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Warren Hymer

Highest Rated:   100% Destry Rides Again (1939)
Lowest Rated:   29% Bluebeard's Eighth Wife (1938)
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Though he appeared to be an illiterate, streetwise plug-ugly, American actor Warren Hymer was actually the son of two affluent stage performers, John B. Hymer and Elsie Hunt. Hymer was also a graduate of Yale University, and a moderately successful Broadway stage actor before coming to Hollywood in 1928. Because of his rough-hewn facial features and his ability to feign incredible stupidity, Hymer was much in demand in gangster parts, from his first talking picture, This Cockeyed World (1929), onward. So popular was Hymer during the early-talkie period that he shared co-starring status with Spencer Tracy in two films, and was billed over Humphrey Bogart in Up the River (1932). Unfortunately, Hymer's love of acting took second place to his love of liquor. Things went from bad to worse as Hymer's condition deteriorated; at one point he began filming a scene, opened his mouth to speak, and collapsed cold on the floor. Producers were willing to overlook this in view of Hymer's talent, but the actor also suffered from an uncontrollable temper. The axe fell on the day that Hymer, arguing with Columbia Pictures chieftan Harry Cohn, punctuated his tirade by urinating on Cohn's desk. After that, Hymer was virtually blackballed from Hollywood, resurfacing from time to time for an unbilled bit or a barely coherent supporting role. Warren Hymer died in 1948, not having worked in two years; he was only 42.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
75% Since You Went Away
  • Convalescent
1944
No Score Yet Gangway for Tomorrow
  • Pete
1943
No Score Yet Spy Train
  • Herman
1943
No Score Yet Danger! Women at Work
  • Actor
1943
No Score Yet Hitler---Dead or Alive
  • Hans "Dutch" Havermann
1942
No Score Yet Baby Face Morgan
  • Wise Willie
1942
No Score Yet Meet the Mob
  • Joe
1942
No Score Yet Mr. Wise Guy
  • Dratler
1942
No Score Yet Phantom Killer
  • Police Sgt. Pete Corrigan
1942
No Score Yet Lure of the Islands
  • Actor
1942
No Score Yet Skylark
  • Big man in subway car
1941
No Score Yet Birth of the Blues
  • Limpy
1941
89% Meet John Doe
  • Angelface
1941
No Score Yet Love, Honor & Oh-Baby!
  • Bull
1940
100% Destry Rides Again
  • Gyp Watson
1939
No Score Yet Mr. Moto in Danger Island
  • Twister McGurk
1939
No Score Yet Charlie McCarthy, Detective
  • Dutch
1939
100% You and Me
  • Gimpy
1938
No Score Yet Joy of Living
  • Mike
1938
29% Bluebeard's Eighth Wife
  • Kid Mulligan
1938
No Score Yet Submarine Patrol
  • Rocky Haggerty
1938
No Score Yet Arson Racket Squad
  • Tom Jones
1938
No Score Yet Telephone Operator
  • Shorty
1938
No Score Yet Ali Baba Goes to Town
  • Tramp
1937
No Score Yet Married Before Breakfast (Married by Noon)
  • Harry
1937
100% You Only Live Once
  • Muggsy
1937
No Score Yet Sea Racketeers
  • Spud
1937
No Score Yet Bad Guy
  • Shorty
1937
No Score Yet Rhythm on the Range
  • Big Brain
1936
100% San Francisco
  • Hazeltine
1936
89% Mr. Deeds Goes to Town
  • Bodyguard
1936
No Score Yet A Message to Garcia
  • Sailor
1936
No Score Yet Tango
  • Joe Sloan
1936
No Score Yet Desert Justice
  • Hymie
1936
No Score Yet Dante's Inferno
  • Bozo, the Stoker
1935
No Score Yet The Daring Young Man
  • Pete Hogan
1935
No Score Yet Our Little Girl
  • Actor
1935
No Score Yet The Case of the Curious Bride
  • Oscar Pender
1935
No Score Yet The Gilded Lily
  • Taxi Driver
1935
No Score Yet Show Them No Mercy
  • Gimp
1935
No Score Yet Confidential
  • 'Midget' Regan
1935
No Score Yet Hong Kong Nights
  • Wally
1935
No Score Yet Kid Millions
  • Louie the Lug
1934
No Score Yet The Cat's Paw
  • Spike Slattery
1934
No Score Yet Little Miss Marker
  • Canvas-Back
1934
No Score Yet Belle of the Nineties
  • St. Louis Fighter
1934
No Score Yet She Loves Me Not
  • Mugg Schnitzel
1934
No Score Yet In the Money
  • Actor
1934
No Score Yet My Woman
  • The Butler
1933
No Score Yet The Fighting Phantom
  • Jitney Smith
1933
No Score Yet Midnight Mary
  • Angelo Ricci
1933
No Score Yet 20,000 Years in Sing Sing
  • Hype
1932
No Score Yet Madison Square Garden
  • Brassy Randall
1932
No Score Yet Hold 'em Jail
  • Steel
1932
No Score Yet One Way Passage
  • Steve Burke
1932
No Score Yet Night Mayor
  • Riley
1932
No Score Yet The Unholy Garden
  • Smiley Corbin
1931
No Score Yet Goldie
  • Spike
1931
No Score Yet The Spider
  • Schmidt
1931
No Score Yet Up the River
  • Dannemora Dan
1930
No Score Yet Born Reckless
  • Big Shot
1930
No Score Yet Seas Beneath
  • Kaufman
1930
No Score Yet Men Without Women
  • Kaufman
1930
No Score Yet Fox Movietone Follies of 1929
  • Martin
1929
No Score Yet Speakeasy
  • Cannon Delmont
1929

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