Dressed in white tie and tails, Bert Wheeler (left) and Robert Woolsey (right) stand and smile for a publicity photo. An inscription appears in the top left corner.
August 14, 1888|
|Died||October 31, 1938
|Known for||Wheeler & Woolsey|
He was born in Oakland, California. Woolsey always had a slight build, and as a young adult he tried to capitalize on it by becoming a jockey. After he fell from a horse and sustained an injury, he quit racing and turned instead to the stage. In 1925 he was featured as "Mortimer Pottle" in W. C. Fields's Broadway hit Poppy.
Woolsey was teamed with comedy star Bert Wheeler in 1928, for the Broadway musical Rio Rita. RKO Radio Pictures filmed the play in 1929, launching Wheeler and Woolsey as movie personalities. (See the Wikipedia entry for Wheeler & Woolsey.) Woolsey became terminally ill in 1937 and struggled to finish his last picture, High Flyers. He was then confined to bed for almost a full year, before dying of kidney failure in 1938, Robert Woolsey was interred in the Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Glendale, California.
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- "Mignonne R Reed Woolsey (1894-1989) FindAGrave Memorial". Ancestry.com. Retrieved 31 March 2013.
- "Robert Woolsey-Biography". IMDb.com Inc. Retrieved 31 March 2013.
- Kehr, Dave (2 March 2013). "DVD Ribaldry Before the Code". The New York Times. Retrieved 30 March 2013.
- Robert Woolsey at the Internet Movie Database
- Wheeler & Woolsey
- Wheeler & Woolsey Fan Site
- Robert Woolsey at Find a Grave
- Literature on Robert Woolsey
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