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Wallace Beery (1885–1949)

In 1902, 16-year-old Wallace Beery joined the Ringling Brothers Circus as an assistant to the elephant trainer. He left two years later after a leopard clawed his arm. Beery next went to New York, where he found work in musical variety shows. He became a leading man in musicals and appeared on Broadway and in traveling stock companies. In 1913 he ... See full bio »

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 1949 Big Jack
Big Jack Horner
 1948 Alias a Gentleman
Jim Breedin
 1944 Barbary Coast Gent
Honest Plush Brannon
 1944 Rationing
Ben Barton
 1941 Barnacle Bill
Bill Johansen
 1940 Wyoming
'Reb' Harkness
 1940 20 Mule Team
Skinner Bill Bragg, an Alias of Ambrose Murphy
 1940 The Man from Dakota
Sgt. 'Bar' Barstow
 1939 Thunder Afloat
John Thorson
 1939 Sergeant Madden
Sgt. Shaun Madden
 1938 Stablemates
Doc Thomas 'Tom' Terry
 1938 Port of Seven Seas
 1937 The Bad Man of Brimstone
'Trigger' Bill
 1937 Slave Ship
Jack Thompson
 1937 Good Old Soak
Clem Hawley
 1936 Old Hutch
'Hutch' Hutchins
 1936 A Message to Garcia
Sergeant Dory
 1935 O'Shaughnessy's Boy
Captain Michael 'Windy' O'Shaughnessy
 1935 China Seas
Jamesy MacArdle
 1935 West Point of the Air
Big Mike Stone
 1932 Flesh
 1931 The Christmas Party (Short)
Wallace Beery (uncredited)
 1931 Hell Divers
 1931 The Stolen Jools (Short)
Police Sergeant
 1930 Min and Bill
 1930 A Lady's Morals
 1930 Way for a Sailor
 1930 The Big House
Machine Gun 'Butch' Schmidt
 1929 Stairs of Sand
 1928 The Big Killing
Powderhorn Pete
 1928 Wife Savers
Louis Hosenozzle
 1927 Two Flaming Youths
Beery - Of Berry and Hatton (uncredited)
 1927 Now We're in the Air
 1926 Old Ironsides
 1926 We're in the Navy Now
'Knockout' Hansen
 1926 Volcano
 1925 The Pony Express
Rhode Island Red
 1925 Rugged Water
Capt. Bartlett
 1925 In the Name of Love
 1925 The Wanderer
 1925 Coming Through
Joe Lawler
 1925 The Great Divide
 1925 The Devil's Cargo
 1925 The Lost World
Professor Challenger (as Mr. Wallace Beery)
 1925 The Night Club
 1925 Adventure
 1925 Let Women Alone
Cap Bullwinkle
 1924 Madonna of the Streets
Bill Smythe
 1924 Dynamite Smith
'Slugger' Rourke
 1924 Red Lily
 1924 Another Man's Wife
Captain Wolf
 1924 The Sea Hawk
Captain Jasper Leigh
 1924 Unseen Hands
Jean Scholast
 1923 White Tiger
Count Donelli / Hawkes
 1923 The Drums of Jeopardy
Gregor Karlov
 1923 The Eternal Struggle
Barode Dukane
 1923 Three Ages
The Villain
 1923 Drifting
Jules Repin
 1923 Ashes of Vengeance
Duc de Tours
 1923 Bavu
Felix Bavu
 1923 Stormswept
William McCabe
 1922 Only a Shop Girl
Jim Brennan
 1922 A Blind Bargain
Beast Man (uncredited)
 1922 Trouble
Ed Lee, the Plumber
 1922 Alias Julius Caesar (unconfirmed)
 1922 Hurricane's Gal
Chris Borg
 1922 I Am the Law
Fu Chang
 1922 My Wife's Relations (Short)
Photographer (uncredited)
 1922 The Man from Hell's River
Gaspard, The Wolf
 1922 The Sagebrush Trail
José Fagaro
 1922 Wild Honey
Buck Roper
 1922 The Rosary
Kenwood Wright
 1921 Sleeping Acres (Short)
 1921 The White Mouse (Short)
Dr. Lawler
 1921 The Last Trail
William Kirk
 1921 The Ne'er to Return Road (Short)
Convict #12896
 1921 The Policeman and the Baby (Short)
The Crook
