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January 26, 1893
|Died||May 17, 1974
Los Angeles, California
|Resting place||Forest Lawn Memorial Park
Ruth Roland's family crypt
|Occupation||Film, stage actor|
Jackie Lynn Taylor
In 1926, Bard, Pearl, and Sascha Beaumont appeared in a short film made in Lee DeForest's Phonofilm sound-on-film process. He had a small role in The Bat Whispers (1930). Later in the decade, he ran a leading Hollywood acting school, Ben Bard Drama.
Bard was recruited to be a leading man at Fox Film Corporation. However, he was typecast as a "Suave Heavy"—a smooth-talking, well-dressed fellow with a dark side. An example of this type is his portrayal of "Mr. Brun" in The Seventh Victim (1943). Also in 1943, Bard appeared in two other Val Lewton-produced horror films: The Leopard Man, as Robles, the Police Chief, and The Ghost Ship, as First Officer Bowns.
- In 1929 he married the serial film star Ruth Roland, and was married to Roland until her death in 1937.
- In 1939, he married Roma Clarisse, an actress and last recipient of the Ruth Roland Scholarship to Ben Bard Drama. They had 3 children before she died in 1947.
- In 1948 Bard married Jackie Lynn Taylor, an actress in the Our Gang series. They divorced in 1954.
Bard died in Los Angeles in 1974, aged 81. His resting place is with Ruth Roland in an unmarked grave at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, California. He is survived by his two sons, Bryan Barak Bard, a video documentary artist, and Bartley Bard, a professional director and screenwriter.
- My Own Pal (1926)
- 7th Heaven (1927)
- Two Flaming Youths (1927)
- Dressed to Kill (1928)
- No Other Woman (1928)
- Fleetwing (1928)
- Romance of the Underworld (1928)
- Love and the Devil (1929)
- Born Reckless (1930)
- The Bat Whispers (1930)
- Meet the Baron (1933)
- Black Angel (1946) (bartender)
- Laurie Joe, Jr. (1953). Vaudeville: From the Honky-tonks to the Palace. New York: Henry Holt. p. 86.
- Schallert, Edwin (September 12, 1956). "Rory Calhoun Aligns With Independents; New Plays Due; Bard Signs". Los Angeles Times. 75 (9). Los Angeles, California. p. 25 – via Newspapers.com.
- Scott Wilson (22 August 2016). Resting Places: The Burial Sites of More Than 14,000 Famous Persons. 1 (3rd ed.). McFarland. p. 42. ISBN 978-0-7864-7992-4.
- Ben Bard on IMDb
- Ben Bard at the Internet Broadway Database
- Ben Bard at AllMovie
- Ben Bard at Find a Grave
- Ben Bard at Virtual History
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