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Norman Kerry



Of German descent, American silent screen actor Arnold Kaiser wisely changed his name to the less inflammatory Norman Kerry at the outset of World War I. With his waxed mustache and devilish smile, Kerry would become a popular leading man to such powerful female stars as Mary Pickford, Lillian Gish, Marion Davies, and Corinne Griffith. But the actor's lack of thespian qualities became painfully obvious when directorErich Von Stroheim surprisingly chose him to portray his alter ego in The Merry-Go-Round (1923). Much of Kerry's inadequacy could be blamed on Von Stroheim's replacement, Rupert Julian, and Kerry was equally unsatisfactory as the nominal leading man in Julian's later Phantom of the Opera (1925). An early talkie, Bachelor Apartment (1931), only proved that Kerry had little future in sound films. He did not have a good speaking voice, a fact he tended to hide by mumbling. Offscreen, Kerry earned the same kind of notoriety as the later Errol Flynn and he generated a great deal of publicity by stowing away on an ocean liner in an attempt to woo back an estranged wife. He later joined the French Foreign Legion, returning to the U.S. only when France was invaded by Nazi Germany.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Up The Road With Sallie
  • Actor
2014
No Score Yet Tanks a Million
  • Major
1941
No Score Yet The Phantom of Santa Fe
  • Actor
1936
No Score Yet Air Eagles
  • Actor
1932
No Score Yet Bachelor Apartment
  • Lee Graham
1931
100% The Unknown
  • Malabar
1927
No Score Yet Annie Laurie
  • Ian Macdonald
1927
No Score Yet Claw
  • Maurice Stair
1927
91% Phantom Of The Opera
  • Raoul de Chagny
1925
No Score Yet Phantom of the Opera - Switchblade Symphony
  • Actor
1925
95% The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • Phoebus
1923
No Score Yet The Merry-Go-Round
  • Count Franz Maxmillian von Hohenegg
1923
No Score Yet Amarilly of Clothes-line Alley
  • Gordon Phillips
1918
No Score Yet The Little Princess
  • Actor
1917
No Score Yet The Little American
  • Actor
1917

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