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Actor, Warner Oland, was born Johan Verner Ölund on Oct 3, 1879 in Nyby, Sweden. Oland died at the age of 58 on Aug 6, 1938 in Stockholm, Sweden and was laid to rest in Southborough Rural Cemetery in Southborough, MA.

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Chris Buckwell: [agonized, via subtitles, when churchbells begin to ring] Those Christian bells!


Charlie Chan: Small things sometimes tell large story.


Charlie Chan: Useless talk like boat with no oar - get no place.


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He didn't need make-up when he played Charlie Chan; all he would do is curl down his moustache and curl up his eyebrows. In fact, the Chinese often mistook him for one of their own countrymen. He attributed this to the fact that his Russian grandmother was of Mongolian descent.

Soon after his last film, another Chan entry titled Charlie Chan at Monte Carlo (1937), which was completed in the fall of 1937, Oland began experiencing symptoms of dementia. He was apprehended walking outside his neighborhood in his underwear in the company of his prized miniature schnauzer completely disoriented. He returned to Sweden and sadly, Oland died the following August after a brief bout with pneumonia.

Buried in Southborough Rural Cemetery, Southborough, Massachusetts. His gravestone, a rough oval, was made from one of the steps of his beloved home in this town.

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