Wallace Beery (1885–1949)

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In 1902, 16-year-old Wallace Beery joined the Ringling Brothers Circus as an assistant to the elephant trainer. He left two years later after a leopard clawed his arm. Beery next went to New York, where he found work in musical variety shows. He became a leading man in musicals and appeared on Broadway and in traveling stock companies. In 1913 he ... See full bio »

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Known For

A Date with Judy Melvin Colner Foster
Dinner at Eight Dan Packard
Viva Villa! Pancho Villa
Grand Hotel General Director Preysing


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 1949 Big Jack
Big Jack Horner
 1948 A Date with Judy
Melvin Colner Foster
 1948 Alias a Gentleman
Jim Breedin
 1947 The Mighty McGurk
Roy 'Slag' McGurk
 1946 Bad Bascomb
Zeb Bascomb
 1945 This Man's Navy
Ned Trumpet
 1944 Barbary Coast Gent
Honest Plush Brannon
 1944 Rationing
Ben Barton
 1943 Salute to the Marines
Sgt. Maj. William Bailey
 1942 Jackass Mail
Marmaduke 'Just' Baggot
 1942 The Bugle Sounds
'Hap' Doan
 1941 Barnacle Bill
Bill Johansen
 1941 The Bad Man
Pancho Lopez
 1940 Wyoming
'Reb' Harkness
 1940 20 Mule Team
Skinner Bill Bragg
 1940 The Man from Dakota
Sgt. 'Bar' Barstow
 1939 Thunder Afloat
John Thorson
 1939 Sergeant Madden
Sgt. Shaun Madden
 1939 Stand Up and Fight
Captain Boss Starkey
 1938 Stablemates
Tom Terry
 1938 Port of Seven Seas
 1937 The Bad Man of Brimstone
'Trigger' Bill
 1937 Slave Ship
Jack Thompson
 1937 The Good Old Soak
Clem Hawley
 1936 Old Hutch
'Hutch' Hutchins
 1936 A Message to Garcia
Sergeant Dory
 1935 Ah Wilderness!
Sid Miller
 1935 O'Shaughnessy's Boy
 1935 China Seas
Jamesy MacArdle
 1935 West Point of the Air
Big Mike Stone
 1934 The Mighty Barnum
Phineas T. Barnum
 1934 Treasure Island
Long John Silver
 1934 Viva Villa!
Pancho Villa
 1933 The Bowery
Chuck Connors
 1933 Dinner at Eight
Dan Packard
 1933 Tugboat Annie
 1932 Flesh
 1932/I Grand Hotel
General Director Preysing
 1931 The Christmas Party (Short)
Wallace Beery (uncredited)
 1931/I The Champ
Andy 'Champ' Purcell
 1931 Hell Divers
Windy Riker
 1931 The Secret 6
Louis Scorpio
 1931 The Stolen Jools (Short)
Police Sergeant
 1930 Min and Bill
 1930 A Lady's Morals
 1930 Way for a Sailor
 1930 Billy the Kid
Pat Garrett
 1930 The Big House
 1929 The River of Romance
General Orlando Jackson
 1929 Stairs of Sand
 1929 Chinatown Nights
Chuck Riley
 1928 Beggars of Life
Oklahoma Red
 1928 The Big Killing
Powderhorn Pete
 1928 Partners in Crime
Detective Mike Doolan
 1928 Wife Savers
Louis Hosenozzle
 1927 Two Flaming Youths
Beery - Of Berry and Hatton (uncredited)
 1927 Now We're in the Air
 1927 Fireman, Save My Child
 1927 Casey at the Bat
'Home Run' Casey
 1926 Old Ironsides
 1926 We're in the Navy Now
'Knockout' Hansen
 1926 Volcano
 1926 Behind the Front
Riff Swanson
 1925 The Pony Express
Rhode Island Red
 1925 The Wanderer
 1925 Rugged Water
Capt. Bartlett
 1925 In the Name of Love
 1925 Coming Through
Joe Lawler
 1925 The Great Divide
 1925 The Devil's Cargo
 1925 The Lost World
Prof. Challenger (as Mr. Wallace Beery)
 1925 The Night Club
 1925 Adventure
 1925 Let Women Alone
Cap Bullwinkle
 1924 So Big
Klaus Poole
 1924 Madonna of the Streets
Bill Smythe
 1924 Dynamite Smith
'Slugger' Rourke
 1924 The Red Lily
 1924 Another Man's Wife
Captain Wolf
 1924 The Signal Tower
Joe Standish
 1924 The Sea Hawk
Captain Jasper Leigh
 1924 Unseen Hands
Jean Scholast
 1923 The Drums of Jeopardy
Gregor Karlov
 1923 White Tiger
Count Donelli / Hawkes
 1923 Richard the Lion-Hearted
King Richard the Lion-Hearted
