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Monte Blue (January 11, 1887 – February 18, 1963) was a movie actor who began his career as a romantic leading man in the silent film era, and later progressed to character roles.

Blue was born as Gerard Montgomery Bluefeather in Indianapolis, Indiana. His father was half French, half Cherokee Indian. One of five children, his father died and his mother could not raise five children alone. Along with another brother, they both admitted to the Indiana Soldiers' and Sailors' Children's Home. This did not stop him working his way through to Purdue University.

When growing up, Blue built up his physique to become a football player (he grew to six feet three inches tall). He not only played football, but he was also a fireman, railroad worker, coal miner, cowpuncher, ranch hand, circus rider, lumberjack, and finally, a day laborer at the studios of D. W. Griffith.

He had no theatrical experience when he came to the screen. In his first movie, The Birth of a Nation (1915), he was a stuntman and an extra in the movie. In his next movie, he starred in another small part in the movie, Intolerance (1916). Gradually moving to supporting roles for both D. W. Griffith and Cecil B. DeMille, Blue earned his breakthrough role as Danton in Orphans of the Storm, starring sisters, Lillian Gish and Dorothy Gish. Then he rose to stardom as a rugged romantic lead along with top leading actresses such as Clara Bow, Gloria Swanson, and Norma Shearer. His most prolific female screen partner was Marie Prevost with whom he made several films in the mid 20s at Warner Brothers. Blue's finest silent screen performance was as the alcoholic doctor who finds paradise in MGM's White Shadows in the South Seas (1928). Blue became one of the few silent stars to survive the talkie revolution. However, he lost his investments in the stock market crash of 1929.

He rebuilt his career as a character actor, working until his retirement in 1954. One of his more memorable roles was the sheriff in Key Largo. He divorced his first wife in 1923 and married Tova Jansen in 1924. He had two children, Barbara Ann and Richard Monte. During the later part of his life, Monte Blue was an active Mason and the advance man for the Hamid-Morton Shrine Circus; while on business in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, he had a heart attack because of complications from influenza, dying at age 76.

Monte Blue has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6286 Hollywood Blvd.

Description above from the Wikipedia article Monte Blue, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Monte Blue (January 11, 1887 – February 18, 1963) was a movie actor who began his career as a romantic leading man in the silent film era, and later progressed to character roles.

Blue was born as Gerard Montgomery Bluefeather in Indianapolis, Indiana. His father was half French, half Cherokee Indian. One of five children, his father died and his mother could not raise five children alone. Along with another brother, they both admitted to the Indiana Soldiers' and Sailors' Children's Home. This did not stop him working his way through to Purdue University.

When growing up, Blue built up his physique to become a football player (he grew to six feet three inches tall). He not only played football, but he was also a fireman, railroad worker, coal miner, cowpuncher, ranch hand, circus rider, lumberjack, and finally, a day laborer at the studios of D. W. Griffith.

He had no theatrical experience when he came to the screen. In his first movie, The Birth of a Nation (1915), he was a stuntman and an extra in the movie. In his next movie, he starred in another small part in the movie, Intolerance (1916). Gradually moving to supporting roles for both D. W. Griffith and Cecil B. DeMille, Blue earned his breakthrough role as Danton in Orphans of the Storm, starring sisters, Lillian Gish and Dorothy Gish. Then he rose to stardom as a rugged romantic lead along with top leading actresses such as Clara Bow, Gloria Swanson, and Norma Shearer. His most prolific female screen partner was Marie Prevost with whom he made several films in the mid 20s at Warner Brothers. Blue's finest silent screen performance was as the alcoholic doctor who finds paradise in MGM's White Shadows in the South Seas (1928). Blue became one of the few silent stars to survive the talkie revolution. However, he lost his investments in the stock market crash of 1929.

He rebuilt his career as a character actor, working until his retirement in 1954. One of his more memorable roles was the sheriff in Key Largo. He divorced his first wife in 1923 and married Tova Jansen in 1924. He had two children, Barbara Ann and Richard Monte. During the later part of his life, Monte Blue was an active Mason and the advance man for the Hamid-Morton Shrine Circus; while on business in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, he had a heart attack because of complications from influenza, dying at age 76.

Monte Blue has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6286 Hollywood Blvd.

