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Ross Alexander

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Birth: July 27, 1907

Ross Alexander was an American film actor. Born Ross Smith in Brooklyn, New York, Alexander began his acting career in Broadway productions during the 1920s. By 1926 he was regarded as a promising leading man, with good looks and an easy and charming style and began appearing in more substantial roles. 

He was signed to a film contract by Paramount Pictures but his film debut in The Wiser Sex (1932) was not a success, so he returned to Broadway. In 1934 he was signed to another film contract, this time by Warner Brothers Studios.

Death: January 2, 1937

With his professional and personal lives in disarray, and deeply in debt, Alexander shot himself in the head in the barn behind his home. Ross used the same gun, a .22 caliber rifle, his wife Aleta Freel shot herself with two years earlier. He was 29 years old.

Police speculated a probable motive may have been grief over his first wife's death. The coroner's jury ruled he had taken his life with suicidal intent. Cause of death: Suicide.

Where are they buried?

  • Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale, California
  • Saints Cyril & Methodius Ukrainian Church Cemetery, Berwick, Pennsylvania
  • Faneuil Hall Cemetery, Boston, Massachusetts

 

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Saints Cyril & Methodius Ukrainian Church Cemetery, Berwick, Pennsylvania

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