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Erville Alderson
Photo from Film Star Who's Who of the Screen, 1938
Born(1882-09-11)September 11, 1882
DiedAugust 4, 1957(1957-08-04) (aged 74)
Years active1918–1957
(m. 1918; div. 1925)

Erville Alderson (September 11, 1882 – August 4, 1957) was an American character actor, usually portraying strong-willed or wise men. He appeared in nearly 200 films between 1918 and 1957.


Alderson was born in Kansas City, Missouri. He married Lillian Worth, an American actress, on January 14, 1918 in Sydney, Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia. By 1925, the couple were divorced.[1][2] Alderson's work in films included portraying Jefferson Davis as a young Army officer in Santa Fe Trail (1940).[3] Alderson died in Glendale, California. He is buried in lot 299, section 12 of the Hollywood Forever Cemetery near Los Angeles.[4]

Selected filmography


  1. ^ Nova Scotia Historical Vital Statistics, entry for Lillian Burgher Wiggins and Erville Alderson.
  2. ^ U.S. Passport Applications, Certificate No. 504750, January 12, 1925, for "Lillian Alderson, professionally known as Lillian Worth."
  3. ^ "Olsen to Portray Lee In New Warner Film". The Times Dispatch. Virginia, Richmond. August 17, 1940. p. 9. Retrieved November 6, 2020 – via
  4. ^ Wilson, Scott (August 19, 2016). Resting Places: The Burial Sites of More Than 14,000 Famous Persons, 3d ed. McFarland. p. 13. ISBN 978-1-4766-2599-7. Retrieved January 22, 2021.
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