Description above from the Wikipedia article Monte Blue, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 176

Birthday 1887-01-11

Day of Death 1963-02-18

Place of Birth Indianapolis, Indiana, USA

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Also Known As

  • G.M. Blue

Acting TV ShowsMovies

1965 Hollywood My Home Town
1959 Rawhide (1 episode)
1957 26 Men (1 episode)
1956 The Adventures of Jim Bowie (1 episode)
1955 The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp (1 episode)
1954 The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin (1 episode)
1954 Apache as Geronimo
1954 Adventures of the Texas Kid: Border Ambush as Sheriff
1953 The Last Posse as Uncle Will
1952 Hangman's Knot as Maxwell
1952 Trail of the Arrow as (archive footage)
1952 Mr. & Mrs. North (1 episode)
1952 This Is Your Life (1 episode)
1951 The Sea Hornet as Lt. Drake
1951 Gold Raiders as John Sawyer
1951 Snake River Desperadoes as Jim Haverly
1951 The Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok (2 episodes)
1950 So You Want to Hold Your Husband as Rice - Curry's Partner
1950 This Side of the Law as The Sheriff
1950 The Iroquois Trail as Chief Sagamore
1950 Backfire as Det. Sgt. Pluther
1950 The Blonde Bandit as Police Chief Ramsey
1949 The Big Wheel as Deacon Jones
1949 Ranger of Cherokee Strip as Chief Hunter
1949 The Fountainhead as Gas Station Executive (uncredited)
1949 The Younger Brothers as Deputy Joe
1949 Homicide as George, Sheriff
1949 Flaxy Martin as Joe, Detective
1948 Johnny Belinda as Ben (uncredited)
1948 Two Guys from Texas as Pete Nash
1948 Key Largo as Sheriff Ben Wade
1948 Silver River as 'Buck' Chevigee
1947 Life with Father as The Policeman
1947 Possessed as Norris - lake house caretaker
1947 The Unfaithful as Businessman with Hunter
1947 Stallion Road as Horse Rancher (uncredited)
1947 Bells of San Fernando as Governor Don Sebastian Fernando
1946 The Time, The Place and The Girl as Stage Manager (uncredited)
1946 Never Say Goodbye as Policeman (uncredited)
1946 So You Want to Play the Horses as The Colonel
1946 Shadow of a Woman as Mike, Police Lieutenant
1946 Two Guys from Milwaukee as Broadcast Director (uncredited)
1946 Cinderella Jones as Jailer
1945 Frontier Days as Ned-U.S. Marshal
1945 San Antonio as Cleve Andrews
1945 Danger Signal as Policeman in Car
1945 The Horn Blows at Midnight as The Chef (uncredited)
1944 The Mask of Dimitrios as Abdul Dhris
1943 Action in the North Atlantic as Seaman
1943 Mission to Moscow as Heckler (uncredited)
1943 Truck Busters as Scrappy O'Brien
1943 Edge of Darkness as Petersen
1943 Why We Fight: Divide and Conquer as Bit Role
1942 Casablanca as American (uncredited)
1942 Gentleman Jim as Gambler in "Lucky Guy"
1942 Road to Morocco as Kasim's Aide (uncredited)
1942 I Married a Witch as Doorman (uncredited)
1942 Secret Enemies as Hugo Mehl, the Doorman
1942 Across the Pacific as Dan Morton
1942 The Great Man's Lady as Man #2, Hoyt City
1942 My Favorite Blonde as Policeman at Union Hall (uncredited)
1942 Klondike Fury as Flight Dispatcher
1942 The Remarkable Andrew as Policeman
1942 North to the Klondike as John Burke
1941 Pacific Blackout as Colonel
1941 Law of the Timber as Hodge Mason
1941 New York Town as McAuliffe (uncredited)
1941 King of the Texas Rangers as Capt. Tom King Sr.
1941 Bad Man of Deadwood as Sheriff Jordan
1941 Sunset in Wyoming as Jim Hayes
1941 Riders of Death Valley as Rance Davis
1941 Scattergood Pulls the Strings as Ben Mott
1941 The Great Train Robbery as The Super
1940 The Texas Rangers Ride Again as Pablo Slide Along
1940 Mystery Sea Raider as Captain Norberg
1940 North West Mounted Police as Indian
1940 Young Bill Hickok as Marshal Evans
1940 Road to Singapore as High Priest (uncredited)
1939 Days of Jesse James as Train Passenger
1939 Geronimo as Interpreter
1939 Our Leading Citizen as Frank
1939 Port of Hate as Hammond
1939 Juarez as Lerdo de Tajada
