Saturday, February 27, 2010

Mae West: Jack Merrill Holmes

Every Bowery queen must have her consort — — and MAE WEST's costar was J. Merrill Holmes who portrayed Gus Jordan, the saloon keeper and ward heeler who keeps Lil in diamonds for the 1928 Broadway production.
• • Born in Pennsylvania on 21 July 1889, J. Merrill Holmes was featured in a few mainstage productions during the 1920s, most especially the well-regarded "What Price Glory" [1924 — 1925]; he took the role of Lieutenant Cunningham.
• • From 1930 — 1948, he was a character actor who appeared in dozens of motion pictures in Hollywood under the name Jack Holmes or Jack Merrill Holmes.
• • During the month of February he died — — on 27 February 1950 — — in his adopted city of Los Angeles, California.

• • Come up and see Mae every day online: http://MaeWest.blogspot.com/
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