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John Bunny

John Bunny, born September 21, 1863 in New York City, United States – died April 26, 1915 in Brooklyn, New York, was the first comic star of the American silent film era.

John Bunny

John Bunny attended High School in Brooklyn and worked as a grocery clerk before joining a small minstrel show touring the East Coast. He went on to jobs as stage manager for various stock companies and performed in vaudeville before being drawn to the fledgling motion picture business. By 1910, Bunny was working at Vitagraph Studios where the happy-go-lucky, rotund man quickly became an international star of silent film comedies.

John Bunny had only been acting in films for five years when he passed away from Bright's disease and was interred in the Cemetery of the Evergreens in Brooklyn, New York. Because silent film had no language barrier, Bunny's popularity was such that his death was front-page news in Europe as well as the United States.

Following his passing, advances in technology and in stunts brought great new comedic stars to silent film that relegated John Bunny to the status of an almost completely-forgotten actor. However, John Bunny was eventually honored for his contribution to the motion picture industry with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1715 Vine Street in Hollywood.


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However, John Bunny was eventually honored for his contribution to the motion picture industry with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1715 Vine Street in Hollywood. He is also known for his voice-over from the 1970 PBS station ident, which served the network for its first year. Following his passing, advances in technology and in stunts brought great new comedic stars to silent film that relegated John Bunny to the status of an almost completely-forgotten actor. Since the Horton family is still regarded as the core of Days of Our Lives, his memory has been allowed to remain imprinted on the show by the voiceovers remaining intact. Because silent film had no language barrier, Bunny's popularity was such that his death was front-page news in Europe as well as the United States. The narration was a tradition which started with the opening sequence in 1966 and with the mid-program bumper in 1975. John Bunny had only been acting in films for five years when he passed away from Bright's disease and was interred in the Cemetery of the Evergreens in Brooklyn, New York. At each intermission, his voice also says "We will return for the second half of Days of Our Lives in just a moment".

By 1910, Bunny was working at Vitagraph Studios where the happy-go-lucky, rotund man quickly became an international star of silent film comedies. From 1966 to 1994, he would also intone, "This is Macdonald Carey, and these are the days of our lives." (After Carey's passing, the producers, out of respect for Carey's family, decided not to use the second part of the opening tagline). He went on to jobs as stage manager for various stock companies and performed in vaudeville before being drawn to the fledgling motion picture business. He is most recognized today, a decade after his passing, as the voice who recites the epigram each day before the program begins: "Like sands through the hourglass, so are the days of our lives". John Bunny attended High School in Brooklyn and worked as a grocery clerk before joining a small minstrel show touring the East Coast. He played that role from 1965 until his death from lung cancer in 1994. John Bunny, born September 21, 1863 in New York City, United States – died April 26, 1915 in Brooklyn, New York, was the first comic star of the American silent film era. Tom Horton on NBC's soap opera Days of Our Lives.

For the remainder of his career, he played patriarch Dr. He played the role of Herb Maris for the show's first season in 1959. Carey also played a crusading attorney in the 1950s syndicated series Lock-Up. He was known in many Hollywood circles as "the B-Movie king", sharing the throne with his "queen", Lucille Ball.

Macdonald Carey (March 15, 1913–March 21, 1994) was an American actor best known for his starring roles in various B-movies of the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s.

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