Ernest Torrence

Ernest Torrence
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Ernest Torrence
Film: North side of the 6800 block of Hollywood Boulevard
Actor | Musician | Opera Singer
Born Ernest Torrance-Thompson on June 26, 1878 in Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
Died May 15, 1933 of surgery complications in New York, NY

Ernest Torrence was one of the screen’s noted character actors. The giant Scot was known to millions around the world for both his comedy and drama: as the villainous mountaineer in "Tol’able David" (1921); the scout in "The Covered Wagon" (1923); alongside Lon Chaney in "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" (1923); as Captain Hook in "Peter Pan" (1924) opposite Betty Bronson; with Clara Bow in "Mantrap" (1926); and in silent classics such as "The King of Kings" (1927) and "Steamboat Bill, Jr." (1928) with Buster Keaton.

Before going to Hollywood, Torrence won recognition as a concert pianist, a musical comedy favorite, a grand opera singer and a character actor on Broadway.

Before leaving California a month before a Scotland vacation that ended in his death, Torrence completed his work in the 1933 film "I Cover the Waterfront."

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