 1923 The Eternal Struggle
Barode Dukane
 1923 The Spanish Dancer
King Philip IV
 1923 Drifting
Jules Repin
 1923 Ashes of Vengeance
Duc de Tours
 1923 Three Ages
The Villain
 1923 Bavu
Felix Bavu
 1923 Stormswept
William McCabe
 1923 The Flame of Life
Don Lowrie
 1922 Only a Shop Girl
Jim Brennan
 1922 A Blind Bargain
Beast Man (uncredited)
 1922 Robin Hood
Richard the Lion-Hearted
 1922 Trouble
Ed Lee, the Plumber
 1922 Alias Julius Caesar (unconfirmed)
 1922 Hurricane's Gal
Chris Borg
 1922 I Am the Law
Fu Chang
 1922 The Man from Hell's River
Gaspard, The Wolf
 1922 The Sagebrush Trail
José Fagaro
 1922 My Wife's Relations (Short)
Photographer (uncredited)
 1922 Wild Honey
Buck Roper
 1922 The Rosary
Kenwood Wright
 1921 Sleeping Acres (Short)
 1921 The Last Trail
William Kirk
 1921 The White Mouse (Short)
Dr. Lawler
 1921 The Ne'er to Return Road (Short)
Convict #12896
 1921 The Policeman and the Baby (Short)
The Crook
 1921 The Golden Snare
Bram Johnson
 1921 The Northern Trail (Short)
Otto Franke
 1921 A Tale of Two Worlds
Ling Jo
 1921 The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse
Lt. Col. von Richthosen
 1921 Patsy
Gustave Ludermann
 1921 The Rookie's Return
François Dupont
 1920 813
Maj. Parbury / Ribeira
 1920 The Round-up
Buck McKee
 1920 The Mollycoddle
Henry von Holkar
 1920 The Virgin of Stamboul
Sheik Achmet Hamid
 1919 The Lone Wolf's Daughter
Undetermined role (uncredited)
 1919 Behind the Door
Submarine Commander
 1919 Victory
August Schomberg
 1919 Soldiers of Fortune
 1919 The Life Line
 1919 The Love Burglar
Coast-to-Coast Taylor
 1919 The Unpardonable Sin
Col. Klemm
 1919 A Beach Nut (Short)
 1919 Only a Janitor (Short)
 1918 Johanna Enlists
Col. Fanner
 1917 That Night (Short)
The Cafe Proprietor
 1917 Are Waitresses Safe? (Short)
Party Guest (uncredited)
 1917 A Bedroom Blunder (Short)
Man in Hotel Lobby (uncredited)
 1917 A Clever Dummy (Short)
Patrick Cohen - a Vaudeville Manager
 1917 The Little American
German Soldier (uncredited)
 1917 Cactus Nell (Short)
A Polished Gent
 1917 Teddy at the Throttle (Short)
Her Rascally Guardian
 1917 Maggie's First False Step (Short)
The Villain
 1917 Patria
Pancho Villa
 1917 Bombs and Banknotes (Short)
 1916 A Capable Lady Cook (Short)
 1916 Sweedie, the Janitor (Short)
Sweedie - the Janitor
 1916 Just a Few Little Things (Short)
 1916 The Janitor (Short)
John - the Hotel Janitor
 1916 Hearts and Sparks (Short)
Minor Role
 1916 A Dash of Courage (Short)
The Police Chief
 1915 Education (Short)
 1915 The Broken Pledge (Short)
 1915 Sweedie's Finish (Short)
 1915 The Slim Princess
 1915 Sweedie's Hero (Short)
 1915 Sweedie in Vaudeville (Short)
 1915 Done in Wax (Short)
The Hobo
 1915 The Bouquet (Short)
 1915 Sweedie Learns to Ride (Short)
 1915 Love and Trouble (Short)
 1915 Father's New Maid (Short)
Jack / Sweedie
 1915 Sweedie's Hopeless Love (Short)
 1915 Ain't It the Truth? (Short)
Harold Wallington
 1915 A Pound for a Pound (Short)
Buck Gibson
 1915 The Victor (Short)
Mr. Justwed
 1915 Sweedie Goes to College (Short)
 1915 The New Teacher (Short)
Sweedie - the New Teacher
 1915 Two Hearts That Beat as Ten (Short)
 1915 Sweedie and Her Dog (Short)
 1915 Sweedie's Suicide (Short)
 1915 Sweedie and the Sultan's Present (Short)
 1914 Cheering a Husband (Short)
 1914 The Ups and Downs (Short)
 1914 Sweedie Collects for Charity (Short)
 1914 Their Cheap Vacation (Short)
Mr. Newlywed
 1914 Madame Double X (Short)
Madame Double X
 1914 Sweedie and the Hypnotist (Short)
 1914 A Maid of War (Short)
 1914 Sweedie at the Fair (Short)
 1914 Countess Sweedie (Short)
 1914 The Prevailing Craze (Short)
