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Karl Dane
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Birth Date:October 12, 1886
Astrology Sign:Libra
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Died Date:April 15, 1934

Occupation:Movie Actor

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Karl Dane

Biography:Karl Dane (born October 12, 1886 in Copenhagen, Denmark; died April 15, 1934 in Los Angeles, California) was a comedian and actor of the silent film era, and a sad example of the fate that befell many silent movie stars who were unable to make the transition to talkies.

Born Rasmus Karl Therkelsen Gottlieb in Copenhagen, Denmark to a theatrical family, Dane first appeared on stage at the age of 14. He came to Hollywood during World War I, and was immediately put to work in several anti-German propaganda films. Later, his tall, gangly appearance and wide grin made him perfect for comedic roles. His most memorable work, however, didn't come until 1925, when he signed a contract with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.

His first film at MGM was The Big Parade, directed by King Vidor and starring John Gilbert and Renée Adorée. The movie went on to become one of the highest grossing silent films in cinema history, and Dane’s role as a tobacco chewing doughboy proved to be his big break. Dane went on to appear as the comic relief in several high-profile costume dramas, including The Scarlet Letter (directed by Victor Sjöström and starring Lillian Gish), La Boheme (again directed by Vidor, and starring Gish, Gilbert and Adorée), and The Son of the Sheik (starring Rudolph Valentino). Dane also teamed up with fellow comedian George K. Arthur for a series of popular short films.

When sound films hit the theaters, Dane’s thick accent made it impossible for him to find work. Although friends such as Buster Keaton found small roles for him in their movies, by 1933, his career as an actor was over. Dane attempted to earn a living as a carpenter and mechanic, but eventually he was reduced to running a hot dog stand. His marriage to actress Thais Valdemar also collapsed around this time. Dane became deeply depressed, and committed suicide by shooting himself in his rented room in the Fairfax District.

He was laid to rest in Hollywood Forever Cemetery, and was posthumously honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Achievements: (Filmography)
The Big Parade (1925)

Personality and Character Cards:
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Karl Dane's Personality Tarot Card The Hermit - Personality Card

Birthday: October 12, 1886

A time for soul searching and meditation; a need for patience and solitude.

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Karl Dane's Growth Tarot Card The Hierophant

Birthday: October 12, 2017

Guidance on religious matters and the need to find spiritual meaning in life.




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