Sunday, January 24, 2010
GILBERT ROLAND- Silent film star.
Gilbert Roland, Mexican born film actor. Mexico wanted him to become a bullfighter like his father. When the family moved to the United States. Gilbert wanting to be an actor landed is his first job working as an extra. He picked his screen name by combining the names of his favorite actors, John Gilbet and Ruth Roland. He was often cast in the "Latin Lover" role. Roland at the age of 19, first major performance was one of Clara Bow's love interests in the comedy The Plastic Age (1925). In 1927, he performed in Camille opposite Norma Talmadge, who he was romantically involved with. He starred opposite Talmadge in several films, until sound ended her career. He starred in several Spanish language adaptations of American films and continued as a romantic lead. In the 1940s, he was praised for his supporting roles in John Huston's We Were Strangers (1949), The Bad and the Beautiful (1952), Thunder Bay(1953), and Cheyenne Autumn (1964). He also performed in films in the mid 1940s as the character "The Cisco Kid". He played Hugo, the friend of the three shepherd children in The Miracle of Our Lady of Fatima, based on the apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima in 1917. 1953 he starred in the epic Beneath the 12-Mile Reef. His last film performance was in the (1982) Western Barbarosa.