Today is the birthday of actor Taylor Holmes (1878-1959). Holmes started out by acting in one-act playlets in vaudeville. He began his career in 1899 at Keith’s Theatre in Boston, and then spent a few months in English music hall. By 1900 he was starting to get roles on the legitimate stage, appearing in 3 dozen of them through 1946. During that time he continued to work in vaudeville occasionally; he was on the bill at the Palace during it’s opening week in 1913, for example. From 1917 until his death he also enjoyed a flourishing movie career, with prominent turns in such films as Nightmare Alley and Gentleman Prefer Blondes.
To find out more about vaudeville past and present, and performers like Taylor Holmes, consult No Applause, Just Throw Money: The Book That Made Vaudeville Famous