Douglas Wood (actor)
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Douglas Wood Actor
Douglas Wood
Douglas Wood in Great Guy.jpg
Wood in screenshot from Great Guy (1936)
Born(1880-10-31)October 31, 1880
New York City, New York, United States
DiedJanuary 13, 1966(1966-01-13) (aged 85)
Woodland Hills, California, United States
OccupationActor
Years active1900-1956

Douglas Wood (October 31, 1880 - January 13, 1966) was an American actor of stage and screen during the first six decades of the 20th century. Born on Halloween 1880 (October 31),[1] his mother, Ida Jeffreys, was a stage actress.[2] During the course of his career, Wood would appear in dozens of Broadway productions, and well over 100 films. Towards the end of his career, he would also make several guest appearances on television. Wood died in 1966.

Career

Early career on Broadway

Wood would make his Broadway acting debut in the revival of a pair of plays being produced at the Garden Theatre: Cyrano de Bergerac and Beau Brummell.[3][4] Over the next thirty years he would appear in dozens of plays on The Great White Way.[5] He was in the original production of Du Barry, written, directed, and produced by David Belasco, which had a successful run in 1901-02.[6] After appearing in several plays with short runs, he was in another successful play from 1904-05, The College Widow, written by George Ade and directed by George Marion again at the Garden Theatre.[7] In 1910 he appeared in the role of Marc Antony in a repertory production of Julius Caesar at the Garden.[8] In 1913 he began a successful run of The Family Cupboard, by the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, Owen Davis, which ran until 1915.[9] He starred in the musical Maytime, produced by Lee and J.J. Shubert, and written by Rida Johnson Young, who also wrote the words to music composed by Sigmund Romberg. The show ran for almost 500 performances at five different theaters from 1917-18.[10] He followed this with another Young hit, Little Old New York, which ran during 1920 and 1921 at Plymouth Theatre.[11] Other hits Wood appeared in included: Give and Take (1923), written by Aaron Hoffman;[12] the 1924 John Henry Mears' production, Sweet Seventeen;[13] the 1927 musical, Bye, Bye, Bonnie, which was also notable as the first Broadway role for Ruby Keeler;[14] and The Good Fairy (1931-32), produced and directed by Gilbert Miller, and performed in the theater named after Miller's father, which also starred Helen Hayes.[15] After another successful run in the musical-comedy Take a Chance at the Apollo Theatre which ran from 1932-33, and starred Ethel Merman,[16] Wood would take a 25-year hiatus from the Broadway stage,[5] and devote his creative talents to Hollywood.[17]

Broadway performances

(Per Internet Broadway Database)[5]

  • Beau Brummell (Nov 20, 1899 - Jan 13, 1900)
  • Cyrano de Bergerac (Nov 20, 1899 - Jan 13, 1900)
  • Twelve Months Later (Mar 26, 1900 - Apr 1900)
  • Du Barry (Dec 25, 1901 - May 1902)
  • Dorothy Vernon of Haddon Hall (Dec 14, 1903 - Jan 1904)
  • The Triumph of Love (Feb 08, 1904 - Feb 08, 1904)
  • Love's Pilgrimage (Apr 14, 1904 - Apr 14, 1904)
  • The College Widow (Sep 20, 1904 - May 1905)
  • Brown of Harvard (Feb 26, 1906 - May 1906)
  • The Village Lawyer (Mar 02, 1908 - Mar 1908)
  • A Woman of Impulse (Mar 01, 1909 - Mar 1909)
  • The Bridge (Sep 04, 1909 - Oct 1909)
  • Julius Caesar (Jan 17, 1910 - Apr 16, 1910)
  • Mrs. Bumpstead-Leigh (Apr 03, 1911 - May 1911)
  • The Greyhound (Feb 29, 1912 - Jun 1912)
  • The Family Cupboard (Aug 21, 1913 - Jun 1915)
  • Poor Little Thing (Dec 22, 1914 - Jan 1915)
  • The Rented Earl (Feb 08, 1915 - Feb 1915)
  • Maytime (Aug 16, 1917 - Oct 19, 1918)
  • Little Old New York (Sep 08, 1920 - Jun 1921)
  • Marie Antoinette (Nov 22, 1921 - Nov 1921)
  • Wild Oats Lane (Sep 06, 1922 - Sep 1922)
  • Give and Take (Jan 15, 1923 - Jun 1923)
  • The Wild Westcotts (Dec 24, 1923 - Jan 1924)
  • Sweet Seventeen (Mar 17, 1924 - May 1924)
  • Milgrim's Progress (Dec 22, 1924 - Feb 1925)
  • Trelawny of the "Wells" (Jun 01, 1925 - Jun 07, 1925)
  • The Half Naked Truth (Jun 07, 1926 - Jul 1926)
  • Sandalwood (Sep 22, 1926 - Oct 1926)
  • Bye, Bye, Bonnie (Jan 13, 1927 - Apr 30, 1927)
  • Madame X (Jul 06, 1927 - Jul 1927)
  • Gods of the Lightning (Oct 24, 1928 - Nov 1928)
  • The Old Rascal (Mar 24, 1930 - May 1930)
  • Marseilles (Nov 17, 1930 - Dec 1930)
  • She Means Business (Jan 26, 1931 - Feb 1931)
  • The Good Fairy (Nov 24, 1931 - Apr 1932)
  • Take a Chance (Nov 26, 1932 - Jul 01, 1933)
  • Jane Eyre (May 1, 1958 - Jun 14, 1958)

