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Victor Kilian
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    (March 6, 1891-March 11, 1979)
    Born in Jersey City, New Jersey
    Portrayed Grandpa Larkin, aka The Fernwood Flasher, in Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman
    Appeared in the films ‘The Public Menace’ (1935), ‘Seventh Heaven’ (1937), ‘Boys Town’ (1938), ‘The Adventures of Tom Sawyer’ (1938), ‘The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn’ (1939), ‘Young Tom Edison’ (1940), ‘The Mark of Zorro’ (1940), ‘Blood and Sand’ (1941), ‘Sergeant York’ (1941), ‘Reap the Wild Wind’ (1942), ‘The Ox-Bow Incident’ (1942), ‘Dangerous Passage’ (1944), ‘I Shot Jesse James’ (1949) and ‘Unknown World’ (1951)
    Appeared on Broadway in ‘The Good Fellow’ (1926), ‘At the Bottom’ (1930), ‘Man Bites Dog’ (1933), ‘Look Homeward, Angel’ (1957-59), ‘The Gang’s All Here’ (1959-60) and ‘Gideon’ (1961-62)
    He was usually typecast as villains in his Hollywood films.
    His last TV appearance, in an episode of All in the Family, aired a week after his death.
    His ghost allegedly haunts the sidewalk in front of the footprints and handprints at Grauman’s Chinese Theater.
    He lost the vision in one eye as the result of an accident while filming a fight scene with John Wayne in ‘Reap the Wild Wind.’
    He was blacklisted in the 50s for his political beliefs.
    He fared better than most blacklistees, since Actors’ Equity refused to accept his banning, thus letting him continue to act on the stage.
    He was beaten to death by burglars robbing his Hollywood apartment.

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