Thursday, June 06, 2013

Mae West: George Bruggeman

MAE WEST starred in "I'm No Angel" [1933], and many actors were hired for this motion picture, handsome men both foreign and domestic.  Antwerp native George Bruggeman was one of them.
• • George Bruggeman [1 November 1904 — 9 June 1967] • •
• • Born in Belgium on 1 November 1904, George Bruggeman portrayed the circus performer Omnes in "I'm No Angel," one of his earliest motion pictures.  He was 29 years old.
• • From 1928 — 1963, actor George Bruggeman was cast in 64 motion pictures and in one episode of “The Twilight Zone,” a popular TV series.
• • When he first landed in California, the well-built Belgian was hired as a lifeguard for the ritzy Bel Air Bay Club, just north of Santa Monica. The intensely handsome dark-haired bit player was put to work in comedies, musicals, and adventure/ war movies that spanned three decades.  Often cast in athletic roles such as a trapeze artist, trainer, or dancer, or in "take charge" positions such as an officer, or a French policeman, soldier, sailor, or general's aide, Georges Bruggeman made himself useful in a wide variety of genre pictures.
• • His slim, muscular physique landed him the role of big top performer Omnes in "I'm No Angel" [1933]. And remember those popular Tarzan flicks starring professional swimmer Johnny Weissmuller? George Bruggeman, a stunt double for Weissmuller, was often used in those thrilling scenes where Tarzan moves through the jungle by swinging on vines.
• • His final appearance was in the screen comedy "A New Kind of Love" [1963] and one of Bruggerman's castmates had also had the privilege of working with Mae West — — Eugene Borden (seen as an officer in "Goin' to Town").
• • George Bruggeman died on Friday, 9 June 1967 at the age of 62 in North Hollywood, California. He was buried in Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Hollywood Hills), Los Angeles.
• • In June 1932 • •
• • When Mae arrived in Pasadena, California on The Chief in June 1932, she was unimpressed by the cities she passed during the train ride. "I'm a big girl from a big town," Mae told Los Angeles reporters, "coming to a little town." 
• • June 1935 in Photoplay • •
• • The byline of Hollywood director Leo McCarey appeared on the article "Mae West Can Play Anything." This magazine feature ran in the June 1935 issue of Photoplay.
• • On Wednesday, 6 June 1934 • •
• • Hollywood's harpy Joe Breen sent another memo (dated 6 June 1934) about changes that must be made to the upcoming Mae West film, still titled "It Ain't No Sin."
• • On Sunday, 6 June 1976 in the U.K. • •
• • In Britain the Sunday Times did an article that quoted Stanley Musgrove, who was serving as Mae's deputy for the film project "Sextette," and communicating with the young producers Dan Briggs and Robert Sullivan.  The feature was printed on Sunday, June 6, 1976.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "I'll never believe the worst about anyone without complete proof."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • A feature in Star Pulse mentioned Mae West.
• • Star Pulse asked:  And who would you say was your greatest lover?
• • Mamie Van Doren responded:  Oh god, so many of them were good! Then, there were the bad ones. I talked about Burt Reynolds. He was the worst. But nobody cares about Burt Reynolds today. [She laughs.]  I had one guy, Steve Cochran, but no one probably knows him. He was Mae West’s lover. He was very good and I didn’t mind sharing a lover with Mae West. She had very good taste. I never experienced a lesbian encounter. ...
• • Source:  Interview: “Legendary Mamie Van Doren on 'Playing the Field'” written by Stephanie Nolasco for Star Pulse; posted on Monday, 3 June 2013
• • By the Numbers • • 
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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Thank-you for writing about George Bruggeman. He was my grandfather!