Herman Bing Overview:

Character actor, Herman Bing, was born on Mar 30, 1889 in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. Bing died at the age of 57 on Jan 9, 1947 in Los Angeles, CA .


German actor with pale, round eyes and unruly curly hair. He came to Hollywood in the 1920s as assistant to the director FW Murnau, but soon became a comedy character relief in dozens of (especially light) films, typically as an easily flustered Viennese shopkeeper or official who minced words in more scenes than one. He found work extremely hard to get in wartime, and shot himself at 57.

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



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Came to Hollywood from Germany as assistant to F.W. Murnau and worked on the script and as an assistant director on Murnau's 1927 classic Sunrise (1927). After working in production with John Ford and Frank Borzage, he began his career as a comic actor.

Bing was sort of a pre-S.Z. Sakall type of character actor, much in demand during the 1930s but his "can't quite pin down the accent" shtick fell out of favor with producers and directors at the end of the decade. He became increasingly depressed in the mid-1940s, as he was unable to secure work in Hollywood, and committed suicide in 1947.

Brother of actor Gus Bing (1893-1967) and Rudolf Bing.

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