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Wesley Ruggles

  • Birth 11 Jun 1889 Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
  • Death 8 Jan 1972 Santa Monica, Los Angeles County, California, USA
  • Burial Glendale, Los Angeles County, California, USA
  • Plot Garden of Memory, L-1115
  • Memorial ID 3562

Director. Remembered for "Cimarron" (1931), the first Western to win Best Picture. Younger brother of actor Charlie Ruggles. He started out as an actor during the 1910s. He acted in musical comedy on the stage. His first screen role was in "Caught in a Park" (1915). He appeared in Syd and Charlie Chaplin films from 1915 to 1918. Films include "The Bank", "A Submarine Pirate" and "The Pawn Shop". He played a variety of roles, including cops. Ruggles started directing in 1917 with "Bobby, Movie Director". His career was halted temporarily when he served in World War I. He was a camera operator. The majority of his silent films are lost. His silent films include "Uncharted Seas" (1921), "The Age of Innocence" (1924) and "The Plastic Age" (1925). He also directed Laura La Plante vehicles and entries in "The Collegians" film series. In 1921 he married Virginia Caldwell. They divorced in 1924. He married Arline Judge in 1931. That same year Ruggles was nominated for Best Director. He lost to Norman Taurog. Ruggles directed the only screen pairing of Carole Lombard and Clark Gable. The film was "No Man of Her Own" (1932). In 1933 he directed Mae West in "I'm No Angel" featuring Cary Grant. His son Wesley Jr. was born that year as well. He directed three comedies starring Claudette Colbert during the mid-1930s. They are "The Gilded Lily", "The Bride Comes Home" and "I Met Him in Paris". In 1936 he directed Gladys George to a Best Actress nomination for the drama "Valiant Is the Word for Carrie". In 1937 Ruggles and Arline Judge divorced. Ruggles' career was waning. His last successes include "Arizona" and "See Here, Private Hargrove". He married Marcelle Rogez in 1940. His last film was "London Town" (1946), a British musical. It was a flop. Following this disappointment, Ruggles retired. He died of a stroke.

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  • Added: 8 Sep 1998
  • Find A Grave Memorial 3562
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Wesley Ruggles (11 Jun 1889–8 Jan 1972), Find A Grave Memorial no. 3562, citing Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Glendale), Glendale, Los Angeles County, California, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .