your performance in "Brute Force" is a good example of your acting style: A quiet man with the responsibility of running a prison being humiliated by his superiors. The part you played in the "Best Years of our Lives" also showed your amazing talent and ...(Read more)
- Roman's acting fan
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