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Walter Huntley Long

  • Birth 5 Mar 1879 Nashua, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire, USA
  • Death 4 Jul 1952 Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
  • Burial Hollywood, Los Angeles County, California, USA
  • Plot Garden of Memory (formerly Section 6), Lot 527
  • Memorial ID 8245944

Actor. He was a prolific character actor from the 1910s through the 1940s. Like many actors of the era, he got his start on the stage before moving to the screen in 1909. Throughout the early and mid-Teens, he was a valued member of D.W. Griffith's stock company, appearing in such films as 'The Birth of a Nation' (1915), 'Intolerance' (1916), 'The Girl and Her Trust' (1912), 'Home, Sweet Home' (1914), and 'The Escape' (1914). He quickly found his niche playing villains, aided in large part because of his threatening-looking glower and intimidating features. However, like a number of other character actors of the era, off-camera Long was said to be the complete antithesis of these intimidating and mean characters. His off-camera kindness and good manners were praised in particular by the women whom he menaced onscreen. During this early part of his film career, he married one of the other stock players in the company, Luray Huntley (also known as Laura Huntley), with whom he had one child, John. The marriage didn't last very long, however, as Luray died in early 1919, one of the millions of victims of the worldwide influenza epidemic of the late Teens. She was only twenty-eight years old. Long did not remarry. Later he began appearing in shorts and features made by other directors of the era, such as Cecil B. DeMille and George Melford. Throughout the Twenties he played villains in such films as 'The Sea Wolf' (1920), 'The Sheik' (1921), 'Shadows' (1922), 'Blood and Sand' (1922), 'The Shock' (1923), 'The Isle of Lost Ships' (1923), 'Missing Daughters' (1924), 'Steel Preferred' (1925), 'Back to God's Country' (1927), and 'Gang War' (1928). He transitioned very well when sound came in because his low guttural voice matched his screen persona as well as his physical appearance did. His best-known work from the Thirties was done with Laurel and Hardy, whom he menaced in such films as 'Pardon Us' (1931), 'Any Old Port' (1934), 'Going Bye-Bye!' (1934), and 'The Live Ghost' (1934). Apart from the supporting work he did with Laurel and Hardy, however, most of his film roles from 1932 on were uncredited. When the United States became involved in World War II, Long enlisted in the Army and served as a lieutenant colonel. After receiving his honorable discharge at the end of the war, he returned to acting. During this late point in his career, most of his acting work was on the stage, where he was quite active. He retired in 1950. Two years later he passed away at the age of seventy-three.

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  • Originally Created by: A.J.
  • Added: 7 Jan 2004
  • Find A Grave Memorial 8245944
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Walter Huntley Long (5 Mar 1879–4 Jul 1952), Find A Grave Memorial no. 8245944, citing Hollywood Forever Cemetery, Hollywood, Los Angeles County, California, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .