Bruce Cabot Biography

Birthday: 1904-04-20
Place of Birth: Carlsbad, New Mexico
Height: 6' 1½" (1.87 m)
Wiki Biography: Hollywood stalwart Bruce Cabot's main claim to fame, other than rescuing Fay Wray from King Kong (1933), is that he tested for the lead role of The Ringo Kid in John Ford's Western masterpiece Stagecoach (1939). John Wayne got the role and became the most durable star in Hollywood history, while Cabot (eventually) found himself a new drinking partner when the two co-starred in Angel and the Badman (1947). In the latter stages of his career, Cabot could rely on Wayne for a supporting part in one of the Duke's movies. It wasn't always so. In the 1930s Cabot's star shone bright. He was born with the unlikely name Etienne Pelissier Jacques de Bujac in Carlsbad, New Mexico, the son of French Col. Etienne de Bujac and Julia Armandine Graves, who died shortly after giving birth to the future Bruce Cabot. After leaving the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee, the future thespian hit the road, working a wide variety of jobs including sailor and insurance salesman, and doing a stint in a knacker's yard. In 1931 he wound up in Hollywood and appeared in several films in bit parts. The young Monsieur de Bujac met David O. Selznick, then RKO's central producer (a job akin to Irving Thalberg's at MGM), at a Hollywood party, which led to an uncredited bit part as a dancer in Lady with a Past (1932) and a supporting role in The Roadhouse Murder (1932). On a parallel career track at the time, Marion Morrison (John Wayne) had failed to follow up on his audacious debut in Raoul Walsh's The Big Trail (1930) (the Duke had appeared in 18 movies previously but had only been billed in one, as "Duke Morrison" in the unlikely John Wayne vehicle Words and Music (1929)). Cabot and Wayne eventually appeared in 11 films together. Although Cabot was prominently featured in the blockbuster "King Kong" in 1933, he never did make the step to stardom, though he enjoyed a thriving career as a supporting player. He was a heavy in the 1930s, playing a gangster boss in Let 'em Have It (1935) and the revenge-minded Native American brave Magua after Randolph Scott's scalp in The Last of the Mohicans (1936); over at MGM, he ably supported Spencer Tracy as the instigator of a lynch mob in Fritz Lang's indictment of domestic fascism, Fury (1936). A freelancer, he appeared in movies at many studios before leaving Hollywood for military service. Cabot worked for Army intelligence overseas during World War II; after the war, he continued to work steadily, with and without his friend and frequent co-star, the Duke. Bruce Cabot died in 1972 of lung and throat cancer. He was 68 years old.

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Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
Ann Vickers Captain Resnick 1933 0
Dodge City 1939 0
Susan and God Michael O'Hara 1940 Drama, Comedy
The Flame of New Orleans 1941 Comedy, Romance
The Desert Song Col. Fontaine 1944 Musical
Angel and the Badman 1947 Biography
Sorrowful Jones Big Steve Holloway 1949 Comedy
Fancy Pants Cart Belknap 1950 0, 0
Lost in Alaska 1952
The Sheriff of Fractured Jaw 1959 Comedy
The Comancheros 1961 Action, Adventure
Cat Ballou 1965 Comedy, Musical
The War Wagon 1967 Action
The Green Berets 1968 Action, Drama
Hellfighters 1968 Action, Adventure, Romance
The Undefeated 1969 Action, Adventure, Drama
Chisum Sheriff Brady 1970
Diamonds Are Forever Saxby 1971 0
Big Jake 1971 Action
Bad Guy Lucky Walden 2001