Andrew Tombes Overview:

Character actor, Andrew Tombes, was born on Jun 29, 1885 in Ashtabula, OH. Tombes died at the age of 90 on Mar 17, 1976 in New York City, NY .


Bald American actor, a great gnome of a man whose upper lip was almost non-existent, dwarfed by a distance between nose and mouth that gave him an aspect of Macchiavellian glee. Tombes once wanted to be an acrobat and was a star baseball player in his twenties. But, following World War I, he became a vaudeville and musical-comedy entertainer - then, with the approach of middle-age, moved into film character roles in which he was equally likely to be genial or grasping as undertaker, insurance man, agent, school governor, or policeman, giving many of his characters a faintly zany slant.

(Source: available at Amazon Quinlan's Film Character Actors: an Illustrated Directory).



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Elmer Lane: I want to cover Claremont County.
Eddie Byrd: With what?

Eddie Byrd: [Furious] Get out of here befor you're carried out.
Elmer Lane: Gee, Mr. Byrd, you look mad enough to kill.
Eddie Byrd: Listen, don't put ideas in my head, will you?

Hodge: Well, Doc?
Doc Grant: I'm afraid he's made his last mistake.

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Despite his rather morose last name, Tombes was a natural comedian -- a minstrel, vaudeville comic, and musical revue player long before he arrived in films in 1933.

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