Otis Harlan (1865–1940)

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Otis Harlan was born on December 29, 1865 in Zanesville, Ohio, USA. He was an actor, known for Show Boat (1929), A Midsummer Night's Dream (1935) and Nine and Three-Fifths Seconds (1925). He was previously married to Nellie Harvey. He died on January 21, 1940 in Martinsville, Indiana, USA. See full bio »

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Known For

Show Boat Capt. Andy Hawks
A Midsummer Night's Dream Starveling - the Tailor
Main Street Ezra Stowbody


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 1942 Bambi
Mr. Mole (voice, unconfirmed, uncredited)
 1938 The Texans
Henry (uncredited)
 1938 Outlaws of Sonora
 1938 Scandal Street
Taxicab Driver (uncredited)
 1938 Self Control (Short)
Uncle Smiley (voice)
 1938 Mr. Boggs Steps Out
Abner Katz
 1937 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
Happy (voice, uncredited)
 1937 Western Gold
 1937 Roamin' Holiday (Short)
Hiram Jenks
 1936 Can This Be Dixie?
Thoma Jefferson Peachtree
 1936 The Singing Kid
Bank Clerk (uncredited)
 1935 Hitch Hike Lady
Mayor Loomis
 1935 Dr. Socrates
Fisher (uncredited)
 1935 A Midsummer Night's Dream
Starveling - the Tailor
 1935 Diamond Jim
Drunk (uncredited)
 1935 Western Frontier
 1935 Chinatown Squad
Dad, on Sacramento Street (uncredited)
 1935 The Hoosier Schoolmaster
Squire Hawkins
 1935 Life Returns
Dr. Henderson
 1934 Music in the Air
Baker (uncredited)
 1934 Young and Beautiful
Sugar Daddy (uncredited)
 1934 King Kelly of the U.S.A.
Prime Minister
 1934 The Old Fashioned Way
Mr. Wendelschaffer (uncredited)
 1934 I Can't Escape
Jim Bonn
 1934 Let's Talk It Over
 1934 Palooka
Doorman Riley (uncredited)
 1933 The Sin of Nora Moran
Jake - Sadie's Husband - First Drunk
 1933 Hoopla
Town Councilman - Side Show Customer (uncredited)
 1933 Marriage on Approval
Justice of the Peace Michael O'Connors
 1933 Open Sesame (Short)
 1933 Doctor Bull
Agitator (uncredited)
 1933 Laughing at Life
 1933 Mister Mugg (Short)
 1933 The Telegraph Trail
Uncle Zeke Keller
 1932 Women Won't Tell
Henry Jones
 1932 That's My Boy
Mayor of Athens
 1932 No Living Witness
Pop Everett
 1932 Ride Him, Cowboy
Judge Jones
 1932 Ex-Rooster (Short)
 1932 Racing Youth
 1932 Partners
 1931 The Big Shot
Doctor Peaslee
 1931 Air Eagles
Mr. Ramsey
 1931 Morals for Women
Mr. Johnston
 1931 The Gland Parade (Short)
 1931 Aloha
Old Ben
 1931 Millie
Luke - Counterman (uncredited)
 1930 Man to Man
Rip Henry
 1930 Mountain Justice
Jud McTavish
 1930 King of Jazz
Charles's Intended Father-in-Law
 1930 Captain of the Guard
 1930 Dames Ahoy
Bill Jones
 1930 Loose Ankles
Maj. Rupert Harper
 1930 Parade of the West
Professor Clayton
 1930 Embarrassing Moments
Adam Fuller
 1930 Take the Heir
John Walker
 1929 The Mississippi Gambler
Tiny Beardsley
 1929 Barnum Was Right
Samuel Locke
 1929 His Lucky Day
Jerome Van Dyne
 1929 Broadway
'Porky' Thompson
 1929 Show Boat
Capt. Andy Hawks
 1929 Clear the Decks
 1929 Silks and Saddles
