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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. Victor Buono died of a heart attack at his ranch in Apple Valley, California. 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. "The more you study him," he said, "the greater he grows.". 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. Buono liked to read and write, and one of his main hobbies was Shakespeare. 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. Taft.

By 1910, Bunny was working at Vitagraph Studios where the happy-go-lucky, rotund man quickly became an international star of silent film comedies. In the TV miniseries Backstairs at the White House (1979) he portrayed President Taft and delivered a poignant tribute to the late Mrs. 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 could also play straight roles. John Bunny attended High School in Brooklyn and worked as a grocery clerk before joining a small minstrel show touring the East Coast. His later roles were more of pompous intellectuals and shady con men. 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 was in demand to play villains of various nationalities and ethnic origins on many programs between 1964 and 1970.

Buono had a vast body of work in movies, and among his extensive TV appearances were the recurring roles of the demented Count Manzeppi on the popular (CBS) series The Wild Wild West starring Robert Conrad and Ross Martin, which ran from 1965 to 1969, and King Tut on the (ABC) series Batman with Adam West and Burt Ward, which ran from 1966 to 1968. He also appeared in such movies as 4 for Texas (1963), Robin and the Seven Hoods (1964), The Silencers (1966), Who's Minding the Mint? (1967), Target: Harry (1969) and Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1970). Buono played the role of the High Priest Sorak in this story about Jesus. And he appeared in The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965) starring Max von Sydow, Michael Anderson, Jr. and Carroll Baker, which was produced and directed by George Stevens.

He appeared in Hush, Hush, Sweet Charlotte (1964) playing Big Sam Hollis, the father of Bette Davis, who had the title role, which was also directed by Aldrich. Victor Buono was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for his performance in What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?. He played the part of the ne'er-do-well musical accompanist, Edwin Flagg. After appearing in a few motion pictures uncredited, he was cast by director Robert Aldrich in the psychological horror movie What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962) with screen luminaries Bette Davis and Joan Crawford.

Because of his overweight stature, Buono usually played older characters. He also appeared on The Untouchables. Over the next few years he appeared on numerous shows playing menacing heavies in just about every Grade "A" private eye series. He made his first network TV appearance playing the bearded poet Bongo Benny in an episode of 77 Sunset Strip.

saw the heavyset Buono play Falstaff at the Globe and took him up to Hollywood for a screen test. In the summer of 1959, a talent scout from Warner Bros. He received good notices for his various Shakespearean roles and in modern plays such as The Man Who Came To Dinner and Witness For The Prosecution. The director had confidence in Buono and cast him in Volpone, Midsummer Night's Dream and other Globe presentations.

He started appearing on local radio and television stations, and at the age of eighteen he joined the Globe Theater Players in San Diego. He soon forgot about having a medical career. He even played the title role of Hamlet. Buono appeared in three plays a year while attending high school, which included Aladdin and His Wonderful Lamp and Shakespearean dramas.

Augustine High School in San Diego cast him as Papa Barrett in the play The Barretts of Wimpole Street. When he was sixteen, Father John Aherne of the St. Even though the young Buono enjoyed the polite applause of those captive audiences, he thought he wanted to be a doctor. When he was a little boy, she taught him songs and recitations and encouraged him to perform for visitors.

His maternal grandmother, Myrtle Glied (April 18, 1886-December 9, 1969), had been a Vaudeville performer on the Orpheum Circuit. He was born Victor Charles Buono in San Diego, California, a son of Victor Francis Buono (May 28, 1907-May 17, 1981) and Myrtle Belle Keller (October 19, 1909 -August 27, 1979). Victor Buono (February 3, 1938 - January 1, 1982) was an American actor. The 1966 Batman TV Villains - Victor Buono (http://www.geocities.com/Hollywood/Hills/7537/tut.htm).

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