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Herbert Mundin - The Hollywood Scene Stealer

An illustrated tribute to the English character actor and comedian

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Herbert Mundin - 'The Man of 1000 Faces' - in scenes from his many films and plays

This website is a tribute to Herbert Thomas Mundin, the English character actor and comedian who was born in St.Helens, Lancashire in 1898 and brought up in St.Albans in Hertfordshire. After serving in the Royal Navy during the Great War as a wireless operator on minesweepers, Herbert joined a small concert party in Eastbourne. One day the young comic was talent-spotted by impresario André Charlot and Herbert spent the 1920s on the stage.

Mundin's theatrical career included eight Royal Command shows and performances of his musical monologues in many revues and plays in London, New York and Australia. Throughout the 1930s, Herbert was a popular Hollywood film actor who was cast in over 60 films, often to provide comic relief. Known as 'Tommy' to his family and friends, critics dubbed him "The Man of 1000 Faces" and "The Great Hollywood Scene Stealer".

I have collected dozens of photographs of Herbert Mundin and am delighted to share them through this website. If you are able to contribute any more photos or information, please do contact me. Thank you! - Stephen Wainwright (site owner, St.Helens, England)
Recent 'Herbert Mundin - The Hollywood Scene Stealer' Site Updates:
July 20th 2013 - Added New Page: Picturegoer featuring the whole of the British film magazine's article from November 1932 on Herbert Mundin
February 22nd 2013 - Updated Film Years (1936-39) with a Technicolor print of Herbert Mundin as Much the Miller's Son from The Adventures of Robin Hood
January 17th 2013 - Updated Film Years (1934-35) with Mutiny on the Bounty picture
December 24th 2012 - Updated Stage Years page with 6 new images and more details of Herbert's performances in Australia. Thanks to Kevin Murphy for assistance.
December 15th 2012 - Updated Herbert Mundin Photoalbum with five new images: Another Dawn, Queen High, It's Great To Be Alive #1, #2 and #3
Visit My Other St.Helens-Based Websites:
George Groves the Movie Sound Pioneer - The story of the Oscar-winning St.Helens-born soundman who recorded The Jazz Singer and spent half a century at Warner Bros.
Sutton Beauty & Heritage - A study of the past and present of Sutton in St.Helens
This page was last updated on July 20th 2013