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Ingram, Rex (1895–1969)

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INGRAM, REX (1895–1969). Actor. Rex Ingram was born aboard a Mississippi riverboat and went on to become a major personality on radio and film during the 1930s and 1940s. After attending military school, he developed an interest in acting and decided to pursue it as a career. In 1919, after working as a cook for the Union Pacific Railroad, Ingram went to Hollywood, where he appeared in the very first Tarzan film in 1918. He followed with roles in a few Hollywood classics, such as Lord Jim 1925, Beau Geste , 1926, King Kong , 1933, Green Pastures , 1936, and Huckleberry Finn , 1939. He was also active in legitimate theater in San Francisco. By the late 1930s, Ingram was starring in daytime radio dramas and in Work Projects Administration (WPA) Theater, which led to numerous New York stage productions. In television, he played Pozzo in the 1957 production of Waiting for Godot . He also continued his film career with films like Elmer Gantry , 1960; Your Cheating Heart , 1964; Hurry Sundown , 1967; and Journey to Shiloh , 1968. Ingram also had an impressive theatrical career.

Filmography: Green Pastures , 1936; The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn , 1939; The Thief of Baghdad , 1940; Talk of the Town , 1942; Sahara , 1943; Cabin in the Sky , 1943; Dark Waters , 1944; A Thousand and One Nights , 1945; Moonrise , 1948; Elmer Gantry , 1960; Your Cheating Heart , 1964; Hurry Sundown , 1967; and Journey to Shiloh , 1968.

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