Steve Clemente

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Steve Clemente
Born Esteban Clemento Morro
(1885-11-22)November 22, 1885
Mexico
Died May 7, 1950(1950-05-07) (aged 64)
Los Angeles, California
Other names Steve Clemento
Years active 1914-1942

Steve Clemente (born Esteban Clemento Morro November 22, 1885 – May 7, 1950) was a Mexican actor known for his many villainous roles. He began acting in his teens, signing up for his first movie, The Secret Man, in 1917. His later roles were usually bit parts.

In 1922, he came to Hollywood to put on a knife demonstration for a disbelieving director. He was trusted to throw knives in movies that had to land an inch or two away from a celebrity. He always got right on target, and developed a good reputation for stunts. He was a known scene stealer and was famous for his villainous snarl. He later starred in such movies as The Most Dangerous Game (1932), playing Tartar, the second henchman of Count Zarrof and played the Witch King in King Kong (1933) and its sequel Son of Kong (1933).

After his last movie, Perils of Nyoka, he retired from the acting scene. On May 7, 1950, he died from a cerebral hemorrhage.

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