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Joe Bonomo

Highest Rated:   96% Island of Lost Souls (1933)
Lowest Rated:   33% The Sign of the Cross (1932)
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The son of a Coney Island candy maker and the winner of a Modern Apollo contest, wiry, little Joe Bonomo parlayed his physical culture fame into a lucrative film career as a stunt performer and, at Universal, star of silent serials. The grand prize in the Apollo contest was a 1,000-dollar purse and a screen role opposite celebrity/star Hope Hampton in A Light in the Dark. Joe also doubled Hampton and was well on his way to stardom in such action serials as The Great Circus Mystery, in which he prevented a plot by Hindu agents to steal an invaluable ruby, and The Chinatown Mystery (1928), as a secret service agent battling the mysterious Sphinx. Bonomo made the transition to talkies but a heavy Brooklyn accent prevented him from playing Anthony opposite Claudette Colbert's Cleopatra (1932) and the sign was on the wall. After performing stunts and playing bit parts in such near-legendary horror films as The Murders in the Rue Morgue (1932) and Island of Lost Souls (1933), Bonomo returned to the family's well-established salt water taffy business and later ventured into publishing, an equally thriving venture that culminated with his 1968 autobiography, The Strongman.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
96% Island of Lost Souls
  • Ape Man
1933
No Score Yet The Last Frontier
  • Henchman Joe
1932
33% The Sign of the Cross
  • Mute Giant
1932
No Score Yet Battling with Buffalo Bill
  • Actor
1931
No Score Yet Vanishing Legion
  • Actor
1931
No Score Yet Sign of the Wolf
  • Bud
1931
No Score Yet The Phantom of the West
  • Keno
1931
No Score Yet Courtin' Wildcats
  • Actor
1929
57% Noah's Ark
  • Aide to Leader of Soldiers (uncredited)
1928
69% The King of Kings
  • Actor
1927

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