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Melvyn Edouard Hesselberg (Douglas, Melvyn)

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Born: 1901 AD
Died: 1981 AD, at 80 years of age.

Nationality: American
Categories: Actors, Entertainers

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1901 - Melvyn Edouard Hesselberg, born on the 5th of April in Macon, Georgia. He was an American actor who won all three of the entertainment industry's highest awards, two Oscars, one Tony and an Emmy.

1928 - He spent the first part of the touring with Owens Repertory and with the Jessie Bonstelle Company, reaching Broadway in the drama A Free Soul.

1931 - Made his film bow in Tonight or Never.

1932 - The Old Dark House, the actor established his standard screen character: a charming, blase young socialite who could exhibit great courage and loyalty when those attributes were called upon.

1935 - Returned to films, signing a joint contract with Columbia and MGM.

1947 - One of the actor's better roles was a supporting one: as Cary Grant's beleaguered lawyer and business adviser in Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House.

1950 - Found movie roles scarce in the early thanks to the "Red Scare".

1963 - Academy Award was bestowed upon the actor for his role as Paul Newman's dying father in Hud.

1971 - 1979 - Final Hollywood days included I Never Sang for My Father and Being There, the latter film winning the actor his second Oscar.

1981 - Died at age 80, on the 4th of August in New York City, just before the release of his final film, Ghost Story.

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