Monte Blue

Monte Blue (born Gerard Montgomery Bluefeather; January 11, 1887 February 18, 1963) was a film actor who began his career as a romantic lead in the silent era; and for decades after the advent of sound, he continued to perform as a supporting player in a wide range of motion pictures.[1]

Monte Blue
Blue in 1924
Gerard Montgomery Bluefeather

(1887-01-11)January 11, 1887
DiedFebruary 18, 1963(1963-02-18) (aged 76)
Resting placeForest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, California
Alma materPurdue University
Years active19151960
Spouse(s)Erma Gladys
(m. 19??; div. 1923)
Tova Jansen
(m. 1924; died 1956)

Betty Jean Munson Mess
(m. 1959; his death 1963)

Early life

Blue was born in Indianapolis, Indiana. His father was half French and part Cherokee and Osage Indian.[2] When his father died, his mother could not rear five children alone, so Blue and one of his brothers were admitted to the Indiana Soldiers' and Sailors' Children's Home. He eventually worked his way through Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana.

Blue grew to six feet, three inches tall. He played football and worked as a fireman, railroad worker, coal miner, cowpuncher, ranch hand, circus rider, lumberjack, and day laborer at the studios of D. W. Griffith.


Blue had no theatrical experience when he came to the screen. His first movie was The Birth of a Nation (1915), in which he was a stuntman and an extra. Next, he played another small part in Intolerance (1916). He also was a stuntman or stand-in for Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree during the making of Macbeth (1916). Gradually moving to supporting roles for both D. W. Griffith and Cecil B. DeMille, Blue earned his breakthrough role as Danton in Orphans of the Storm, starring sisters Lillian and Dorothy Gish. Then, he rose to stardom as a rugged romantic lead along with top leading actresses such as Clara Bow, Gloria Swanson, and Norma Shearer. He was most often partnered with Marie Prevost, with whom he made several films in the mid-1920s at Warner Bros. Blue's finest silent-screen performance was as the alcoholic doctor who finds paradise in MGM's White Shadows in the South Seas (1928). Blue became one of the few silent stars to survive the talkie revolution; however, he lost his investments in the stock market crash of 1929.

He rebuilt his career as a character actor, working until his retirement from films in 1954, though he continued playing character roles in various television series until 1960, mostly Westerns, such as Annie Oakley, starring Gail Davis and Brad Johnson.

One of his more memorable roles was as the sheriff in Key Largo opposite Lionel Barrymore.

For his contributions to the motion pictures industry, Monte Blue received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6290 Hollywood Boulevard on February 8, 1960.[3][4]

Personal life

Blue divorced his first wife in 1923 and married Tova Jansen the following year. He had two children, Barbara Ann and Richard Monte. During the later part of his life, Blue was an active Mason and served as the advance man for the Hamid-Morton Shrine Circus. In 1963, while on business in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, he died after suffering a heart attack attributed to complications from influenza.[5] He is interred next to his mother-in-law, actress Bodil Rosing, at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, California.[6][7]

Selected filmography


  1. Monte Blue bio;
  2. The War, The West and The Wilderness c.1979 by Kevin Brownlow Retrieved September 3, 2015 ISBN 9780394489216
  3. "Monte Blue | Hollywood Walk of Fame". Retrieved June 27, 2016.
  4. "Monte Blue". Retrieved February 28, 2016.
  5. "Lewiston Evening Journal - Google News Archive Search". Retrieved February 28, 2016.
  6. Celebrities in Los Angeles Cemeteries
  7. Resting Places
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