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Finding Aid for the Joe Granby papers, 1908-1960s, (bulk dates ca. 1908-1929 and 1940s)
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Joseph Granby was an American actor whose career spanned the early-1900s to the 1960s. During that time he was involved in vaudeville, theater, film, radio, and television. The collection consists of photographs, scrapbooks, theater programs, playbills, and a small amount of script material related to Granby's career.
There is very little biographical information available about Joseph Granby. Most of the facts below were gathered from Granby's papers. Joseph Granby (also known as Joe) was born in 1885 and appears to be from Boston, Massachusetts. He was an actor involved in theater, motion pictures, radio, and television. His career was launched at the Castle Square Theatre in Boston in 1905. He appeared on Broadway in productions such as The Claw, Lally (1927), and Hawk Island (1929). Granby was also active in vaudeville on the Keith and Orpheum circuits. He regularly performed on radio and was known for his role as Black Barney in the science-fiction series Buck Rogers. He also played the roles of Lothar on Mandrake the Magician and Lestrade on Sherlock Holmes. His motion picture credits include Kismet (1944), The Barkleys of Broadway (1949), Joan of Arc (1950), and Written on the Wind (1956) among others. He made the transition to television on programs such as Fireside Theatre and Lux Video Theatre. Granby died in Hollywood, California, on September 29, 1965.
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