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  • BIRTH 10/01/1887
  • DEATH 18/02/1963
  • Country United States
  • SHOW 1
  • MOVIES 40

Monte Blue

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Monte Blue (January 11, 1887 – February 18, 1963) was a movie actor who began his career as a romantic leading man in the silent film era, and later progressed to character roles.

Blue was born as Gerard Montgomery Bluefeather in Indianapolis, Indiana. His father was half French, half Cherokee Indian. One of five children, his father died and his mother could not raise five children alone. Along with another brother, they both admitted to the Indiana Soldiers' and Sailors' Children's Home. This did not stop him working his way through to Purdue University.

When growing up, Blue built up his physique to become a football player (he grew to six feet three inches tall). He not only played football, but he was also a fireman, railroad worker, coal miner, cowpuncher, ranch hand, circus rider, lumberjack, and finally, a day laborer at the studios of D. W. Griffith.

He had no theatrical experience when he came to the screen. In his first movie, The Birth of a Nation (1915), he was a stuntman and an extra in the movie. In his next movie, he starred in another small part in the movie, Intolerance (1916). Gradually moving to supporting roles for both D. W. Griffith and Cecil B. DeMille, Blue earned his breakthrough role as Danton in Orphans of the Storm, starring sisters, Lillian Gish and Dorothy Gish. Then he rose to stardom as a rugged romantic lead along with top leading actresses such as Clara Bow, Gloria Swanson, and Norma Shearer. His most prolific female screen partner was Marie Prevost with whom he made several films in the mid 20s at Warner Brothers. Blue's finest silent screen performance was as the alcoholic doctor who finds paradise in MGM's White Shadows in the South Seas (1928). Blue became one of the few silent stars to survive the talkie revolution. However, he lost his investments in the stock market crash of 1929.

He rebuilt his career as a character actor, working until his retirement in 1954. One of his more memorable roles was the sheriff in Key Largo. He divorced his first wife in 1923 and married Tova Jansen in 1924. He had two children, Barbara Ann and Richard Monte. During the later part of his life, Monte Blue was an active Mason and the advance man for the Hamid-Morton Shrine Circus; while on business in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, he had a heart attack because of complications from influenza, dying at age 76.

Monte Blue has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6286 Hollywood Blvd.

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Monte Blue

Show

The Lone Ranger
The Lone Ranger
Sheriff Stanton

Movies (40)

Casablanca
Casablanca
American (uncredited)
Key Largo
Key Largo
Sheriff Ben Wade
I Married a Witch
I Married a Witch
Doorman (uncredited)
Apache
Apache
Geronimo
Adventures of the Texas Kid: Border Ambush
Adventures of the Texas Kid: Border Ambush
Sheriff
Action in the North Atlantic
Action in the North Atlantic
Seaman (uncredited)
Bad Man of Deadwood
Bad Man of Deadwood
Sheriff Jordan
The Great Train Robbery
The Great Train Robbery
The Super
The Mask of Dimitrios
The Mask of Dimitrios
Abdul Dhris
Hangman's Knot
Hangman's Knot
Maxwell
Tom Sawyer, Detective
Tom Sawyer, Detective
Sheriff Walker
The Outcasts of Poker Flat
The Outcasts of Poker Flat
Indian Jim
Gentleman Jim
Gentleman Jim
Gambler in "Lucky Guy"
So This Is Paris
So This Is Paris
Dr. Paul Giraud
Two Guys from Texas
Two Guys from Texas
Pete Nash
The Stoker
The Stoker
Dick Martin
Cheyenne
Cheyenne
Timberline
The Dark Swan
The Dark Swan
Lewis Dike
Johnny Belinda
Johnny Belinda
Ben (uncredited)
Colorado Territory
Colorado Territory
US Marshal (uncredited)
Warpath
Warpath
First Emigrant
'G' Men
'G' Men
Fingerprint Expert
M'Liss
M'Liss
Mexican Joe Dominguez
Northern Pursuit
Northern Pursuit
Jean
Road to Morocco
Road to Morocco
Kasim's Aide (uncredited)
The Lives of a Bengal Lancer
The Lives of a Bengal Lancer
Hamzulla Khan
The Big Broadcast of 1938
The Big Broadcast of 1938
Passenger (uncredited)
Klondike Fury
Klondike Fury
Flight Dispatcher
Possessed
Possessed
Norris - lake house caretaker
Backfire
Backfire
Det. Sgt. Pluther (uncredited)
Orphans of the Storm
Orphans of the Storm
Danton
Dodge City
Dodge City
Barlow
Hogan's Alley
Hogan's Alley
Lefty O'Brien
Silver River
Silver River
'Buck' Chevigee
Souls at Sea
Souls at Sea
Mate
South of St. Louis
South of St. Louis
Capt. Jeffrey
Geronimo
Geronimo
Interpreter
King of Alcatraz
King of Alcatraz
Officer
Danger Signal
Danger Signal
Policeman in Car
Mademoiselle Midnight
Mademoiselle Midnight
Owen Burke / Jerry Brent