Archie Mayo

Archibald L. "Archie" Mayo (January 29, 1891 December 4, 1968) was a film director, screenwriter and actor.[1]

Archie Mayo
Archie Mayo and Ann Pennington, from a 1929 magazine
Archibald L. Mayo

January 29, 1891
DiedDecember 4, 1968(1968-12-04) (aged 77)
OccupationFilm director, screenwriter, actor

Early years

The son of a tailor, Mayo was born in New York City. After attending the city's public schools, he studied at Columbia University.[2]


Mayo moved to Hollywood in 1915 and began working as a director in 1917. His films include Is Everybody Happy? (1929) with Ted Lewis, Bought! (1931) with Constance Bennett, Night After Night (1932) with Mae West, The Doorway to Hell (1930) with James Cagney and Lew Ayres, Convention City (1933) with Joan Blondell, The Mayor of Hell (1933) with James Cagney, The Petrified Forest (1936) with Bette Davis and Humphrey Bogart, and The Adventures of Marco Polo (1938) with Gary Cooper.

Mayo retired in 1946, shortly after completing A Night in Casablanca with the Marx Brothers and Angel on My Shoulder with Paul Muni, Anne Baxter, and Claude Rains.


Mayo has a star at 6301 Hollywood Boulevard in the Motion Pictures section of the Hollywood Walk of Fame. It was dedicated February 8, 1960.[3]


Mayo died of cancer in Guadalajara, Mexico on December 4, 1968.[2] He is interred in the Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Hollywood, California.



  1. "Archie Mayo". AllMovie.
  2. Aaker, Everett (2013). George Raft: The Films. McFarland. p. 31. ISBN 9780786493135. Retrieved 8 November 2016.
  3. "Archie Mayo". Hollywood Walk of Fame. Retrieved 8 November 2016.

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