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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. When asked what if it never comes true, he replied "I would just have to laugh about it...". 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. He once admitted to a Hong Kong reporter that his ultimate goal is to win an Oscar as an actor. 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. Chow is still waiting for the type of success he once enjoyed in Asia. 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. Ironically, he receded to a supporting role in the film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000), and it became a winner at both the box office and the Oscars.

By 1910, Bunny was working at Vitagraph Studios where the happy-go-lucky, rotund man quickly became an international star of silent film comedies. His next film Anna and the King (1999) did better, but the success was mostly credited to actress Jodie Foster. 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. His first two films Replacement Killers (1998) and The Corruptor (1999) were box-office sleepers. John Bunny attended High School in Brooklyn and worked as a grocery clerk before joining a small minstrel show touring the East Coast. Being the hottest screen commodity in Asia, Chow was called upon by Hollywood in an attempt to duplicate his success on an international scale. 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. He is best known for playing honorable tough guys, whether cops or criminals.

His later films include The Killer (1989), An Autumn's Tale (秋天的童話, 1988) and Hard Boiled (1992). Taking the opportunity, Chow quit TV entirely and dedicated himself to making more 'gun fu' movies. Success finally came when he teamed up with an then-relatively-unknown director John Woo in the 1986 low-budget action movie A Better Tomorrow, which swept the box offices throughout Asia and established both Chow and Woo as mega stars. However, his occasional ventures onto the big screens with low-budget movies were disastrous.

Although Chow continued his TV success, his ultimate goal was to become a big screen actor. It didn't take long for Chow to become a household name in Hong Kong following his role in the hit series The Bund (上海灘) in 1980. His life started to change as his application was accepted as an actor-trainee by the local television station, TVB. Raised on the tiny offshore island of Lamma, Chow spent his childhood in poverty.

Chow Yun-Fat (周潤發, Jau1 Yeun6 Faat3, Pinyin: Zhōu Rnfā) (born May 18, 1955 on Lamma Island, Hong Kong) is among a handful of internationally recognized screen actors that Hong Kong has ever produced, along with Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan. Bulletproof Monk (2003). Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000). Anna and the King (1999).

The Corruptor (1999). Replacement Killers (1998). Hard Boiled (1992). An Autumn's Tale (1988).

All About Ah-Long (1989). The Killer (1989). A Better Tomorrow (1986).

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