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Roland Young

(1887—1953) actor


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(1887–1953), comic actor. The short, suave, thinly mustached comedian was born in London and had performed for some time on West End stages before making his American debut in 1912. He earned applause in numerous supporting roles, including those in two plays, Good Gracious Annabelle (1916) and A Successful Calamity (1917), written by his future mother-in-law, Clare Kummer. After he scored a major success in the musical Buddies (1919), Kummer wrote Rollo's Wild Oat (1920) for him. In 1924 Young played the imaginative composer Neil McRae in the expressionistic play Beggar on Horseback. His last success was as would-be singer Ned Farrar in Kummer's Her Master's Voice (1933). He was long popular in films.

From The Oxford Companion to American Theatre in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Theatre.


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