 1914 Three Boiled Down Fables (Short)
Speeding Driver, Episode #3, The Prevailing Craze
 1914 Sweedie the Trouble Maker (Short)
 1914 The Laundress (Short)
Sweedie - the Laundress
 1914 Rivalry and War (Short)
 1914 She Landed a Big One (Short)
 1914 Sweedie Learns to Swim (Short)
 1914 The Fickleness of Sweedie (Short)
 1914 Sweedie's Clean-Up (Short)
 1914 Sweedie's Skate (Short)
 1914 The Plum Tree (Short)
 1914 When Knights Were Bold (Short)
The Earl
 1914 Love and Soda (Short)
The Plumber
 1914 Sweedie Springs a Surprise (Short)
 1914 Sweedie and the Double Exposure (Short)
 1914 Topsy-Turvy Sweedie (Short)
 1914/I In and Out (Short)
 1914 The Fable of the Coming Champion Who Was Delayed (Short)
The Coming Champion
 1914 Sweedie and the Lord (Short)
 1914 The Fable of Napoleon and the Bumps (Short)
Prof. Bunkum
 1914 Sweedie the Swatter (Short)
Sweedie (a Swedish maid)
 1914 The Epidemic (Short)
 1914 The Fable of the Brash Drummer and the Nectarine (Short)
Gabby Gus - the Brash Drummer
 1914/I This Is the Life (Short)
Hiram Stebbins
 1914 Jane (Short)
The Doctor
 1914 Actor Finney's Finish (Short)
Actor James Finney
 1914 Three Little Powders (Short)
Wallace Williams
 1914 Curing a Husband (Short)
Robert - the Husband
 1914/II Wrong All Around (Short)
The Plumber
 1914/I The Winner (Short)
Fritz Noodle
 1914 And He Came Back (Short)
Horatio Algernon Botts
 1914 The Bargain Hunters (Short)
Mr. Hunter
 1914 A Queer Quarantine (Short)
Mrs. Potter
 1914 Oh, Doctor (Short)
The Deaf Minister
 1914 Grass County Goes Dry (Short)
The Constable
 1914 The Girl, the Cop, the Burglar (Short)
Jack Hazard
 1914 Mrs. Manly's Baby (Short)
 1914 One-to-Three (Short)
Willie Brace
 1914 Looking for Trouble (Short)
 1914 The Hour and the Man (Short)
A Juror
 1914 A Foot of Romance (Short)
Jim Foley
 1913 At the Old Maid's Call (Short)
Miss Muchmoney - the Old Maid
 1913 Hello, Trouble (Short)
 1913 Smithy's Grandma Party (Short)
Prof. Smithy
 1913 Kitty's Knight (Short)
Mike McManus
 1913 The Usual Way (Short)
The Dentist
 1913 Their Wives' Indiscretion (Short)
Mr. Jones
 1913 Day by Day (Short)
Bill the Iceman
 1913 Dad's Insanity (Short)
 1913 A Successful Failure (Short)
The Uncle
 1913 Love Incognito (Short)
Secondary Role
 1913/I The Right of Way (uncredited)
 1913 Sweet Revenge (Short)
Phil Culture
 1913 Mr. Dippy Dipped (Short)
Undetermined Role
 1913 His Athletic Wife (Short)
Mr. Strong
Show Show Director (29 credits)
Show Show Writer (4 credits)
Show Show Soundtrack (8 credits)
Show Show Self (9 credits)
Show Show Archive footage (42 credits)

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Personal Details

Other Works:

(1/4/43) Radio: Appeared (as "Sgt. Patrick Aloysius 'Hap' Doan") in a "Lux Radio Theater" production of "The Bugle Sounds". See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Print Biography | 3 Portrayals | 1 Interview | 22 Articles | 1 Pictorial | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »

Alternate Names:

Mr. Wallace Beery


5' 11½" (1.82 m)


Rita Gilman  (divorced)  (1 child) | See more »


Beery, Noah Webster | Fitzgerald, Francis Margaret

Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

I never let anyone sucker me, not even for a nickel. See more »


When Paramount dropped Beery's (and other actors') contracts at the end of the silent era in 1929, the actor was off the screen for a year before making a triumphant comeback at MGM with an Oscar-nominated performance in The Big House (1930). The role had been intended for Lon Chaney, who had recently died from cancer. See more »



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