Today is birthday of familiar Hollywood character actor Walter Catlett (1889-1960). He began to appear in operettas as a child (with a brief detour into pugilism) and graduated to a flourishing vaudeville and Broadway career throughout the teens and twenties. Talkies brought him out to Hollywood and there he appeared in dozens of films, many of them classics.
Here he is in a scene from Yankee Doodle Dandy:
To find out more about the history of vaudeville, consult No Applause, Just Throw Money: The Book That Made Vaudeville Famous, available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and wherever nutty books are sold.
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