Anthony Warde

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Anthony Warde
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Born (1908-11-04)November 4, 1908
Pennsylvania, U.S.
Died January 8, 1975(1975-01-08) (aged 66)
Hollywood, California, U.S.
Occupation Film, television actor
Years active 1937–1964

Anthony Warde (November 4, 1908 – January 8, 1975) was a noted American actor who appeared in over 150 films between 1937 and 1964.[1]

Early years[edit]

Warde participated in athletics at Marquette University, lettering in boxing, track, hockey, and swimming.[2]


In 1940, Warde toured with the Eighteen Actors dramatic group, which included Victor Jory and Morris Ankrum, among others.[3] In 1953, he worked in summer stock theatre.[4]


A native of Pennsylvania, Warde started his Hollywood career in Escape by Night,[5] appearing in a handful of undistinguished feature films before gaining popularity as one of the hardest working henchmen in the 1930s and 1940s serials.

Warde first appeared in his first film bow in 1936, but he spent most of his time bothering serials heroes as a vicious bodyguard, underground leader or infamous rustler, but also was satisfactory in character roles and the occasional sympathetic part. Usually, he played in many unsavory characterizations, including low-budget crime and Western styles throughout his career. He also appeared in popular serials such as Flash Gordon's Trip to Mars (1938), for Universal; The Spider Returns (1941) and Batman (1943) for Columbia, as well as in The Masked Marvel (1943), The Purple Monster Strikes (1945) and The Black Widow (1947) for Republic.[5]

But Warde is probably best remembered for playing Killer Kane, gangster ruler of the Earth in Universal's adaptation of Buck Rogers (1939).[5] In the 1950s, he made a multiple number of TV appearances including a brief turn as a counterfeiter in two episodes of Amos 'N' Andy.[5]

Warde made his last screen appearance in The Carpetbaggers, a 1964 film adaptation of Harold Robbins' best-seller novel. Following his acting career, he owned a men's clothing store.[5]

Anthony Warde died in Hollywood, California at the age of 66.

Partial filmography[edit]



Kane Richmond seems to have Buster Crabbe at a disadvantage in Flash Gordon's Trip To Mars.



  1. ^ "Anthony Warde". 
  2. ^ "Athlete". Montana, Havre. The Havre Daily News. September 8, 1944. p. 3. Retrieved March 20, 2016 – via  open access publication – free to read
  3. ^ "Famous Play Is Offered Friday". California, San Bernardino. The San Bernardino County Sun. April 30, 1940. p. 13. Retrieved March 20, 2016 – via  open access publication – free to read
  4. ^ "Summer Stock Season Ends at San Gabriel". California, Covina. Covina Argus. September 3, 1953. p. 18. Retrieved March 20, 2016 – via  open access publication – free to read
  5. ^ a b c d e "Overview and filmography". Retrieved 2008-08-10. 

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