Ross Alexander Overview:

Actor, Ross Alexander, was born Alexander Ross Smith on Jul 27, 1907 in Brooklyn, NY. Alexander died at the age of 29 on Jan 2, 1937 in Los Angeles, CA and was laid to rest in Forest Lawn (Glendale) Cemetery in Glendale, CA.


Tall, liquid-lipped and soulful-looking, Alexander Ross was a rather gangling leading man. On stage from the age of 16, the loose-limbed Alexander was one of Warners' foremost lighter leading men in the mid-1930s, especially in college-style comedies opposite fluffy leading ladies such as Anita Louise. He is probably best remembered as Demetrius in 1935's Midsummer Night's Dream.

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Demetrius, in Love with Hermia: Where are Lysander and fair Hermia? The one I'll slay; the other slayeth me.

Kent Carter: If anyone phones, tell em to come up and SUE me sometime!

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Became a close friend to Henry Fonda in 1933 while both were performing together in summer stock. Fonda would serve as best man to Ross and Aleta when they married at Aleta's sister's home in East Orange, New Jersey the following year.

According to a "Classic Images" article on Ross written by John R. Allen, Jr., Ross had an unhealthy obsession with Warner Bros. star Bette Davis that lasted for years. He wanted desperately to appear in a romantic picture with her to prove himself to her. This unreciprocated attention apparently annoyed Davis who supposedly taunted Ross and complained to studio higher-ups.

His wife Aleta Friele, despondent over marriage and career problems, killed herself with a .22 rifle outside their Laurel Canyon home in December of 1935. Remarrying and moving to Encino, Ross committed suicide with a .22 target pistol shortly after the first anniversary of his wife's death. Both shot themselves in the temple.

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