Leo Gorcey

D.O.B: Jun 03, 1917 | New York City, New York, USA

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Leo Gorceys parents were actor Bernard Gorcey (born 1888) who stood 4 10, and Josephine Condon (born 1901), who stood 4 11 and weighed 95 pounds; they worked in vaudeville in New York. In 1915, 14-year-old Josephine gave birth to Fred.

Biography

Leo Gorceys parents were actor Bernard Gorcey (born 1888) who stood 4 10, and Josephine Condon (born 1901), who stood 4 11 and weighed 95 pounds; they worked in vaudeville in New York. In 1915, 14-year-old Josephine gave birth to Fred. In 1917, Leo was born, a large baby at 12 lb. 3 oz.; as an adult he would be 5 6. In 1921 his brother David Gorcey was born. In 1935, Leo and David appeared in the stage play Dead End. In 1937, this was made into a movie, and Leo became one of the busiest actors for the next 20 years -- from 1937-1939 he starred in seven Dead End Kids movies, from 1940-1945 in 21 East Side Kids films, from 1946-1956 in 41 Bowery Boys movies. In 1939, Leo married 17-year-old dancer Kay Marvis, who appeared in four of his movies. They divorced in 1944 after five years of marriage; she went on to marry Groucho Marx. In 1945, Leo married Evalene Bankston; they divorced in 1948. Leo was to have paid her $50,000 in a divorce settlement; however, when two detectives she hired broke into his home, he retaliated by firing his gun at them.