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Occupation  Film, stage actor
Name  Ben Bard
Role  Movie actor

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Born  January 26, 1893 (1893-01-26) Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Resting place  Forest Lawn Memorial Park Great Mausoleum Azalea Terrace Ruth Roland's family crypt
Died  May 17, 1974, Los Angeles, California, United States
Spouse  Jackie Lynn Taylor (m. 1948–1954)
Children  Bryan Barak Bard, Bartley Bard, Brenda "Brandi" Bard
Movies  7th Heaven, Black Angel, The Bat Whispers, Hollywood Party, The Son‑Daughter
Similar People  Ruth Roland, Jackie Lynn Taylor, Frank Borzage, Roy William Neill, Irving Cummings

Ben Bard (January 26, 1893 – May 17, 1974) was an American movie actor, stage actor, and acting teacher. With comedian Jack Pearl, Bard worked in a comedy duo in vaudeville.


In 1926, Bard, Pearl, and Sascha Beaumont appeared in a short film made in Lee DeForest's Phonofilm sound-on-film process. He had a small role in The Bat Whispers (1930). Later in the decade, he ran a leading Hollywood acting school, Ben Bard Drama. He married the serial film star Ruth Roland in 1929, and was married to Roland until her death in 1937.

Bard was recruited to be a leading man at Fox Film Corporation. However, he was typecast as a "Suave Heavy"—a smooth-talking, well-dressed fellow with a dark side. An example of this type is his portrayal of "Mr. Brun" in The Seventh Victim (1943). Also in 1943, Bard appeared in two other Val Lewton-produced horror films: The Leopard Man, as Robles, the Police Chief, and The Ghost Ship, as First Officer Bowns.

Personal life

  • In 1939, he married Roma Clarisse, an actress and last recipient of the Ruth Roland Scholarship to Ben Bard Drama. They had 3 children before she died in 1947.
  • In 1948 Bard married Jackie Lynn Taylor, an actress in the Our Gang series. They divorced in 1954. During the 1950s, Bard was the head of the New Talent Department at Twentieth-Century-Fox. He re-opened his school, Ben Bard Drama, in 1960.
  • Death

    Bard died in Los Angeles in 1974, aged 81. His resting place is with Ruth Roland in an unmarked grave at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, California. He is survived by his two sons, Bryan Barak Bard, a video documentary artist, and Bartley Bard, a professional director and screenwriter.

    Selected filmography

  • My Own Pal (1926)
  • Dressed to Kill (1928)
  • Love and the Devil (1929)
  • Black Angel (1946) (bartender)
  • References

    Ben Bard Wikipedia