1939 Union Pacific as Indian (uncredited)
1939 Frontier Pony Express as Cherokee
1939 Dodge City as Barlow
1938 Tom Sawyer, Detective as Sheriff Walker
1938 Hawk of the Wilderness as Yellow Weasel
1938 King of Alcatraz as Officer
1938 The Mysterious Rider as Cap Folsom
1938 Touchdown, Army as Pilot (uncredited)
1938 Rebellious Daughters as Charlie, alias Clint Houston
1938 The Great Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok as Mr. Cameron
1938 Cocoanut Grove as Undetermined Role
1938 The Big Broadcast of 1938 as Passenger (uncredited)
1937 Born to the West as Bart Hammond
1937 Amateur Crook as Crone
1937 Sky Racket as Benjamin Arnold
1937 Souls at Sea as Mate
1937 Rootin' Tootin' Rhythm as Joe Stafford
1937 The Outcasts of Poker Flat as Indian Jim
1937 Secret Agent X-9 as Baron Michael Karsten
1937 A Million To One as John Kent, Sr.
1936 Ride Ranger Ride as Duval, aka Chief Tavibo
1936 Song of the Gringo as Sheriff
1936 Mary of Scotland as Messenger
1936 Prison Shadows as Bert McNamee
1936 Undersea Kingdom as Unga Khan
1936 Treachery Rides the Range as Colonel Drummond
1936 Desert Gold as Chetley 'Chet' Kasedon
1935 Nevada as Clem Dillon
1935 Wanderer of the Wasteland as Guerd Larey
1935 Trails of the Wild as RCMP Larry Doyle
1935 The Test as Pepite La Joie
1935 'G' Men as Fingerprint Expert
1935 Social Error as Dean Carter
1935 On Probation as Al Murray
1935 The Lives of a Bengal Lancer as Hamzulla Khan
1934 Student Tour as Jeff Kane
1934 Wagon Wheels as Kenneth Murdock
1934 The Last Round-up as Jack Kells
1934 Come On, Marines! as Lt. Allen
1933 The Intruder as John Brandt
1933 The Thundering Herd as Smiley
1932 Officer Thirteen as Tom Burke
1932 The Stoker as Dick Martin
1930 Those Who Dance as Dan Hogan
1930 Isle of Escape as Dave Wade
1929 Show of Shows as Condemned Man (segment "Rifle Execution")
1929 From Headquarters as Happy Smith
1929 No Defense as Monte Collins
1929 The Greyhound Limited as Monte
1928 Conquest as Donald Overton
1928 White Shadows in the South Seas as Dr. Matthew Lloyd
1927 Bitter Apples as John Wyncote
1926 Across the Pacific
1926 So This Is Paris as Dr. Paul Giraud
1926 My Old Kentucky Home
1926 Other Women's Husbands as Dick Lambert
1925 Hogan's Alley as Lefty O'Brien
1925 Red Hot Tires as Al Jones
1925 The Limited Mail as Bob Wilson / Bob Snobson
1925 Kiss Me Again as Gaston Fleury
1925 Recompense
1924 The Dark Swan as Lewis Dike
1924 The Lover of Camille
1924 Being Respectable
1924 Revelation
1924 Daughters of Pleasure as Kent Merrill
1924 How to Educate a Wife as Ernest Todd
1924 Mademoiselle Midnight as Owen Burke / Jerry Brent
1924 The Marriage Circle as Dr. Franz Braun
1923 Lucretia Lombard as Stephen Winship
1923 Defying Destiny as Jack Fenton
1923 The Purple Highway as Edgar Prentice, aka Edgar Craig
1923 Brass as Philip Baldwin
1922 Broadway Rose as Tom Darcy
1922 Peacock Alley
1921 Orphans of the Storm as Danton
1921 The Affairs of Anatol as Abner Elliott
1921 Moonlight and Honeysuckle as Ted Musgrove
1921 A Broken Doll
1920 Something to Think About as Jim Dirk
1918 The Goddess of Lost Lake as (uncredited)
1918 100% American as Mayme's Army boyfriend
1918 Johanna Enlists as Pvt. Vibbard
1918 M'Liss as Mexican Joe Dominguez
1917 The Man from Painted Post as Slim Carter
1917 Hands Up! as Dan Tracy
1917 Betsy's Burglar as Victor Gilpin
1916 The Matrimaniac as Assistant Hotel Manager (uncredited)
1916 The Vagabond Prince as Peasant
1916 Intolerance: Love's Struggle Throughout the Ages as The Strike Leader
1916 The Devil's Needle as Bartender (uncredited)
1915 Martyrs of the Alamo as Defender of the Alamo
1915 The Birth of a Nation as Minor Role

Directing

1916 Intolerance: Love's Struggle Throughout the Ages Second Assistant Director
1915 The Birth of a Nation Assistant Director

Crew

1915 The Birth of a Nation Stunts

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