Henry Bergman

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Henry Bergman
Henry Bergman 1917.jpg
Bergman in The Adventurer, 1917
Born(1868-02-23)February 23, 1868
DiedOctober 22, 1946(1946-10-22) (aged 78)
OccupationFilm actor
Years active1913-1936

Henry Bergman (February 23, 1868 – October 22, 1946) was an American actor of stage and film, known for his long association with Charlie Chaplin.

Biography[edit]

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.[1]

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.[2]

Henry Bergman continued to be associated with the Chaplin Studios until his death from a heart attack in 1946.[3] He is interred in the Hillside Memorial Park Cemetery in Culver City, California.

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1915 The Kreutzer Sonata Raphael Friedlander
1915 The Melting Pot Mendel Quixano
1916 The Floorwalker Old Man Short, Uncredited
1916 The Pawnshop Pawnbroker Short
1916 The Rink Mrs. Stout Short
1917 Easy Street Anarchist Short, Uncredited
1917 The Black Stork The Detective
1917 The Cure Masseur Short
1917 The Immigrant Artist Short
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)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Fisher, James; Londré, Felicia Hardison (2017). Historical Dictionary of American Theater: Modernism. Rowman & Littlefield. ISBN 9781538107867. Retrieved November 6, 2018.
  2. ^ "The First Hollywood Restaurant To Stay Open Past Midnight Was Funded By Charlie Chaplin". LAist. Retrieved November 8, 2018.
  3. ^ "The Final Curtain". Billboard: 44. November 2, 1946. ISSN 0006-2510.

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