Hank Mann

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Hank Mann
City Lights Charlie Chaplin 1931.jpg
Hank Mann as the boxer in Charlie Chaplin's City Lights (1931)
Born David William Lieberman
(1888-05-28)May 28, 1888
Died November 25, 1971(1971-11-25) (aged 83)
South Pasadena, California, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1912–1960
Spouse(s) Dolly Myers Robinson (1948-1971) (his death)

Hank Mann (born David William Lieberman, May 28, 1888 – November 25, 1971) was a comedian and silent screen star who was the last surviving member of the Keystone Cops. According to fellow actor and original member of the ensemble Edgar Kennedy, Mann was the originator of the idea for the Keystone Cops.


Hank Mann was born in Russia[1][2][3] but emigrated to New York City with his parents and siblings in 1891.[3] Other sources list his birthdate as May 28, 1887, in New York City, New York, USA

Mann was one of the earliest of film comedians, working first for Mack Sennett as an original Keystone Cop, and later for producers William Fox and Morris R. Schlank in silent film comedies. With the advent of motion picture sound and the "talkies", he became a popular bit player and background extra in many quintessential motion picture dramas as well as comedies, including The Maltese Falcon (one of a group of reporters) and Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (as a photographer).

One of Mann's most famous bits was as the "glass door man" in the Three Stooges' short Men in Black. Later in his career he continued to play bit parts in TV comedies, and made some appearances in several Jerry Lewis film comedies in the 1960s. Although he never really retired completely from the film industry, his later years were spent as an apartment building manager with his wife, Dolly, in the Los Feliz section of Los Angeles.


Hank Mann died on November 25, 1971, in South Pasadena, California.[4] He is interred in the Hall of David Mausoleum in the Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Hollywood, California.[5]


For his contribution to the motion picture industry, Hank Mann has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6300 Hollywood Boulevard.[6]

Partial filmography[edit]


  1. ^ "David William Or Hank Lieberman Or Mann", United States, World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942, FamilySearch, retrieved 11 February 2010
  2. ^ "Hank Mann", United States Census, 1920, FamilySearch, retrieved 11 February 2010
  3. ^ a b "Hank Mann", United States Census, 1930, FamilySearch, retrieved 11 February 2010
  4. ^ "Hank Mann", United States Social Security Death Index, FamilySearch, retrieved 11 February 2010
  5. ^ Interactive Site Map. Hollywood Forever. Retrieved 2012-02-11.
  6. ^ Hank Mann. Hollywood Walk of Fame. Retrieved 2012-02-11

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