Sam Hardy (actor)

Sam B. Hardy (March 21, 1883 – October 16, 1935) was an American stage and film actor who appeared in feature films during the silent and early sound eras.[2]

Sam Hardy
Sam Hardy and Doris Kenyon (at right) in Get-Rich-Quick Wallingford (1921)
Born(1883-03-21)March 21, 1883
DiedOctober 16, 1935(1935-10-16) (aged 52)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Years active19151935
Spouse(s)Betty Scott[1]

Born in New Haven, Connecticut, Hardy attended Yale but left there to become an actor on stage. He entered the world of film with Biograph Studios.[3] Hardy appeared in about 85 movies between 1915 and 1935, he was often in comedic roles. His best-known role to modern audiences is perhaps Charles Weston, the theatrical agent, in the 1933 film classic King Kong.

Hardy became ill while he was working in the film Shoot the Chutes, starring Eddie Cantor. He did not survive emergency surgery at a hospital[3] and died of intestinal problems.[4] He was also known as Samuel Hardy.[5]

Partial filmography


  • Goldner, Orville & Turner, George Eugene. The Making of King Kong: The Story Behind a Film Classic. A. S. Barnes, 1975.
  • Low, Rachael. History of the British Film: Filmmaking in 1930s Britain. George Allen & Unwin, 1985 .


  1. Staedeli, Thomas. "Portrait of the actor Sam Hardy by Thomas Staedeli".
  2. "Sam Hardy". The New York Times.
  3. "Hollywood Pays Hardy Final Touching Tribute". The Los Angeles Times. California, Los Angeles. October 19, 1935. p. Part II - 3.
  4. "Sam Hardy, Actor, Dies". The Montreal Gazette. Canada, Montreal. Associated Press. October 17, 1935. p. 15. Retrieved 20 April 2018.
  5. "Sam B. Hardy". Internet Broadway Database. The Broadway League. Archived from the original on 20 April 2018. Retrieved 20 April 2018.

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