Character actor, Erik Rhodes, was born Ernest Sharpe on Feb 10, 1906 in El Reno, Indian Territory. Rhodes died at the age of 84 on Feb 17, 1990 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and was laid to rest in El Rino Cemetery in El Rino, Canadian County, OK.
Although many fans probably remember Erik Rhodes best as those passionate Italian characters -- Tonetti and Beddini -- he was an expert in dialects and accents overall, and could convincingly play non-Italian roles as well such as his 'straight English' speaking characters David Scott-Frensham in Mysterious Mr. Moto (1938) and Max Corday in Charlie Chan in Paris (1935).
Rhodes continued to act on Screen, TV and Broadway through the late 60s (with an additional isolated TV appearance in 1976, The Adams Chronicles). Most notably however, he appeared in some solid Broadway runs during the 50s and 60s: Can-Can, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and Barefoot in the Park. NOTE: for this and prior two paragraphs --(Source: article by Annmarie Gatti for Classic Movie Hub).
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