Claude Gillingwater

Claude Gillingwater

Known for: Acting
Birthday: 1870-08-02
Deathday: 1939-11-02 (69 years old)

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Biography

Tall, balding character actor in US films from 1921 until the year he died, usually portraying obstinate or irascible types.


A man so disagreeable on celluloid, Claude Gillingwater's characters seemed to subsist on a steady diet of persimmons. Fondly recalled as the cranky old skinflint whose seemingly cold heart could only be warmed by the actions of a cute little tyke, the tall and rangy Gillingwater invariably played much older than he was. He, with the omnipresent bushy brows, crop of silver hair and perpetually sour puss, had a much more versatile career than perhaps realized -- on both stage and in film. Most assuredly, this caustic screen image he perfected belied a softer, gentler off-screen demeanor for he was a kind and sympathetic gent and devoted husband to wife Carlyn Stiletz (or Stellith). Their only child, Claude Gillingwater Jr., briefly became an actor himself. Sadly, Gillingwater Sr.'s thriving character career ended on a grim and tragic note in 1939. A serious accident on the movie set of the picture Florida Special (1936) (he fell from a platform and injured his back) damaged his health and threatened his career, and the death of his long-time wife Carlyn left him irrevocably depressed. Fearing the possibility of becoming an invalid and wishing not to become a serious burden to anyone, the 69-year-old actor committed suicide at his Beverly Hills home with a self-inflicted gunshot to the head. Gillingwater left a fine Hollywood legacy and the fun of some of his old films is watching his vinegar turn to sugar.


Date of Birth 2 August 1870, Louisiana, Missouri


Date of Death 2 November 1939, Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California  (suicide)

Filmography

All 83

Movies 83

Self 3

Old Christopher West
Cafe Society

Cafe Society (1939)

Movie
Samuel G. Henshaw
Just Around the Corner

Just Around the Corner (1938)

Movie
Cyrus W. Butterfield
There Goes My Heart

There Goes My Heart (1938)

Movie
Judge
Little Miss Broadway

Little Miss Broadway (1938)

Movie
Ben Dalton
A Yank at Oxford

A Yank at Oxford (1938)

Movie
Stephan
Conquest

Conquest (1937)

Movie
4
William Borden
Top of the Town

Top of the Town (1937)

Movie
Col. Robert Peachtree
Can This Be Dixie?

Can This Be Dixie? (1936)

Movie
Mr. Gossamer
Wives Never Know

Wives Never Know (1936)

Movie
Simon Peck
Poor Little Rich Girl

Poor Little Rich Girl (1936)

Movie
Robert Forbes
Ticket to Paradise

Ticket to Paradise (1936)

Movie
Tom Perkins
Counterfeit

Counterfeit (1936)

Movie
Simeon Stafford
Florida Special

Florida Special (1936)

Movie
Col. Jeremiah Milford Dyer
The Prisoner of Shark Island

The Prisoner of Shark Island (1936)

Movie
Jarvis Lorry
A Tale of Two Cities

A Tale of Two Cities (1935)

Movie
Dick
Together We Live

Together We Live (1935)

Movie
Col. Allenby
Calm Yourself

Calm Yourself (1935)

Movie
Colton
Baby Face Harrington

Baby Face Harrington (1935)

Movie
Gen. Rumford
Mississippi

Mississippi (1935)

Movie
Grandpa Wyatt
The Woman in Red

The Woman in Red (1935)

Movie
Guggins
Strange Wives

Strange Wives (1934)

Movie
Judge Griswold
The Captain Hates the Sea

The Captain Hates the Sea (1934)

Movie
Steven Kester
Green Eyes

Green Eyes (1934)

Movie
Sam Webster
Back Page

Back Page (1934)

Movie
Morley
In Love with Life

In Love with Life (1934)

Movie
Papa Van Brunt, Sr.
Unknown Blonde

Unknown Blonde (1934)

Movie
Oliver
City Limits

City Limits (1934)

Movie
J.B. Preston
The Show-Off

The Show-Off (1934)

Movie
Asa Cabot - Banker
You Can't Buy Everything

You Can't Buy Everything (1934)

Movie
John Fry
Before Midnight

Before Midnight (1933)

Movie
Banker (uncredited)
I Loved a Woman

I Loved a Woman (1933)

Movie
John Beaumont
Skyway

Skyway (1933)

Movie
Witt
The Avenger

The Avenger (1933)

Movie
Judge Bingham
Ann Carver's Profession

Ann Carver's Profession (1933)

Movie
Frederick Garfield Sr
Tess of the Storm Country

Tess of the Storm Country (1932)

