Eugene Pallette

With the transition in Hollywood from silent to talking pictures, audiences most often heard rather than saw Eugene Pallette coming. His once athletic build blown out to rotund proportions and his voice registering an ... Read more »
Born: 07/08/1889 in Winfield, Kansas, USA


Actor (77)

In the Meantime, Darling 1944 (Movie)


Heaven Can Wait 1942 (Movie)


The Kansan 1942 (Movie)


Silver Queen 1941 (Movie)


The Lady Eve 1941 (Movie)

Mr. Pike (Actor)

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington 1939 (Movie)

Chick McGann (Actor)

First Love 1938 (Movie)

James Clinton (Actor)

The Adventures of Robin Hood 1938 (Movie)

Friar Tuck (Actor)

There Goes My Heart 1937 (Movie)


100 Men and a Girl 1936 (Movie)

John R. Frost (Actor)

Topper 1936 (Movie)

Casey (Actor)

My Man Godfrey 1935 (Movie)


Parlor, Bedroom and Bath 1931 (Movie)


Shanghai Express 1931 (Movie)

Sam Salt (Actor)

The Goodbye Kiss 1927 (Movie)


The Three Musketeers 1920 (Movie)


Intolerance 1916 (Movie)

Prosper Latour (Actor)

All the King's Horses (Movie)

Con Conley (Actor)

Appointment for Love (Movie)

George Hastings (Actor)

Cross Country Cruise (Movie)

Bronson (Actor)

Fighting Caravans (Movie)

Seth Higgins (Actor)

From Headquarters (Movie)

Sgt. Boggs (Actor)

Girls About Town (Movie)

Benjamin Thomas (Actor)

Going Straight (Movie)


He Stayed for Breakfast (Movie)

Maurice Duval (Actor)

Heavenly Days (Movie)

Senator Bigbee (Actor)

Hell Below (Movie)

MacDougal (Actor)

Hell's Hole (TV Show)


It Pays to Advertise (Movie)

Cyrus Martin (Actor)

It's a Date (Movie)

Governor (Actor)

Let's Go Native (Movie)

Creditor Man (Actor)

Lights of New York (Movie)

Gene (Actor)

Mantrap (Movie)

E. Wesson Woodbury (Actor)

Men Are Like That (Movie)

Traffic Cop (Actor)

Mr. Skitch (Movie)

Cliff Merriweather (Actor)

North of Hudson Bay (Movie)

Peter Dane (Actor)

Paramount on Parade (Movie)

Sgt. Heath (Actor)

Pin-Up Girl (Movie)

Barney Briggs (Actor)

Ride, Kelly, Ride (Movie)

Duke Martin (Actor)

Sensation Hunters (Movie)

Gus Crane (Actor)

Sensations of 1945 (Movie)

Gus Crane (Actor)

Shanghai Madness (Movie)

Lobo Lonergan (Actor)

Silver River (Movie)


Slightly Dangerous (Movie)

Durstin (Actor)

Slightly Scarlet (Movie)

Sylvester Corbett (Actor)

Steamboat Round the Bend (Movie)

Sheriff Rufe Jeffers (Actor)

Step Lively (Movie)

Jenkins (Actor)

Stowaway (Movie)

The Colonel (Actor)

Strangers of the Evening (Movie)

Detective Brubacher (Actor)

Strictly Dynamite (Movie)

Sourwood Sam (Actor)

Sugar Daddies (TV Show)


Suspense (Movie)

Harry (Actor)

Swamp Water (Movie)

Sheriff Jeb MacKane (Actor)

Tales of Manhattan (Movie)

Luther (Actor)

Tarzan of the Apes (Movie)


The Benson Murder Case (Movie)

Sergeant Ernest Heath (Actor)

The Big Street (Movie)

Nicely Nicely Johnson (Actor)

The Border Legion (Movie)

Bunco Davis (Actor)

The Canary Murder Case (Movie)

Ernest Heath (Actor)

The Dragon Murder Case (Movie)

Sgt. Ernest Heath (Actor)

The Forest Rangers (Movie)

Howard Huston (Actor)

The Gang's All Here (Movie)

Mr. Mason, Sr. (Actor)

The Ghost Goes West (Movie)

Joe Martin (Actor)

The Golden Arrow (Movie)

Mr. Meyers (Actor)

The Greene Murder Case (Movie)

Sgt. Heath (Actor)

The Kennel Murder Case (Movie)

Sgt. Ernest Heath (Actor)

The Light of Western Stars (Movie)

Stub (Actor)

The Love Parade (Movie)

Minister of War (Actor)

The Luckiest Girl in the World (Movie)

Campbell Duncan (Actor)

The Male Animal (Movie)

Ed Keller (Actor)

Thunder Below (Movie)

Horner (Actor)

Tom Brown of Culver (Movie)

Deaf Diner (Actor)

Twin Beds (Movie)


Whispering Smith (Movie)

Bill Dancing (Actor)

Wild Girl (Movie)

Yuba Bill (Actor)

World Premiere (Movie)

Gregory Martin (Actor)

Young Tom Edison (Movie)

Mr. Nelson (Actor)


With the transition in Hollywood from silent to talking pictures, audiences most often heard rather than saw Eugene Pallette coming. His once athletic build blown out to rotund proportions and his voice registering an octave lower than a bullfrog's, Pallette was a singular presence among the ranks of studio players during the Great Depression. He found his niche playing irascible big city cops, most famously in five whodunits starring William Powell as debonair sleuth Philo Vance, beginning with "The Canary Murder Case" (1929). Comfortable in the sackcloth of a country cleric, as in "The Adventures of Robin Hood" (1938) opposite Errol Flynn and "The Mark of Zorro" (1940) with Tyrone Power, Pallette was most widely seen in business attire, playing a Beltway fixer stumped by Senate do-gooder James Stewart in "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington" (1939), and the patriarch of a wacky Depression-era family in the screwball classic "My Man Godfrey" (1936). Larger than life on the big screen, Pallette was no less outsized in his private life, where he allegedly opposed racial integration and was an early champion of Adolf Hitler. Growing fearful of an impending atomic Armageddon, Pallette stockpiled supplies on an Oregon compound but died of cancer in Hollywood in 1954. The memory of his unpalatable politics lost to time, Pallette lived on in the hearts of moviegoers as an indispensable element of Hollywood's Golden Age, a versatile character actor who could speak for the masses or drown out its voice with his own.


Beulah Phelps


Marjorie Pallette

died in 1964



Final film "Silver River"


Appeared in "The Lady Eve"


Played Friar Tuck in "The Adventures of Robin Hood", starring Errol Flynn


Co-starred as the father in "My Man Godfrey"


Made last silent film. "His Private Life"


Supported Douglas Fairbanks in "The Three Musketeers"


Interrupted film career for military service


Appeared in D W Griffith's "The Birth of a Nation"


Became leading man with the American Film Manufacturing Company


Made stage acting debut

Worked as a character actor in talkies


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