Job Actor
Years active 1926-1958
Known for Prissy hotel managers, bankers, dress-shop managers or floorwalkers
Top Roles The Tailor, Guthrie, Harcourt, Sourpuss Manager, Roland Hunter
Top GenresComedy, Romance, Musical, Drama, Film Adaptation, Short Films
Top TopicsScrewball Comedy, Romance (Comic), Book-Based
Top Collaborators (Director), (Director), (Director),
Shares birthday with Randolph Scott, Raymond Griffith, David Hand  see more..

Franklin Pangborn Overview:

Legendary character actor, Franklin Pangborn, was born on Jan 23, 1889 in Newark, NJ. Pangborn died at the age of 69 on Jul 20, 1958 in Santa Monica, CA and was laid to rest in Forest Lawn (Glendale) Cemetery in Glendale, CA.

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Franklin Pangborn was an American character comedian who always looked as though he had detected a bad smell in the room and frequently behaved as if whatever he was doing was way beneath him. He was the height of prissiness as hotel managers, bankers, dress-shop managers or floorwalkers.  He had his routine to perfection, and could make audiences laugh even in the midst of a bad film. Unbelievably, in his early theatrical days, he was once typed as a villain.

(Source: available at Amazon Quinlan's Illustrated Dictionary of Film Character Actors).

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He was honored with one star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the category of Motion Pictures. Pangborn was never nominated for an Academy Award.

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By smumcountry on Jun 8, 2013 From Smum County

June 8, 2013 by smumcounty got his start in acting on Broadway in the 1910’s. But it wasn’t until he began working in Hollywood in the late 20’s that he perfected his comic character making shorts for Mack Sennet, Hal Roach, and others. He graduated to feature fi... Read full article


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By smumcountry on Jun 8, 2013 From Smum County

June 8, 2013 by smumcounty got his start in acting on Broadway in the 1910’s. But it wasn’t until he began working in Hollywood in the late 20’s that he perfected his comic character making shorts for Mack Sennet, Hal Roach, and others. He graduated to feature fi... Read full article


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Franklin Pangborn Quotes:

Van Buren: The bull of broad street... with a girl... in the sable-est sable coat they ever sabled!


Van Buren: Where-ever there's smoke, there must be... somebody smoking.


Herbert Childress: No, no, you're spoiling everything! Here we make her the Purity Girl, the symbol of Youth and Purity, and you give her second-hand men. It won't do!


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Franklin Pangborn Facts
Served in the U.S. Army in World War I.

Interred at Forest Lawn, Glendale, California, USA, in the Great Mausoleum, Columbarium of Security.

Died after surgery for a malignant tumor.

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