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Eugene Pallette
Birth: Jul. 8, 1889
Winfield
Cowley County
Kansas, USA
Death: Sep. 3, 1954
Los Angeles
Los Angeles County
California, USA

Actor. One of the most distinctive character players of Hollywood's "Golden Age". With his barrel build and unforgettable frog voice, he was equally effective in comic or villainous roles. Pallette is probably best remembered as the exasperated patriarch of the screwball comedy "My Man Godfey" (1936) and as Friar Tuck in "The Adventures of Robin Hood" (1938). It is interesting to note that this plus-size performer started out as a professional jockey, and entered films in 1913 as a stunt rider. He was slender and handsome enough to gain romantic leads and had a heroic role in the French story of D.W. Griffith's "Intolerance" (1916). But he rapidly put on weight during his stateside World War I service and after 1920 was cast exclusively in supporting parts. Talkies added a whole new dimension to his career, with his froggy voice a perfect compliment to his bulldog face and 300-pound girth. In all he appeared in some 250 films, including "The Birth of a Nation" (1915), "The Three Musketeers" (as Aramis, 1921), "Mantrap" (1926), "The Virginian" (1929), "Shanghai Express" (1932), "Topper" (1937), "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington" (1939), "The Mark of Zorro" (1940), "The Lady Eve" (1941), "Heaven Can Wait" (1943), and "Suspense" (1946). Offscreen Pallette was known as a moody eccentric. In the mid-1920s he abruptly abandoned acting to drill for oil in Texas; he made a small fortune, lost it in a bad investment, then returned to Hollywood. After World War II he retired to his 3000-acre ranch in Oregon, where he stockpiled supplies in anticipation of a Soviet invasion or nuclear attack. He died in Los Angeles while undergoing treatment for throat cancer. His remains were cremated at Valhalla Memorial Park in North Hollywood and the ashes buried in the Pallette family plot in Grenola, Kansas. (bio by: Bobb Edwards) 
 
Burial:
Green Lawn Cemetery
Grenola
Elk County
Kansas, USA
Plot: Unmarked Grave behind the monument of his parents
 
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Originally Created by: José L Bernabé Tronchoni
Record added: Dec 10, 2002
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Eugene Pallette
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- Sheldon Klein
 Added: Sep. 13, 2014
What a great character. Thank you for all the enjoyment.
- Tom Carroll
 Added: Sep. 3, 2014

- DENA ANN
 Added: Sep. 3, 2014
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