Etienne Girardot

Etienne Girardot (22 February 1856 – 10 November 1939) was a diminutive stage and film actor of Anglo-French parentage born in London, England.[1]

Etienne Girardot
Born(1856-02-22)22 February 1856
Died10 November 1939(1939-11-10) (aged 83)
Resting placeHollywood Forever Cemetery
Years active1870s-1939


The son of French painter Ernest Gustave Girardot, he studied at an art school, but left at age seventeen to go on stage. Having played in the provinces, he made his debut on the London stage at the Haymarket Theatre. He went to America in 1893,[1] where he continued his career. He was a success, with numerous Broadway shows to his credit,[1] including the 1893 production of Charley's Aunt, in which he played Lord Fancourt Babberley for three years.[2]

He also worked in film, both silents and talkies, debuting in 1911 in Intrepid Davy. Among his film roles were the harmless lunatic who fancies himself a millionaire in the 1934 screwball comedy Twentieth Century, with John Barrymore and Carole Lombard, and the harassed coroner in three murder mysteries starring William Powell as detective Philo Vance.

Girardot died after a short stay in the hospital. He was survived by his wife Dr. Violetta Shelton, an "eye, ear, nose and throat specialist."[3]

Complete filmography


  1. "Etienne Girardot Veteran Actor Dies". Ottawa Journal. Associated Press. 11 November 1939 via
  2. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 18 March 2014.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. "Veteran Film Actor Dies at Age of 83". The Bakersfield Californian. 11 November 1939 via

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