Gene Roth

Biography

Date of Birth 8 January 1903, Redfield, South Dakota, USA Date of Death 19 July 1976, Los Angeles, California, USA (struck by a car while crossing a street.) Birth Name Eugene Stutenroth Alternate Names: Eugene O. Roth / Eugene Roth / Eyugene Roth / Eugene Stutenroth / Gene Stutenroth Height 6' 2" (1.88 m) Mini Biography Tall (6'2"), burly, and reliable character actor Gene Roth was born Eugene Oliver Edgar Stutenroth on January 8, 1903 in Redfield, South Dakota. He was the youngest of three sons born to German father Eugene Stutenroth and Swedish mother Anna Christina Olsen. Roth and his two brothers were raised by their mother after their father abandoned them when Gene was only two years old. Gene graduated from West High School in Minneapolis in 1920. He began his acting career doing uncredited bit roles in silent pictures in the early 20s. Moreover, Roth worked as a movie theater manager and built and installed pipe organs before his acting career took off in the 40s following his arrival in Hollywood, California in 1943. Often cast as threatening heavies (he's perhaps best known for his portrayals of bad guys in many 40s comedy shorts he did with the Three Stooges), scruffy working class types, and rough-around-the-edges law officers (he played initially skeptical small town sheriffs in the 50s creature feature classics "Attack of the Giant Leeches" and "Earth vs. the Spider"), Gene worked profusely in both films and television alike in a career that spanned a little over two decades. After retiring from acting in the early 70s, Roth worked part time as a liquor counterman at a drug store and was an active participant in the nostalgia convention circuit. He was married four times and was the father of three children. Gene's life came to a tragic untimely end at age 73 when he was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver while crossing the street in Los Angeles, California on July 19, 1976. Spouse Dorothy Biddle (1934 - 1963) (divorced) 1 child Helen Mack (1927 - 1934) (divorced) 1 child Velda Parsons (1924 - 1925) (divorced) 1 child Trivia Almost died after contracting pernicious anemia in 1963. Fortunately Roth managed to pull through, but lost a lot of weight in the process and acquired a gaunter look as a direct result of this. Was the father of three children: son Eugene Arthur and daughters Rosemarie and Dorene. His father was a professional gambler and his mother was a dressmaker. Had a small part in "The Cure" episode of the TV series "Planet of the Apes," but said role was cut from the final finished version that was broadcast on television.

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Nightmare Alley

Masseur (uncredited)

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Désirée

Von Essen (uncredited)

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Framed

Detective (uncredited)

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The Spider

Sheriff Cagle

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Captain Video - Cliffhanger Collection

Vultura

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Commotion on the Ocean

Bortch

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Gold Fever

Bill Johnson

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Homesteaders of Paradise Valley

Bill Hume (as Gene Stutenroth)

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Flight to Hong Kong

Hijacked Ship's Captain (uncredited)

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Outer Space Jitters

The Grand Zilch

Starring In
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Lady Godiva of Coventry

Earl (uncredited)

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Rosie!

Joseph

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Torn Curtain

Guard in Post Office (uncredited)

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Io Sono Dillinger

Herman, Justice of the Peace

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The Best Man

Pennsylvania Delegate (uncredited)

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The Bedtime Story

German (uncredited)

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The Prize

Bjornefeldt - Translator (uncredited)

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The Courtship of Eddie's Father

The Minister (uncredited)

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Twice-told Tales

Cabman

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Tower of London

The Tailor (uncredited)

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How the West Was Won

Riverboat Poker Player (uncredited)

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The Wonderful World of the Brother's Grimm

Berlin Royal Academy Representative at Train Station (uncredited)

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The Three Stooges Meet Hercules

Captain (uncredited)

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The Cat Burglar

Pete

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El tercer hombre era mujer

Chief Justice (uncredited)

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G.I. Blues

Businessman #1 with Klugmann (uncredited)

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Tormented

Mr. Nelson, lunch stand operator

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Cimarron

Connors (uncredited)

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Attack of the Giant Leeches

Sheriff Kovis

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I Want to Live!

