Monroe Owsley

Monroe Owsley (August 11, 1900 – June 7, 1937) was an American stage and film actor.

Monroe Owsley
Lobby card with Bette Davis and Monroe Owsley in Ex-Lady (1933)
Born(1900-08-11)August 11, 1900
DiedJune 7, 1937(1937-06-07) (aged 36)
OccupationStage, film actor
Years active1924-1937
Parent(s)Gertrude Owsley

Early years

The son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Owsley,[1] he was born in Atlanta, Georgia[2] to an aspiring actress, Gertrude Owsley. Monroe Owsley started taking acting classes when he was a teenager.

Before Owsley became an actor, he worked as a reporter and a drama critic for the Public Ledger newspaper in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.[3]


Owsley gained acting experience with stock theater troupes.[1] He made his Broadway debut in Young Blood (1925).[4] His film debut was 1928's The First Kiss, starring Fay Wray. This was followed by the Philip Barry film Holiday in 1930, in the role played by Lew Ayres in the 1938 version. Soon after, he was cast opposite actresses such as Clara Bow, Bette Davis, Barbara Stanwyck, Joan Crawford, Gloria Swanson, Mae West, and Kay Francis.


On June 7, 1937, Owsley died from a heart attack[2] following a car accident in Belmont, California. He was 36 years old. He was survived by a brother and a sister.[1]


Year Title Role Notes
1928The First Kissthe Other Suitor
1928Carry on, Sergeant!Leonard Sinclair
1930HolidayNed Seton
1930Free LoveRush Begelow
1931Ten Cents A DanceEddie Miller
1931Honor Among LoversPhilip Craig
1931IndiscreetJim Woodward
1931This Modern AgeTony Gerard
1932UnashamedHarry Swift
1932Hat Check GirlTod Reese
1932Call Her SavageLawrence Crosby
1933The KeyholeMaurice Le Brun
1933The Woman Who DaredJack Goodwin, Newspaper Reporter
1933Ex-LadyNick Malvyn
1933Brief MomentHarold Sigrift
1933Twin HusbandsColton Drain
1934Little Man, What Now?Kessler
1934Wild GoldWalter Jordan
1934ShockBob Hayworth
1934She Was a LadyJerry Couzins
1934Behold My Wife!Bob Prentice
1935RumbaHobart Fletcher
1935Goin' to TownFletcher Colton
1935Remember Last Night?Billy Arliss
1936Private NumberCoakley
1936YellowstoneMarty Ryan / Jenkins
1936Mr. CinderellaAloysius P. Merriweather
1936Hideaway GirlCount de Montaigne
1937The Hit ParadeTeddy Leeds(final film role)


  1. "Death Calls Actor Owsley". The Los Angeles Times. California, Los Angeles. June 9, 1937. p. Part II-Page 1. Retrieved March 9, 2018 via
  2. Ellenberger, Allan R. (2001). Celebrities in Los Angeles Cemeteries: A Directory. McFarland. pp. 65–66. ISBN 9780786409839. Retrieved 10 March 2018.
  3. "Stage Ambitions of Monroe Owsley". Hartford Courant. Connecticut, Hartford. February 25, 1924. p. 7. Retrieved March 9, 2018 via
  4. "Monroe Owsley". Internet Broadway Database. The Broadway League. Archived from the original on 10 March 2018. Retrieved 10 March 2018.

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