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Sam Ash

Sam Ash

Known For: Acting · Birthday: 1884-08-28 · Deathday: 1951-10-20 (67 years old) · Gender: Male · Place of Birth: Campbell County, Kentucky, USA

64 Movies

Biography

He was born in Campbell County, Kentucky, of English-born parents who had immigrated to the US. By 1900 he was living with his parents and siblings in Cincinnati, Ohio, and in 1910 lived in Chicago. He was unrelated to Sam Ash, born Samuel Ashkynase (1897–1956), founder of the eponymous musical instrument store, despite some erroneous claims that they were one and the same person. He first recorded as a tenor singer for Columbia Records in 1914, and the following year found success in a duet with Elida Morris, "Hello Frisco!" from the Broadway musical Ziegfeld Follies of 1915. In December 1915 he appeared on the Broadway stage, in a leading role in Rudolf Friml's operetta Katinka, which ran for over 200 performances. He recorded regularly for Columbia over the next few years. In 1915 he made one of his most commercially successful recordings, "America, I Love You", and in 1917 he recorded "Cleopatra Had a Jazz Band". His regular appearances in Broadway revues included Doing Our Bit (1917), Monte Cristo Jr. (1919), and Oh, What A Girl! (1919) among others. In the 1920s he continued to record for Columbia as well as for a number of other record labels, including Little Wonder, Gennett, Grey Gull, and OKeh. He also continued to appear in Broadway musicals, including Some Party in 1922, The Passing Show of 1922, and Houseboat on the Styx in 1928.From 1929, he was based in Hollywood. He made his film debut that year, third on the bill as a suspect in the Craig Kennedy mystery Unmasked, starring Robert Warwick in his first "talkie". Over the next two decades he had hundreds of small parts in movies, playing characters such as waiters, news vendors, ship stewards, and reporters. In Mad Love, starring Peter Lorre, his role was one of the detectives seeking the murderer. In It's a Wonderful Life, in 1946, he played the part of the nervous bank teller trying to calm the crowd when they demand their savings. Ash also featured in a number of popular film serials such as Dick Tracy, The Masked Marvel, and Captain America. He appeared in 205 movies between 1929 and 1953; his last two films were released posthumously. He died in Hollywood in 1951, at the age of 67, and was buried at Forest Lawn Memorial Park.

Early Life

Ashkynasse was born to Moishe and Mottl Ashkynase in a small town in Austria-Hungary on August 21, 1897. In 1907 his family immigrated to the United States., settling on Hopkinson Avenue in Brooklyn. When Ash's father Morris became unemployed after contending with a tumor, he entered the workforce to help with his family's finances, working as an apprentice as a cutter in the garment industry. At the same time Ash was discovering that his true passion was playing the violin. Ash began teaching music lessons and later formed the Sam Ash Orchestra, performing at weddings, dances, and Jewish organizations around the New York City area.

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1946.

3 Movies

1945.

1 Movie

1944.

2 Movies

1943.

3 Movies

1942.

2 Movies

1941.

6 Movies

1940.

10 Movies

1939.

8 Movies

1938.

6 Movies

1937.

8 Movies

1936.

3 Movies

1935.

6 Movies

1934.

1 Movie

1933.

2 Movies
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