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Herman Bing

Herman Bing

1930s-1940's character actor
Herman Bing
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Intro 1930s-1940's character actor
A.K.A. 赫曼·賓
Was Comedian Actor Film actor
From Germany United States of America
Type Film, TV, Stage & Radio Humor
Gender male
Birth 30 March 1889, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Death 9 January 1947, Hollywood, USA (aged 57 years)
Star sign AriesAries
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Herman Bing (March 30, 1889 – January 9, 1947) was a German-American character actor. He acted in more than 120 films and many of his parts were uncredited.


Bing was born in Frankfurt-am-Main, Germany. He was son of the opera singer Max Bing (1865-1919) and Frieda Seckback (1869-1939), and brother of actor Gustav Bing (1893-1967), Clara Bing (1895-1976), and Erna Bing Swarzchild. He was married to Carla Lichtenstein and had one daughter.

Bing began his career at the circus, at age 16, and vaudeville showing comedic talent. In 1921 he made his film debut in "Ciska Barna, die Zigeunerin".

He was production chief of several films in Germany before he went to America, in 1923, with director Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau as Murnau's interpreter and assistant director. He also worked under John Ford and Frank Borzage, before establishing himself as a successful character actor well-known for his wild-eyed facial expressions and thick German accent.

He provided the voice for the Ringmaster in Walt Disney's Dumbo (1941), and Von Hamburger in Daffy Duck in Hollywood (1938). The start of World War II in Europe caused all things German to be unpopular with audiences. His German accent was no longer in demand in the years following World War II. He became increasingly depressed in the mid-1940s, as he was unable to secure work in Hollywood, and committed suicide by gunshot in 1947.

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