Stanley Blystone

William Stanley Blystone (August 1, 1894 July 16, 1956) was an American film actor who made more than 500 films appearances between 1924 and 1956. He was sometimes billed as William Blystone or William Stanley.[1]

Stanley Blystone
Born(1894-08-01)August 1, 1894
DiedJuly 16, 1956(1956-07-16) (aged 61)
Hollywood, California
Resting placeValhalla Memorial Park Cemetery
Years active1924-1956
Spouse(s)Alma Tell (m.1932-1937; her death)

Early years

Blystone was born in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.[1] He was a steel production engineer and worked in ore mines before he became an actor.[2]


Blystone is best known for his appearance in Charlie Chaplin's Modern Times, playing Paulette Goddard's father, and several short films starring The Three Stooges. Some of his more memorable roles were in the films Half Shot Shooters, False Alarms, Goofs and Saddles, Three Little Twirps and Slaphappy Sleuths. His final appearance with the trio was Of Cash and Hash in 1955. He also appeared in several Laurel and Hardy films.

Personal life and death

Blystone was married to Hollywood starlet Alma Tell (1898–1937).[3] They had no children. Blystone's brother John Blystone (1892–1938) was a film director in Hollywood. Stanley was the third cousin of CNN correspondent Richard Blystone and also the second cousin twice removed of George Carmack, who launched the Klondike gold rush.

Blystone was strolling down a Hollywood sidewalk on July 16, 1956 when he collapsed, dying of a sudden heart attack.[4] He was dressed as a cowboy for the Desilu The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp television series[5] and was pronounced dead on arrival at Hollywood Receiving Hospital.[3] He was buried at Pierce Brothers Valhalla Memorial Park Cemetery, North Hollywood, Los Angeles, California.[3]



  1. Gilpatrick, Kristin (2002). Famous Wisconsin Film Stars. Badger Books Inc. p. 150. ISBN 9781878569868. Retrieved July 24, 2019.
  2. "Blystone Shines In Rugged Rascal Role". The Delta Democrat-Times. Mississippi, Greenville. February 19, 1937. p. 6. Retrieved July 24, 2019 via
  3. "Funeral Services Slated for Actor". Valley News. July 19, 1956. p. 53. Retrieved May 4, 2016 via
  4. "TV Actor Succumbs". Miami Daily News-Record. July 17, 1956. p. 5. Retrieved May 3, 2016 via
  5. Associated Press, "Veteran of Westerns Collapses at Studio", The Daily Sun, San Bernardino, California, Tuesday July 17, 1956, Volume LXII, Number 275, page 2.
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