Hal LeSueur

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Hal LeSueur
BornHal Hays LeSueur
September 3, 1901[1] or 1903 [2]
San Antonio, Texas, U.S.
DiedSeptember 3, 1963(1963-09-03) (aged 60) or (aged 62)
Spouse(s)
Jessie Burress
(m. 1922)

Kasha Haroldi
(m. 1931; div. 1935)
Children1
RelativesJoan Crawford (sister)
Christina Crawford (niece)

Hal Hays LeSueur (September 3, 1901/1903[3] – May 3, 1963)[4][5][2][6] was an American actor.

Background[edit]

Hal LeSueur was born in San Antonio, Texas, the second child of Thomas E. LeSueur (died 1938) and Anna Bell Johnson (died 1958). His older sister was Daisy LeSueur (1901/1902 – 1904), and his younger sister was Lucille Fay LeSueur, later the Oscar-winning film star Joan Crawford. After Thomas LeSueur had abandoned the family, Anna wed businessman Henry J. Cassin (1868–1922), who nicknamed Lucille "Billie". She was known for a while as "Billie Cassin". The family lived in Lawton, Oklahoma, then moved to Kansas City, Missouri, around 1916. Hal LeSueur and his second wife to be, Kasha, moved from Kansas City around 1928 to Los Angeles. He found work in the stock department at MGM in bit parts or as an extra.[7]

Marriages[edit]

He was married twice. His first wife was Jessie Burress (July 17, 1903 – December 2, 1977). They wed on October 21, 1922 in Kansas City, Missouri[8] (age given as 21) and divorced some time later on an unknown date. His second wife was Kasha Haroldi (March 31, 1907 – June 26, 1992), whom he married in 1931. Hal and Kasha LeSueur had one child, a daughter, named Joan Crawford LeSueur, who was named for Hal's sister (December 2, 1933 – December 15, 1999),[9] who became a dancer on Broadway, known professionally as Joan Lowe. Hal and Kasha married in Santa Ana, California on September 16, 1931, with Hal's age given as 30.[1] Kasha and Hal LeSueur divorced in 1935. She won custody of their daughter. She remarried and became Mrs. Kasha Lowe; her daughter became Joan Lowe, the name by which she was known professionally, later Mrs. Joan Fowler.[citation needed]

Controversy[edit]

On November 9, 1935, LeSueur was in a head-on collision at the top of Cahuenga Pass. The other car caught fire and the three people inside, Earl Gose, who was driving, his wife, Golda, and his unmarried sister, Grace, were pulled from the blaze. Their car burned to a charred hulk. LeSueur suffered severe cuts and bruises on his hands, face, arms and legs. The other people were also seriously injured. All were taken to a hospital in Hollywood. The injuries of Grace Gose proved fatal three days later. His mother, Anna, and his ex-wife, Kasha, accompanied him to the coroner's inquest on November 15. Earl and Golda Gose were unable to appear. LeSueur testified that he was driving near the center of the highway when the other car suddenly pulled out from behind another car into his lane and he was unable to avoid the collision. The Coroner's jury exonerated him of blame for the crash, returning a verdict of accidental death.[10]

In February 1936, Earl and Golda Gose sued him, seeking $86,400 in damages. Golda, who was taken into court on a hospital stretcher, which was placed before the jury box, testified that LeSueur was driving on the wrong side of Cahuenga Boulevard when his car collided with theirs. LeSueur not only denied responsibility for the accident, but in his cross-complaint for $10,000 charged that the crash came about through Gose's negligent driving. The suit was then abruptly dropped, however, when a settlement was reached. LeSueur agreed to pay them $8,500, one tenth of what they had originally sought.[10]

Later years[edit]

Tired of being an uncredited actor in the films on which he worked, he decided to try his hand at make-up work at MGM for a while. When he left that job, he worked as a sporting goods salesman. LeSueur made one final movie appearance, playing a reporter in Jeanne Eagels (1957), the only role for which LeSueur received screen credit. He made one TV appearance in an episode of the series State Trooper, titled No Fancy Cowboys, which aired on March 13, 1957. When he left the sporting goods business, LeSueur began working as a desk clerk at a Los Angeles hotel, and supplemented his income working as a switchboard operator at the motel where he lived.[11]

