Elliott John Nugent
Actor, Motion Picture Director.
Son of John Charles "J. C."Nugent and and Grace Mary Fertig Nugent
On stage from early childhood, he appeared in vaudeville, making his Broadway debut in "Dulcy" (1921). Soon established as a popular stage actor, he also became a successful playwright, having his greatest hit with "The Male Animal" in 1940 (in collaboration with James Thurber).
Listed in Famous Alumni Dover High School (Dover, OH)
Lived at 413 N. Tuscarawas Ave
In 1925 Nugent made his first screen appearance, later playing leads and second leads in early talkies, among them "So This Is College" (1929) and "The Unholy Three" (1930). As a film director since 1932 he worked mostly for Paramount, specializing in comedy and light romances starring the likes of Bob Hope, Harold Lloyd or Danny Kaye. His credits include "Strictly Dynamite" (1934), "Professor Beware" (1938), "The Cat and the Canary" (1939), "The Male Animal" (1942), "My Favorite Brunette" (1947), "The Great Gatsby" (1949) and "Just for You" (1952). By the 1950's his film career ended from the effects of alcohol but he continued directing on Broadway until the end of the decade.
He authored an autobiography in 1965. He is buried with his wife, actress Norma Lee.
Elliott John Nugent was born in 1899 in Dover, Ohio. He was the son of playwright/producer/actor, John C. Nugent, and Grace Mary (Fertig) Nugent. At the age of four, he began a long career in film, theater, and television. He first appeared in vaudeville with his parents in the Orpheum theatre in Los Angeles in 1904. After high school, he attended Ohio State University, graduating with a B.A. degree in 1919. In 1921, he married Norma Lee, and they would have three children together: Lee, Barbara, and Nancy.
Nugent acted in many Broadway plays, including Dulcy, Kempy, The Poor Nut, The Male Animal, and The Voice of the Turtle. He directed A Place of Our Own and the film version of The Male Animal. He was co-producer of The Seven-Year Itch and director of To-Morrow the World and All in Favor.
He wrote a number of plays with his father, J. C. Nugent including Kempy, The Poor Nut, Money to Burn, The Rising Son, and Knockout.
He joined with James Thurber on The Male Animal.
He also wrote a number of unpublished plays. He directed numerous motion pictures, including Three Cornered Moon, She Loves Me Not, The Cat and the Canary, Up in Arms, Welcome Stranger, My Favorite Brunette, and Just for You. He became a favorite director for some of the top Hollywood comedians, including Harold Lloyd, Danny Kaye, and Bob Hope. He wrote a novel, Of Cheat and Charmer, and his autobiography, Events Leading Up to the Comedy. Elliott Nugent died August 9, 1980, in New York City.
Critics prize, 1944, for the best male performance on Broadway; honorary degree of Doctor of Letters, Ohio State University, 1965.
20 Sep 1896
Dover, Tuscarawas County, Ohio, USA
9 Aug 1980 (aged 83)
New York, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
Gate of Heaven Cemetery
Hawthorne, Westchester County, New York, USA
Section 50, lot 351, near water tower
Events leading up to the comedy;: An autobiography Hardcover – 1965
by Elliott Nugent (Author)