Taylor Holmes (May 16, 1878 – September 30, 1959) was an actor who appeared in over 100 Broadway plays in his five-decade career. However, he is probably best remembered for his film roles, which he began in silent movies in 1917. In one of his earliest films, he starred in (1918), produced by A Pair of Sixes George K. Spoor.
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Holmes was born on May 16, 1878, in
Newark, New Jersey. He got to be 5' 9¾".
By the 1940s, he was working more on film than on stage. Holmes played a number of memorable roles, including the gullible millionaire conned in
(1947), a shifty lawyer in Nightmare Alley (1947), the Bishop of Avranches, who fiercely denounces Kiss of Death Pierre Cauchon in the Ingrid Bergman (1948), Joan of Arc Marilyn Monroe's potential father-in-law in the 1953 ("I don't want to marry your son for Gentlemen Prefer Blondes his money, I want to marry him for your money!"), and the voice of King Stefan in Disney's animated feature (1959) - Holmes' last credited screen role. He also played Sleeping Beauty Ebenezer Scrooge in what is largely considered a notoriously bad (and cheaply made) half-hour television version of Charles Dickens's , first telecast in 1949. A Christmas Carol [1 ]
Only months after the release of his final film, Sleeping Beauty, as King Stefan, Taylor Holmes passed away on September 30, 1959, at the age of 81.
He was married to actress Edna Phillips and was the father of actors
Phillips Holmes, Madeleine Taylor Holmes and Ralph Holmes.
Holmes has a star on the
Hollywood Walk of Fame. His interment was is in Culver City's Holy Cross Cemetery.
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