Warren Hymer

Warren Hymer

  • Highest Rated: 100% You Only Live Once (1937)
  • Lowest Rated: 38% Bluebeard's Eighth Wife (1938)
  • Birthday: Feb 25, 1906
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • 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.

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83% 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
90% Meet John Doe Angelface 1941
No Score Yet Love, Honor & Oh-Baby! Bull 1940
95% 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
83% You and Me Gimpy 1938
No Score Yet Joy of Living Mike 1938
38% 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 We Have Our Moments Smacksey 1937
No Score Yet Wake Up and Live 1st Gunman 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 Everybody's Old Man Mike Murphy 1936
No Score Yet Tango Joe Sloan 1936
No Score Yet Desert Justice Hymie 1936
No Score Yet Hitch Hike Lady Cluck Regan 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
83% 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 I Love That Man Mousey 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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