Film and television

At the end of 1933, Wood began work on his first film, with a supporting role in David Butler's comedy, Bottom's Up, starring Spencer Tracy.[18] The following year he would originate the role in talking pictures of Wopsle in Stuart Walker's 1934 production of Great Expectations.[19] Over the next 20 years he would appear in over 125 films, mostly in smaller and supporting roles.[17] In 1937 he would appear in a small role in Maytime, the sound version of the 1910s play in which he had starred.[20] Other notable films in which he appeared include: Two Against the World (1936), starring Humphrey Bogart;[21] the Abbott and Costello vehicle, Buck Privates (1941);[22]Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1941), starring Robert Montgomery, Evelyn Keyes, and Claude Rains;[23]Howard Hawk's 1941 classic, Sergeant York, starring Gary Cooper;[24] and The Adventures of Mark Twain (1944), starring Fredric March.[25]

Late career and death

During the 1950s, Wood appeared in a handful of pictures, mostly B-films.[17] During the early and mid-1950s Wood would make several guest appearances on several television series, including The Lone Ranger (1950-51), Fireside Theater (1952-53), and Topper (1954). His final screen performance would be in a small role in That Certain Feeling (1956), starring Bob Hope, Eva Marie Saint, and George Sanders.[26] In 1958 Wood returned to the Broadway stage with a supporting role in Jane Eyre, it would be his final acting performance.[27] Wood died on January 13, 1966 in the Woodland Hills area of Los Angeles, California.[28]

Filmography

(Per AFI database)[17]

References

  1. ^ "Douglas Wood". Theiapolis.com. Retrieved 2015.
  2. ^ "Ida Jeffreys Goodfriend". Internet Broadway Database. Archived from the original on January 20, 2015. Retrieved 2015.
  3. ^ "Cyrano de Bergerac". Internet Broadway Database. Archived from the original on December 12, 2013. Retrieved 2015.
  4. ^ "Beau Brummell". Internet Broadway Database. Archived from the original on August 14, 2014. Retrieved 2015.
  5. ^ a b c "Douglas Wood". Internet Broadway Database. Archived from the original on July 21, 2013. Retrieved 2015.
  6. ^ "Du Barry". Internet Broadway Database. Archived from the original on October 20, 2014. Retrieved 2015.
  7. ^ "The Garden Widow". Internet Broadway Database. Archived from the original on April 8, 2014. Retrieved 2015.
  8. ^ "Julius Caesar". Internet Broadway Database. Archived from the original on August 20, 2014. Retrieved 2015.
  9. ^ "The Family Cupboard". Internet Broadway Database. Archived from the original on November 3, 2013. Retrieved 2015.
  10. ^ "Maytime". Internet Broadway Database. Archived from the original on July 11, 2014. Retrieved 2015.
  11. ^ "Little Old New York". Internet Broadway Database. Archived from the original on January 10, 2015. Retrieved 2015.
  12. ^ "Give and Take". Internet Broadway Database. Archived from the original on December 12, 2013. Retrieved 2015.
  13. ^ "Sweet Seventeen". Internet Broadway Database. Archived from the original on October 29, 2014. Retrieved 2015.
  14. ^ "Bye, Bye, Bonnie". Internet Broadway Database. Archived from the original on November 29, 2014. Retrieved 2015.
  15. ^ "The Good Fairy". Internet Broadway Database. Archived from the original on July 25, 2014. Retrieved 2015.
  16. ^ "Take a Chance". Internet Broadway Database. Archived from the original on October 23, 2014. Retrieved 2015.
  17. ^ a b c d "Douglas Wood". American Film Institute. Retrieved 2015.
  18. ^ "Bottom's Up". American Film Institute. Archived from the original on March 28, 2014. Retrieved 2015.
  19. ^ "Great Expectations". American Film Institute. Archived from the original on March 29, 2014. Retrieved 2015.
  20. ^ "Maytime". American Film Institute. Archived from the original on March 29, 2014. Retrieved 2015.
  21. ^ "Two Against the World". American Film Institute. Archived from the original on March 28, 2014. Retrieved 2015.
  22. ^ "Buck Privates". American Film Institute. Archived from the original on April 2, 2014. Retrieved 2015.
  23. ^ "Here Comes Mr. Jordan". American Film Institute. Archived from the original on April 2, 2014. Retrieved 2015.
  24. ^ "Sergeant York". American Film Institute. Archived from the original on October 25, 2014. Retrieved 2015.
  25. ^ "The Adventures of Mark Twain". American Film Institute. Archived from the original on April 2, 2014. Retrieved 2015.
  26. ^ "That Certain Feeling". American Film Institute. Archived from the original on April 2, 2014. Retrieved 2015.
  27. ^ "Jane Eyre". Internet Broadway Database. Archived from the original on July 24, 2014. Retrieved 2015.
  28. ^ "Douglas Wood". Find a Grave. Archived from the original on January 20, 2015. Retrieved 2015.

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