Gene Lockhart

Gene Lockhart

London, Middlesex County, Ontario, Canada
Death 31 Mar 1957 (aged 65)
Santa Monica, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Burial Culver City, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Plot D, L279, 6
Memorial ID 1545 · View Source
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Actor, Author, and Songwriter. He is best remembered for his film work but was well known for his appearances on Broadway and for his work as a lyricist. He also wrote theatrical sketches, radio shows, special stage material, and articles for stage and radio magazines, and taught acting and stage technique at the Juilliard School of Music in New York City, New York. Born Eugene Lockhart, he made his professional debut at the age of six when he appeared with the Kilties Band of Canada. When he was 15, he appeared in sketches with actress Beatrice Lillie. He received his education in various Canadian schools and at the Brompton Oratory School in London, England. In 1916 he made his Broadway debut in the musical "The Riviera Girl." He was a member of the travelling play "The Pierrot Players," for which he wrote the book and lyrics. This play introduced the song, "The World Is Waiting for the Sunrise," for which he wrote the lyrics along with Canadian composer Ernest Seitz, which was subsequently made popular by Les Paul and Mary Ford in the 1950s. He also wrote and directed the Broadway musical revue "Bunk" of 1926 and sang in "Die Fledermaus" for the San Francisco Opera Association. In 1922 he made his film debut in "Smilin' Through," as the Rector, but did not make his sound debut until 1934 in the film "By Your Leave," as the playboy 'Skeets'. He subsequently appeared in more than 300 motion pictures, often played villains, including the American remake of "Pepe le Moko" (1937), which gained him an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor, a role as the treacherous informant 'Regis' in "Algiers" (1938), and the suspicious Georges de la Trémouille, the Dauphin's chief counselor, in the famous film "Joan of Arc" (1948) that starred Ingrid Bergman. He also had a great succession of "good guy" supporting roles including Bob Cratchit in "A Christmas Carol" (1938) and as the judge in "Miracle on 34th Street" (1947). He is also fondly remembered as the Starkeeper in the film version of Rodgers and Hammerstein's "Carousel" (1956). As a bumbling sheriff, he appeared in "His Girl Friday" (1940) opposite Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell. As Mr. Taggart in "Edison, the Man" (1940). As a ship's doctor in the movie "The Sea Wolf" (1941), adapted from the novel by Jack London, "Madame Bovary" (1949), based on the novel by the same name, and "The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit (1956). On Broadway he originated the role of the drunken 'Uncle Sid' in Eugene O'Neill's only comedy, "Ah, Wilderness!" in 1933 and took over from actor Lee J. Cobb as Willy Loman, during the original run of "Death of a Salesman" in 1949. His last film role was that of the Equity Board President in the film "Jeanne Eagels" (1957), based on the life of the actress by the same name. He died in Santa Monica, California from a coronary thrombosis at the age of 65. He has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, one for motion pictures and one for television. He is the father of actress June Lockhart of the 1965 to 1968 television series "Lost in Space" fame and grandfather of actress Anne Lockhart of the 1978 to 1979 television series "Battlestar Galactica" fame.

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