Bernard Gorcey

Bernard Gorcey

Highest Rated: 93% The Great Dictator (1940)

Lowest Rated: 40% Bowery at Midnight (1942)

Birthday: Jan 9, 1886

Birthplace: Not Available

Of Jewish-Swiss descent, actor Bernard Gorcey was in his early 20s when he emigrated to the U.S. At 4' 10", Gorcey ruled out the possibility of becoming a leading man on stage; instead, he concentrated on comedy roles, and in so doing assured himself nearly five decades of steady work. On Broadway and in stock, he provided comedy relief to such operettas as Rose Marie, Wildflower, and Song of the Flame. In 1922, he was cast as Isaac Cohen in the phenomenally popular Broadway play Abie's Irish Rose; six year later, he repeated his role in the film version. Then it was back to Broadway and radio work until 1939, when Charlie Chaplin hired Gorcey to play philosophical ghetto dweller Mr. Mann in The Great Dictator. Gorcey went on to play minor roles at Warner Bros. and Monogram, where his son, actor Leo Gorcey was firmly established as a member of the "Dead End Kids" and "East Side Kids" aggregations. After another sojourn to Broadway, the elder Gorcey returned to Monogram, this time to stay. In 1946, the "East Side Kids" matriculated into "The Bowery Boys," a series that lasted until 1958. In the first Bowery Boys entry Live Wires, Gorcey played a featured role as a nervous bookie. From Bowery Bombshell (1946) onward, he was ensconced in the role of Louie Dumbrowski, the eternally flustered, supremely gullible owner of the sweet shop where the Bowery Boys whiled away their time hatching schemes and mooching sodas. Occasionally, Gorcey would accept an "outside" role in films like No Minor Vices, but his principal source of income remained Louie Dumbrowski (and the Los Angeles print shop that he ran in his off-hours). Not long after appearing in the 1955 Bowery Boys opus Dig That Uranium, Bernard Gorcey died of injuries sustained in a traffic accident.

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet The Bowery Boys Meet the Monsters Louie Dumbrowsky 1954
No Score Yet Ghost Chasers Louie Dumbrowsky 1951
No Score Yet Bowery Battalion Louie Dumbrowsky 1951
No Score Yet Pickup Joe 1951
No Score Yet Master Minds Louie Dumbrowsky 1949
88% The Set-Up Tobacco Man 1949
No Score Yet High Wall Hirsch 1947
No Score Yet Spook Busters Louis Xavier Dumbrowski 1946
No Score Yet Million Dollar Kid Messenger 1944
No Score Yet Clancy Street Boys Bar Owner 1943
40% Bowery at Midnight Shopkeeper 1942
No Score Yet Black Dragons The Cabby 1942
No Score Yet Out of the Fog Sam Pepper 1941
93% The Great Dictator Mr. Mann 1940


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