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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,
- Faneuil Hall Cemetery, Boston, Massachusetts