Duke York

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Duke York
Duke York plays a docile wolfman who goes berserk whenever he hears music in the Three Stooges film Idle Roomers.
Charles Everest Sinsabaugh

(1908-10-17)October 17, 1908
DiedJanuary 24, 1952(1952-01-24) (aged 43)
Cause of deathSuicide
Resting placeHollywood Forever Cemetery
Years active1932–1952

Duke York (October 17, 1908 – January 24, 1952) was an American film actor and stuntman who appeared in nearly 160 films between 1932 and 1952.

Early years[edit]

York was born Charles Everest Sinsabaugh. in Danby, New York.


Modern viewers will remember York for his portrayals of grotesque monsters, ape men, or other scary goon-like characters in Three Stooges short films such as Three Little Twirps, Idle Roomers, Shivering Sherlocks, and Who Done It?. His most prominent non-monster role was as Kelly in Higher Than a Kite. York also played the role of King Kala in the serial Flash Gordon.[1]

In the 1930s, York worked as a combination lifeguard and bodyguard for actress Ida Lupino.[2]

Personal life[edit]

York married in the 1930s to a movie stuntwoman, Frances Miles, but the union was ended by divorce in 1941. Several years later, York was dating a Beverly Hills brunette named Catherine Moench. They planned to marry, but she called it off, saying that he was "quite jealous and had misunderstood various actions" of hers in the past.[citation needed] York eventually admitted to Moench that he was wrong, and wanted to get back together, but she didn't want to.[citation needed]


On January 24, 1952, during a three-hour phone call to Moench, several times during which York threatened suicide, he finally picked up a handgun he had nearby, and shot himself in the head while on the phone. His body was discovered by a friend and fellow actor George Cleveland.[3]

Selected filmography[edit]


  1. ^ Three Stooges Journal, Vol. 12, p. 5
  2. ^ "Lupino's Lifeguard in Bouncer's Role". Detroit Free Press. Michigan, Detroit. March 27, 1934. p. 18. Retrieved July 2, 2018 – via Newspapers.com. open access publication – free to read
  3. ^ "Brunette Describes Duke York Suicide". The Los Angeles Times. California, Los Angeles. January 26, 1952. p. 3. Retrieved July 2, 2018 – via Newspapers.com. open access publication – free to read

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