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Warren Hymer Overview:

Character actor, Warren Hymer, was born on Feb 25, 1906 in New York City, NY. Hymer died at the age of 42 on Mar 25, 1948 in Los Angeles, CA .


Warren Hymer kept very busy in Hollywood from 1929 to 1942, his close-set eyes and fast delivery of a line lending themselves ideally to dim-witted but generally good-natured characters on either side of the law. The demand for "big palookas", however, decreased in post-war years and ill-health also impacted his career. He died in the hospital after a long illness at only 42. He was the son of the playwright John B. Hymer ("Aloma of the South Seas," "Law of the Underworld," "His Lucky Day").

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



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Warren Hymer Film Quotes
Twister McGurk: It's not the heat, it's the humility.
-- Warren Hymer as Twister McGurk

Kentaro Moto: You've been a great help, and I want to thank you.
Twister McGurk: I wanna thank you too, pal. That hold yuh showed me I'm gonna keep in my wretlin' "prepatory."
-- Warren Hymer as Twister McGurk

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Warren Hymer Facts
Hymer was a brawny, barrel-chested character actor who had made a successful career out of playing not particularly bright cops, gangsters, sidekicks, etc., much like Nat Pendleton, until an incident in the late 1930s effectively killed his career. He was known to have a bad drinking problem, and one day he apparently showed up for work drunk at a picture he was making for Columbia. When this was reported to Columbia chief Harry Cohn, he ordered Hymer thrown off the lot. Enraged, Hymer burst into Cohn's office. Finding him gone, Hymer took out his frustrations by urinating on Cohn's desk. While many who hated Cohn--which was most everyone in Hollywood--applauded Hymer's action, the powerful studio chief had him blackballed in the business, and consequently he found work in only two films for the next year. His career picked up somewhat in the next few years, but usually in smaller parts than he had before and some in which his character didn't even have a name. He died in 1948.

Son of playwright John B. Hymer and actress Eleanor Kent.

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