 1921 The Golden Snare
Bram Johnson
 1921 The Northern Trail (Short)
Otto Franke
 1921 A Tale of Two Worlds
Ling Jo
 1921 The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse
Lt. Col. von Richthosen
 1921 Patsy
Gustave Ludermann
 1920 The Rookie's Return
François Dupont
 1920 813
Maj. Parbury / Ribeira
 1920 The Round-Up
Buck McKee
 1920 The Mollycoddle
Henry von Holkar
 1920 The Virgin of Stamboul
Sheik Achmet Hamid
 1919 The Lone Wolf's Daughter
Undetermined role (uncredited)
 1919 Behind the Door
Lt. Brandt
 1919 Soldiers of Fortune
 1919 The Life Line
 1919 The Love Burglar
Coast-to-Coast Taylor
 1919 The Unpardonable Sin
Col. Klemm
 1919 A Beach Nut (Short)
 1919 Only a Janitor (Short)
 1918 Johanna Enlists
Col. Fanner
 1917 That Night (Short)
The Cafe Proprietor
 1917 Are Waitresses Safe? (Short)
Party Guest (uncredited)
 1917 A Bedroom Blunder (Short)
Man in Hotel Lobby (uncredited)
 1917 A Clever Dummy (Short)
Patrick Cohen - a Vaudeville Manager
 1917 The Little American
German Soldier (uncredited)
 1917 Cactus Nell (Short)
A Polished Gent
 1917 Teddy at the Throttle (Short)
Henry Black - Gloria's Rascally Guardian
 1917 Maggie's First False Step (Short)
The Villain
 1917 Bombs and Banknotes (Short)
 1916 A Capable Lady Cook (Short)
 1916 Sweedie, the Janitor (Short)
Sweedie - the Janitor
 1916 Just a Few Little Things (Short)
 1916 The Janitor (Short)
John - the Hotel Janitor
 1916 Hearts and Sparks (Short)
Minor Role
 1916 A Dash of Courage (Short)
The Police Chief
 1915 Education (Short)
 1915 The Broken Pledge (Short)
 1915 Sweedie's Finish (Short)
 1915 The Slim Princess
 1915 Sweedie's Hero (Short)
 1915 Sweedie in Vaudeville (Short)
 1915 Done in Wax (Short)
The Hobo
 1915 The Bouquet (Short)
 1915 Sweedie Learns to Ride (Short)
 1915 Love and Trouble (Short)
 1915 Father's New Maid (Short)
Jack / Sweedie
 1915 Sweedie's Hopeless Love (Short)
 1915 Ain't It the Truth? (Short)
Harold Wallington
 1915 A Pound for a Pound (Short)
Buck Gibson
 1915 The Victor (Short)
Mr. Justwed
 1915 Sweedie Goes to College (Short)
 1915 The New Teacher (Short)
Sweedie - the New Teacher
 1915 Two Hearts That Beat as Ten (Short)
 1915 Sweedie and Her Dog (Short)
 1915 Sweedie's Suicide (Short)
 1915 Sweedie and the Sultan's Present (Short)
 1914 Cheering a Husband (Short)
 1914 The Ups and Downs (Short)
 1914 Sweedie Collects for Charity (Short)
 1914 Their Cheap Vacation (Short)
Mr. Newlywed
 1914 Madame Double X (Short)
Madame Double X
 1914 Sweedie and the Hypnotist (Short)
 1914 A Maid of War (Short)
 1914 Sweedie at the Fair (Short)
 1914 Countess Sweedie (Short)
 1914 The Prevailing Craze (Short)
 1914 Three Boiled Down Fables (Short)
Speeding Driver, Episode #3, The Prevailing Craze
 1914 Sweedie the Trouble Maker (Short)
 1914 The Laundress (Short)
Sweedie - the Laundress
 1914 Rivalry and War (Short)
 1914 She Landed a Big One (Short)
 1914 Sweedie Learns to Swim (Short)
 1914 The Fickleness of Sweedie (Short)
 1914 Sweedie's Clean-Up (Short)
 1914 Sweedie's Skate (Short)
 1914 The Plum Tree (Short)
 1914 When Knights Were Bold (Short)
The Earl
 1914 Love and Soda (Short)
The Plumber
 1914 Sweedie Springs a Surprise (Short)
 1914 Sweedie and the Double Exposure (Short)
