Gregory Ratoff

Gregory Ratoff

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Gregory Ratoff
Film: South side of the 6100 block of Hollywood Boulevard
Actor | Director
Born April 20, 1897 in St. Petersburg, Russian Federation
Died Dec. 14, 1960 of blood disease in Solurthun, Switzerland

Gregory Ratoff was an actor, director and writer during his years in Hollywood. Off screen he was considered a chief jester to movie moguls and the stars.

The Russian-born comedian studied at the St. Petersburg Dramatic School before spending 18 months on the German-Russian front during World War I. He came to the United States after producer Lee Shubert spotted him performing in Paris.

Ratoff was credited with giving many top-name stars their start, including Ann Sothern, Ingrid Bergman, Linda Darnell and Susan Hayward.

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