~Ernest Torrence~

Born: June 26, 1878 in Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
Died: May 15, 1933 in New York City, New York, USA
~Ernest Torrence pictured with child actor Johnny Fox in The Pony Express, 1925~
~Stars of the Photoplay, 1924~
Ernest Torrence is a Scotch comedian and singer who has had his greatest screen successes in character
roles, such as Luke Hatburn in "Tol'able David" and Bill Jackson in "The Covered Wagon." He entered
pictures after watching the work of his brother, David, and was given the opportunity in "Tol'able David."
Since then he has been in great demand and has been signed by Paramount to play feature parts. Before
entering pictures he was in musical comedy. Height, six feet, three and one-half inches and weighs 200
pounds. Has black hair and eyes. He is married and has one son.
~Silent Filmography~
Speedway (1929) .... Jim MacDonald
The Bridge of San Luis Rey (1929) .... Uncle Pio
Desert Nights (1929) .... Lord 'Steve' Stonehill
... aka "Thirst" - USA (alternative title)
The Cossacks (1928) .... Ivan
Steamboat Bill, Jr. (1928) .... William 'Steamboat Bill' Canfield Sr.
Across to Singapore (1928) .... Captain Mark Shore
Twelve Miles Out (1927) .... Red McCue
Captain Salvation (1927) .... Captain
The King of Kings (1927) .... Peter
The Lady of the Harem (1926) .... Hassan
Mantrap (1926) .... Joe Easter
The Rainmaker (1926) .... Mike
The Blind Goddess (1926) .... Ernest Torrence
The American Venus (1926) .... King Neptune
The Pony Express (1925) .... 'Ascension' Jones
Night Life of New York (1925) .... John Bentley
The Wanderer (1925) .... Tola
The Dressmaker from Paris (1925) .... Angus McGregor
Peter Pan (1924) .... Captain James Hook
North of 36 (1924) .... Jim Nabours
The Side Show of Life (1924) .... Andrew Lackaday
The Fighting Coward (1924) .... General Orlando Jackson
The Heritage of the Desert (1924) .... August Naab
West of the Water Tower (1923) .... Rev. Adrian Plummer
Ruggles of Red Gap (1923) .... Cousin Egbert Floud
The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923/I) .... Clopin
The Trail of the Lonesome Pine (1923) .... 'Devil' Jud Tolliver
The Covered Wagon (1923) .... William Jackson
The Brass Bottle (1923) .... Fakresh-el-Aamash
The Kingdom Within (1922) .... Krieg
Broken Chains (1922) .... Boyan Boone
Singed Wings (1922) .... Emilio
The Prodigal Judge (1922) .... Solomon Mahaffy
Tol'able David (1921) .... Luke Hatburn
A Dangerous Affair (1919) (as Ernest Torrance) .... Abner
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~Los Angeles Times, 1933~
Ernest Torrence was one of the screen’s noted character actors. The giant Scot was known to millions
around the world for both his comedy and drama: as the villainous mountaineer in "Tol’able David" (1921);
the scout in "The Covered Wagon" (1923); alongside Lon Chaney in "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" (1923);
as Captain Hook in "Peter Pan" (1924) opposite Betty Bronson; with Clara Bow in "Mantrap" (1926); and in
silent classics such as "The King of Kings" (1927) and "Steamboat Bill, Jr." (1928) with Buster Keaton.

Before going to Hollywood, Torrence won recognition as a concert pianist, a musical comedy favorite, a
grand opera singer and a character actor on Broadway.

Before leaving California a month before a Scotland vacation that ended in his death, Torrence completed
his work in the 1933 film "I Cover the Waterfront."

— Los Angeles Times May 16, 1933
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