Today is the birthday of actor Glenn Hunter (1894-1945).
Hunter’s career lasted nearly thirty years, embracing Broadway, vaudeville and films. He was only 19 when he first made it to Broadway; his notable successes there included the role of Merton in the original production of Merton of the Movies (1922-1923), and Roy, the male lead in the original NY production of Waterloo Bridge (1930). At the same time, he acted in playlets in big time vaudeville. He played the Palace in the 1920s. He starred in over a dozen films; all but one of his screen credits are during the silent era in the 1920s (one of them is the original screen adaptation of Merton of the Movies). His last play on Broadway was Journey’s End (1939). His last film was a small role in the 1941 comedy For Beauty’s Sake. He was married to lady bandleader Babe Egan.
To find out more about the variety arts past and present, consult No Applause, Just Throw Money: The Book That Made Vaudeville Famous, available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and wherever nutty books are sold. And don’t miss Chain of Fools: Silent Comedy and Its Legacies from Nickelodeons to Youtube, released by Bear Manor Media.