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  • BIRTH 03/05/1902
  • DEATH 11/01/1984
  • Country United States
  • SHOWS 2
  • MOVIES 20

Jack La Rue

Jack La Rue (born Gaspere Biondolillo) was an American stage, screen, and television actor. La Rue went from high school to his first acting job, in Otis Skinner's road company production of Blood and Sand. He performed in Broadway plays from around 1923 to 1931. According to La Rue, while appearing in Mae West's play Diamond Lil, he was spotted by Howard Hawks, who offered him a part in the film Scarface, starring Paul Muni.

He moved to Hollywood, where he appeared in numerous films. However, Scarface was not one of them. La Rue stated in a newspaper article that, after four days, Hawks had to replace him with George Raft because La Rue was taller than Muni and had a more powerful voice. Later, however, Raft turned down the role of the despicable villain in The Story of Temple Drake, fearing it would damage his screen image, so the part went to La Rue. Sometimes mistaken for Humphrey Bogart, he played thugs and gangsters for the most part. However, director Frank Borzage atypically cast him as a priest in the 1932 version of A Farewell to Arms simply because, according to newspaper columnist Hubbard Keavy, he was "tired of seeing conventional characters". La Rue stated he turned down a role in The Godfather and many parts in the television series The Untouchables because of the way they portrayed Italian-Americans.

La Rue died of a heart attack at Saint John's Health Center in Santa Monica, California, at the age of 81. He was buried in Holy Cross Cemetery, Culver City, California.

Jack La Rue

Shows (2)

Perry Mason
Perry Mason
Cafe Proprietor
General Electric Theater
General Electric Theater
Nick Rocco / Ralphie Fargo

Movies (20)

The Sea Hawk
The Sea Hawk
Lt. Ortega
42nd Street
42nd Street
Thug (uncredited)
A Farewell to Arms
A Farewell to Arms
Priest
The Spanish Main
The Spanish Main
Lt. Escobar
Captains Courageous
Captains Courageous
Priest
Robin and the 7 Hoods
Robin and the 7 Hoods
Tomatoes
The Kennel Murder Case
The Kennel Murder Case
Eduardo Grassi
Ellis Island
Ellis Island
Dude
Charlie Chan in Panama
Charlie Chan in Panama
Emil Manolo
Gambling Ship
Gambling Ship
Pete Manning
Dakota
Dakota
Suade
The Last Ride
The Last Ride
Joe Genna
The Woman Accused
The Woman Accused
Little Maxie
Christopher Strong
Christopher Strong
Carlo
The Story of Temple Drake
The Story of Temple Drake
Trigger
Cornered
Cornered
Diego, Hotel Valet
To the Last Man
To the Last Man
Jim Daggs
No Orchids for Miss Blandish
No Orchids for Miss Blandish
Slim Grisson
Santa Fe Uprising
Santa Fe Uprising
Bruce Jackson
Girl 27
Girl 27
Self (archive footage)