Wallace Beery

Born Apr 1, 1885

Wallace Fitzgerald Beery was an American actor. He is best known for his portrayal of Bill in Min and Bill opposite Marie Dressler, as Long John Silver in Treasure Island, as Pancho Villa in Viva Villa!, and his titular role in The Champ, for which he won the Academy Award for Best Actor. Beery appeared in some 250 movies over a 36-year span. He was the brother of actor Noah Beery, Sr. and uncle of actor Noah Beery Jr.… Read More

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1885 Birth Born on April 1, 1885.


1904 19 Years Old Wallace Beery joined his brother Noah in New York City in 1904, finding work in comic opera as a baritone and began to appear on Broadway as well as Summer stock theatre.


1907 22 Years Old His most notable early role came in 1907 when he starred in The Yankee Tourist to good reviews.
1913 28 Years Old In 1913, he moved to Chicago to work for Essanay Studios, cast as Sweedie, The Swedish Maid, a masculine character in drag. … Read More


1915 30 Years Old In 1915, Beery starred with his wife Gloria Swanson in Sweedie Goes to College. … Read More
1917 32 Years Old Beery began playing villains, and in 1917 portrayed Pancho Villa in Patria at a time when Villa was still active in Mexico. … Read More


1930 45 Years Old Beery played the savage convict "Butch", a role originally intended for Lon Chaney, Sr., in the highly successful 1930 prison film The Big House, for which he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor. … Read More
1931 46 Years Old In 1931 he starred in The Champ, and shared the Best Actor Oscar with Fredric March. … Read More
1932 47 Years Old During the 1930s Beery was one of Hollywood's Top 10 box office stars; it was during the early part of this period, in 1932, that his contract with MGM stipulated that he be paid a dollar more than any other contract player at the studio, making him the world's highest paid actor. … Read More
1933 48 Years Old …  On April 15, 1933 he was commissioned a Lieutenant Commander in the United States Navy Reserve at NRAB Long Beach. … Read More


1939 54 Years Old In December 1939, the unmarried Beery adopted a seven-month-old infant girl Phyllis Ann. … Read More
1943 58 Years Old A noteworthy episode in Beery's life is chronicled in the fifth episode of Ken Burns' documentary The National Parks: America's Best Idea: In 1943, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed an executive order creating Jackson Hole National Monument to protect the land adjoining the Grand Tetons in Wyoming. … Read More


1949 64 Years Old Wallace Beery died at his Beverly Hills, California home of a heart attack on April 15, 1949. … Read More
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