Eddie Polo

Eddie Polo (1 February 1875 14 June 1961) was an Austrian-American actor of the silent era. He was of Jewish descent.[1]

Eddie Polo
Polo, 1922
Born
Edward W. Wyman / Weimer

(1875-02-01)1 February 1875
Died14 June 1961(1961-06-14) (aged 86)
Other namesEddie Weimer
OccupationActor
Years active1913-1944
ChildrenMalvine Polo

Biography

He was born Edward W. Wyman or Weimer in Vienna, Austria-Hungary on 1 February 1875. With his brother Sam he was the trapeze act The Flying Cordovas. Beginning in 1913, he appeared in serials and films in the United States and became an action star in Germany in the late 1920s. After his acting career ended in the mid-1940s he worked as a makeup artist.

He was the father of actress Malvina Polo (1903-2000), best remembered as the mentally handicapped girl preyed upon for rape in Erich von Stroheim's Foolish Wives (1922). His brother was the acrobat, actor and makeup artist Sam Polo (1872-1966).

Polo died in Hollywood, California from a heart attack.

Selected filmography

Year Title Role Notes
1915 The Broken Coin Roleau
Graft
1916 The Adventures of Peg o' the Ring Scenes deleted
Liberty Pedro Alternative titles: The Fangs of the Wolf
Liberty, a Daughter of the U.S.A.
1917 The Gray Ghost Marco
Bull's Eye Cody
1918 Lure of the Circus Eddie Somers
1920 King of the Circus Eddie King
The Vanishing Dagger John Edward Grant
1921 Do or Die Jack Merton
The Secret Four
1928 Eddy Polo in the Wasp's Nest Eddy Polo
1928 Hands Up, Eddy Polo Eddy Polo
1929 On the Reeperbahn at Half Past Midnight Heini Box
1929 The Daredevil Reporter Reporter
1930 Witnesses Wanted
1930 Of Life and Death
1932 All is at Stake

References

  1. Siegbert Salomon Prawer, Between Two Worlds: The Jewish Presence in German and Austrian Film, 1910-1933, Berghahn Books (2007), p. 213
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