Movie
Claude Gillingwater
Running Hollywood

Running Hollywood (1932)

Movie
Judge
The Wide Open Spaces

The Wide Open Spaces (1931)

Movie
John Brock
Compromised

Compromised (1931)

Movie
Self - Golfer
How I Play Golf, by Bobby Jones No. 10: 'Trouble Shots'

How I Play Golf, by Bobby Jones No. 10: 'Trouble Shots' (1931)

Movie
Mr. Gillingwater
How I Play Golf, by Bobby Jones No. 8: 'The Brassie'

How I Play Golf, by Bobby Jones No. 8: 'The Brassie' (1931)

Movie
John Aberdeen Arnold
Gold Dust Gertie

Gold Dust Gertie (1931)

Movie
Riggs
Daddy Long Legs

Daddy Long Legs (1931)

Movie
Jim Nabours
The Conquering Horde

The Conquering Horde (1931)

Movie
Richard Ives Sr.
Illicit

Illicit (1931)

Movie
Count de St. Cyr
Kiss Me Again

Kiss Me Again (1931)

Movie
Faraday
The Flirting Widow

The Flirting Widow (1930)

Movie
Uncle Roger
Dumb-bells in Ermine

Dumb-bells in Ermine (1930)

Movie
(uncredited)
Mexicali Rose

Mexicali Rose (1929)

Movie
Uncle Claude Davis
So Long Letty

So Long Letty (1929)

Movie
Winthrop Amesbury
The Great Divide

The Great Divide (1929)

Movie
Michael O'Connor
Smiling Irish Eyes

Smiling Irish Eyes (1929)

Movie
Sam Underlane
Glad Rag Doll

Glad Rag Doll (1929)

Movie
H.A. Lambert Sr.
Stolen Kisses

Stolen Kisses (1929)

Movie
James Rutherford - Expedition Leader
Stark Mad

Stark Mad (1929)

Movie
Judge Appleton
Oh Kay!

Oh Kay! (1928)

Movie
Grandfather Mervin
Women They Talk About

Women They Talk About (1928)

Movie
Cyrus Townsend
The Gorilla

The Gorilla (1927)

Movie
Jean Moreau
Barbed Wire

Barbed Wire (1927)

Movie
Judge J. R. Altewood
Naughty But Nice

Naughty But Nice (1927)

Movie
Smithfield
Fast and Furious

Fast and Furious (1927)

Movie
Old Man in Hotel Bed (uncredited)
45 Minutes from Hollywood

45 Minutes from Hollywood (1926)

Movie
Ivan - Their Tutor
Into Her Kingdom

Into Her Kingdom (1926)

Movie
John Raynor
That's My Baby

That's My Baby (1926)

Movie
Sir Robert Sundale
We Moderns

We Moderns (1925)

Movie
Pious Joe McDowell
Seven Sinners

Seven Sinners (1925)

Movie
Tom Linton
Winds of Chance

Winds of Chance (1925)

Movie
Noel Jardine
A Thief in Paradise

A Thief in Paradise (1925)

Movie
Riddle
Cheaper to Marry

Cheaper to Marry (1925)

Movie
Lord Patrington
Madonna of the Streets

Madonna of the Streets (1924)

Movie
Henry Bancks
How to Educate a Wife

How to Educate a Wife (1924)

Movie
James Crockett
Daddies

Daddies (1924)

Movie
Hector McCollins
Tiger Rose

Tiger Rose (1923)

Movie
Mr. Everingham
A Chapter in Her Life

A Chapter in Her Life (1923)

Movie
Mr. Forbes
Dulcy

Dulcy (1923)

Movie
Theodore Findley
Three Wise Fools

Three Wise Fools (1923)

Movie
Himself - Celebrity Actor (uncredited)
Souls for Sale

Souls for Sale (1923)

Movie
Col. Charles E. Cavanaugh
Crinoline and Romance

Crinoline and Romance (1923)

Movie
Lord Storm
The Christian

The Christian (1923)

Movie
Uncle Sam
The Strangers' Banquet

The Strangers' Banquet (1922)

Movie
John P. Grout
Remembrance

Remembrance (1922)

Movie
Denton Drew
Fools First

Fools First (1922)

Movie
The Captain
My Boy

My Boy (1921)

Movie
Earl of Dorincourt
Little Lord Fauntleroy

Little Lord Fauntleroy (1921)

Movie

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Information

Known for
Acting

Gender
Male

Birthday
1870-08-02

Deathday
1939-11-02 (69 years old)

Place of birth
Louisiana, United States of America

Citizenships
United States of America

Also known as
Claude Benton Gillingwater, Claude Gillingwater Sr.


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