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Wallace Beery



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.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Slave Ship
  • Actor
2013
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
50% A Date with Judy
  • Melvin R. Foster
1948
No Score Yet Bad Bascomb
  • Zeb Bascomb/Ezekiel 'Zeke' Smith
1946
No Score Yet Barbary Coast Gent
  • Honest Plush Brannon
1944
No Score Yet Salute To The Marines
  • Actor
1943
No Score Yet Sergeant Madden
  • Shaun Madden
1939
No Score Yet Land of Liberty
  • Actor
1939
No Score Yet Port of Seven Seas
  • Cesar
1938
No Score Yet A Message to Garcia
  • Sergeant Dory
1936
No Score Yet Ah, Wilderness!
  • Sidney "Sid" Miller
1935
No Score Yet China Seas
  • Jamesy MacArdle
1935
No Score Yet Treasure Island
  • Long John Silver
1934
80% Viva Villa!
  • Pancho Villa
1934
100% Dinner at Eight
  • Dan Packard
1933
No Score Yet Tugboat Annie
  • Terry Brennan
1933
No Score Yet The Bowery
  • Chuck Connors
1933
86% Grand Hotel
  • Preysing
1932
83% 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
83% The Big House
  • Butch
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
No Score Yet The Red Lily
  • Bo-Bo
1924
100% The Three Ages
  • The Villain
1923
No Score Yet White Tiger
  • Count Donelli/Hawkes
1923
No Score Yet Spanish Dancer
  • King Philip IV
1923
No Score Yet 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 Victory
  • Schomberg
1919
No Score Yet The Little American
  • Actor
1917
No Score Yet Teddy at the Throttle
  • Actor
1916
No Score Yet The Virgin Of Stamboul
  • Actor

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