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Eric Blore
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    (December 23, 1887-March 2, 1959)
    Born in Finchley, Middlesex, England, United Kingdom
    Portrayed Jamison in eleven ‘Lone Wolf’ films (1940-47)
    Appeared in the films ‘The Great Gatsby’ (1925), ‘Flying Down to Rio’ (1933), ‘The Gay Divorcee’ (1934), ‘Top Hat’ (1935), ‘Swing Time’ (1936), ‘Shall We Dance’ (1937), ‘A Gentleman’s Gentleman’ (1938), ‘The Boys from Syracuse’ (1940), ‘The Lady Eve’ (1941), ‘The Road to Zanzibar’ (1941), ‘Sullivan’s Travels’ (1941), ‘The Moon and Sixpence’ (1942), ‘Forever and a Day’ (1943), ‘Abie’s Irish Rose’ (1946), ‘Love Happy’ (1949), and ‘Bowery to Baghdad’ (1955)
    Provided the voice of Mr. Toad in the Disney shorts ‘The Wind in the Willows’ and ‘The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad’ (both 1949)
    He was an insurance agent before becoming an actor.
    He was usually cast as butlers and valets.
    Critic Kenneth Tynan erroneously referred to him as ‘the late Eric Blore’ in ‘The New Yorker,’ prompting a demand from Blore’s attorney for a retraction and apology.
    He served in an infantry unit during World War I.
    He appeared in five Fred Astaire-Ginger Rogers musicals, more than any other supporting player.
    Ironically, the issue of ‘The New Yorker’ apologizing for prematurely declaring Blore dead hit the newsstands the day after the actor actually died – when the daily newspapers were running obituaries for him.

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