~George Bancroft~

Born: September 30, 1882 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Died: October 2, 1956 in Santa Monica, California, USA
A graduate of the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis, 6'2," 195-pound George Bancroft briefly
served in the Navy before entering show business as a theater manager. He worked in a minstrel show for a
time then tried his luck (which turned out to be very good indeed) on Broadway. In 1921, he made his first
film appearance, but it wasn't until his standout performance as likeable reprobate Jack Slade in James
Cruze's Pony Express (1925) that Paramount Pictures executives began grooming him for stardom. He was
especially effective in the ultra-stylish gangster pictures of Josef Von Sternberg, notably Underworld (1977)
(as outlaw-with-a-heart Bull Weed) and Thunderbolt (which earned him a 1929 Academy Award
nomination). Budd Schulberg, son of Paramount executive B. P. Schulberg, recalled in his autobiography
Moving Pictures how fame and fortune inflated Bancroft's ego to monumental proportions. Schulberg
particularly treasured the moment when the actor refused to obey his director's orders that he fall down
after being shot by the villain, explaining, "One bullet can't kill Bancroft!" When his particular screen "type"
became commonplace in the early '30s, Bancroft's stardom faded. By the middle of the decade, he was
reduced to character roles, though some of them (the editor in Mr. Deeds Goes to Town, the sheriff in
Stagecoach, and the title character's father in Young Tom Edison) represent his best work in talkies.
George Bancroft retired in 1942 to become a rancher, a profession he pursued until his death 14 years later.

Biography by Hal Erickson, AllMovie.com
~Silent Filmography~
The Mighty (1929) .... Blake Greeson
Thunderbolt (1929) .... Thunderbolt Jim Lang
The Wolf of Wall Street (1929) .... The Wolf
The Docks of New York (1928) .... Bill Roberts
The Dragnet (1928) .... Two-Gun Nolan
... aka "The Drag Net" - USA (poster title)
The Showdown (1928) .... Cardan
The Rough Riders (1927) .... Happy Joe
... aka "The Trumpet Calls" - USA (alternative title)
Tell It to Sweeney (1927) .... Cannonball Casey
Underworld (1927) .... 'Bull' Weed
Too Many Crooks (1927) .... Bert the Boxman
White Gold (1927) .... Sam Randall
A Trip Through the Paramount Studio (1927) .... Himself
Old Ironsides (1926) .... Gunner
The Runaway (1926) .... Lesher Skidmore
Sea Horses (1926) .... Cochran
The Enchanted Hill (1926) .... Ira Todd
The Splendid Road (1925) .... Buck Lockwell
The Pony Express (1925) .... Jack Slade
The Rainbow Trail (1925) .... Jake Willets
Code of the West (1925) .... Enoch Thurman
The Deadwood Coach (1924) .... Tex Wilson - in play
Teeth (1924) .... Dan Angus
Driven (1923) .... Lem Tolliver
The Prodigal Judge (1922) .... Cavendish
The Journey's End (1921) .... The Ironworker