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.
|~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