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~
|~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
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