Friday, June 04, 2010

Mae West: Guy D'Ennery

One of the California nobles was cast in one motion picture with MAE WEST.
• • Born during the month of June — — on 4 June 1884 — — in Sacramento, Guy D'Ennery played the role of Alverados in "Klondike Annie" [1936] not long after his more acclaimed featured roles on Broadway in "Big Hearted Herbert" [1934] and "The Show Off" [1932]. The versatile thespian began in silent movies in 1912 and stayed active on the silver screen until 1948 when he was 64.
• • According to Hans J. Wollstein's "All Movie Guide": Distinguished-looking, gray-haired supporting actor Guy D'Ennery appeared only sporadically in films prior to the changeover to sound. Busy thereafter, D'Ennery usually played dignified characters — — his character in a 1937 Paramount B-film was simply given as "Dignified Man" — — but could also play villains, such as the henchman Mordaunt in Universal's Meet the Wildcat (1940). Of his scores of mostly minor roles, D'Ennery is best remembered for two wildly diverging versions of the "Zorro" legend: the 12-chapter serial Zorro's Fighting Legion, in which he was the governor of the beleaguered San Mendolito, dispatched in the opening chapter; and the high-budget 20th Century Fox spectacular The Mark of Zorro (1940), as one of the California nobles — — of which he was one in real life as well.
• • Guy D'Ennery died in Oakland, California on 17 October 1978 at the age of 94.

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