Gilbert Emery Bensley Pottle
June 11, 1875
Naples, New York, U.S.
|Died||October 28, 1945 (aged 70)|
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Other names||Emery Pottle|
|Alma mater||Amherst College|
|Spouse(s)||Juliet Wilbour Tompkins (1904 - ?)|
Gilbert Emery Bensley Pottle (June 11, 1875 – October 28, 1945), known professionally as Gilbert Emery, was an American actor who appeared in over 80 movies from 1921 to his death in 1945.
Gilbert Emery Bensley Pottle was born June 11, 1875, in Naples, New York, to William L. and Hariette (Gilbert) Pottle. He prepared for college at Naples High School and at the Normal School in Oneonta, New York. He graduated from Amherst College in the class of 1899.
Pottle started out as a short story writer, using the name Emery Pottle, and he later wrote plays. From 1899 to 1900 he was an instructor in English and public speaking at Beloit Academy in Wisconsin. In 1900 he was a reporter for the Morning Sun in New York City; from 1900-1901 he worked for the Evening Post; and from 1901-1903 he worked for Criterion Magazine. He was an instructor in English at Columbia University and a writer.
During World War I, Pottle was a member of the American Expeditionary Forces' Liaison Service, serving with French Balloon Companies 39, 49 and 74. He was later a member of the Paris Peace Conference from 1918 to 1919, and a member of the Interallied Food Commission in 1919.
He wrote a number of books in his early years, including Handicapped, The Little Village, and The Little House. He also wrote poems and short stories for magazines and several plays. Much of his writing was under the pen name Gilbert Emery.
On November 22, 1904, Emery (using the name Emery Pottle) married Juliet Wilbour Tompkins, a writer, in New York. The two later divorced.
From 1921 until his death in 1945, Gilbert Emery acted in at least 88 movies, including:
- Cousin Kate (1921) as Heath Desmond (film debut)
- Any Wife (1922) as Mr. John Hill
- Behind That Curtain (1929) as Sir. Frederick Bruce
- A Farewell to Arms (1932) as British Major
- The House of Rothschild (1934) as Prime Minister
- The Man Who Reclaimed His Head (1934) as His Excellency (uncredited)
- Clive of India (1935) as Mr. Sullivan
- Cardinal Richelieu (1935) as Noble
- Goin' to Town (1935) as Winslow
- Peter Ibbetson (1935) as Wilkins
- Magnificent Obsession (1935) as Doctor Ramsay
- Wife vs. Secretary (1936) as Simpson
- Little Lord Fauntleroy (1936) as Purvis
- Dracula's Daughter (1936) as Sir Basil Humphrey
- Bullets or Ballots (1936) as Mr. Thorndyke
- Souls at Sea (1937) as Captain Martisel
- The Life of Emile Zola (1937) as Minister of War
- The Buccaneer (1938) as Captain Lockyer
- Raffles (1939) as Bingham
- The House of the Seven Gables (1940) as Gerald Pyncheon
- Waterloo Bridge (1940) as Colonel (uncredited)
- A Dispatch from Reuters (1940) as Lord Palmerston (uncredited)
- Adam Had Four Sons (1941) as Dr. Lane
- That Hamilton Woman (1941) as Lord Spencer
- The Remarkable Andrew (1942) as Thomas Jefferson
- The Loves of Edgar Allan Poe (1942) as Thomas Jefferson
- Sherlock Holmes in Washington (1943) as Sir Henry Marchmont (uncredited)
- The Return of the Vampire (1943) as Dr. Walter Saunders
- Between Two Worlds (1944) as Benjamin Cliveden-Banks
- The Brighton Strangler (1945) as Dr. Manby (final film)
- Room, Adrian (2010). Dictionary of Pseudonyms: 13,000 Assumed Names and Their Origins, 5th ed. McFarland. p. 164. ISBN 9780786457632. Retrieved 27 February 2017.
- Bordman, Gerald; Hischak, Thomas S. (2004). The Oxford Companion to American Theatre. Oxford University Press, USA. p. 307. ISBN 9780195169867. Retrieved 27 February 2017.
- Bordman, Gerald (1995). American Theatre: A Chronicle of Comedy and Drama 1914-1930. OUP USA. p. 157. ISBN 9780195090789. Retrieved 27 February 2017.
- "Juliet Wilbour Tompkins Brings Suit to Secure a Divorce". Oakland Tribune. California, Oakland. March 27, 1905. p. 7. Retrieved February 26, 2017 – via Newspapers.com.
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