Rod La Rocque

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Rod La Rocque
Pola Negri and Rod La Rocque.jpg
Publicity portrait of Pola Negri with La Rocque from 1924 film Forbidden Paradise
Born Roderick La Rocque de la Rour
(1898-11-29)November 29, 1898
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Died October 15, 1969(1969-10-15) (aged 70)
Beverly Hills, California, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1914–1941
Spouse(s) Vilma Bánky (m. 1927–69)(his death)

Rod La Rocque (November 29, 1898 – October 15, 1969) was an American actor.


He was born Roderick La Rocque de la Rour in Chicago, Illinois to a father of French-Canadian descent and a mother of Irish descent. He began appearing in stock theater at the age of seven and eventually ended up at the Essanay Studios as a teenager in Chicago where he found steady work until the studios closed.[citation needed] He then moved to New York City and worked on the stage until he was noticed by Samuel Goldwyn who took him to Hollywood. Over the next two decades, he appeared in films and made the transition to sound films.[citation needed]

In 1927, he married Hungarian actress Vilma Bánky in a lavish and highly publicized wedding.[1] They were married until his death in 1969.[2] He retired from movies in 1941 and became a real estate broker.[1]

For his contribution to the film industry, La Rocque was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Selected filmography[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Vilma Banky And Rod La Rocque, Film Lovers, Fooled The Gossips". Milwaukee Journal. February 2, 1949. Retrieved August 12, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Silent Film Star Rod La Rocque Dies". October 17, 1969. Retrieved August 12, 2010. 
  • Schildgen, Rachel A. More Than a Dream: Rediscovering the Life & Films of Vilma Banky ISBN 978-0-9827709-2-4.

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