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Bert Woodruff

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Bert Woodruff
Woodruff (middle) in Bill Henry (1919)
William Herbert Woodruff

(1856-04-29)April 29, 1856
DiedJune 14, 1934(1934-06-14) (aged 78)
Years active1916-1931

William Herbert "Bert" Woodruff (April 29, 1856[1] – June 14, 1934) was an American actor of the silent era.

Woodruff was born in Peoria, Illinois,[2] and was the son of Mrs. Hannah Woodruff.[3] He performed on stage before he began acting on film,[2] debuting in 1876 as part of the Woodruff and West song-and-dance act. His performances included blackface comedy and Irish specialties. In 1882, he became part of the Adelphi Theater stock company in Peoria, where he worked for seven years.

In 1898, Woodruff moved into management, opening a vaudeville theater in Peoria and managing it until 1904. From there he went to Redondo Beach, California, where he opened the city's first theater for films.[1] He appeared in 64 films between 1916 and 1931.

Woodruff died of nephritis in Hollywood, California, aged 78.[2]

Selected filmography


  1. ^ a b "Bert Woodruff Quaint Character of Screen". Lansing State Journal. May 26, 1923. p. 6. Retrieved January 28, 2021 – via
  2. ^ a b c "William H. Woodruff". The New York Times. Associated Press. June 16, 1934. p. 15. ProQuest 100918124. Retrieved January 28, 2021 – via ProQuest.
  3. ^ "Mrs. Hannah Woodruff". The New York Times. May 4, 1938. p. 23. ProQuest 102567590. Retrieved January 28, 2021 – via ProQuest.
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