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Ernest Torrence

Ernest Torrence, Actor

A Star Is Born

He was born Ernest Torrance – Thompson on June 6, 1878, in Edinburgh Scotland, and as a child was an exceptional pianist and operatic baritone and graduated from the Stuttgart Conservatory, Edinburgh Academy before earning a scholarship at London's Royal Academy of music.

Some time prior to 1900, he changed the spelling of torrents to torrents and dropped the name Thompson. Both Ernest and his brother David Torrance went to America in March 1911, directly from Scotland prior to World War I.  Shortly after arriving in the United States, he decided to change his name to Ernest Torrence.

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Making Movies

Ernest Torrance was one of the screens noted character actors. The giant Scott was...