Tor Johnson with Groucho on “You Bet Your Life”

Today is the birthday of Swedish wrestler and schlock horror movie star Tor Johnson (1903-1971). While best known for his association with Ed Wood, a quick glance at his IMDB entry reveals that Johnson was in a lot of top notch Hollywood pictures–his name was just (way) further down in the billing.

Best of all, here he is with Groucho as a contestant on “You Bet Your Life” – -he’d already been appearing in movies for about 20 years at this point:

To find out more show business past and presentconsult No Applause, Just Throw Money: The Book That Made Vaudeville Famousavailable at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and wherever nutty books are sold.

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For more on silent and slapstick comedy don’t miss my new book Chain of Fools: Silent Comedy and Its Legacies from Nickelodeons to Youtube, just released by Bear Manor Media, also available from amazon.com etc etc etc

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