Eric, Machinist (uncredited)

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Pies and Guys

Prof. Sedlitz

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The Young Lions

Bavarian Cafe Manager (uncredited)

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Quiz Whizz

Montgomery M. Montgomery

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The Spider

Sheriff Cagle

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She Demons

Igor

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Outer Space Jitters

The Grand Zilch

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The True Story of Jesse James

Railroad Engineer (uncredited)

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The Quiet gun

Frank Townsend (uncredited)

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Nightfall

Bartender (uncredited)

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Le Traquenard des Sans-Loi

Tom Cory

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Jet Pilot

Sokolov's batman (uncredited)

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El Fantasma de Mora Tau

Sam

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Commotion on the Ocean

Bortch

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Friendly Persuasion

Farmer (uncredited)

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Flight to Hong Kong

Hijacked Ship's Captain (uncredited)

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Hot Stuff

Anemian Ambassador (uncredited)

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Running Target

Holesworth

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Wetbacks

Truck Thug

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Interrupted Melody

King Mark (uncredited)

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Lucy Gallant

Oil Man (uncredited)

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Jupiters Liebling

Guard (uncredited)

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Panther Girl of the Kongo

Bartender [Chs. 6-7] (uncredited)

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The Steel Cage

Billy Brenner - Convict (segment ("The Chef")

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Désirée

Von Essen (uncredited)

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Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

Tom ('Nobody can cook like Milly') (uncredited)

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Prince Valiant

Viking (uncredited)

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Alaska Seas

Da - Iinjured Crewman

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Silver Lode

Townsman (uncredited)

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Calamity Jane

Barfly (uncredited)

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Call Me Madam

Captain of Equerries (uncredited)

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Montana Belle

Marshal Ripple (as Eugene Roth)

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5 Fingers

Turkish Policeman (uncredited)

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Gold Fever

Bill Johnson

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Stärker als Ketten

Railroad Construction Boss (uncredited)

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Red Planet Mars

United Mine Workers Chief (uncredited)

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Mutiny

Mr. Potter (uncredited)

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The Lemon Drop Kid

Oxford Charlie's henchman (uncredited)

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Oh! Susanna

Mac - Bartender (uncredited)

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Chicago Calling

Telephone Company Guard (uncredited)

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Tomorrow Is Another Day

Jim, Foreman (scenes deleted)

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Karawane der Frauen

Bartender (uncredited)

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Captain Video - Cliffhanger Collection

Vultura

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El Gángster

Prison Warden Stevens (uncredited)

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Slaphappy Sleuths

Fuller Grime

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Guilty of Treason

Russian Soldier in Kelly's Bathroom

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The Baron of Arizona

Father Guardian

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The Last Bandit

Stage Passenger (uncredited)

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Arch of Triumph

Gestapo Agent (uncredited)

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I Love Trouble

Plainclothesman (uncredited)

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Smuggler's Cove

Capt. Franz Drum (as Gene Stutenroth)

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Four Faces West

Poker Player

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Oklahoma Badlands

Oliver Budge (as Gene Stutenroth)

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The Sea of Grass

Homesteader (uncredited)

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Nightmare Alley

Masseur (uncredited)

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Marshal of Cripple Creek

Long John Case

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Brute Force

Hoffman (uncredited)

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Mr. District Attorney

Doorman (uncredited)

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Homesteaders of Paradise Valley

Bill Hume (as Gene Stutenroth)

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Framed

Detective (uncredited)

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Where There's Life

Mordian (uncredited)

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News Hounds

Red Kane, Dutch's Henchman (uncredited)

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Mr. Hex

Bill (as Gene Stutenroth)

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Society Mugs

Rippington (uncredited)

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Larceny in Her Heart

Asylum Attendant (uncredited)

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Canyon Passage

Miner (uncredited)

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Her Kind of Man

Fred - Masseur (uncredited)

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The Most Dangerous Game

Pleshke

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Sudan

Executioner (uncredited)

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Here Come the Co-Eds

Second Policeman in Car 13 (uncredited)

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Charlie Chan in The Shanghai Cobra

Morgan (as Gene Stutenroth)

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Strange Illusion

Sparky (as Gene Stutenroth)

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Waterfront

Big Detective (uncredited)

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Sherlock Holmes: Spider Woman

Taylor (uncredited)

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Song of Russia

German Army Commander (uncredited)

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Seven Doors to Death

Detective Morgan (uncredited)

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Enemy of Women

Gestapo Announcer (uncredited)

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Charlie Chan in the Secret Service

Luis Philipe Vega aka Von Vegan (as Gene Stutenroth)

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Shake Hands With Murder

William Howard (as Gene Stutenroth)

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The Cross of Lorraine

German Officer (uncredited)

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Crazy House

Dead End Character (uncredited)

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The Hunchback Of Notre Dame

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Merry-Go-Round

Guard (as Eugene H. Roth)

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El Hijo de Robin de los Bosques

Jailer (uncredited)

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