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  • BIRTH 07/08/1895
  • DEATH 12/10/1967
  • Country United States
  • MOVIES 26
  • SCRIPT 1

Nat Pendleton

Nathaniel Greene 'Nat' Pendleton was an American former Olympic wrestler turned actor.

Two-time Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association (EIWA) champion (1914-1915) in the 175-lb. class at Columbia University, Pendleton graduated Class of 1916. He wrestled for the United States at the 1920 Olympic Games in Antwerp, Belgium, earning a silver medal, losing only one match due to a controversial point decision. After the Games he became a professional wrestler and was a big fan favorite, which led to Hollywood.

In the 1920 census he was living in Manhattan with his first wife Juanita Alfonzo (age 22) and her brother Ramon Alfonso (age 13). He was working as a sports manager.

Pendleton was usually cast as a circus strongman, brutish thug, dumb cop, or dense buffoon, but he had a college degree and in 1933 wrote the script for Deception (1932), in which he starred - not surprisingly - as a wrestler.

Upon his death from a heart attack, his remains were interred at Cypress View Mausoleum and Crematory in San Diego, California.

Nat Pendleton was inducted into the Columbia University Athletics Hall of Fame inaugural class in 2006.

Nat Pendleton

Movies (26)

The Thin Man
The Thin Man
Inspector John Guild
Another Thin Man
Another Thin Man
John Guild
At the Circus
At the Circus
Goliath
Arsène Lupin Returns
Arsène Lupin Returns
Joe Doyle
Northwest Passage
Northwest Passage
'Cap' Huff
Blonde Crazy
Blonde Crazy
Hank aka Pete
Scared to Death
Scared to Death
Bill 'Bull' Raymond
I'm No Angel
I'm No Angel
Harry (uncredited)
Lady for a Day
Lady for a Day
Shakespeare
The Big Timer
The Big Timer
Kid Melrose (uncredited)
The Big Pond
The Big Pond
Pat O'Day
The Sign of the Cross
The Sign of the Cross
Strabo
Dr. Kildare's Strange Case
Dr. Kildare's Strange Case
Joe Wayman, Ambulance Driver
The Great Ziegfeld
The Great Ziegfeld
Sandow
Phantom Raiders
Phantom Raiders
'Gunboat' Jacklin
The Sign of the Cross
The Sign of the Cross
Strabo
The Beast of the City
The Beast of the City
Abe Gorman (uncredited)
Deception
Deception
Bucky O'Neill
Baby Face
Baby Face
Stolvich - Laborer (uncredited)
Horse Feathers
Horse Feathers
MacHardie (uncredited)
Manhattan Melodrama
Manhattan Melodrama
Spud
Taxi!
Taxi!
Bull Martin (uncredited)
Sing Me a Love Song
Sing Me a Love Song
Rocky
Murder in the Fleet
Murder in the Fleet
'Spud' Burke
It's a Wonderful World
It's a Wonderful World
Sergeant Fred Koretz
The Cat's-Paw
The Cat's-Paw
Strozzi

Script

Deception
Deception