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Yes!

 

Ayres wrote that the mystery person is Ross Alexander. He's right!

 

Ross Alexander played second leads (mostly) in a string of movies for Warner Bros./First National in the 1930s, appearing with Errol Flynn in CAPTAIN BLOOD (1935) and as Demetrius in A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM (also 1935). His last appearance was with Ruby Keeler, in READY, WILLING AND ABLE (1937).

 

Alexander's first wife Aleta killed herself with a rifle in December 1935. He remarried but was constantly depressed. In January 1937 he shot and killed himself with the same rifle that had killed Aleta.

 

Dan N.

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I put Alexander's photo on the "A Star Grew in Brooklyn" thread, since he appears to have been born in Brooklyn. Sad story.

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I remembered that story because it was so sad. Alexander's second wife's name was Anne Nagel, who is often confused with British dancer Anna Neagle (in fact I had to set the IMDb straight on that in his entry). They were married only a few months when he died.

 

Btw, Dan, I'm a female lady woman girl, as Jerry Reed used to refer to them.

 

Here's another Who Am I?:

 

I was born in Paris but you don?t often hear me speak French in my pictures. My first film was a flop, but I stuck with movies and soon was a very big star. One year I was so sure I would not win the Oscar that I didn?t even attend the ceremony?but I won!

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Merci beaucoup! Now . . . . . [hope this isn't too obscure -- I'll try to give something recognizable]

 

Do you know me?

 

I was mainly a supporting player, but had a few starring roles in minor films. Some of the memorable parts I played were: the mother of a boy who loved horses, the faithless wife of a dead man, and the waspish mistress of a publishing mogul. I got clocked with a sundial in that last one.

 

Unfortunately, something similar happened to me in real life - a serious head injury -- and I had increasing difficulty remembering lines and worked less and less. I used alcohol as a crutch, and came to the predictable end.

 

Who am I?

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I'm going to go easy on you guys, this time.

 

You've all heard about Mickey Rooney and Lillian Gish, and how they own the records for the longest film careers of any American movie actor and actress, respectively.

 

But I have them beat... in at least one category. I hold the record for the longest period BETWEEN screen performances.

 

Who am I?

 

Dan N.

 

http://www.silentfilmguide.com

http://dan-navarros-blog.blogspot.com

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IMDb gives John Oscar a 74-year screen hiatus, but I think they are combining two different people.

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Gerb wrote:

 

"Something else...Rose Marie has equaled Gish's 75-year record."

 

 

For that matter, Anita Page has had a 79-year career, if you want to count movies that hardly anyone ever gets to see.

 

But my record of longest period between screen appearances still stands.

 

Who am I?

 

Dan N.

 

http://www.silentfilmguide.com

http://dan-navarros-blog.blogspot.com

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"For that matter, Anita Page has had a 79-year career, if you want to count movies that hardly anyone ever gets to see." -- Movies are movies, whether anyone gets to see them or not. And, if she holds the record instead of Gish, then she should be entitled to wear it.

 

Gerb

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Charlie T. wrote:

 

"Gloria Stuart?"

 

 

No, not Gloria Stuart. We tend to think of Gloria Stuart as someone who was "big" in the 1930s, then disappeared and did not resurface until TITANIC (1997). I used to think that too.

 

Actually, Gloria stayed pretty busy through the years. She did take a break from film making after her character role in the comedy SHE WROTE THE BOOK (1946), but showed up on TV shows all through the 1970s and '80s.

 

By the way, Gloria is a Yankee Doodle Dandy. Born on the Fourth of July... 1910.

 

Dan N.

 

http://www.silentfilmguide.com

http://dan-navarros-blog.blogspot.com

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It would have to be somebody with a more-than-60-year hiatus because Anita Page, whom he mentioned below, logged 60 years between HITCH HIKE TO HEAVEN (1936) and SUNSET AFTER DARK (1996).

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Gerb wrote:

 

"It would have to be somebody with a more-than-60-year hiatus because Anita Page, whom he mentioned below, logged 60 years between HITCH HIKE TO HEAVEN (1936) and SUNSET AFTER DARK (1996)."

 

 

Not necessarily. If you read the question and all the responses CAREFULLY, you will see that nobody has actually asked yet, if Anita Page owns the record.

 

Right?

 

However, to save you time... no it is NOT Anita Page.

 

Dan N.

 

http://www.silentfilmguide.com

http://dan-navarros-blog.blogspot.com

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Excuse me for assuming that you wouldn't reveal the answer in a post, but even so, you shouldn't insult my reading ability.

 

Gerb

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Gerb... I humbly apologize if anything I wrote rubbed you the wrong way. We are all friends here. Anyway, the question is:

 

Who owns the record for the longest period of time between film appearances?

 

A thousand pardons for any misunderstanding.

 

Dan N.

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My apologies as well, Dan. My response to you was not meant to be harsh in nature. I just didn't figure you'd give away the answer right under our noses--that would be insulting the intelligence of each of us here, and I hope you wouldn't want to do that.

 

Gerb

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Five days, and no one has guessed the name of the person with the longest period of time between film appearances.

 

Okay, I'll add another hint.

 

The person is male. Also, I met him last year, at a film festival, so unless he has passed in the last twelve months, he is still very much with us.

 

Hope that helps.

 

Dan N.

 

http://www.silentfilmguide.com

http://dan-navarros-blog.blogspot.com

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brad wrote:

 

"Ok, I'll venture a wild guess............ Mickey Rooney?"

 

 

No, not the Mick. Rooney has been in films almost constantly, since his first appearance in 1926. Looking at his filmography just now on the IMDb, I was astounded to see the number of films he has appeared in. He has been in over 300 films and TV shows. Rooney has never appeared in fewer than a dozen productions -- movies and TV -- in any decade, including the present decade!

 

BTW, when his newest completed film, NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM, is released at Christmastime this year, Mickey Rooney will have tied the all-time record for film longevity: 80 years. That record is currently held by French actor Charles Vanel, who has since died.

 

Dan N.

 

http://www.silentfilmguide.com

http://dan-navarros-blog.blogspot.com

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I think I've seen you mention meeting Dale Robertson not long ago. Has he made a recent appearance? I'm glad you (or was it another poster) had such a wonderful meeting with him; I had no real contact, but others have seen him on less-than-sterling behavior in several locales, by their own reports, sorry to say.

 

I met (and was entertained by) John Calvert at two shows last year. The last movie I'm aware of with him was around 1950-51. These days he is (at 94 - 95?) still pursuing the magic act he has been doing for over 40 years. When he appeared at Charlotte in July 2005 he had driven his motor home there from Texas, I think it was. He was going the next day or so to England (couldn't drive there!) to receive an award as the World's Most Famous Magician from their magicians' society. He put on around a half-hour show that really had us "going," with (real) audience volunteers and his assistant/(?)companion of some 40 years' standing. He didn't look past 70 or so, and his lady-friend from audience distance still looked 30-something. She's obviously looked after him very well! People had to keep asking him to slow down when he walked from place to place in the hotel. They were both just delightful to meet and talk with.

 

I didn't mean to make this a double answer, but I've seen both of them in Charlotte in the past couple of years. Has John Calvert made a recent movie appearance?

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