Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Favorite Film Stars - ALAN MOWBRAY

As I tend to have an affinity for lesser famous actors and actresses and character actors as well, I could not let today go by after watching "Topper" without mentioning that great character actor Alan Mowbray. A wonderful character who appeared in over one hundred and forty films.

Alan was born Alfred Ernest Allen, on August 18th, 1896 in London, England. and died of a heart attack at the age of seventy two on March 25th, 1969.

Alan was a real typical British man, tall, rigid posture, well groomed and with an aristocratic air about him and excellent diction. He served with distinction in the British Army in World War One, reaching the rank of major and being awarded the Military Medal for bravery.

He began as a stage actor, made his way to the US and appeared in Broadway plays and toured the country as part of a theater troupe from 1923-1929/

He took the stage name of Alan Mowbray from a letter he had seen written by Robert Lewis Stevenson to his cousin; Robert Alan Mowbray Stevenson. And he liked the look and sound of the name so much that he kept it for himself.

Mowbray was most often cast as British or European gentlemen, butlers, doctors, aristocrats and royalty.

He was married in 1927 to Lorayne Carpenter and had two children. And was a founding member of the Screen Actors Guild as well..

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