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Ben Bard

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Ben Bard (January 26, 1893, Milwaukee – May 17, 1974, Los Angeles) was a movie actor, stage actor, and acting teacher. With comedian Jack Pearl, Bard worked in a comedy duo in vaudeville. In 1926, Bard, Pearl, and Sascha Beaumont appeared in a short film made in Lee DeForest's Phonofilm sound-on-film process. Bard had a small roll in Roland West's classic mystery The Bat Whispers (1930). Later in the decade, he ran a leading Hollywood acting school, Ben Bard Drama. He married the serial film star Ruth Roland in 1929, and was married to Roland until her death in 1937. Bard was recruited to be a leading man at Fox Film Corporation. However, he was typecast as a "Suave Heavy"—a smooth-talking, well-dressed fellow with a dark side. An example of this type is his portrayal of "Mr. Brun" in The Seventh Victim (1943). Also in 1943, Bard appeared in two other Val Lewton-produced horror films: The Leopard Man, as Robles, the Police Chief, and The Ghost Ship, as First Officer Bowns. In 1939, he married Roma Clarisse, an actress and last recipient of the Ruth Roland Scholarship to Ben Bard Drama. They had 3 children before she died in 1947. In 1948 Bard married Jackie Lynn Taylor, an actress in the Our Gang series. They divorced in 1954. During the 1950s, Bard was the head of the New Talent Department at Twentieth Century Fox. He re-opened his school, Ben Bard Drama, in 1960. Bard died in Los Angeles in 1974. His resting place is with Ruth Roland at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale. He is survived by his son Bryan Barak Bard, who is a video documentary artist living in Israel. He is also survived by his other son Bartley Bard, who is a professional director and screenwriter. Description above from the Wikipedia article Ben Bard, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

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Jan 26, 1893 In Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie 7th Heaven 1927-01-01
Latest Project:
Movie Black Angel 1946-08-02
Known For
Poster of Black Angel
Poster of Youth Runs Wild
Poster of The Seventh Victim
Poster of The Circus: Premiere
Movie Black Angel Bartender 1946-08-02
Movie Youth Runs Wild Mr. Taylor 1944-09-01
Movie The Leopard Man Police Chief Robles 1943-05-19
Movie The Seventh Victim Mr. Brun 1943-08-21
Movie The Ghost Ship First Officer Bowns 1943-12-16
Movie Meet the Baron Charley 1933-10-20
Movie Night Work Pinkie 1930-08-03
Movie Born Reckless Joe Bergman 1930-06-06
Movie The Bat Whispers The Unknown 1930-11-13
Movie Love and the Devil Unknown 1929-03-24
Movie The Circus: Premiere Himself 1928-01-13
Movie Dressed to Kill Nick 1928-03-17
Movie No Other Woman Albert 1928-06-10
Movie Romance of the Underworld Derby Dan Manning 1928-11-10
Movie 7th Heaven Col. Brissac 1927-01-01
Movie Two Girls Wanted Jack Terry 1927-09-11
Movie Car Shy Towne Lamp 1927-04-03