Jimmy McKee
 1928 Port of Dreams
Joe Evans
 1928 The Speed Classic
The Thirsty One
 1928 The Grip of the Yukon
Farrell O'Neil
 1928 Good Morning, Judge
Jerry Snoot
 1928 Dad's Choice (Short)
The Father
 1928 The Shepherd of the Hills
By Thunder
 1927 Galloping Fury
Pop Tully
 1927 Silk Stockings
Judge Foster
 1927 Down the Stretch
Babe Dilley
 1927 Don't Tell the Wife
 1927 The Silent Rider
Sourdough Jackson
 1926 The Cheerful Fraud
Mr. Bytheway
 1926 The Whole Town's Talking
George Simmonns
 1926 The Unknown Cavalier
Judge Blowfly Jones
 1926 The Midnight Message
Richard Macy
 1926 3 Bad Men
Zach Little
 1926 The Prince of Pilsen
Bndit Chief
 1926 Winning the Futurity
Tom Giles
 1926 What Happened to Jones?
Ebenezer Goodly
 1926 The Pay-Off
The Young Woman's Father
 1925 The Perfect Clown
The Boss
 1925 Thunder Mountain
Jeff Coulter
 1925 Dollar Down
 1925 The Limited Mail
Mr. Joffrey
 1925 Lightnin'
 1925 Where Was I?
 1925 Fine Clothes
 1925 Nine and Three-Fifths Seconds
 1925 How Baxter Butted In
Amos Nichols
 1925 Oh, Doctor!
Mr. Clinch
 1925 The Redeeming Sin
Papa chuchu
 1924 The Dixie Handicap
The Old Retainer
 1924 The Clean Heart
 1924 Captain Blood
 1924 Welcome Stranger
Seth Trimble
 1924 Code of the Wilderness
Uncle Jephon
 1924 One Law for the Woman
Judge Blake
 1924 Mademoiselle Midnight
Padre Francisco
 1924 The White Sin
Judge Langley
 1924 George Washington, Jr.
Sen. Hopkins
 1924 The Lullaby
Thomas Elliott
 1923 The Near Lady
Herman Schultz
 1923 Pioneer Trails
'Easy Aaron' Cropsey
 1923 The Barefoot Boy
 1923 The Victor
Chewing Gum Baron
 1923 The Brass Bottle
Captain of the Guard
 1923 Main Street
Ezra Stowbody
 1923 Truxton King
 1923 The Spider and the Rose
The Secretary
 1922 Glad Rags (Short)
 1922 The World's a Stage
Richard Manseld Bishop
 1922 Without Compromise
Dr. Evans
 1922 The Eternal Flame
Abbé Conrand
 1922 The Ladder Jinx
Thams Gridley
 1922 Up and at 'Em
William Jackson
 1922 The Understudy
Mr. Manning
 1922 Gay and Devilish
Peter Armitage (the uncle)
 1922 Is Matrimony a Failure?
Mr. Pearson
 1922 The Right That Failed
Mr. Duffey
 1922 Two Kinds of Women
Major Langworthy
 1921 The Foolish Age
'Old Top' Carr
 1921 Keeping Up with Lizzie
Sam Henshaw
 1921 The Girl in the Taxi
 1921 Diamonds Adrift
Brick McCann
 1921 The Hound of Tankervilles (Short)
 1920 The Romance Promoters
 1920 Welcome Home (Short)
Maj. Otie
 1916 A Milk White Flag (Short)
Piggott Luce
 1916 Temperance Town (Short)
Mink Jones
 1916 A Stranger in New York (Short)
The Stranger
 1915 A Black Sheep
Goodrich Mudd
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6' 1" (1.85 m)


Nellie Harvey  (his death)  (1 child)


Kenneth Harlan (niece or nephew)

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Reportedly was the performer who introduced Irving Berlin's classic breakthrough song, "Alexander's Ragtime Band", on the Vaudeville stage in 1911. See more »


Played nervous, mild-mannered characters.

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