Death[edit]

Hal LeSueur died of a ruptured appendix at General Hospital. He was interred in Forest Lawn Cemetery, Glendale, California. He was originally believed to have been 59 years old, but may have been 61. His sister reportedly sent him telegrams from New York to the hospital before he died, but did not attend his funeral.[12]

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Distributed Role Notes
1935 Mutiny on the Bounty MGM Millard Uncredited
1936 After the Thin Man MGM Polly's Admirer Uncredited
1937 Mama Steps Out MGM Steward With Key Uncredited
1937 Bad Guy MGM Prison Switchboard Operator Uncredited
1937 My Dear Miss Aldrich MGM Reporter Uncredited
1937 Madame X MGM Spectator Uncredited
1937 Mannequin MGM Tout Uncredited
1938 Man-Proof MGM Guest in Drawing Room Uncredited
1938 The Girl of the Golden West MGM Adjutant Uncredited
1938 Judge Hardy's Children MGM Joe, the Chauffeur Uncredited
1938 Three Comrades MGM Dancer Who Stumbles with Erich Uncredited
1938 The Toy Wife MGM First Brother Uncredited
1938 The Crowd Roars MGM Usher at Madison Square Garden Uncredited
1939 Dancing Co-Ed MGM Boy Uncredited
1940 I Take This Woman MGM Man in Cafe (scenes deleted)
1940 Broadway Melody of 1940 MGM Casey's Chauffeur Uncredited
1940 The Golden Fleecing MGM Clerk Uncredited
1940 Sky Murder MGM Al, co-pilot Uncredited
1940 Dulcy MGM Businessman in Meeting Uncredited
1940 Flight Command MGM Hell Cat Uncredited
1941 Respect the Law MGM Reporter Short, Uncredited
1941 The Big Store MGM Chauffeur Uncredited
1941 Married Bachelor MGM Man vying for table in cafe Uncredited
1941 Shadow of the Thin Man MGM Reporter Uncredited
1942 The Bugle Sounds MGM Recruit Uncredited
1942 Whistling in Dixie MGM Sound Effects Man Uncredited
1942 Stand by for Action MGM Lookout Uncrredited
1957 Jeanne Eagels Columbia Reporter Uncredited, (final film role)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Marriage License, State of California, County of Orange". FamilySearch.org. p. 380. Retrieved September 4, 2017.
  2. ^ a b ""United States World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946"". FamilySearch.org. Retrieved August 16, 2015.
  3. ^ Some sources -- including the 1910 U.S. Census (dated April 20, 1910), which appears to list his age as eight years old, and his September 16, 1931 marriage license (for his second marriage), clearly giving his age as 30 -- indicate 1901 as the year of birth.
  4. ^ Hal LeSueur's Los Angeles Times obituary (dated Los Angeles Times, May 9, 1963), his U.S. Army Enlistment papers, California State Death records and his gravestone all indicate 1903 (see below).
  5. ^ ""California Death Index, 1940-1997". FamilySearch.org. Retrieved August 16, 2015.
  6. ^ Hal LeSueur at Find a Grave
  7. ^ Don Blanding (November 10, 2012). "Lucille Was Here in Lawton". Okie Magazine. Retrieved January 15, 2016.
  8. ^ "Biodata". ancestry.com. Retrieved August 8, 2018.
  9. ^ Joan Fuller's dates of birth and death, Ancestry.com. U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2015. Original data: Social Security Applications and Claims, 1936-2007.; accessed September 30, 2015.
  10. ^ a b "The Best of Everything". Joancrawfordbest.com. Retrieved September 4, 2017.
  11. ^ "Hal Hays LeSueur". Geni. Retrieved 2018-09-26.
  12. ^ Hal LeSueur obituary, joancrawfordbest.com; accessed September 6, 2014.

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