Monroe Owsley

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Monroe Owsley
Poster - Ex-Lady 06.jpg
Lobby card with Bette Davis and Monroe Owsley in Ex-Lady (1933)
Born(1900-08-11)August 11, 1900
Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
DiedJune 7, 1937(1937-06-07) (aged 36)
OccupationStage, film actor
Years active1924-1937
Parent(s)Gertrude Owsley

Monroe Owsley (August 11, 1900 – June 7, 1937) was an American stage and film actor.

Early years[]

The son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Owsley,[1] he was born in Atlanta, Georgia.[2] His father was a manufacturing executive, and his mother was a concert singer. Owsley was educated at Loomis Institute in Windsor, Connecticut; Bristol High School in Bristol, Connecticut; and Philadelphia High School.[3] He started taking acting classes when he was a teenager.

Before Owsley became an actor, he worked as a reporter and a drama critic for the Public Ledger newspaper in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.[4]


Owsley gained acting experience with stock theater troupes[1] in Chicago, Cincinnati, and Dayton, and in a road company that presented The Meanest Man in the World in a tent in one-night stands. He made his Broadway debut in Young Blood (1925).[5] His film debut was 1928's The First Kiss, starring Fay Wray. This was followed by the Philip Barry film Holiday in 1930, in the role played by Lew Ayres in the 1938 version. Soon after, he was cast opposite actresses such as Clara Bow, Bette Davis, Barbara Stanwyck, Joan Crawford, Gloria Swanson, Mae West, and Kay Francis.


On June 7, 1937, Owsley died from a heart attack[2] following a car accident[citation needed] in Belmont, California. He was 36 years old.[1]


Year Title Role Notes
1928 The First Kiss the Other Suitor
1928 Carry on, Sergeant! Leonard Sinclair
1930 Holiday Ned Seton
1930 Free Love Rush Begelow
1931 Ten Cents A Dance Eddie Miller
1931 Honor Among Lovers Philip Craig
1931 Indiscreet Jim Woodward
1931 This Modern Age Tony Gerard
1932 Unashamed Harry Swift
1932 Hat Check Girl Tod Reese
1932 Call Her Savage Lawrence Crosby
1933 The Keyhole Maurice Le Brun
1933 The Woman Who Dared Jack Goodwin, Newspaper Reporter
1933 Ex-Lady Nick Malvyn
1933 Brief Moment Harold Sigrift
1933 Twin Husbands Colton Drain
1934 Little Man, What Now? Kessler
1934 Wild Gold Walter Jordan
1934 Shock Bob Hayworth
1934 She Was a Lady Jerry Couzins
1934 Behold My Wife! Bob Prentice
1935 Rumba Hobart Fletcher
1935 Goin' to Town Fletcher Colton
1935 Remember Last Night? Billy Arliss
1936 Private Number Coakley
1936 Yellowstone Marty Ryan / Jenkins
1936 Mr. Cinderella Aloysius P. Merriweather
1936 Hideaway Girl Count de Montaigne
1937 The Hit Parade Teddy Leeds (final film role)


  1. ^ Jump up to: a b c "Death Calls Actor Owsley". The Los Angeles Times. California, Los Angeles. June 9, 1937. p. Part II-Page 1. Retrieved March 9, 2018 – via open access
  2. ^ Jump up to: a b Ellenberger, Allan R. (2001). Celebrities in Los Angeles Cemeteries: A Directory. McFarland. pp. 65–66. ISBN 9780786409839. Retrieved 10 March 2018.
  3. ^ "Monroe Owsley, Hollywood Actor". The New York Times. Associated Press. June 9, 1937. p. 25. Retrieved May 22, 2021.
  4. ^ "Stage Ambitions of Monroe Owsley". Hartford Courant. Connecticut, Hartford. February 25, 1924. p. 7. Retrieved March 9, 2018 – via open access
  5. ^ "Monroe Owsley". Internet Broadway Database. The Broadway League. Archived from the original on 10 March 2018. Retrieved 10 March 2018.

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