Grady Sutton

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Grady Sutton
BornGrady Harwell Sutton
(1906-04-05)April 5, 1906
Chattanooga, Tennessee, U.S.
DiedSeptember 17, 1995(1995-09-17) (aged 89)
Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
OccupationActor
Years active1925-1979
Spouse(s)never married
 
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Grady Sutton
BornGrady Harwell Sutton
(1906-04-05)April 5, 1906
Chattanooga, Tennessee, U.S.
DiedSeptember 17, 1995(1995-09-17) (aged 89)
Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
OccupationActor
Years active1925-1979
Spouse(s)never married

Grady Harwell Sutton (April 5, 1906 – September 17, 1995) was an American film and television actor from the 1920s to the 1970s.

Born in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Sutton was raised in Florida where he attended St. Petersburg High School. He began his career during the silent film era and made the transition to sound films with the college themed serials The Boy Friends.[1] He moved on to countless character roles, where he frequently played dimwitted country boys. His most well-known roles were as Frank Dowling, Katharine Hepburn's dancing partner, in Alice Adams (1935) and as a foil to W.C. Fields in two films, including Og Oggilby, Fields' daughter's fiancé, in The Bank Dick (1940).

Film historian William J. Mann characterizes Sutton as a typical "Hollywood Sissy," that is as a gay actor who ordinarily portrayed an effeminate character for comedic effect.[2]

He continued to work throughout the 1950s and 1960s, finally retiring from acting in 1979. The strength of his association with Fields was such that it was mentioned in the commentary for My Fair Lady. Sutton has a non-speaking role in some of the formal-dress scenes, and subtly performs some comic shtick. The commentator refers to him as "an old W. C. Fields actor".

Sutton died at the Motion Picture & Television Country House and Hospital in Woodland Hill, California at the age of 89.[3]

Selected filmography[edit]

Film
YearFilmRoleNotes
1925The FreshmanStudent who goes to deanUncredited
Alternative title: College Days
1926Brown of HarvardOne of the DickeysUncredited
1930Hit the Deck
1932Hot SaturdayArchie
1932Pack Up Your TroublesEddie
1932Movie CrazyMan afraid of miceUncredited
1933Only YesterdayCharlie Smith, Party GuestUncredited
1935Gridiron Flash
1935Man on the Flying TrapezeClaude NeselrodeAlternative title: The Memory Expert
1936Palm SpringsBud
1936My Man GodfreyCharlie Van RumpleUncredited
1937Stage DoorButch
1938Having Wonderful TimeGusAlternative title: Having a Wonderful Time
1938Vivacious LadyCulpepper
1939The Angels Wash Their FacesGildersleeve (Mayor's secretary)Alternative title: Angels Wash Their Faces
1940The Bank DickOg Oggleby, Bank Teller
1940Torrid ZoneSam, Steve's Secretary
1941She Knew All the AnswersOgleby
1942The Affairs of MarthaJustin I. Peacock, Jr
1943A Lady Takes a ChanceMalcolm ScottAlternative title: The Cowboy and the Girl
1943What a WomanMr. ClarkAlternative title: The Beautiful Cheat
1944The Great MomentHomer Quimby
1945Anchors AweighBertram Kraler - Susan's beau
1946DragonwyckAstor House clerkUncredited
1948Romance on the High SeasShip Radio operatorUncredited
Alternative title: It's Magic
1954A Star Is BornArtie CarverUncredited
1954White ChristmasUncredited
1962The Chapman ReportSimonUncredited
1963Come Blow Your HornClothing Store ManagerUncredited
1964My Fair LadyAscot Extra/Guest at BallUncredited
1965Tickle MeMr. Dabney
1966Paradise, Hawaiian StyleMr. Cubberson
1968I Love You, Alice B. Toklas!Funeral DirectorAlternative title: Kiss My Butterfly
1970Myra BreckinridgeKid Barlow
1971Support Your Local GunfighterStorekeeper
1979Rock 'n' Roll High SchoolSchool Board President
Television
YearTitleRoleNotes
1954I Married JoanNewsroom Walk Through1 episode
1960The Ann Sothern ShowSwann2 episodes
Shirley Temple's StorybookSimon1 episode
1960-1961LawmanBen Toomey8 episodes
1964MickeyMr. Freebish1 episode
1965Burke's LawHubie1 episode
Petticoat JunctionChef1 episode
1967BatmanIrving Cash1 episode
1972Hawaii Five-OMinister1 episode
1974The Odd CouplePops Belkon1 episode

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gifford, Denis (1995-09-26). "Obituary: Grady Sutton". The Independent (London). Retrieved 2009-01-29. 
  2. ^ William J. Mann, "Behind the screen : how gays and lesbians shaped Hollywood, 1910-1969," New York: Penguin Books, 2002.
  3. ^ "Grady Sutton, 89, a Comic Foil to Fields, Hepburn and Lombard". The New York Times. 1992-10-28. Retrieved 2009-01-29. 

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