Canadian actors who deceased in 1957

Here are 3 famous actors from Canada died in 1957:

Ned Sparks

Ned Sparks (November 19, 1883 Guelph-April 3, 1957 Victorville) otherwise known as Edward Arthur Sparkman, Ned A. Sparks or Edward A. Sparkman was a Canadian actor and singer.

He was best known for his deadpan delivery and his ability to play sarcastic and sardonic characters in both silent and sound films. His career in show business spanned over 40 years and he appeared in more than 120 films, often as a supporting player. Sparks began his career in vaudeville and on Broadway before transitioning to silent films in the late 1910s. He continued to work in films throughout the 1930s and 1940s, and also made occasional appearances on radio and television. Despite his success on screen, Sparks was reportedly difficult to work with and had a reputation for being a curmudgeon. He retired from acting in the early 1950s and spent his remaining years living in California.

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Gene Lockhart

Gene Lockhart (July 18, 1891 London-March 31, 1957 Santa Monica) otherwise known as Eugene "Gene" Lockhart or Eugene Lockhart was a Canadian singer, playwright, actor, songwriter, teacher and lyricist. He had one child, June Lockhart.

Lockhart began his career in the theater, acting in various plays in both the United States and Canada. He eventually transitioned to film, appearing in over 130 films throughout his career. Some of his notable roles include Bob Cratchit in the 1938 film adaptation of "A Christmas Carol" and Judge Harper in the 1947 classic "Miracle on 34th Street."

In addition to his acting career, Lockhart was also a prolific songwriter and lyricist, penning several notable tunes throughout his lifetime. He even co-wrote the song "The World Is Waiting for the Sunrise," which has since become a standard in jazz and pop music.

Lockhart was also an accomplished teacher, instructing at the Juilliard School of Music and other institutions throughout his career. He passed away in 1957 at the age of 65.

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George Cleveland

George Cleveland (September 17, 1885 Sydney-July 15, 1957 Burbank) a.k.a. George Alan Cleveland was a Canadian actor and vaudeville performer.

He began his career in entertainment as a vaudeville performer before transitioning to film in the 1930s. Cleveland became known for his supporting roles in Westerns, appearing in over 180 films throughout his career. He also had a recurring role on the television series Lassie in the 1950s. However, his most notable role came in the 1940 film Grapes of Wrath where he portrayed the kind-hearted gas station attendant Tom Joad encounters early in the film. Despite his prolific acting career, Cleveland was known for being a humble and private person.

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