Joseph Cawthorn Joseph Cawthorn was an American stage and film comic actor. BiographyCawthorn started out in show business as a child, debuting at Robinson's Music Hall in his hometown of New York in 1872. He appeared in minstrel shows and vaudeville as a "Dutch" comic, employing a thick German dialect. He later worked in British music halls and American touring companies. Cawthorn made his Broadway debut in 1895, 1897 or 1898, and embarked on a long career lasting over two decades. His first success was playing Boris in Victor Herbert's 1898 operetta The Fortune Teller. Other notable Broadway roles included the title character in Mother Goose and inventor Dr. Pill in the fantasy musical Little Nemo. In the latter, he was called upon to ad lib to buy time during one performance. As "the scene called for him to describe imaginary animals he had hunted", he invented the "whiffenpoof" on the spot. Yale students in the audience appropriated it for the name of their glee club. When his Broadway stardom waned, Cawthorn moved to Hollywood in 1927 and started a second prolific career, appearing in over 50 films, the last in 1942. He played Gremio in the first sound adaptation of The in 1929, starring Taming of the Shrew Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks; Schultz in Gold Diggers of 1935; and Florenz Ziegfeld's father in The . Great Ziegfeld Cawthorn died peacefully on January 21, 1949. He was survived by his wife, actress Queenie Vassar. Complete filmography
The Secret Studio - Pa Merton - Philip Hancock Two Girls Wanted Very Confidential - Donald Allen Silk Legs - Ezra Fulton - Professor Hold 'Em Yale George Bradbury Speakeasy - Yokel Street Girl - Keppel - Cafe Owner The Taming of the Shrew - Gremio Jazz Heaven - Herman Kemple Dance Hall - Bremmer Dixiana - Cornelius Van Horn - Carl's Father - Merkl The Princess and the Plumber Kiki - Alfred Rapp A Tailor Made Man - Huber The Runaround - Lou Peach O'Reno - Joe Bruno White Zombie - Dr. Bruner - Dr. Armand de Fontinac Love Me Tonight They Call It Sin - Mr. Hollister Men Are Such Fools - Werner Whistling - Otto Barfuss in the Dark Grand Slam - Alex Alexandrovitch Blondie Johnson - Jewelry Store Manager Made on Broadway - Maxie Schultz - Gus Schneider Best of Enemies Broken Dreams - Pop Cold Turkey The - Rudy Cat and the Fiddle Lazy River - Mr. Julius Ambrose Glamour - Ibsen Twenty Million Sweethearts - Herbert Brokman The Last Gentleman - Dr. Wilson Housewife - Krueger The Human Side - Fritz Speigal Young and Beautiful - Herman Cline Music in the Air - Hans Uppman Sweet Adeline - Oscar Schmidt Maybe It's Love - Adolph Sr. Sweet Music - Sidney Selzer Naughty Marietta - Herr Schuman Gold Diggers of 1935 - Schultz Smart Girl - Karl Krausemeyer Bright Lights - Oscar Schlemmer Page Miss Glory - Mr.Freischutz Harmony Lane - Professor Henry Kleber Freshman Love - Wilson, Sr. The Great Ziegfeld - Dr. Ziegfeld Brides Are Like That - Fred Schultz One Rainy Afternoon - Monsieur Pelerin Hot Money - Max Dourfuss Crime Over London - Mr. Sherwood / Reilly Lillian Russell - Leopold Damrosch Scatterbrain - Nicholas Raptis So Ends - Leopold Potzloch Our Night - Silas Harwood The Postman Didn't Ring
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