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For the non-related playwright and fellow actor, see Willard Mack.

Wilbur Mack (born George Frear Runyon, July 29, 1873 – March 13, 1964) was an American film actor and early vaudeville performer from the 1920s through the 1960s. His film acting career began during the silent film era.

Wilbur Mack
Mack in 1914
Born
George Frear Runyon

(1873-07-29)July 29, 1873
Binghamton, New York City, U.S.
DiedMarch 13, 1964(1964-03-13) (aged 90)
Resting placeForest Lawn Memorial Park, Hollywood Hills
OccupationActor
Years active1899–1962
Spouse(s)Nella Walker
(m. 1910; div. 19??)
Gertrude Purdy

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Mack was born and raised in Binghamton, New York, and began acting professionally when he joined a repertory theatre when he was 16. He found success performing vaudeville with first wife Nella Walker ("Mack and Walker"). The couple divorced not far into the marriage and Walker subsequently found success as a supporting actress in the "talkies." Mack, meantime, found a new partner: Gertrude Purdy, with whom he reprised his popular husband and wife vaudeville routine (this time headlined "Mack and Purdy").[citation needed] In addition to performing, Mack wrote dialogue for skits and words and music for songs in their vaudeville shows.

In 1925 Mack entered into a film acting career. His first film appearance was Gold and Grit. With wife Gertrude, he also wrote and performed in a Vitaphone romantic comedy pantomime An Everyday Occurrence (1928).

Mack made a smooth transition to talking films, but despite racking up an impressive number of appearances had less success finding lead or even featured roles. In 1930 he made thirteen films; from 1931 through 1933 he appeared in twenty-four; and from 1934 until 1939, he was cast fifty-five times. However, forty-five of those appearances were uncredited. His most notable credited role during that period was the 1936 crime drama The Crime Patrol, alongside Ray Walker.

Mack's career in subsequent decades was similar to his career up until that point, with moviegoers seeing him play mostly uncredited roles. Of the seventy-six film appearances he made from 1940 to 1949, only seven were credited. He would continue to appear in both films and television throughout the 1950s and into 1962, with his last being an uncredited part in the 1962 movie Who's Got the Action? starring Dean Martin, Lana Turner, Eddie Albert, and Walter Matthau.

Mack was living in Hollywood when he died on March 13, 1964. His remains are interred at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Hollywood Hills.

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  4. Resting Places: The Burial Sites of More Than 14000 Famous Persons by Scott Wilson
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Wilbur Mack Article Talk Language Watch Edit For the non related playwright and fellow actor see Willard Mack Wilbur Mack born George Frear Runyon 1 July 29 1873 March 13 1964 was an American film actor and early vaudeville performer from the 1920s through the 1960s His film acting career began during the silent film era Wilbur MackMack in 1914BornGeorge Frear Runyon 1873 07 29 July 29 1873 Binghamton New York City U S DiedMarch 13 1964 1964 03 13 aged 90 Hollywood California U S Resting placeForest Lawn Memorial Park Hollywood HillsOccupationActorYears active1899 1962Spouse s Nella Walker m 1910 div 19 Gertrude Purdy Contents 1 Biography 2 Selected filmography 3 References 4 External linksBiography EditMack was born and raised in Binghamton New York and began acting professionally when he joined a repertory theatre when he was 16 2 He found success performing vaudeville with first wife Nella Walker Mack and Walker The couple divorced not far into the marriage and Walker subsequently found success as a supporting actress in the talkies Mack meantime found a new partner Gertrude Purdy with whom he reprised his popular husband and wife vaudeville routine this time headlined Mack and Purdy citation needed In addition to performing Mack wrote dialogue for skits and words and music for songs in their vaudeville shows 1 In 1925 Mack entered into a film acting career His first film appearance was Gold and Grit 3 With wife Gertrude he also wrote and performed in a Vitaphone romantic comedy pantomime An Everyday Occurrence 1928 Mack made a smooth transition to talking films but despite racking up an impressive number of appearances had less success finding lead or even featured roles In 1930 he made thirteen films from 1931 through 1933 he appeared in twenty four and from 1934 until 1939 he was cast fifty five times However forty five of those appearances were uncredited His most notable credited role during that period was the 1936 crime drama The Crime Patrol alongside Ray Walker Mack s career in subsequent decades was similar to his career up until that point with moviegoers seeing him play mostly uncredited roles Of the seventy six film appearances he made from 1940 to 1949 only seven were credited He would continue to appear in both films and television throughout the 1950s and into 1962 with his last being an uncredited part in the 1962 movie Who s Got the Action starring Dean Martin Lana Turner Eddie Albert and Walter Matthau Mack was living in Hollywood when he died on March 13 1964 His remains are interred at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Hollywood Hills 4 Selected filmography EditGold and Grit 1925 Jack Crawford The Hidden Way 1926 Sid Atkins Straight Shootin 1927 Black Brody Beauty and Bullets 1928 The Avenging Shadow 1928 The Body Punch 1929 Peyson Turner Sweethearts on Parade 1930 Scarlet Pages 1930 Mr Henry Mason Paid 1930 Mr Irwin uncredited The Lawyer s Secret 1931 Frank District Attorney uncredited Annabelle s Affairs 1931 Vance assistant hotel manager Advice to the Lovelorn 1933 Reporter Million Dollar Baby 1934 The Crime Patrol 1936 Vic Santell That Gang of Mine 1940 Nick Buffalo The Fatal Hour 1940 Police Medical Examiner uncredited Detective Kitty O Day 1944 Coroner uncredited The Frozen Ghost 1945 Man in Audience uncredited Stage Struck 1948 Prof Corella Ma and Pa Kettle 1949 Diner on Train uncredited Scared Stiff 1953 Ship Passenger Who s Got the Action 1962 Groom Octogenarian uncredited The Manchurian Candidate 1962 Delegate uncredited References Edit a b Anthony Walter October 7 1917 Wilbur Mack to Invade Musical Comedy With His Own Production San Francisco Chronicle California San Francisco p 4 Retrieved October 15 2019 via Newspapers com Wilbur Mack almost a shoemaker once Detroit Free Press Michigan Detroit July 29 1931 p 16 Retrieved October 15 2019 via Newspapers com Katchmer George A 2015 A Biographical Dictionary of Silent Film Western Actors and Actresses McFarland pp 225 226 ISBN 9781476609058 Retrieved October 15 2019 Resting Places The Burial Sites of More Than 14000 Famous Persons by Scott WilsonExternal links EditWikimedia Commons has media related to Wilbur Mack Wilbur Mack at IMDb Retrieved from https en wikipedia org w index php title Wilbur Mack amp oldid 1092816603, wikipedia, wiki, book,

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