Bruce Lester
Actor
Bruce Lester
Bruce Lester was a South African-born English film actor with over 60 screen appearances to his credit between 1934 and his retirement from acting in 1958. Lester's career divided into two distinct periods. Between 1934 and 1938, billed as Bruce Lister, he appeared in upwards of 20 British films, mostly of the cheaply shot and quickly forgotten quota quickie variety. He then moved to the U.S.
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Kane coroner argues charges against him are vague - Chicago Tribune
Google News - over 5 years
Monday, West attorney Gary Johnson, argued before Judge Bruce Lester that the meaning of “valuable” is so broad that to prosecute West under that standard would violate his right to due process. “The word 'valuable' is the whole thing,” Johnson said
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Former Rolling Meadows coach gets probation for 2nd DUI conviction - Chicago Tribune
Google News - over 5 years
Millsaps was convicted by Kane County Judge Bruce Lester at a bench trial. At the trial, Millsaps testified that he had parked near his girlfriend's residence in an attempt to talk to her following an argument after they had gotten into earlier that
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West's attorney fighting case in front of new judge - Chicago Daily Herald
Google News - over 5 years
The recent death of Kane County Judge T. Jordan Gallagher has moved the misconduct case of Kane County Coroner Charles West to Judge Bruce Lester. West's attorney, Gary Johnson, wants the charges thrown out and is arguing that the
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Former Barrington man get prison time for dragging man with car - Chicago Daily Herald
Google News - over 5 years
Millsaps, 48 of Bolingbrook, was scheduled to be sentenced Monday by Kane County Judge Bruce Lester. Millsaps' new attorney, Paul DeLuca, filed a motion for a new trial, arguing that during the bench trial, Lester gave too much weight to a Geneva
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Old faces making appearance in new Kane court places - Chicago Sun-Times
Google News - over 5 years
Bruce Lester and Marmarie Kostelny will handle felony and misdemeanor cases, with a focus on drunken driving. While Judge T. Jordan Gallagher is receiving treatment for a cancer diagnosis, Judge Ed Schreiber will take over Gallagher's cases
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Ex-Rolling Meadows football coach gets second DUI conviction - Chicago Tribune
Google News - almost 6 years
Kane County Judge Bruce Lester said Millsaps easily met the legal standard for DUI, which requires the driver to be "in control" of his vehicle, but doesn't require the vehicle to be moving, the judge noted. Lester set June 27 for sentencing
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Prayer day honors late local pastor - McCook Daily Gazette
Google News - almost 6 years
Bruce Lester, senior pastor at McCook Evangelical Church, acknowledged the ministry of those in business, saying, "God has placed you where you're at to make a difference there for his Kingdom." Citing Colossians 3:23, he encouraged people,
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New city council members take their seats - TribLocal
Google News - almost 6 years
Judge Bruce Lester issued the oath of office to John Robinson, Dick Sayad, Mark Walsten, and Mike Charewicz, all of whom will serve four-year terms. Sayad, who was Fourth Ward alderman for eight years between 1999 and 2007, ousted incumbent Jean
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Paid Notice: Deaths SCHNEIDER, BRUCE LESTER
NYTimes - about 12 years
SCHNEIDER--Bruce Lester. An entrepreneur died January 10 in Portsmouth, New Hamphire of complications from Parkinsons disease. Beloved son of the late Sondra Schneider and husband of Maxine. Loving father of Jennifer Deare, Susan Donohue and Neil Shonwald. Grandfather of Jasmine, Anna, Brian and Jamie. Devoted partner of Mary Lane. Dad, we will
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Home Video
NYTimes - over 23 years
Tapes priced at $14.98 are selling briskly. Now a distributor has decided to see if a $14.98 price tag will stir more interest in laser disks. In October, Image Entertainment, which distributes disks for Fox and other studios, will release a $14.98 laser edition of Fox's "Miracle on 34th Street." "Our goal is to bring out one big title a month at
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    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2008
    Age 95
    In later years, Lester and his wife divided their time between Los Angeles and Palm Springs. He continued to play tennis, and was a keen member of the Hollywood Cricket Club. Lester died in Los Angeles on 13 June 2008, one week after his 96th birthday.
