Rex Ingram Overview:

Legendary actor, Rex Ingram, was born on Oct 20, 1895 in Cairo, IL. Ingram died at the age of 73 on Sep 19, 1969 in Hollywood, CA .


Rex Ingram was a formidable black American actor with powerful features, born on a riverboat and growing up to become an honors medical graduate. He succumbed to the lure of acting soon afterwards, but it was years before he gained recognition in films with his starring performance as "De Lawd" in "Green Pastures". He was also impressive as the genie in the 1940 version of "The Thief of Bagdad" (having had a very minor assignment in the silent version), but most of his other roles were unworthy of his talents. He died from a heart attack.

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



He was honored with one star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the category of Motion Pictures. Ingram was never nominated for an Academy Award.

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[Buck's men encounter a slave for the first time]
Jacob: My, my. You're a long way from home.
Little Bit Lucket: We're going to be longer. We're headed for Virginia.
Jacob: Ain't that nice.
Little Bit Lucket: You know, where the war is. We're goin' to fight Yankees.
Jacob: I hear tell the Yankees is fightin' us. I hear tell they're mighty mean! Oh, I reckon we'll whip 'em.
Buck Burnett: We?
Jacob: Yessir - us Southerners.

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Scaramouche (1923) began production on March 17th (St. Patrick's Day) and director Ingram, being a good Irishman, reportedly celebrated by getting drunk and continued celebrating for twelve days, shutting down production before it even began.

Rex and Alice Terry were married in South Pasadena. They sneaked away for the day from the set of The Prisoner of Zenda (1922) without telling anyone. They married on November 5, 1921 -- a Saturday -- in Adobe Flores, South Passadena. The next day, they saw three movies and went back to work on Monday. When the film was completed, they went to San Francisco for their honeymoon.

Rex quarrelled with Louis B. Mayer soon after he joined MGM. Subsequently he just put "Metro-Goldwyn presents ..." on his pictures with no mention of Mayer.

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