Ben Bard (January 26, 1893 – May 17, 1974) was an American movie actor, stage actor, and acting teacher. With comedian Jack Pearl, Bard worked in a comedy duo in vaudeville.
In 1926, Bard, Pearl, and Sascha Beaumont appeared in a short film made in Lee DeForest's Phonofilm sound-on-film process. He had a small role in The Bat Whispers (1930). Later in the decade, he ran a leading Hollywood acting school, Ben Bard Drama.
Bard was recruited to be a leading man at Fox Film Corporation. However, he was typecast as a "Suave Heavy"—a smooth-talking, well-dressed fellow with a dark side. An example of this type is his portrayal of "Mr. Brun" in The Seventh Victim (1943). Also in 1943, Bard appeared in two other Val Lewton-produced horror films: The Leopard Man, as Robles, the Police Chief, and The Ghost Ship, as First Officer Bowns.
Bard became the head of the New Talent Department at Twentieth-Century-Fox in September 1956, eventually resigning in August 1959. He re-opened his school, Ben Bard Drama, in 1960.
Birth and Death Data: Born January 26th, 1893 (Milwaukee), Died May 17th, 1974 (Los Angeles)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1917 - 1923
Roles Represented in DAHR: lyricist, speaker
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||B-21419||10-in.||1/15/1918||Give me the right to love you all the while||Sterling Trio||Male vocal trio, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||[Trial 1923-02-03-02]||10-in.||2/3/1923||Troubles||Ben Bard ; Jack Pearl||Comic dialogue||speaker|
|Columbia||77323||10-in.||9/10/1917||Give me the right to love you all the while||Sterling Trio||Male vocal trio, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Columbia||77828||10-in.||5/17/1918||Victory||Arthur Fields||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Brunswick||LAE898||10-in.||11/10/1930||As long as we’re together||Abe Lyman’s California Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with vocal; without vocal (take G)||lyricist|
|Edison||5913||10-in.||12/7/1917||Give me the right to love you||Gladys Rice||Female vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Bard, Ben," accessed July 24, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/111234.
Bard, Ben. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved July 24, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/111234.
"Bard, Ben." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 24 July 2021.
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