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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 22 February 1884Berlin, New Hampshire, USA
Date of Death 31 May 1934Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA  (heart disease)
Birth NameLouis Joseph Côté

Mini Bio (1)

This dark-haired, suave American-born matinée idol of French ancestry abandoned a medical career after receiving favorable reviews for his performance in a school play at McGill Medical College in Montreal. He went on to study drama at the Stanhope Wheatcroft School of Acting in New York, then toured in vaudeville and with stock companies before performing at the Winter Garden with his own troupe of players. Cody's first appearance on screen was in short films with the Balboa Amusement Company. He then worked for Thomas H. Ince and Mack Sennett, advancing to full-length features by 1917, initially playing villains. As his popularity soared, he gravitated to starring roles as amusing rogues and debonair bon vivants in dramas and light comedies, often with a continental background. He was a noted wit and much sought-after as a speaker at Hollywood parties. Though slightly encumbered by his rather pronounced French accent, Cody had just begun to make an impact in early talkies, when he died in his sleep from heart disease. His first spouse was the famous silent screen comedienne Mabel Normand, who also died prematurely. Their short, rather unhappy union had reputedly been the result of a practical joke.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: I.S.Mowis

Spouse (2)

Mabel Normand (17 September 1926 - 22 February 1930) (her death)
Dorothy Dalton (? - ?) (divorced)

Trivia (1)

Screen test for the title role in Ernst Lubitsch's 'Faust' (1923), an unrealized project, survives in Library of Congress, along with those of other contestants.

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