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 Berton Churchill

Berton Churchill

Birth
Toronto, Toronto Municipality, Ontario, Canada
Death 10 Oct 1940 (aged 63)
New York, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
Burial Glendale, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Plot Great Mausoleum, Poet's Corridor, Crypt 2238
Memorial ID 13013 · View Source
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Actor. He appeared in scores of Hollywood films during the 1930s, typically playing a pompous windbag or humorless authority figure. His definitive role was probably as the banker Gatewood in "Stagecoach" (1939), whose straight-laced demeanor hides the fact that he's fleeing with the bank's funds. Among his many other films are "Tarnished Lady" (1931), "I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang" (1932), "If I Had a Million" (1932), "Heroes for Sale" (1933), "Dames" (1934), "Judge Priest" (1934), "Babbitt" (1934), "Dimples" (1936), "In Old Chicago" (1937), and "The Way of All Flesh" (1940). Churchill was born in Toronto, and performed with touring theatrical companies throughout North America before making his Broadway debut in 1909. He was a founding member of the Actors Equity union and a leading organizer of the landmark 1919 Equity Strike, which virtually shut down Broadway for a month. In 1931 he settled in Hollywood and worked in as many as 25 films a year until his death. Radio star Harold Peary based his famous character "The Great Gildersleeve" on Churchill's blustery screen persona.

Bio by: Bobb Edwards


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  • Added: 16 Oct 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 13013
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Berton Churchill (9 Dec 1876–10 Oct 1940), Find A Grave Memorial no. 13013, citing Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Glendale), Glendale, Los Angeles County, California, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .