Ralph Forbes

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Ralph Forbes
Ralph Forbes1.jpg
Picture of Forbes from Film Star Who's Who on the Screen (1938)
Born Ralph Forbes Taylor
(1904-09-30)30 September 1904
London, England
Died 31 March 1951(1951-03-31) (aged 46)
The Bronx, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1926-1944
Spouse(s)
Ruth Chatterton
(m. 1924; div. 1932)

Heather Angel
(m. 1934; div. 1941)

Dora Sayers
(m. 1946)

Ralph Forbes (born Ralph Forbes Taylor, 30 September 1904 – 31 March 1951) was an English film and stage actor in the UK and the United States.

Early life[edit]

Forbes was born in Wandsworth, London, the son of Ernest John "E.J." and Ethel Louise Taylor. His mother would become known as Mary Forbes, a stage and film actress. His younger sister was actress Brenda Forbes (born Dorothy Brenda Taylor). Born on 30 September 1904, Forbes was baptized on 6 November[1] and his birth was legally registered with the authorities during the last quarter of 1904.[2]

Forbes met with an accident while playing football at Denstone College in Staffordshire which resulted in a scar on his cheek.[3]

Forbes came to the United States as a member of a British troupe that performed Havoc, a war play.[4]

He started off in films, then went on stage. In the United States he appeared onstage opposite actress Ruth Chatterton, whom he wed on 20 December 1924 in New York City.[5] He was 20 years old and she was four days shy of her 32nd birthday. The couple divorced in 1932. He married actress Heather Angel in Yuma, Arizona,[6] on August 29, 1934; that marriage ended in divorce on July 18, 1941.[7] His last wife, whom he married in 1946, was actress Dora Sayers.[8]

Later years[edit]

Following a film career that spanned from 1926 to 1944,[9] Forbes’ latter years were given to working on the Broadway stage. One of his last stage appearances was in a revival of Shaw's You Never Can Tell in 1948. He died at Montefiore Hospital in The Bronx, New York in 1951, aged 46.[8]

Partial filmography[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Baptismal record for Ralph Forbes Taylor, ancestry.com; accessed 25 September 2015.(registration required)
  2. ^ Birth registration for Ralph Forbes Taylor, ancestry.com; accessed 25 September 2015.(registration required)
  3. ^ Wagner, Laura (Fall 2017). "Ralph Forbes: Smolderingly Handsome". Films of the Golden Age (90): 38–43. 
  4. ^ "Ralph Forbes, English Actor, Makes Good in Hollywood". The Boston Globe. Massachusetts, Boston. September 24, 1936. p. 32. Retrieved July 25, 2018 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  5. ^ "Ruth Chatterton, Broadway Star, Weds Ralph Forbes, English Actor". The Boston Globe. Massachusetts, Boston. December 21, 1924. p. 21. Retrieved July 25, 2018 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  6. ^ "Heather Angel and Ralph Forbes Wed". The Klamath News. Oregon, Klamath Falls. United Press. August 30, 1934. p. 1. Retrieved July 25, 2018 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  7. ^ "Heather Angel Wins Divorce; Says Ralph Forbes Slapped Her". The Los Angeles Times. California, Los Angeles. July 19, 1941. p. 17. Retrieved July 25, 2018 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  8. ^ a b "Ralph Forbes Dies; Stage, Film Actor - London-Born Player Got His First Role in U.S. in 1924 - Was in 50 Picture". New York Times. 1 April 1951. p. 54. Retrieved 19 April 2016. 
  9. ^ "Filmography for Ralph Forbes". Tcm.com. 31 March 1951. Retrieved 26 September 2015. 

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