Eric Blore

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Eric Blore (December 23, 1887 - March 2, 1959) was an English comic actor. Blore was born in London.

He worked as an insurance agent for a time. He gained theater experience while touring Australia. Eventual he appeared in several shows and revues in England.

In 1923 he went to the United States and began playing character roles on Broadway. After the death of his first wife, Violet Winter, he remarried a woman named Clara Mackin in 1926.

He moved onto film and appeared in over eighty Hollywood films. Blore appeared more frequently than any other supporting player in the series of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers musicals at RKO, five of nine. Some of his most memorable on-screen moments took place in Top Hat (1935) and Shall We Dance (1937). Other memorable roles included Sir Alfred McGlennan Keith in the Preston Sturges film The Lady Eve (1941) with Barbara Stanwyck and Henry Fonda, and a small part as Charles Kimble in the second of the seven Bing Crosby-Bob Hope "Road" films, Road to Zanzibar (1941).

Blore died of a heart attack on March 2, 1959 in Hollywood, California.

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