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Milburn Morante Biography

  • Profession: Actor, Director
  • Born: Apr 6, 1887
  • Died: Jan 28, 1964

Comedian Milburn Morante began his career in vaudeville, teamed with brother Al and father Joe in a knockabout act called "the Three Morantes." In 1913, Morante launched his film career with Universal's Joker comedy unit, playing a vast array of character roles, usually in support of comedienne [[Performer~P31819~Gale Henry~galehenry]]. Five years later, he formed his own company, Mercury Pictures, with his family on the payroll. A talented trouper, Morante was never able to latch onto a comic characterization that truly "clicked" with audiences, and by 1922 Mercury Pictures was no more. He spent the rest of the 1920s freelancing, starring in low-budget comedy shorts and essaying supporting parts in more expensive pictures. He also produced and directed several mid-'20s Westerns. In harness well into the 1950s, Milburn Morante made his last appearances in "old geezer" roles on TV's [[Feature~V133003~The Cisco Kid~theciscokid[tvseries]]]. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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