George E. Stone

George E. Stone (May 18, 1903 - May 26, 1967) was a Polish-born American character actor in movies, radio, and television. Stone's slight build and very expressive face first attracted attention in the 1927 silent-film Seventh Heaven, where he played the local street child, The Sewer Rat. Originally billed as Georgie Stone, he made a successful transition to talking pictures in Warner Bros.' Tenderloin, speaking in a pleasant, slightly nasal tenor. Stone was then typecast in streetwise roles, often playing a Runyonesque mobster or a gangland boss's assistant. He was best known as Rico Bandello's right-hand man Otero in the gangster classic Little Caesar (1931). He adopted a dapper pencil moustache for these screen roles. One of his most famous appearances was in the classic musical 42nd Street (1933), in which wiseguy Stone assesses a promiscuous chorus girl: "She only said no once, and then she didn't hear the question!" His one starring film (as George E. Stone) was Universal Pictures' gangster comedy The Big Brain. In 1939 comedy producer Hal Roach hired Stone for his film The Housekeeper's Daughter.


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