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|Born||Hal Hays LeSueur
September 3, 1901/1903
San Antonio, Texas
|Died||May 3, 1963|
(m. 1928; div. 1930)
(m. 1931; div. 1935)
|Parent(s)||Thomas E. LeSueur
Anna Bell Johnson
|Relatives||Joan Crawford (sister)
Christina Crawford (niece)
Hal LeSueur was born in San Antonio, Texas, the second child of Thomas E. LeSueur (1868-1938) and Anna Bell Johnson (1884-1958). His older sister was Daisy LeSueur (ƒ 1902), 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, 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.
He was married twice. His first wife was Jessie Beryl Burress (married 1928; divorced 1930); his second wife was Kasha Haroldi (born March 31, 1907 – died 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), 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. 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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
- Mutiny on the Bounty (1935) (MGM) ... Millard
- Mama Steps Out (1937) (MGM) ... Steward With Key
- Bad Guy (1937) (MGM) ... Prison Switchboard Operator
- My Dear Miss Aldrich (1937) (MGM) ... Reporter
- Madame X (1937) (MGM) ... Spectator
- Mannequin (1937) (MGM) ... Tout
- The Girl of the Golden West (1938) (MGM) ... Adjutant
- Judge Hardy's Children (1938) (MGM) ... Joe, the Chauffeur
- The Toy Wife (1938) (MGM) ... First Brother
- Man-Proof (1938) (MGM) ... Guest in Drawing Room
- The Crowd Roars (1938) (MGM) ... Usher at Madison Square Garden
- Dancing Co-Ed (1939) (MGM) ... Boy
- I Take This Woman (1940) (MGM) ... Man in Cafe (scenes cut)
- Broadway Melody of 1940 (1940) (MGM) ... Casey's Chauffeur
- The Golden Fleecing (1940) (MGM) ... Clerk
- Sky Murder (1940) (MGM) ... Al, co-pilot
- Dulcy (1940) (MGM) ... Businessman in Meeting
- Flight Command (1940) (MGM) ... Hell Cat
- Respect the Law (1941) (MGM) ... Reporter
- Married Bachelor (1941) (MGM) ... Man vying for table in cafe
- Shadow of the Thin Man (1941) (MGM) ... Reporter
- The Bugle Sounds (1942) (MGM) ... Recruit
- Whistling in Dixie (1942) (MGM) ... Sound Effects Man
- Stand by for Action (1942) (MGM) ... Lookout
- Jeanne Eagels (1957) (Columbia) ... Reporter
- 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.
- 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).
- "California Death Index, 1940-1997", FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VPCZ-J21); accessed August 16, 2015, Hal H Lesueur, May 3, 1963; Department of Public Health Services, Sacramento.
- "United States World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946", FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:K853-P9Y); accessed August 16, 2015), Hal H Le Sueur, enlisted July 31, 1942, Los Angeles, California, United States; citing "Electronic Army Serial Number Merged File, ca. 1938-1946", database, The National Archives: Access to Archival Databases (AAD) (http://aad.archives.gov): National Archives and Records Administration, 2002; NARA NAID 126323, National Archives at College Park, Maryland.
- Hal LeSueur at Find a Grave
- Don Blanding (November 10, 2012). "Lucille Was Here in Lawton". Okie Magazine. Retrieved January 15, 2016.
- 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.
Marriage License, State of California, County of Orange,
Page 380, #23825,
Dated September 16, 1931, "California, County Marriages, 1850-1952" database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:K8F8-GS1); accessed August 16, 2015), Hal Hays Le Sueur and Kasha Haroldi, September 16, 1931; citing Orange, California, United States, county courthouses, California; FHL microfilm 2,051,085.
- Hal LeSueur obituary, joancrawfordbest.com; accessed September 6, 2014.