|Date of Birth||10 November 1902, Hamilton, Lanarkshire, Scotland, UK|
|Date of Death||5 December 1951, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia (stroke)|
|Birth Name||Henry McLennan Lauder|
Mini Bio (1)
Harry Lauder II, the son of Matthew Currie Lauder by his spouse Catherine née Vallance, was a musical prodigy educated at the expense of his famous uncle, Sir Harry Lauder (1870-1950). Harry II was an advanced pupil of Leopold Dagradi in Milan, of Hardesty Johnson in Paris, and Ellis Rhodes in Chicago. A fine tenor he was possibly best known for his roles with the U.S. Gilbert & Sullivan Rep. Co. He later conducted this company's orchestra, and did some guest conducting in Chicago, before being employed by William Fox's Fox Movietone News, where he conducted the orchestra for 18 months before being taken by Fox to Hollywood.
In addition to being one of Fox's conductors he also played parts as an extra in several Fox films, such as "Happy Days" (1929) (chorus), "Women Everywhere", "Rough Romance", "Sea Wolf", and "Delicious".
In addition he had a teaching studio at the Glendale Music Company, 118 South Brand, Glendale, California, his business card saying that he was a vocal teacher and microphone specialist. He also wrote several plays, a mass of popular tunes and an opera, based in the South Sea Islands entitled "Tina", which have not been published.
During the Second World War he found himself stranded in Sydney, New South Wales, where several of his plays were staged, and where he was again engaged in film production as an assistant director and conductor. He died in Sydney on December 5, 1951, after suffering a Stroke.
(Information from Death certificate and from the book on his famous uncle, Sir Harry Lauder (1870-1950): "Harry Lauder in the Limelight" by William Wallace, Lewes, Sussex, England, 1988, ISBN 0-86332-312-X
- IMDb Mini Biography By: Gregory Lauder-Frost