John Bunny Overview

John Bunny
Date of Birth
Sep 21, 1863
Birth Place:
New York City, NY

Biography

American film's first true comedy star, hefty (nearly 300 pounds) John Bunny came out of minstrel shows to appear in such legitimate productions as Way Down East, Tom Jones, and, as Bottom, A Midsummer Night's Dream. One of the first stage actors to recognize the possibilities of moving pictures, Bunny reportedly cancelled a lucrative contract with Broadway's Shubert organization and after being...