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Monty Banks (Mario Bianchi)

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Biography

Cesena, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
Monty Banks was a short, stocky, but somehow debonair Italian-born comic actor, later also writer and director. In the U.S. from 1914, he first appeared on stage in musical comedy and cabaret. By 1917, he worked as a dancer in New York's Dominguez Cafe. After this, he turned to films, acting and doing stunt work at Keystone, Universal and for Al Christie. Changing his name from Mario Bianchi to Monty Banks may have been prompted by Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle as a passing reference to his playing 'montebanks'. Read more...

Actor

Character: Harry Blump, the Window Washer

The Church Mouse 1934

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Character: Actor in 'Play Safe'

Hollywood 1980

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Directing

Character: Harry Blump, the Window Washer

The Church Mouse 1934

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Writing