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 Ernest Torrence

Ernest Torrence

Birth
Edinburgh, City of Edinburgh, Scotland
Death 15 May 1933 (aged 54)
New York, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
Burial Glendale, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Plot Great Mausoleum, Columbarium of Prayer
Memorial ID 20291 · View Source
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Actor. An opera singer in his native Scotland, he switched to drama after coming to the U.S. and made his film debut in 1919. Torrence became a much sought-after character player after his role as the villain in "Tol'able David" (1921). He held his own against Lon Chaney in "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" (1923), played convincing hayseeds in "The Covered Wagon" (1923) and "Mantrap" (1926), and was an ideal 'Captain Hook' in "Peter Pan" (1925). Walt Disney used Torrance as the model for Hook in his own 1953 animated version of Peter Pan. Torrence survived the transition to talkies thanks to a resonant bass-baritone voice, despite a Scottish accent that limited his roles. His last film was "I Cover the Waterfront" (1933). He died in New York City, from a hospital infection following an operation to remove gallstones.

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  • Added: 13 Feb 2001
  • Find A Grave Memorial 20291
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Ernest Torrence (26 Jun 1878–15 May 1933), Find A Grave Memorial no. 20291, citing Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Glendale), Glendale, Los Angeles County, California, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .