- Osgood Perkins
During a 1930 performance of Uncle Vanya
Born James Ripley Osgood Perkins
May 16, 1892
West Newton, Massachusetts, United States
Died September 21, 1937(aged 45)
Washington, D.C., United States
Spouse Janet Esselstyn Rane
(1922-1937) (his death) 1 child
Osgood Perkins (May 16, 1892 – September 21, 1937) was an American actor.
Life and career
Perkins was born James Ripley Osgood Perkins in West Newton, Massachusetts, the son of Helen Virginia (née Anthony) and Henry Phelps Perkins. He is a descendant of a Mayflower passenger John Howland. Perkins made his Broadway debut in 1924 in the George S. Kaufman – Marc Connelly play Beggar on Horseback. Within the next dozen years he would appear in 24 productions, including The Front Page and Uncle Vanya.
Despite his success as a leading man in the theatre, Hollywood viewed him as a character actor. He appeared in 12 silent films, such as Puritan Passions, before graduating to talkies, including Scarface and Gold Diggers of 1937.
"The best actor I ever worked with was Osgood Perkins," Louise Brooks told Kevin Brownlow. "You know what makes an actor great to work with? Timing. You don't have to feel anything. It's like dancing with a perfect dancing partner. Osgood Perkins would give you a line so that you would react perfectly. It was timing -- because emotion means nothing." Brooks and Perkins appeared together in Love 'Em and Leave 'Em (1926).
- Puritan Passions (1923)
- Love 'Em and Leave 'Em (1926)
- Syncopation (1929)
- Mother's Boy (1929)
- Tarnished Lady (1931)
- Scarface (1932)
- Madame DuBarry (1934)
- The President Vanishes (1934)
- I Dream Too Much (1935)
- Gold Diggers of 1937 (1936)
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