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Pedro de Cordoba

Pedro de Cordoba
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Birth dateSeptember 28, 1881
Place of birthNew York City, New York, USA
Date of deathSeptember 16, 1950(age 68)
Death placeSunland, California, USA
SpouseEleanor M. Nolan (1928-?)
Antoinette Glover (?-1921) (her death)

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Pedro de Cordoba (September 28, 1881 September 16, 1950), was an American actor.

Pedro de Cordoba, who appeared in his first film, a 1915 version of Carmen, was actually a classically trained theatre actor who confessed he did not enjoy appearing in silent films nearly as much as he liked working on stage. However, de Cordoba's career during the early silent film era was prolific and he soon became a popular leading man in early Hollywood motion pictures. His Broadway career cast him with such legendary stage actresses as Jane Cowl and Katharine Cornell.

His deeply resonant speaking voice made him perfectly suited to talking pictures, unlike many silent

film stars who had neither foreseen, nor prepared for, the day when sound would meet celluloid.

He enjoyed a career as one of the busiest character actors in Hollywood, from the 1930s through the ‘50’s. He was most often cast as aristocratic, or clerical characters of Hispanic origin, as in The Keys of the Kingdom (1944), because of his last name as well as his royal bearing.

In actuality he was born in New York City of parents who were French and Cuban in origin. He was a devout Catholic. He was very well read and knowledgeable about the Catholic faith, and served for a time as president of the Catholic Actors Guild of America. On rare occasions, he would be cast in the role of a villain.

De Cordoba’s most memorable part is probably his portrayal of the "living skeleton" sideshow character who hides fugitive Robert Cummings in his carnival wagon in the Alfred Hitchcock film Saboteur (1942). The last film in which the actor appeared, a political drama set in an unnamed South American dictatorship, Crisis (1950), was released shortly after his death.

Pedro de Cordoba died in 1950 and was interred at the Holy Cross Cemetery, Culver City in Los Angeles County, California.

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