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Herman Bing



Along with such immortals as Percy Helton, Franklin Pangborn and Grady Sutton, Herman Bing is a member of that Valhalla of film character actors. Educated in his native Germany for a musical career, Bing went into vaudeville at 16, and soon after found work as a circus clown. Entering films in the mid-1920s, Bing apprenticed under the great director F. W. Murnau. He accompanied Murnau to Hollywood in 1927, where he worked as a scripter and assistant director on the classic silent drama Sunrise. After several more years assisting the likes of John Ford and Frank Borzage, Bing established himself as a character actor. Nearly always cast as a comic waiter, excitable musician, apoplectic stage manager or self-important official, Bing became famous for his wild-eyed facial expressions and his thick, "R"-rolling Teutonic accent. When the sort of broad comedy for which Herman Bing was renowned became passe in the postwar era, work opportunities dried up; despondent over his fading career, Bing shot himself at the age of 57.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Night and Day
  • `Peaches'
1946
No Score Yet Where Do We Go from Here?
  • Hessian Colonel
1945
97% Dumbo
  • Ringmaster
1941
No Score Yet Broadway Melody of 1940
  • Silhouettist
1940
No Score Yet Bitter Sweet
  • Market Keeper
1940
No Score Yet Four's a Crowd
  • Barber
1938
29% Bluebeard's Eighth Wife
  • Monsieur Pepinard
1938
No Score Yet The Great Waltz
  • Dommayer
1938
No Score Yet Sweethearts
  • Oscar Engel
1938
No Score Yet Beg, Borrow or Steal
  • Von Giersdorff
1937
No Score Yet Maytime
  • August Archipenko
1937
No Score Yet Every Day's a Holiday
  • Fritz Krausmeyer
1937
No Score Yet That Girl from Paris
  • Hammacher
1936
No Score Yet Dimples
  • Proprietor
1936
No Score Yet Adventure in Manhattan (Manhattan Madness)
  • Tim
1936
No Score Yet Rose Marie
  • Mr. Danielle
1936
No Score Yet The King Steps Out
  • Pretzelberger
1936
65% The Great Ziegfeld
  • Customer
1936
No Score Yet Tango
  • Mr. Kluckmeyer
1936
No Score Yet Fighting Youth
  • Luigi
1935
100% Barbary Coast
  • Fish Peddler
1935
No Score Yet Redheads on Parade
  • Lionel Kunkel
1935
No Score Yet Call of the Wild
  • Sam
1935
No Score Yet In Caliente
  • Mexican Florist
1935
No Score Yet Vagabond Lady
  • Department Head
1935
No Score Yet Broadway Bill
  • Waiter
1934
No Score Yet Evelyn Prentice
  • Klein, the Antique Dealer
1934
88% The Merry Widow
  • Zizipoff
1934
No Score Yet Crimson Romance
  • Himmelbaum
1934
60% One Night of Love
  • Vegetable Man
1934
No Score Yet Hideout
  • Jack Lillie
1934
No Score Yet The Cat's Paw
  • Gangster
1934
88% Twentieth Century
  • Bearded Man
1934
85% Manhattan Melodrama
  • German Proprietor
1934
No Score Yet Manhattan Love Song
  • Gustave
1934
No Score Yet Mandalay
  • Prof. Kleinschmidt
1934
87% The Black Cat
  • Car Steward
1934
No Score Yet College Coach (Football Coach )
  • Prof. Glantz
1933
No Score Yet Chance at Heaven
  • Chauffeur
1933
100% Footlight Parade
  • Fralick, the music director
1933
100% Dinner at Eight
  • The Waiter
1933
No Score Yet The Nuisance
  • Willy
1933
No Score Yet The Great Jasper
  • Actor
1933
No Score Yet Lady Killer
  • Western director
1933
No Score Yet The Bowery
  • Mr. Rummel
1933
92% A Farewell to Arms
  • Actor
1932
No Score Yet Three on a Match
  • Prof. Irving Finklestein
1932
No Score Yet Jewel Robbery
  • Alpine Tourist
1932
No Score Yet Blessed Event
  • Emil
1932
83% Murders in the Rue Morgue
  • Franz Odenheimer
1932
No Score Yet The Guardsman
  • a Creditor
1931
No Score Yet Women Love Once
  • Actor
1931
No Score Yet Show Girl in Hollywood
  • Bing
1930

Quotes from Herman Bing's Characters