Wallace Beery

Wallace Beery

Highest Rated: 100% Treasure Island (1934)

Lowest Rated: 57% A Date with Judy (1948)

Birthday: Apr 1, 1885

Birthplace: Kansas City, Missouri, USA

Beery was a character actor in silents and talkies and the half-brother of actor Noah Beery, Sr. and uncle of actor Noah Beery, Jr. At age 16 (1902) he joined the Ringling Brothers Circus as an assistant to the elephant trainer; two years later he began singing in New York variety shows, then worked in both Broadway musicals and Kansas City stock companies. A peculiar career path led him to his first series of silent comedy shorts in the cross-dressing role of Sweedie, a Swedish maid, beginning with his move to Hollywood in 1913 when he signed a contract with Essanay; from there he did one- and two-reelers with Keystone and Universal, then tried unsuccessfully to produce films in Japan. Returning to Hollywood, Beery tended (like his half-brother Noah) to be cast as "heavies" and villains, though by the late '20s his performances were tinted with considerable humor. Although he did not have a smooth voice, he made the transition into talkies and soon achieved great success in the role of a retired boxer in The Champ (1931), for which he won a Best Actor Oscar (the previous year he had been nominated for his work in The Big House). The huge box office sales for The Champ propelled Beery into a position as one of Hollywood's top ten stars, and he ceased to be cast as heavies, instead adopting a tough, dim-witted, easy-going persona, and often playing lovable slobs. He appeared in several films with Marie Dressler, and for a time the two of them were among Hollywood's most noteworthy screen couples; later he often played opposite Marjorie Main. From 1916-18 he was married to actress Gloria Swanson, with whom he had co-starred in a series of Mack Sennett comedies.

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet The Signal Tower Actor 2013
No Score Yet Behind The Door Actor 2012
No Score Yet Chinatown Nights Actor 2012
No Score Yet When Comedy Was King Actor 1960
No Score Yet Big Jack Big Jack Horner 1949
57% A Date with Judy Melvin R. Foster 1948
No Score Yet Bad Bascomb Zeb Bascomb/Ezekiel 'Zeke' Smith 1946
No Score Yet The Mighty McGurk Roy 'Slag' McGurk 1946
No Score Yet Barbary Coast Gent Honest Plush Brannon 1944
No Score Yet Salute To The Marines Actor 1943
No Score Yet The Bad Man Pancho Lopez 1941
No Score Yet 20 Mule Team Skinner Bill Bragg, an Alias of Ambrose Murphy 1940
No Score Yet Sergeant Madden Shaun Madden 1939
No Score Yet Land of Liberty Actor 1939
No Score Yet Stand Up and Fight Capt. Boss Starkey 1939
No Score Yet Port of Seven Seas Cesar 1938
No Score Yet Stablemates Tom Terry 1938
No Score Yet Bad Man of Brimstone 'Trigger' Bill 1938
No Score Yet Good Old Soak Clem Hawley 1937
No Score Yet Slave Ship Jack Thompson 1937
No Score Yet A Message to Garcia Sergeant Dory 1936
No Score Yet Old Hutch 'Hutch' Hutchins 1936
No Score Yet Ah, Wilderness! Sidney "Sid" Miller 1935
80% China Seas Jamesy MacArdle 1935
No Score Yet West Point of the Air Big Mike 1935
No Score Yet O'Shaughnessy's Boy Captain Michael 'Windy' O'Shaughnessy 1935
100% Treasure Island Long John Silver 1934
67% Viva Villa! Pancho Villa 1934
No Score Yet The Mighty Barnum Phineas T. Barnum 1934
90% Dinner at Eight Dan Packard 1933
No Score Yet Tugboat Annie Terry Brennan 1933
No Score Yet The Bowery Chuck Connors 1933
No Score Yet Flesh Polakai 1932
No Score Yet Hell Divers Windy Reicher 1932
86% Grand Hotel Preysing 1932
90% The Champ Andy 1931
No Score Yet The Secret Six Louis Scorpio 1931
No Score Yet The Stolen Jools Actor 1931
No Score Yet Min and Bill Bill 1930
No Score Yet Billy the Kid Deputy Sheriff Pat Garrett 1930
75% The Big House Butch 1930
No Score Yet A Lady's Morals P. T. Barnum 1930
No Score Yet Beggars of Life Oklahoma Red 1928
No Score Yet We're in the Navy Now "Knockout" Hansen 1927
No Score Yet Behind the Front Riff Swanson 1926
No Score Yet Old Ironsides Bos'n 1926
100% The Lost World Professor Challenger 1925
No Score Yet The Pony Express "Rhode Island" Red 1925
No Score Yet The Night Club Dioblo 1925
No Score Yet The Sea Hawk Jasper Leigh 1924
86% So Big Klaus Poole 1924
No Score Yet The Red Lily Bo-Bo 1924
100% The Three Ages The Villain 1923
No Score Yet Drifting Jules Repin 1923
No Score Yet White Tiger Count Donelli/Hawkes 1923
No Score Yet Spanish Dancer King Philip IV 1923
80% The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse Lt. Col. von Richthoffen 1921
No Score Yet A Tale of Two Worlds Ling Jo 1921
No Score Yet The Last of the Mohicans Magua 1920
No Score Yet The Mollycoddle Henry von Holkar 1920
No Score Yet The Virgin Of Stamboul Ahmed Hamid 1920
No Score Yet Victory Schomberg 1919
No Score Yet Unpardonable Sin Bit Part 1919
No Score Yet The Little American Actor 1917
No Score Yet Teddy at the Throttle Henry Black 1917


Prof. Challenger says: [title card] And I'm not here tonight to defend my statements - - but to demand that a committee be formed to go back to the Lost World with me -...

Prof. Challenger says: And I'm not here tonight to defend my statements, but to demand that a committee be formed to go back to the Lost World with me .