Monte Blue

Monte Blue was born January 11, 1887. His father died when he was eight in a railroad accident, and, because his mother could not support four children, he was sent to an orphanage where he built his physique playing football. Reportedly, he at one time worked as a railroader, fireman, coal miner, cowpuncher, circus rider, and lumberjack. He traveled west and obtained work as a day laborer at D.W. Griffith's studios. He was later employed as a stuntman in "The Birth of a Nation" (1915). Appearing in supporting roles for Griffith and Cecil B. DeMille over the next few years, he finally gained notice as Danton in Griffith's "Orphans of the Storm" (1921). Blue remained popular throughout the 1920's making over 90 silent films between 1915 and 1929. He worked with some of the silent movie era's most famous stars such as Mary Pickford, Patsy Ruth Miller, Florence Vidor, Mae Murray, the Gish sisters, Gloria Swanson and others, as well as making two pictures under the direction of Ernest Lubitsch. One of his best roles was as the idealistic yet ill-fated Dr. Matthew Lloyd in "White Shadows of the South Seas" (1928) one of the last silents he made. Although mostly in supporting and bits parts, Blue found success in the sound era, as well, making nearly 200 appearances in movies and television between 1929 and 1960. He was married three times -- to Erma Gladys whom he divorced in 1923, then to Tova Jansen in 1924 to whom he remained married for 32 years until her death in 1956. He married again in 1959 to Betty Jean Munson Mess and remained married to her until his death on February 18, 1963, of a heart attack that resulted from influenza complications.

Selected films of this star available for viewing:

Birth of a Nation (1916)

Intolerance (1916)

The Matrimaniac (1916)

Wild and Woolly (1917)

M'Liss (1918)

Johanna Enlists (1918)

The Affairs of Anatol (1921)

Orphans of the Storm (1921)

The Marriage Circle (1924)

So This Is Paris (1926)

White Shadows in the South Seas (1928)

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