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 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