Fred Walton (actor)

Fred Walton (July 26, 1865 – December 28, 1936) was an English stage actor who immigrated to the United States in the early part of the 20th century and became a character actor in American silent and early sound films.

Fred Walton
Lobby card from South of Panama (1928) with Fred Walton at right
Born
Frederick Heming

(1865-07-26)26 July 1865
Died28 December 1936(1936-12-28) (aged 71)
London, England
OccupationActor
Years active1910–36

Life and career

Born on 26 July 1865 in Brighton, England, he appeared on the stage in England prior to moving to the United States.[1] In 1905 he appeared in a production of The Babes and the Baron, which ran at the Theatre Royal in Birmingham. The following year, the play was produced by Lee and J.J. Shubert at the Lyric Theatre in New York City, where Walton reprised his role as The Toy Soldier.[1][2] He remained in the United States, and in 1910 and 1911 he starred in several film shorts, for the Selig Polyscope Company and Powers Picture Plays (which later merged with Independent Moving Pictures); Walton directed one of the shorts, April Fool.[3][4]

In 1911, he would focus on his stage career, during which he appeared in over a dozen plays on Broadway between 1911 and 1922, before returning to the screen in 1924's The Fast Set.[5][6] Over the next 12 years, Walton would appear in over 40 films, mostly in supporting or smaller roles.[7] Some of the more notable films in which Walton acted include: Sin Takes a Holiday, starring Constance Bennett, Kenneth MacKenna, and Basil Rathbone;[8] the 1935 Frank Capra classic romantic comedy It Happened One Night, starring Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert;[9] and Little Lord Fauntleroy in 1936, starring Freddie Bartholomew, Dolores Costello Barrymore, and C. Aubrey Smith.[10] He would make his final Broadway appearance in the role of Chester Biddlesby in the Jerome Kern and Otto Harbach musical, The Cat and the Fiddle, which ran for almost 400 performances in 1931-32.[11] Walton's final performance would be in 1936, in the Tyrone Power vehicle, Lloyd's of London, which also starred Freddie Bartholomew and C. Aubrey Smith.[12]

Walton died on 28 December 1936, just two months after his last film, Lloyds of London finished production, and only a month after its premiere in November. He was buried in London.[13]

Filmography

(Per AFI database)[7]

References

  1. "Fred Walton". Cyranos.ch. Retrieved 13 May 2015.
  2. "The Babes and the Baron". Internet Broadway Database. Retrieved 13 May 2015.
  3. "Fred Walton". imdb.com. Retrieved 13 May 2015.
  4. "April Fool". imdb.com. Retrieved 13 May 2015.
  5. "Fred Walton". Internet Broadway Database. Retrieved 13 May 2015.
  6. "The Fast Set: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved 13 May 2015.
  7. "Fred Walton". Retrieved 13 May 2015.
  8. "Sin Takes a Holiday: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved 13 May 2015.
  9. "It Happened One Night: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved 13 May 2015.
  10. "Little Lord Fauntleroy: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved 13 May 2015.
  11. "The Cat and the Fiddle". Internet Broadway Database. Retrieved 13 May 2015.
  12. "Lloyd's of London: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved 13 May 2015.
  13. "Fred Walton". Find a Grave. Retrieved 13 May 2015.
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