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Monte Blue
Monte Blue
(born Gerard Montgomery Bluefeather, January 11, 1887 – February 18, 1963) was a movie actor who began his career as a romantic leading man in the silent film era, and later progressed to character roles.[1]

Contents

1 Early life 2 Career 3 Personal life 4 Partial filmography 5 References 6 External links

Early life[edit] Blue was born in Indianapolis, Indiana. His father was half French and part Cherokee
Cherokee
and Osage Indian.[2] When his father died, his mother could not rear five children alone, so Blue and one of his brothers were admitted to the Indiana
Indiana
Soldiers' and Sailors' Children's Home. He eventually worked his way through Purdue University
Purdue University
in West Lafayette, Indiana. Blue grew to six feet, three inches tall. He played football and worked as a fireman, railroad worker, coal miner, cowpuncher, ranch hand, circus rider, lumberjack, and day laborer at the studios of D. W. Griffith. Career[edit] Blue had no theatrical experience when he came to the screen. His first movie was The Birth of a Nation
The Birth of a Nation
(1915), in which he was a stuntman and an extra. Next, he played another small part in Intolerance (1916). He also was a stuntman or stand-in for Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree during the making of Macbeth (1916). Gradually moving to supporting roles for both D. W. Griffith
D. W. Griffith
and Cecil B. DeMille, Blue earned his breakthrough role as Danton in Orphans of the Storm, starring sisters Lillian and Dorothy Gish. Then, he rose to stardom as a rugged romantic lead along with top leading actresses such as Clara Bow, Gloria Swanson, and Norma Shearer. He was most often partnered with Marie Prevost, with whom he made several films in the mid-1920s at Warner Bros.
Warner Bros.
Blue's finest silent-screen performance[citation needed] was as the alcoholic doctor who finds paradise in MGM's White Shadows in the South Seas (1928). Blue became one of the few silent stars to survive the talkie revolution; however, he lost his investments in the stock market crash of 1929. He rebuilt his career as a character actor, working until his retirement from films in 1954, though he continued playing character roles in various television series until 1960, mostly Westerns, such as Annie Oakley, starring Gail Davis
Gail Davis
and Brad Johnson. One of his more memorable roles was as the sheriff in Key Largo opposite Lionel Barrymore. For his contributions to the motion pictures industry, Monte Blue received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
Hollywood Walk of Fame
at 6290 Hollywood Boulevard on February 8, 1960.[3][4] Personal life[edit] Blue divorced his first wife in 1923 and married Tova Jansen in 1924. He had two children, Barbara Ann and Richard Monte. During the later part of his life, Blue was an active Mason and the advance man for the Hamid-Morton Shrine Circus; while on business in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, he had a heart attack because of complications from influenza and died at the age of 76.[5] He is interred at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, California
Glendale, California
alongside his mother-in-law, actress, Bodil Rosing.[6][7][8] Partial filmography[edit]

Mae Murray
Mae Murray
and Monte Blue
Monte Blue
in Broadway Rose (1922)

From left to right, Monte Blue, Miriam Cooper, and Hobart Bosworth pose in costume for a publicity still for the silent drama Betrayed (1917)

