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Anthony Warde
Anthony Warde in Escape by Night (1937).jpg
Warde in Escape by Night (1937)
Benjamin Schwartz

(1909-01-01)January 1, 1909
DiedJanuary 8, 1975(1975-01-08) (aged 66)
Years active1937–1964

Anthony Warde (born Benjamin Schwartz;[1] January 1, 1909 – January 8, 1975) was a noted American actor who appeared in over 150 films between 1937 and 1964.

Early years

Born as Benjamin Schwartz in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on New Year's Day 1909, Warde was raised in Danbury, Connecticut.[1]


Warde gained early acting experience at the Pasadena Playhouse and performed with the Federal Theatre Project.[1] In 1940, he toured with the Eighteen Actors dramatic group, which included Victor Jory and Morris Ankrum, among others.[2] In 1953, he worked in summer stock theatre.[3]


Warde started his Hollywood career in Escape by Night,[1] appearing in a handful of undistinguished feature films before gaining popularity as one of the hardest working henchmen in the 1930s and 1940s serials.

Warde first appeared in his first film bow in 1936, but he spent most of his time bothering serials heroes as a vicious bodyguard, underground leader or infamous rustler, but also was satisfactory in character roles and the occasional sympathetic part. Usually, he played in many unsavory characterizations, including low-budget crime and Western styles throughout his career. He also appeared in popular serials such as Flash Gordon's Trip to Mars (1938), for Universal; The Spider Returns (1941) and Batman (1943) for Columbia, as well as in The Masked Marvel (1943), The Purple Monster Strikes (1945) and The Black Widow (1947) for Republic.[citation needed]

But Warde is probably best remembered for playing Killer Kane, gangster ruler of the Earth in Universal's adaptation of Buck Rogers (1939). In the 1950s, he made a multiple number of TV appearances including a brief turn as a counterfeiter in two episodes of Amos 'N' Andy.[citation needed]

Warde made his last screen appearance in The Carpetbaggers, a 1964 film adaptation of Harold Robbins' best-seller novel. Following his acting career, he owned a men's clothing store.[1]


Warde died in Hollywood, California, at the age of 66.[4]

Selected filmography


Kane Richmond seems to have Buster Crabbe at a disadvantage in Flash Gordon's Trip To Mars.
Kane Richmond seems to have Buster Crabbe at a disadvantage in Flash Gordon's Trip To Mars.



  1. ^ a b c d e Mayer, Geoff (2017). Encyclopedia of American Film Serials. McFarland. pp. 285–286. ISBN 978-0-7864-7762-3. Retrieved January 1, 2020.
  2. ^ "Famous Play Is Offered Friday". California, San Bernardino. The San Bernardino County Sun. April 30, 1940. p. 13. Retrieved March 20, 2016 – via open access
  3. ^ "Summer Stock Season Ends at San Gabriel". California, Covina. Covina Argus. September 3, 1953. p. 18. Retrieved March 20, 2016 – via open access
  4. ^ Erickson, Hal. "Anthony Warde". AllMovie. AllMovie. Archived from the original on January 1, 2020. Retrieved January 1, 2020.
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