Rod La Rocque
|Rod La Rocque|
Publicity portrait of Pola Negri with La Rocque from 1924 film Forbidden Paradise
|Born||Roderick La Rocque de la Rour
November 29, 1898
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
|Died||October 15, 1969
Beverly Hills, California, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Vilma Bánky (m. 1927–69)(his death)|
Rod La Rocque (November 29, 1898 – October 15, 1969) was an American actor.
He was born Roderick La Rocque de la Rour in Chicago, Illinois to a father of French-Canadian descent and a mother of Irish descent. He began appearing in stock theater at the age of seven and eventually ended up at the Essanay Studios as a teenager in Chicago where he found steady work until the studios closed. He then moved to New York City and worked on the stage until he was noticed by Samuel Goldwyn who took him to Hollywood. Over the next two decades, he appeared in films and made the transition to sound films.
In 1927, he married Hungarian actress Vilma Bánky in a lavish and highly publicized wedding. They were married until his death in 1969. He retired from movies in 1941 and became a real estate broker.
For his contribution to the film industry, La Rocque was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
- The Showman (1914)
- Let's Get a Divorce (1918)
- The Venus Model (1918)
- A Perfect 36 (1918)
- The Trap (1919)
- Easy to Get (1920)
- The Stolen Kiss (1920)
- The Ten Commandments (1923)
- Triumph (1924)
- Feet of Clay (1924)
- Forbidden Paradise (1924)
- The Golden Bed (1925)
- The Coming of Amos (1925)
- Braveheart (1925)
- Gigolo (1926)
- Cruise of the Jasper B (1926)
- Resurrection (1927)
- The Fighting Eagle (1927)
- Stand and Deliver (1928)
- Love Over Night (1928)
- The Man and the Moment (1929)
- Our Modern Maidens (1929)
- The Delightful Rogue (1929)
- The Locked Door (1929)
- Beau Bandit (1930)(*preserved Library of Congress)
- One Romantic Night (1930)
- Let Us Be Gay (1930)
- SOS Iceberg (1933) English-language version of SOS Eisberg with Leni Riefenstahl
- Till We Meet Again (1936)
- The Preview Murder Mystery (1936)
- The Shadow: International Crime (1937)
- Clothes and the Woman (1937)
- The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939)
- Dr. Christian Meets the Women (1940)
- Beyond Tomorrow (1940)
- Dark Streets of Cairo (1941)
- Meet John Doe (1941)
- "Vilma Banky And Rod La Rocque, Film Lovers, Fooled The Gossips". Milwaukee Journal. February 2, 1949. Retrieved August 12, 2010.
- "Silent Film Star Rod La Rocque Dies". October 17, 1969. Retrieved August 12, 2010.
- Rothwell-Smith, Paul. Silent Films! the Performers (2011) ISBN 978-1-907540-32-5
- Schildgen, Rachel A. More Than a Dream: Rediscovering the Life & Films of Vilma Banky ISBN 978-0-9827709-2-4.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Rod La Rocque.|
- Rod La Rocque at the Internet Movie Database
- Rod La Rocque at Find a Grave
- Rod La Rocque at Virtual History
- Portraits of Rod La Rocque; NY Public Library, Billy Rose collection