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Jack La Rue

Jack La Rue (born Gaspere Biondolillo) was an American stage, screen, and television actor. La Rue went from high school to his first acting job, in Otis Skinner's road company production of Blood and Sand. He performed in Broadway plays from around 1923 to 1931. According to La Rue, while appearing in Mae West's play Diamond Lil, he was spotted by Howard Hawks, who offered him a part in the film Scarface, starring Paul Muni. He moved to Hollywood, where he appeared in numerous films. However, Scarface was not one of them. La Rue stated in a newspaper article that, after four days, Hawks had to replace him with George Raft because La Rue was taller than Muni and had a more powerful voice. Later, however, Raft turned down the role of the despicable villain in The Story of Temple Drake, fearing it would damage his screen image, so the part went to La Rue. Sometimes mistaken for Humphrey Bogart, he played thugs and gangsters for the most part. However, director Frank Borzage atypically cast him as a priest in the 1932 version of A Farewell to Arms simply because, according to newspaper columnist Hubbard Keavy, he was "tired of seeing conventional characters". La Rue stated he turned down a role in The Godfather and many parts in the television series The Untouchables because of the way they portrayed Italian-Americans. La Rue died of a heart attack at Saint John's Health Center in Santa Monica, California, at the age of 81. He was buried in Holy Cross Cemetery, Culver City, California.

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May 3, 1902 In New York City, New York, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie The Lucky Devil 1925-07-13
Latest Project:
Movie Complicated Women 2003-05-06
Known For
Poster of The Girl from U.N.C.L.E.
Poster of The Millionaire
Poster of Lights Out
Poster of Remember Last Night?
Movie Complicated Women Himself (archive footage) 2003-05-06
Movie Bogart: The Untold Story Unknown 1997-01-05
Movie The Spy in the Green Hat Federico 'Feet' Stilletto 1967-02-03
Series The Girl from U.N.C.L.E. Unknown 1966-09-13
Movie For Those Who Think Young Cronin's Business Associate 1964-06-01
Movie Robin and the 7 Hoods Tomatoes 1964-06-24
Movie 40 Pounds of Trouble Nick the Greek 1962-01-01
Movie Slaughter on 10th Avenue 1957-09-01
Series Perry Mason Unknown 1957-09-21
Series The Millionaire Unknown 1955-01-19
Series General Electric Theater Unknown 1953-02-01
Movie Ride the Man Down Kennedy 1952-11-25
Movie For Heaven's Sake Tony Clark 1950-12-15
Series Lights Out Narrator (voice) 1949-07-19
Movie No Orchids for Miss Blandish Slim Grisson 1948-04-13
Movie My Favorite Brunette Tony 1947-03-19
Movie Bush Pilot Paul Girard 1947-06-07
Movie Robin Hood of Monterey Don Ricardo Gonzales 1947-09-06
Movie In Old Sacramento Laramie (as Jack LaRue) 1946-05-31
Movie Murder in the Music Hall Bruce Wilton 1946-04-10
Movie Santa Fe Uprising Bruce Jackson 1946-11-15
Movie The Spanish Main Lt. Escobar 1945-10-01
Movie Steppin' in Society Bow Tie 1945-07-09
Movie Road to Utopia LeBec 1945-11-01
Movie Cornered Diego, Hotel Valet 1945-11-23
Movie Dakota Suade 1945-12-15
Movie Leave It to the Irish Rockwell 1944-08-26
Movie Follow the Leader Larry 1944-06-03
Movie Machine Gun Mama Jose 1944-08-18
Movie Dangerous Passage Mike 1944-12-18
Movie The Last Ride Joe Genna 1944-10-07
Movie The Law Rides Again Duke Dillon 1943-08-06
Movie Secret Service In Darkest Africa Hassan 1943-07-24
Movie You Can't Beat the Law Cain 1943-01-29
Movie The Girl from Monterrey Al Johnson 1943-10-04
Movie A Scream in the Dark Cross 1943-10-15
Movie The Desert Song Lt. Bertin 1943-12-17
Movie Smart Guy Matt Taylor 1943-12-17
Movie The Sultan's Daughter Rata 1943-12-16
Movie Never a Dull Moment Joey 1943-11-19
Movie Pistol Packin' Mama Johnny Rossi (as Jack LaRue) 1943-12-15
