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Erik Rhodes (Ernest Sharpe)

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Biography

El Reno, Indian Territory, USA. [now Oklahoma, USA]
With his slicked back hair and thin moustache Erik Rhodes arrived in Hollywood to recreate his stage role of Rudolfo Tonetti (which he had performed first on Broadway and then in London, 1932-1933) for the filming of The Gay Divorcee (1934), starring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. Contrary to his screen image, Erik was born in Oklahoma and graduated from the University of Oklahoma where he won a scholarship to study acting in New York. He made his theatrical debut, delivering eight lines, in the 1928 play 'A Most Immoral Lady', under his birth name Ernest (sometimes spelled Earnest) Sharpe. Read more...

Actor

Character: Rodolfo Tonetti

The Gay Divorcee 1934

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Character: Alberto Beddini

Top Hat 1935

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Character: Count Alfredo Donstelli

One Rainy Afternoon 1936

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Character: Henri Saffron

Woman Chases Man 1937

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Character: Konstantin Morrisine

On Your Toes 1939

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Character: Gardell

Naked City 1958

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