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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. His son, Scotty Crane, and his second wife, Patricia Olsen, objected to the way Crane was portrayed and took to the media to present their side of the story. 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. Crane's life and murder was the subject of the 2002 film Auto Focus. 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. Prior to the murder, Carpenter and Crane had made pornographic videos of Crane having sex with numerous women. 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. An associate, John Carpenter, was tried for the murder but was not convicted.

By 1910, Bunny was working at Vitagraph Studios where the happy-go-lucky, rotund man quickly became an international star of silent film comedies. He was bludgeoned to death in Scottsdale, Arizona, in a murder case that was never officially solved. 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 followed on with the lead role in Hogan's Heroes. Crane landed parts in a few feature films but had no breakout roles. John Bunny attended High School in Brooklyn and worked as a grocery clerk before joining a small minstrel show touring the East Coast. He soon was a regular on The Donna Reed Show during the 1963 - 1965 seasons. 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. Crane's interest turned to acting, and at the age of 33, he began his acting career.

In 1956, he moved his family to California and started his radio career. In 1949, he married his high school sweetheart; they eventually had three children. He dropped out of high school and became a drummer with the Connecticut Symphony Orchestra. Crane was born in Waterbury, Connecticut.

He was nominated for two Emmy Awards for his work on that show. Robert Edward Crane (July 13, 1928 - June 29, 1978) was an American disc jockey and actor who starred as Colonel Robert Hogan in the television sitcom Hogan's Heroes from 1965 to 1971. Gus (1976). The Bob Crane Show (1975) (TV series).

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