Gene Lockhart

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Eugene "Gene" Lockhart (born July 18, 1891 in London , Ontario , Canada , † March 31, 1957 in Santa Monica , California , United States ) was an American film and theater actor , as well as theater director and poet of Canadian origin.


Gene Lockhart was born in London, Canada in 1891 to John Coates Lockhart and Ellen Mary Delany-Lockhart, who had Scottish roots. Through his father, a trained singer, Lockhart came into contact with acting and singing at an early age. When he was six, Lockhart was a member of a Canadian band in Canada, the United States and Great Britain. Lockhart therefore attended various schools in Canada and later in London , Great Britain . At the age of 15 he was already writing his own skits. He was also a short-term football player for the Toronto Argonauts as a teenager . Lockhart was trained at the Juilliard School in New York City before making his Broadway debut in The Riviera Girl in September 1917 . Lockhart also directed a play entitled The Wonderful Visit for the first time in February 1924 . Lockhart's better-known plays included Uncle Tom's Cabin , which premiered in May 1933, and the drama Death of a Salesman, premiered in February 1949 .

Lockhart, who also made his debut as a film actor in the 1922 theatrical adaptation of Smilin 'Through , then appeared in over 140 feature films and most recently in television series. His sustained most successful film was the film drama Algiers , produced in 1938 , for which Lockhart was nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor in 1939 . The 1941 Sea Wolf is also one of the more famous films by the actor. He was often seen as a strange doctor, politician or civil servant, whereby his characters were often characterized by their ineptitude and stupidity. He took on a sinister role in Fritz Lang's propaganda thriller Also Die Henker (1943), in which he worked with the National Socialists in the role of a Czech beer brewer and betrayed his country's resistance movement.

He also founded a small dynasty of actors. So he married the British actress Kathleen Lockhart in 1924 . Their daughter, June Lockhart , born just a year later , also became an actress, as did his granddaughter Anne Lockhart (* 1953). He himself died of thrombosis in 1957, at the age of 65, and was buried in Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City , California . Today two stars on the Walk of Fame in Hollywood bear his name.

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