Source: Bruce Torrence, grandson of Ernst Torrence
Ernest Torrence ( June 26, 1878 – May 13, 1933) was born Ernest Thayson Torrence-Thompson in Edinburgh, Scotland where he had a talent for music. He was a graduate of the Stuttgart Conservatory, the Edinburgh Academy and the Royal Academy of Music in London (where he was a scholarship student) and became an exceptional pianist and operatic baritone. He then turned to acting where he had success on the stage. Prior to World War I, he traveled to Hollywood and became a film actor appearing in many Hollywood films, including Mantrap (1926) with Clara Bow, and Fighting Caravans (1931) with Gary Cooper and Lili Damita. A towering (6’ 4”) figure, Torrence frequently played cold-eyed and imposing villains. He was the younger brother of film actor David Torrence who also has a star on the Walk of Fame.