Monte Blue

D.O.B: Jan 11, 1887 |  Indianapolis, Indiana, USA

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Stalwart, durable Monte Blue, a romantic leading man of the silent days, was born January 11, 1887, as Gerard Monte Blue (some sources indicate 1890, but his mothers application for his admission to the Soldiers and Sailors Orphans Home lists his birth date as January 11, 1887). Various sources have reported his first name as George or Gerald, but, again, in his mothers application, it is spelled Gerard.

Biography

Stalwart, durable Monte Blue, a romantic leading man of the silent days, was born January 11, 1887, as Gerard Monte Blue (some sources indicate 1890, but his mothers application for his admission to the Soldiers and Sailors Orphans Home lists his birth date as January 11, 1887). Various sources have reported his first name as George or Gerald, but, again, in his mothers application, it is spelled Gerard. His father was killed in a railroad accident when Monte was eight and his mother could not support four children. He was admitted (along with another brother, Morris) to the orphanage at that time. There he built up his physique playing football. At one time or another the able-bodied gent was a railroader, a fireman, a coal miner, a cowpuncher, a ranch hand, a circus rider, a lumberjack and, finally, trekking west, he became a day laborer for D.W. Griffiths Biograph Studios. Blue eventually became a stuntman for Griffith and an extra in The Birth of a Nation (1915), which was his first film. Griffith took him in and made him an assistant on his classic epic Intolerance: Loves Struggle Throughout the Ages (1916), where he earned another small part. Gradually moving to support roles for both Griffith and Cecil B. DeMille, Blue earned his breakthrough role as Danton in Griffiths Orphans of the Storm (1921) with sisters Lillian Gish and Dorothy Gish.