    More Details Hide Details He was buried at the Westwood Memorial Park in Westwood, Los Angeles
  • FORTIES
  • 1958
    Age 45
    Lester's final screen credit came in 1958's Tarzan and the Trappers, after which he decided to retire from acting and spend the rest of his life out of the spotlight.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1947
    Age 34
    On his return to Hollywood, Lester's career faltered, with both the quality of film and size of role he was being offered tapering off. He did land a good part in 1947's Golden Earrings with Ray Milland and Marlene Dietrich, then returned for a time to Europe, where he starred in But Not in Vain (1948 – filmed in the Netherlands) and Celia: The Sinister Affair of Poor Aunt Nora (1949).
    More Details Hide Details Returning to the U.S., Lester began to turn his hand to working as a story analyst for Paramount and Columbia. In the early 1950s he was playing minor roles in low-budget versions of English-set historical dramas such as Tales of Robin Hood and Lorna Doone. As the decade progressed film parts became ever-smaller, until he was mainly playing uncredited bit parts.
  • 1943
    Age 30
    In 1943 he played in the Joan Crawford and Fred MacMurray spy drama Above Suspicion.
    More Details Hide Details He did then decide to join the British services, serving through to the end of the war.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1940
    Age 27
    Lester's film career hit its peak in the early 1940s, beginning with the role of Mr. Bingley in the 1940 adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, followed by landing a plum role in the Bette Davis classic The Letter.
    More Details Hide Details Lester and Davis shared some crucial scenes in the film, and it was soon being reported that Davis was very taken by the handsome young Englishman, going out of her way to help him and put him at his ease on set. It is generally believed that a brief relationship of some description developed between the two, although nothing came of it. Writer Jerry Asher, a long-time friend of Davis, recalled: "She found Bruce attractive and sweet, but he was a bit tame for her speed." At this time Lester briefly returned to Britain, intending to join the army. However he was persuaded that his talents would be better employed in helping to promote the Allied cause in the U.S.. He returned, and appeared in several films in which he played flying officers, including Man Hunt, A Yank in the RAF and Desperate Journey.
  • 1938
    Age 25
    Things took an upturn in 1938, when he was signed to Teddington Studios, the British division of Warner Brothers.
    More Details Hide Details He was promptly sent to the U.S., where he was cast in the James Cagney vehicle Boy Meets Girl. He was then signed to a three-year Hollywood contract, reportedly at Cagney's urging. One of his first Hollywood assignments was the high-profile historical drama If I Were King.
  • 1934
    Age 21
    Lester's career then began to stagnate. The most enduring British film in which he appeared was Death at Broadcasting House, also from 1934, although his role was relatively minor.
    More Details Hide Details The next few years were spent toiling mainly in low-budget programmers, often in insignificant roles.
    After spending some time as a stage actor, Lester obtained his first minor film role in the 1934 quota quickie The Girl in the Flat.
    More Details Hide Details His performance was noticed and a good career opportunity presented itself straight away when he was offered the male romantic lead in To Be a Lady, opposite Chili Bouchier, one of Britain's top female stars of the time. Far from a quota quickie, this was a quality production with a generous budget, but failed to perform as well as expected at the box-office. This was followed by another romantic lead, this time with Valerie Hobson, in Badger's Green, a film in which cricket played a major part and which was praised for its "Englishness". Both of these films are believed lost, but are deemed of great interest by the British Film Institute and are both included on its "75 Most Wanted" list of missing British feature films.
    Between 1934 and 1938, billed as Bruce Lister, he appeared in upwards of 20 British films, mostly of the cheaply shot and quickly forgotten quota quickie variety.
    More Details Hide Details He then moved to the U.S., where he changed his surname to Lester, and found himself for a time appearing in some of the biggest prestige productions of their day, alongside stars such as Bette Davis, Joan Crawford, Tyrone Power and Errol Flynn. Lester himself never achieved star-billing, but was said to have remarked that this at least meant that if a film was a flop, no blame ever fell on his shoulders. Born in Johannesburg to English parents, Lester was educated at Brighton College in Sussex. He dabbled in amateur dramatics, but also showed potential as an exceptionally talented tennis player, and was considering trying to make a living from the sport until friends convinced him that acting offered far greater earning potential.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1912
    Born
    Born on June 6, 1912.
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