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Conway Tearle

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Birth dateMay 17, 1878
Place of birthNew York, New York
Date of deathOctober 1, 1938(age 60)
Death placeHollywood, California

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Conway Tearle (17 May 1878 - 1 October 1938), was an American actor of the silent and early sound film era. He appeared in 93 films between 1914 and 1936. He was the half-brother of actor Godfrey Tearle. Tearle was born in New York, New York.

On December 16, 1931, Conway appeared with co-star Kay Francis at the grand opening of the Paramount Theater in Oakland, California, which hosted the premiere of their film The False Madonna, released by Paramount Pictures.

In the sound era, Tearle was reduced mostly to B movies but he managed a major hit on Broadway in the original 1932 production of Dinner at Eight, creating the role of fading screen idol Larry Renault which would later be played on film by John Barrymore.

One of Tearle's last starring roles was in Hey Diddle Diddle, a comedy play written by Bartlett Cormack whose setting was a duplex apartment in Hollywood. The play premiered in Princeton, New Jersey on January 21, 1937, and also featured Lucille Ball playing the part of Julie Tucker, "one of three roommates coping with neurotic directors, confused executives, and grasping stars who interfere with the girls' ability to get ahead." The play received good reviews, but there were problems, chiefly with its star, because Tearle was in poor health. Cormack wanted to replace him, but the producer, Anne Nichols, said the fault lay with the character and insisted the part needed to be reshaped and rewritten. The two were unable to agree on a solution. The play was scheduled to open on Broadway at the Vanderbilt Theatre, but closed after one week in Washington, D.C. when Tearle suddenly became gravely ill.

Tearle died in Hollywood, California from a heart attack, aged 60.

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