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
30 September 1904[1]
London, England
Died 31 March 1951[2] (aged 46)
The Bronx, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1926-1944[3]
Spouse(s) Ruth Chatterton (1924-1932, divorced)
Heather Angel (1934-1941, divorced)
Dora Sayers (1946-1951, his death)[2]

Ralph Forbes (30 September 1904[1] – 31 March 1951[2]) was an English film and stage actor in the UK and the United States.

Early life[edit]

He was born Ralph Forbes Taylor 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). He was baptized on 6 November 1904[4] and his birth registered in the last quarter of 1904.[5]

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

He started off in films, then went on stage. In the United States he appeared onstage opposite actress Ruth Chatterton, who became his first wife in 1924; the couple divorced in 1932. He later married actress Heather Angel in 1934; that marriage also ended in divorce. His last wife, whom he married in 1946, was actress Dora Sayers.[2]

Later years[edit]

His last 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.[2]

Partial filmography[edit]


  1. ^ a b GRO England & Wales Birth Registration for Ralph Taylor Forbes (1904), findmypast.co.uk; accessed 26 September 2015.
  2. ^ a b c d e "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. 
  3. ^ "Filmography for Ralph Forbes". Tcm.com. 31 March 1951. Retrieved 26 September 2015. 
  4. ^ Baptismal record for Ralph Forbes Taylor, ancestry.com; accessed 25 September 2015.(registration required)
  5. ^ Birth registration for Ralph Forbes Taylor, ancestry.com; accessed 25 September 2015.(registration required)

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