Joseph Cawthorn (1868–1949)


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Cawthorn made his stage debut in 1872 at the age of four. At nine, he went to England and played in music halls for four years. In 1898, Cawthorn made his debut on Broadway and carried on a successful career for some twenty-five years. Moving to Hollywood in 1927, he began a career as a character actor. Married to stage and screen actress Queenie ... See full bio »

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White Zombie Dr. Bruner
(1932)
Love Me Tonight Dr. Armand de Fontinac
(1932)
Street Girl Keppel - Cafe Owner
(1929)

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 1942 The Postman Didn't Ring
Silas Harwood
 1941 So Ends Our Night
Leopold Potzloch
 1940 Scatterbrain
Nicholas Raptis
 1940 Lillian Russell
Leopold Damrosch
 1936 Crime Over London
Mr. Sherwood Riley
 1936 Hot Money
Max Dourfuss
 1936 One Rainy Afternoon
Monsieur Pelerin
 1936 Brides Are Like That
Fred Schultz
 1936 The Great Ziegfeld
Dr. Ziegfeld (as Joseph Cawthorne)
 1935 Beautiful Dreamer (Short)
 1935 Freshman Love
Wilson, Sr. (as Joe Cawthorn)
 1935 Harmony Lane
Professor Henry Kleber
 1935 Page Miss Glory
Mr.Freischutz
 1935 Bright Lights
Oscar Schlemmer
 1935 Smart Girl
Karl Krausemeyer
 1935 Gold Diggers of 1935
Schultz
 1935 Naughty Marietta
Herr Schuman (as Joseph Cawthorne)
 1935 Sweet Music
Sidney Selzer (as Joe Cawthorn)
 1935 Maybe It's Love
Adolph Sr.
 1934 Sweet Adeline
Oscar Schmidt
 1934 Music in the Air
Hans Uppman
 1934 Young and Beautiful
Herman Cline
 1934 The Human Side
Fritz Speigal
 1934 Housewife
Krueger (as Joe Cawthorne)
 1934 The Last Gentleman
Dr. Wilson
 1934 Twenty Million Sweethearts
Herbert Brokman (as Joseph Cawthorne)
 1934 Glamour
Ibsen
 1934 Lazy River
Mr. Julius Ambrose
 1933 Cold Turkey (Short)
 1933 Broken Dreams
Pop
 1933 Best of Enemies
Gus Schneider
 1933 Made on Broadway
Maxie Schultz
 1933 Blondie Johnson
Jewelry Store Manager (as Joe Cawthorn)
 1933 Grand Slam
Alex Alexandrovitch (uncredited)
 1933 Whistling in the Dark
Otto Barfuss
 1932 Men Are Such Fools
Werner (as Joseph Cawthorne)
 1932 They Call It Sin
Mr. Hollister (as Joe Cawthorne)
 1932 Love Me Tonight
Dr. Armand de Fontinac (as Joseph Cawthorne)
 1932 White Zombie
Dr. Bruner
 1931 Peach O'Reno
Joe Bruno
 1931 The Runaround
Lou
 1931 A Tailor Made Man
Huber
 1931 Kiki
Alfred Rapp
 1930 Dixiana
Cornelius Van Horn - Carl's Father
 1929 Dance Hall
Bremmer
 1929 Jazz Heaven
Herman Kemple (as Joseph Cawthorne)
 1929 The Taming of the Shrew
Gremio
 1929 Street Girl
Keppel - Cafe Owner
 1929 Speakeasy
Yokel
 1928 Hold 'Em Yale
Professor George Bradbury
 1927 Silk Legs
Ezra Fulton
 1927 Very Confidential
Donald Allen
 1927 Two Girls Wanted
Philip Hancock
 1927 The Secret Studio
Pa Merton
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Stage Play: Mother Goose. Musical. Music by Frederick Solomon. Original libretto by Arthur Collins and J. Hickory Wood. Lyrics by George V. Hobart. Musical Director: Frederick Solomon. Book by John J. McNally. Additional music by Clifton Crawford, William Jerome, George M. Cohan, Matthew Woodward, Bernard Rolt, J.M. Glover, J. Fred Helf, ... See more »

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Alternate Names:

Joe Cawthorn | Joe Cawthorne | Joseph Cawthorne

Height:

5' 8" (1.73 m)

Spouse:

Queenie Vassar  (his death)
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Went into burlesque during the 1880s, where he thrived for over a decade. Eventually added a "Dutch" (German) characterization to his repertoire, and it was to become a mainstay of both his stage and screen careers. From 1898 through 1922 he was a major star of Broadway. See more »

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Aries

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