Wallace Beery

Shop by the Stars aisle featuring Wallace Beery (1885-1949) vintage movie cards, still photos, ephemera, and other collectibles. Missouri-born star won an Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance in The Champ (1931). Beery ran away to join the circus at age sixteen, and soon joined his older brother Noah in New York where he became an actor. His film career began in comedy shorts for Essanay in Chicago in 1913, many of those in drag as Sweedie the Swedish maid. Beery's short, unhappy marriage to co-star Gloria Swanson also came during this period. Wallace Beery developed into a major star of silent films throughout the 1920s, and he made one of the more impressive transitions to talking films the following decade, becoming one of Hollywood's top stars after he was paired with Marie Dressler in Min and Bill (1930). Previously, Beery had appeared in famous silent films such as The Last of the Mohicans (1920), Robin Hood (1922), and The Lost World (1925). After that he starred or had major roles in a host of popular talking films such as The Big House (1930), Grand Hotel (1932), Dinner at Eight (1933), Treasure Island (1934), Viva Villa! (1934), and China Seas (1935), among many others. Beery was a film star the rest of his life, his final film released the same month that he died.

Birthday: April 1