Like thousands of "day actors' during Hollywood's Golden Era, Max Wagner toiled in relative obscurity in supporting and bit roles with the occasional meaty character part. It was a film career that sustained him as a durable and dependable actor from the mid-1920s through the '70s. The youngest of five boys...See full bio »
In April 1927, Wagner was the key prosecution witness in the trials of actors Paul Kelly and Dorothy Mackaye. Wagner was Kelly's roommate and was present when Kelly beat to death Mackaye's husband, Ray Raymond, at an alcohol-fueled party on April 16. Kelly served two years in prison on a manslaughter conviction. Mackaye was sentenced to 10 months on an accessory conviction.
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