Movie Pardon My Sarong Tabor (uncredited) 1942-08-07
Movie A Desperate Chance for Ellery Queen Tommy Gould 1942-05-07
Movie Highways by Night Johnny Lieber, Gangster 1942-10-02
Movie X Marks the Spot Marty Clark 1942-11-04
Movie The Payoff John Angus 1942-11-24
Movie American Empire Pierre - Beauchard Henchman 1942-12-11
Movie Ringside Maisie Ricky Du Prez 1941-08-01
Movie Footsteps in the Dark Ace Vernon 1941-03-08
Movie Paper Bullets Mickey Roman 1941-06-13
Movie Gentleman from Dixie Thad Terrill 1941-09-02
Movie Swamp Woman Pierre Pertinax Pontineau Briand Broussicourt d'Olivier, aka Pete Oliver 1941-12-05
Movie Hard Guy Vic Monroe 1941-10-17
Movie Charlie Chan in Panama Emil Manolo 1940-03-01
Movie Forgotten Girls Eddie Nolan 1940-03-15
Movie The Sea Hawk Lt. Ortega 1940-08-10
Movie Enemy Agent Alex 1940-04-18
Movie East of the River Frank 'Frisco' Scarfi 1940-11-09
Movie Murder in Soho Steve Marco 1939-02-01
Movie Big Town Czar Mike Luger 1939-05-03
Movie In Old Caliente Manuel Delgardo / Sujarno 1939-06-19
Movie Arson Racket Squad Bud Morgan 1938-03-27
Movie Under the Big Top Ricardo Le Grande 1938-08-31
Movie I Demand Payment Smiles Badolio 1938-12-13
Movie Valley of the Giants Ed Morrell (as Jack LaRue) 1938-09-17
Movie Her Husband Lies 'Trigger' 1937-03-13
Movie Dangerous Holiday Gollenger 1937-06-06
Movie Trapped by G-Men Fred Drake 1937-09-09
Movie Captains Courageous Priest 1937-06-25
Movie That I May Live 1937-09-13
Movie Dancing Pirate Lt. Chago (Baltazar's Aide) 1936-05-22
Movie The Bridge of Sighs Packy Lacy 1936-02-14
Movie Strike Me Pink Mr. Thrust 1936-01-24
Movie A Tenderfoot Goes West James "Killer" Madden 1936-10-15
Movie It Couldn't Have Happened (But It Did) Smiley Clark 1936-08-01
Movie Yellow Cargo Al Perrelli 1936-11-07
Movie Ellis Island Dude 1936-11-04
Movie Mind Your Own Business Cruger 1936-12-18
Movie Born to Fight Smoothy Morgan 1936-11-02
Movie After the Dance Mitch 1935-06-25
Movie Under the Pampas Moon Bazan 1935-06-01
Movie Calling All Cars Jerry Kennedy 1935-01-25
Movie The Daring Young Man Cubby 1935-07-17
Movie Times Square Lady Jack Kramer 1935-03-08
Movie Little Big Shot Jack Doré 1935-09-07
Movie Remember Last Night? Baptiste Bouclier (as Jack LaRue) 1935-10-28
Movie Waterfront Lady Tom Braden 1935-10-04
Movie The Spanish Cape Mystery Gardner 1935-10-09
Movie Special Agent Jake Andrews 1935-09-14
Movie Good Dame Bluch Brown 1934-03-16
Movie Miss Fane's Baby Is Stolen Bert 1934-01-12
Movie Take the Stand George Gaylord 1934-08-07
Movie Secret of the Chateau Lucien Vonaire 1934-12-03
Movie No Ransom Larry Romero 1934-10-07
Movie Straight Is the Way Monk 1934-08-10
Movie 42nd Street Thug (uncredited) 1933-03-11
Movie Christopher Strong Carlo 1933-03-09
Movie The Woman Accused Little Maxie 1933-02-17
Movie The Story of Temple Drake Trigger 1933-05-06
Movie Terror Aboard Gregory Cordoff 1933-04-14
Movie The Girl in 419 Sammy 1933-05-26
Movie The Kennel Murder Case Eduardo Grassi 1933-10-28
Movie Headline Shooter Ricci (as Jack LaRue) 1933-07-28
Movie To the Last Man Jim Daggs 1933-09-15
Movie Gambling Ship Pete Manning 1933-06-23
Movie The All-American Joe Fiore 1932-10-01
Movie Blessed Event Louis De Marco 1932-09-10
Movie The Mouthpiece Joe Garland (Uncredited) 1932-03-21
Movie Virtue Toots O'Neil 1932-10-25
Movie While Paris Sleeps Julot 1932-05-08
Movie 20,000 Years in Sing Sing Prisoner at Check-In (uncredited) 1932-12-24
Movie Three on a Match Ace's Henchman (uncredited) 1932-10-29
Movie A Farewell to Arms Priest 1932-12-08
Movie Lawyer Man Spike Murphy (uncredited) 1932-12-24
Movie I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang Ackerman (uncredited) 1932-11-09
Movie Follow the Leader A Gangster 1930-12-06
Movie The House of Terror Unknown 1928-01-01
Movie Fine Manners New Year's Eve Celebrant 1926-08-29
Movie The Lucky Devil Prizefight Attendant 1925-07-13