Ralph Forbes

Ralph Forbes (born Ralph Forbes Taylor, 30 September 1904 – 31 March 1951) was an English film and stage actor in the UK and the United States.

Ralph Forbes
Picture of Forbes from Film Star Who's Who on the Screen (1938)
Ralph Forbes Taylor

(1904-09-30)30 September 1904
London, England
Died31 March 1951(1951-03-31) (aged 46)
Years active1923–1944
Ruth Chatterton
(m. 1924; div. 1932)

Heather Angel
(m. 1934; div. 1941)

Dora Sayers
(m. 1946)

Early life

Forbes was born in Wandsworth, London, the son of Ernest John "E.J." and Ethel Louise Taylor. His mother would become known as Mary Forbes, a stage and film actress. His younger sister was actress Brenda Forbes (born Dorothy Brenda Taylor). Born on 30 September 1904, Forbes was baptized on 6 November[1] and his birth was legally registered with the authorities during the last quarter of 1904.[2]

Forbes met with an accident while playing football at Denstone College in Staffordshire which resulted in a scar on his cheek.[3]

Forbes came to the United States as a member of a British troupe that performed Havoc, a war play.[4]

He started off in films, then went on stage. In the United States he appeared onstage opposite actress Ruth Chatterton, whom he wed on 20 December 1924 in New York City.[5] He was 20 years old and she was four days shy of her 32nd birthday. The couple divorced in 1932. He married actress Heather Angel in Yuma, Arizona,[6] on August 29, 1934; that marriage ended in divorce on July 18, 1941.[7] His last wife, whom he married in 1946, was actress Dora Sayers.[8]

Later years

Following a film career that spanned from 1926 to 1944,[9] Forbes’ latter years were given to working on the Broadway stage. One of his last stage appearances was in a revival of Shaw's You Never Can Tell in 1948. He died at Montefiore Hospital in The Bronx, New York in 1951, aged 46.[8]

Selected filmography


  1. Baptismal record for Ralph Forbes Taylor, ancestry.com; accessed 25 September 2015.(registration required)
  2. Birth registration for Ralph Forbes Taylor, ancestry.com; accessed 25 September 2015.(registration required)
  3. Wagner, Laura (Fall 2017). "Ralph Forbes: Smolderingly Handsome". Films of the Golden Age (90): 38–43.
  4. "Ralph Forbes, English Actor, Makes Good in Hollywood". The Boston Globe. Massachusetts, Boston. 24 September 1936. p. 32. Retrieved 25 July 2018 via Newspapers.com.
  5. "Ruth Chatterton, Broadway Star, Weds Ralph Forbes, English Actor". The Boston Globe. Massachusetts, Boston. 21 December 1924. p. 21. Retrieved 25 July 2018 via Newspapers.com.
  6. "Heather Angel and Ralph Forbes Wed". The Klamath News. Oregon, Klamath Falls. United Press. 30 August 1934. p. 1. Retrieved 25 July 2018 via Newspapers.com.
  7. "Heather Angel Wins Divorce; Says Ralph Forbes Slapped Her". The Los Angeles Times. California, Los Angeles. 19 July 1941. p. 17. Retrieved 25 July 2018 via Newspapers.com.
  8. "Ralph Forbes Dies; Stage, Film Actor - London-Born Player Got His First Role in U.S. in 1924 - Was in 50 Picture". New York Times. 1 April 1951. p. 54. Retrieved 19 April 2016.
  9. "Filmography for Ralph Forbes". Tcm.com. 31 March 1951. Retrieved 26 September 2015.
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