Rod La Rocque
|Rod La Rocque|
Rod La Rocque in Photoplay, July 1924.
|Born||Roderick Ross LaRocque
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 Ross LaRocque  in Chicago, Illinois to Edmund LaRocque and Ann (née Rice) LaRocque. His father was of French-Canadian descent and his mother was 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)
- The Alster Case (1915)
- 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)
- Life (1920)
- Paying the Piper (1921)
- The Ten Commandments (1923)
- Triumph (1924)
- Feet of Clay (1924)
- Forbidden Paradise (1924)
- The Golden Bed (1925)
- The Coming of Amos (1925)
- Wild, Wild Susan (1925)
- Braveheart (1925)
- Red Dice (1926)
- Gigolo (1926)
- Cruise of the Jasper B (1926)
- Resurrection (1927)
- The Fighting Eagle (1927)
- Stand and Deliver (1928)
- Captain Swagger (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) (final film)
- Birthname per WWI United States draft registration card, 1917-18, ancestry.com; accessed October 20, 2015.
- "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.
- Schildgen, Rachel A. More Than a Dream: Rediscovering the Life & Films of Vilma Banky ISBN 978-0-9827709-2-4.
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