 1914 Topsy-Turvy Sweedie (Short)
 1914/I In and Out (Short)
 1914 The Fable of the Coming Champion Who Was Delayed (Short)
The Coming Champion
 1914 Sweedie and the Lord (Short)
 1914 The Fable of Napoleon and the Bumps (Short)
Prof. Bunkum
 1914 Sweedie the Swatter (Short)
Sweedie (a Swedish maid)
 1914 The Epidemic (Short)
 1914 The Fable of the Brash Drummer and the Nectarine (Short)
Gabby Gus - the Brash Drummer
 1914/I This Is the Life (Short)
Hiram Stebbins
 1914 Jane (Short)
The Doctor
 1914 Actor Finney's Finish (Short)
Actor James Finney
 1914 Three Little Powders (Short)
Wallace Williams
 1914 Curing a Husband (Short)
Robert - the Husband
 1914/II Wrong All Around (Short)
The Plumber
 1914/I The Winner (Short)
Fritz Noodle
 1914 And He Came Back (Short)
Horatio Algernon Botts
 1914 The Bargain Hunters (Short)
 1914 A Queer Quarantine (Short)
Mrs. Potter
 1914 Oh, Doctor (Short)
The Deaf Minister
 1914 Grass County Goes Dry (Short)
The Constable
 1914 The Girl, the Cop, the Burglar (Short)
Jack Hazard
 1914 Mrs. Manly's Baby (Short)
 1914 One-to-Three (Short)
Willie Brace
 1914 Looking for Trouble (Short)
 1914 The Hour and the Man (Short)
A Juror
 1914 A Foot of Romance (Short)
Jim Foley
 1913 At the Old Maid's Call (Short)
Miss Muchmoney - the Old Maid
 1913 Hello, Trouble (Short)
 1913 Smithy's Grandma Party (Short)
Prof. Smithy
 1913 Kitty's Knight (Short)
Mike McManus
 1913 The Usual Way (Short)
The Dentist
 1913 Their Wives' Indiscretion (Short)
Mr. Jones
 1913 Day by Day (Short)
Bill the Iceman
 1913 Dad's Insanity (Short)
 1913 A Successful Failure (Short)
The Uncle
 1913 Love Incognito (Short)
Secondary Role
 1913/I The Right of Way (Short) (uncredited)
 1913 Sweet Revenge (Short)
Phil Culture
 1913 Mr. Dippy Dipped (Short)
Undetermined Role
 1913 His Athletic Wife (Short)
Mr. Strong
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Show Show Soundtrack (8 credits)
Show Show Writer (4 credits)
Show Show Self (9 credits)
Show Show Archive footage (32 credits)

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Stage: Appeared (as "Short-Card Charley") in "The Belle of the West" on Broadway. Musical comedy. Book / Lyrics by Harry B. Smith. Music by Karl Hoschna. Directed by Edward E. Rose. Grand Opera House: 13 Nov 1905-18 Nov 1905 (8 performances). Cast: Leona Ambrose (as "Nora"), Elsie Artz (as "Aurora"), Florence Brindley (as "Virginia ... See more »

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1 Print Biography | 3 Portrayals | 1 Interview | 21 Articles | 1 Pictorial | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »

Alternate Names:

Mr. Wallace Beery


5' 11½" (1.82 m)

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I never let anyone sucker me, not even for a nickel. See more »


Beery was notoriously abusive to the juvenile performers he supposedly adored onscreen. For one scene in the 1937 film "Slave Ship" he had to slap his 16 year-old co-star Mickey Rooney in the face. Beery didn't fake the action and, without warning, slapped Rooney so hard he was knocked to the floor, spoiling the take and causing outrage among the crew. Director Tay Garnett took Beery aside and ... See more »



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