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Earl Larimore



For a decade, from 1925 to 1935, no actor rivaled Earl Larimore in representing fallible masculinity. Hailing from the Northwest, he first acted in New York in 1925, playing Bill Pickering in "Made in America," a play about Armenian immigrants in New York City. His third outing, "Nirvana" at the Greenwich Village was a six-night bomb, but it convinced the directors of the Theatre Guild that Larimore had the presence needed to play Councilor Herzfield in "Juarez and Maximillian." His capable performance cemented a place in the Guild's acting company.

Often cast with Margalo Gilmore, Larimore handled the miscellaneous male types that the Guild's mix of experimental dramas, issue plays, and modern classics: George Callahan in "Ned McCobb's Daughter," the cowardly Robert in "The Silver Cord," long suffering suitor Alistin Lowe in "The Second Man," Sam Evans in "Strange Interlude." Eugene O'Neill thought him a credible vehicle for a number of his male characters, as Marco Polo in "Marco's Millions" and Orin Mannon in "Mourning Becomes Electra." His last Guild production was in O'Neill's "Days Without End."

When he departed the company in 1934, he suffered from the lack of capable ensemble partners. He appeared in a series of failed commercial plays. In 1935 he turned his back on Broadway. David S. Shields/ALS