Actor Cosmo Kyrle Bellew

Cosmo Kyrle Bellew (November 23, 1883–January 25, 1948) was a British/American vaudeville and film actor.

Bellew, the son of noted silent film actor Kyrle Bellew and Alice Racketrow, was born in London, England, and immigrated to the United States in 1914. His actual birth date is unclear, with various official documents giving dates between 1874 and 1883. He began his career as a vaudeville actor, appearing in The Devil’s Mate in 1915.

In 1917 he enlisted in the British Army in World War I.

Following the war he continued his career in theater, appearing in the musical vaudeville skit Somewhere in France in 1918, when he was stranded in Omaha, Nebraska by the Spanish flu, and was reduced to working in a meat-packing plant and subsisting on free meals. He appeared in the musicals Dearie and The Canary in 1920, and The Boy and Good Morning Judge” in 1921,

In 1926 he appeared on stage in the Ziegfeld musical Louie the Fourteenth, and the Fox Film Summer Bachelors (as Bachelor No. 3).

In 1927 he moved to Los Angeles and signed with Sam Goldwyn. Following this he appeared in a number of films, although never in a starring role. In 1928 he appeared in Hit of the Show, starring Joe E. Brown, The Bellamy Trial, The Magic Flame starring Ronald Colman and Vilma Banky, and Man, Woman and Sin, which starred John Gilbert.


Year Title Role
1926 Summer Bachelors Bachelor No. 3
1927 The Magic Flame The husband
1927 French Dressing
1927 Man, Woman and Sin (uncredited)
1928 The Hit of the Show Henry Carson
1928 Black Butterflies Judge Davis
1928 Midnight Life Harlan Phillips
1929 Disraeli Mr. Terle (uncredited)
1929 The Bellamy Trial Farwell
1929 Strange Cargo Sir Richard Barclay
1929 The Devil’s Apple Tree the roué
1930 Lummox John Bixby
1930 The Second Floor Mystery
1931 The Lady Who Dared Seton Boone-Fleming
1931 The Love Contract Sir George
1933 Design for Living Basington’s voice:123
1934 The Merry Widow escort:127
1934 Beloved doctor
1934 Behold my Wife! Mr. Lawson
1934 Now I’ll Tell Oakley Evans
1934 Riptide
1935 The Perfect Gentleman English fop
1935 Splendor guest at dinner
1935 Here Comes Cookie dignified man
1936 Collegiate
1938 Vogues of 1938 man in tuxedo (uncredited)


Bellew was notable for his “young face” that was “emphasized by his snow-white hair, it having turned grey at the age of 18.” It was also reported that, as a singer, he had an “excellent voice.”

In 1925 he married Anita Blun in Greenwich, Connecticut. Anita later appeared with him in Lummox. The couple had no children. In his later years Bellew suffered from a heart condition, and died at home in Beverly hills on January 25, 1948. Anita passed away on May 15, 1960. The couple are buried in Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, California.

External Links

Actor Cosmo Kyrle Bellew – Wikipedia

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