Bergman in The Adventurer, 1917
|Died||October 22, 1946 (aged 78)|
Hollywood, California, U.S.
Born in San Francisco, California, Bergman acted in live theatre, appearing in Henrietta in 1888 at the Hollis Street Theatre in Boston and in the touring production of The Senator in 1892 and 1893. He made his Broadway debut in 1899 appearing with Anna Held in Papa's Wife, the musical hit of the year. He made his first film appearance with the L-KO Kompany in 1914 at the age of forty-six.
In 1916, Bergman started working with Charlie Chaplin, beginning with The Floorwalker. For the rest of his career, Bergman remained a character actor for Chaplin and worked as a studio assistant, including Assistant Director. He played in many Chaplin shorts and later features, including The Pawnshop, The Immigrant, A Dog's Life, The Gold Rush, The Circus, and City Lights. Bergman's last on-screen appearance was in Modern Times as a restaurant manager, and his final offscreen contribution was for The Great Dictator in 1940. Chaplin helped Bergman finance a restaurant in Hollywood, named "Henry's", which became a popular spot for celebrities as a precursor to the later Brown Derby restaurant.
|1915||The Kreutzer Sonata||Raphael Friedlander|
|1915||The Melting Pot||Mendel Quixano|
|1916||The Floorwalker||Old Man||Short, Uncredited|
|1916||The Rink||Mrs. Stout||Short|
|1917||Easy Street||Anarchist||Short, Uncredited|
|1917||The Black Stork||The Detective|
|1917||The Adventurer||The Father||Short|
|1918||A Dog's Life||Fat Unemployed Man / Dance-hall Lady||Short, Uncredited|
|1918||The Bond||John Bull||Short, (British version), Uncredited|
|1918||Shoulder Arms||Fat Whiskered German Soldier / The Kaiser's General / Bartender|
|1919||Sunnyside||Villager and Edna's Father||Short, Uncredited|
|1919||A Day's Pleasure||Captain / Man in Car / Heavy Policeman||Short, Uncredited|
|1919||The Professor||Bearded Man in Flophouse||Short, Uncredited|
|1921||The Kid||Professor Guido / Night Shelter Keeper||Uncredited|
|1921||The Idle Class||Sleeping Hobo / Guest in Cop Uniform||Uncredited|
|1922||Pay Day||Drinking Companion||Short|
|1923||The Pilgrim||Sheriff on Train / Man In Railroad Station|
|1923||A Woman of Paris||Head Waiter||Uncredited|
|1925||The Gold Rush||Hank Curtis|
|1928||The Circus||An Old Clown|
|1931||City Lights||Mayor / Blind Girl's Downstairs Neighbor||Uncredited|
|1936||Modern Times||Cafe Proprietor||(final film role)|
- Fisher, James; Londré, Felicia Hardison (2017). Historical Dictionary of American Theater: Modernism. Rowman & Littlefield. ISBN 9781538107867. Retrieved November 6, 2018.
- "The First Hollywood Restaurant To Stay Open Past Midnight Was Funded By Charlie Chaplin". LAist. Retrieved November 8, 2018.
- "The Final Curtain". Billboard: 44. November 2, 1946. ISSN 0006-2510.
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