Ross Alexander Overview:

Actor, Ross Alexander, was born Alexander Ross Smith on Jul 27, 1907 in Brooklyn, NY. Alexander died at the age of 29 on Jan 2, 1937 in Los Angeles, CA and was laid to rest in Forest Lawn (Glendale) Cemetery in Glendale, CA.


Tall, liquid-lipped and soulful-looking, Alexander Ross was a rather gangling leading man. On stage from the age of 16, the loose-limbed Alexander was one of Warners' foremost lighter leading men in the mid-1930s, especially in college-style comedies opposite fluffy leading ladies such as Anita Louise. He is probably best remembered as Demetrius in 1935's Midsummer Night's Dream.

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Demetrius, in Love with Hermia: Where are Lysander and fair Hermia? The one I'll slay; the other slayeth me.

Kent Carter: If anyone phones, tell em to come up and SUE me sometime!

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On Broadway, Ross' first wife, Aleta Friele went by the stage name of Aleta Freel.

According to a "Classic Images" article on Ross written by John R. Allen, Jr., Ross had an unhealthy obsession with Warner Bros. star Bette Davis that lasted for years. He wanted desperately to appear in a romantic picture with her to prove himself to her. This unreciprocated attention apparently annoyed Davis who supposedly taunted Ross and complained to studio higher-ups.

According to a Movie Mirror article published shortly after his death, Ross was married, at age 18, to an older woman and had a daughter. The union was supposedly short-lived and never proved as no woman or daughter ever surfaced.

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