Max Asher (actor)

Max Asher, born Max Ascher,[1] (May 5, 1885 - April 15, 1957) was an actor whose career spanned the early silent film era to talkies in the early 1930s. His career began on stage.[2][3] He appeared in various comedic shorts. He was 5'9" and more than 200 pounds. In the 1920s he transitioned to character actor roles.[4]

He was born in Oakland.

Asher was part of Universal Pictures' Joker Comedy unit with Gale Henry and Milburn Morante.[5] Asher appeared in a title role with Henry in "Lady Baffles and Detective Duck"[6] and 12 short films produced by Pat Powers in 1915.

He died in Los Angeles.[7][8]



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