The Birth of a Nation
The Birth of a Nation
(1915) The Absentee (1915) The Wild Girl from the Hills (1915) Ghosts (1915) The Noon Hour (1915) Editions de Luxe (1915) For His Pal (1915) Hidden Crime (1915) The Family Doctor (1915) Martyrs of the Alamo
Martyrs of the Alamo
(1915) The Price of Power (1916) The Man Behind the Curtain (1916) Intolerance (1916) The Devil's Needle
The Devil's Needle
(1916) Hell-to-Pay Austin
Hell-to-Pay Austin
(1916) The Vagabond Prince (1916) The Microscope Mystery (1916) The Matrimaniac (1916) Jim Bludso
Jim Bludso
(1917) Besty's Burglar (1917) Wild and Woolly
Wild and Woolly
(1917) Betrayed (1917) The Eyes of Mystery
The Eyes of Mystery
(1918)*uncredited; Blue appears on lobby poster with Edith Storey) Riders of the Night
Riders of the Night
(1918) M'Liss (1918) The Only Road (1918) Johanna Enlists
Johanna Enlists
(1918) The Romance of Tarzan (1918) The Squaw Man (1918) Pettigrew's Girl
Pettigrew's Girl
(1919) Told in the Hills
Told in the Hills
(1919) Too Much Johnson (1919) Everywoman (1919) The Thirteenth Commandment
The Thirteenth Commandment
(1920) Something to Think About
Something to Think About
(1920) A Cumberland Romance
A Cumberland Romance
(1920) The Kentuckians
The Kentuckians
(1921) A Perfect Crime
A Perfect Crime
(1921) Moonlight and Honeysuckle
Moonlight and Honeysuckle
(1921) The Affairs of Anatol
The Affairs of Anatol
(1921) Orphans of the Storm
Orphans of the Storm
(1921) Peacock Alley (1922) Broadway Rose (1922) Brass (1923) Defying Destiny (1923) Main Street (1923) The Purple Highway
The Purple Highway
(1923) Lucretia Lombard
Lucretia Lombard
(1923) Loving Lies
Loving Lies
(1924) The Marriage Circle
The Marriage Circle
(1924) Mademoiselle Midnight
Mademoiselle Midnight
(1924) Daughters of Pleasure (1924) The Lover of Camille (1924) Kiss Me Again (1925) Red Hot Tires
Red Hot Tires
(1925) Hogan's Alley (1925) The Man Upstairs (1926) So This is Paris
So This is Paris
(1926) Across the Pacific
Across the Pacific
(1926) The Black Diamond Express
The Black Diamond Express
(1927) One Round Hogan
One Round Hogan
(1927) Bitter Apples
Bitter Apples
(1927) Across the Atlantic (1928) White Shadows in the South Seas (1928) Conquest (1928) The Greyhound Limited (1929) No Defense
No Defense
(1929) Skin Deep (1929) The Show of Shows
The Show of Shows
(1929) Tiger Rose (1929) Isle of Escape
Isle of Escape
(1930) Those Who Dance
Those Who Dance
(1930) The Intruder (1933) Come On, Marines! (1934) Student Tour (1934) G Men
G Men
(1935) Hot Off the Press (1935) Desert Gold (1936) Sky Racket
Sky Racket
(1937) King of Alcatraz (1938) Hawk of the Wilderness (1938) Dodge City (1939) Juarez (1939) Geronimo (1939) Mystery Sea Raider
Mystery Sea Raider
(1940) Sullivan's Travels
Sullivan's Travels
(1941) (uncredited) Across the Pacific
Across the Pacific
(1942) Klondike Fury (1942) The Conspirators
The Conspirators
(1944) (uncredited) Passage to Marseille
Passage to Marseille
(1944) (uncredited) Cinderella Jones
Cinderella Jones
(1946) Key Largo (1948) The Iroquois Trail (1950) Apache (1954)

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References[edit]

^ Monte Blue
Monte Blue
bio; allmovie.com ^ The War, The West and The Wilderness c.1979 by Kevin Brownlow Retrieved September 3, 2015 ISBN 9780394489216 ^ " Monte Blue
Monte Blue
Hollywood Walk of Fame". www.walkoffame.com. Retrieved 2016-06-27.  ^ "Monte Blue". latimes.com. Retrieved 2016-02-28.  ^ "Lewiston Evening Journal - Google News Archive Search". news.google.com. Retrieved 2016-02-28.  ^ " Monte Blue
Monte Blue
(1887 - 1963) - Find A Grave Memorial". www.findagrave.com. Retrieved 2016-02-28.  ^ "Bodil Ann Rosing (1877 - 1941) - Find A Grave Memorial". www.findagrave.com. Retrieved 2016-02-28.  ^ " Bodil Rosing
Bodil Rosing
- About This Person - Movies & TV - NYTimes.com". www.nytimes.com. Retrieved 2016-02-28. 

External links[edit]

Wikimedia Commons has media related to Monte Blue.

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on IMDb Literature on Monte Blue Monte Blue
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portraits in the J. Willis Sayre collection of the University of Washington

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