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Herbert Mundin Biography

  • Profession: Actor
  • Born: Aug 21, 1898
  • Died: Mar 4, 1939

Born into a Lancashire farming family, actor Herbert Mundin served in the first World War as a wireless operator. After the armistice, Mundin joined a traveling troupe of British music hall performers. His biggest professional boost came when he was signed for the popular [[Feature~V167262~Charlot's Revue~larevuedesrevues]] in the early '20s. Though only in his early twenties, Mundin was always cast in older character parts on stage due to his bulbous nose and short, penguin-like frame. On Broadway from 1928, Mundin signed a contract with Hollywood's Fox studios in 1931. He was seen to excellent advantage in such Fox productions as [[Feature~V8879~Chandu the Magician~chanduthemagician]] (1932) and [[Feature~V8678~Cavalcade~cavalcade]] (1933). Mundin's popularity at this period was such that, when it was decided that the 1932 Fox production [[Feature~V109886~Sherlock Holmes~sherlockholmes]] needed some comedy relief, Mundin was hastily shoehorned in as a cockney pubkeeper -- and was billed ahead of that film's Doctor Watson(Reginald Owen). Two of Mundin's better film roles were in a classical vein: He was Barkis in 1934's [[Feature~V12542~David Copperfield~davidcopperfield]], and was Much the Miller in 1938's [[Feature~V991~Adventures of Robin Hood~theadventuresofrobinhood]]; in the latter film he was given a rugged fight sequence with one of Prince John's guards, and also a romantic interest in the form of Una O'Connor (his costar in [[Feature~V8678~Cavalcade~cavalcade]]). Shortly after completing his assignment in the MGM programmer [[Feature~V129071~Society Lawyer~societylawyer]], Herbert Mundin was killed in a car accident in Van Nuys, California; he was 40 years old. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi