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John Bunny (1863-1915)

Born in New York City on September 21st, 1863, John Bunny was the son of an English navy captain and attended St. James High School in Brooklyn. He ran away as a young man to join a traveling minstrel show. After years of hard work acting in vaudeville and with stock companies he entered films around 1910 with Vitagraph, and quickly became one of the earliest and greatest of silent film comedians. His exuberant style and large size (he weighed over 300 pounds) and bulbous nose were seen in over 200 comedy shorts between 1910 and his death in 1915. He was most often co-starred with the skinny actress Flora Finch as his visual sidekick. They were usually credited as "Mr. and Mrs. Bunny" on-screen, but John in reality was married to Clara Skallan and had two sons, George and John. John and Flora's shorts were referred to as "Bunnyfinches." Occasionally John appeared solo in feature films of the time, such as "Vanity Fair" (1911) and "The Pickwick Papers" (1913), but his death from Bright's disease right before films began to improve technically prevented him from being remembered as well as his early comedic silent film contemporaries, such as Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle. Bunny died on April 26th, 1915, and his death was news around the world. Sadly, not much of his film work survives; the titles most commonly available for viewing are "Her Crowning Glory" (1911) and "A Cure for Pokeritis" (1912). ~ Copyright © 2004 goldensilents.com

John Bunny's Silent Films

Mother's Darling (1917, released after death)
Bunny Backslides (1914)
Bunny Buys a Harem (1914) .... Mr. Bunny
Bunny Buys a Hat for His Bride (1914) .... Mr. Bunny
Bunny's Mistake (1914) .... Mr. Bunny
Bunny's Scheme (1914) .... Mr. Bunny
Bunny's Swell Affair (1914) .... Mr. Bunny
Change in Baggage Checks, A (1914)
Father's Flirtation (1914)
Hearts and Diamonds (1914)
Locked House, The (1914)
Mr. Bunny in Disguise (1914)
... aka Bunny in Disguise (1914) (USA)
John Bunny, pioneer silent film comedian, goldensilents.com

Old Firehouse and the New Fire Chief, The (1914)
Old Maid's Baby, The (1914)
Private Bunny (1914)
Such a Hunter (1914)
Tangled Tangoists (1914)
Vases of Hymen, The (1914) .... Mr. Bunny
Bunny's Little Brother (1914)
Honeymooners, The (1914/I) .... The Uncle
Pigs Is Pigs (1914)
Train of Incidents, A (1914)
Love, Luck and Gasoline (1914)
Bunny's Birthday (1914) .... Mr. Bunny
Polishing Up (1914) .... Mr. Bunny
Love's Old Dream (1914) .... Mr. Bunny
Brown's Study Astrology, The (1913)
Bunny and the Bunny Hug (1913)
Bunny as a Reporter (1913) .... Bunny
Bunny's Birthday Surprise (1913)
Bunny's Dilemma (1913)
Cupid's Hired Man (1913)
Feudists, The (1913)
Fortune, The (1913)
Gentleman of Fashion, A (1913)
Girl at the Lunch Counter, The (1913)
Golf Game and the Bonnet, The (1913)
He Answered an Ad (1913)
His Honor, the Mayor (1913)
Hubby's Toothache (1913)
Love's Quarantine (1913)
Millinery Bomb, A (1913)
One Good Joke Deserves Another (1913)
Pickpocket, The (1913)
Pirates, The (1913)
Schemers, The (1913)
There's Music in the Hair (1913)
Those Troublesome Tresses (1913)
Which Way Did He Go? (1913)
Wonderful Statue, The (1913)
Autocrat of Flapjack Junction, The (1913)
Adventure of the Shooting Party, The (1913) .... Pickwick
... aka Pickwick Papers (Part Three), The (1913) (USA)
John Tobin's Sweetheart (1913)
When the Press Speaks (1913)
Bunny Blarneyed; or, The Blarney Stone (1913)
Hubby Buys a Baby (1913) .... Mr. Bunny

John Bunny, Vitagraph Silent Star - goldensilents.com

A vintage Vitagraph Studio card featuring player John Bunny

Pickwick Papers, The (1913) .... Samuel Pickwick
... aka Adventure of Westgate Seminary, The (1913) (USA: second part title)
... aka Honorable Event, The (1913) (USA: first part title)
Locket, The (1913) .... Judge Jones
... aka When She Was 20 (1913)
Stenographer Troubles (1913) .... Mr. Bunny
And His Wife Came Back (1913) .... The Husband
Ma's Apron Strings (1913) .... Pa Smith
Three Black Bags (1913) .... Detective Brown
Mr. Bolter's Niece (1913) .... Mr. Bolter
Browns Have Visitors, The (1912)
Freckles (1912) .... Mr. Bunny (1912)
Ida's Christmas (1912) .... Santa Claus
Who Stole Bunny's Umbrella? (1912)
Doctor Bridget (1912) .... Biddy
Cork and Vicinity (1912)
Michael McShane, Matchmaker (1912) .... Michael McShane
Bunny at the Derby (1912) .... Mr. Bunny
Expensive Shine, An (1912) (unconfirmed)
Bunny All at Sea (1912) .... Mr. Bunny
Bachelor Buttons (1912) .... The Bachelor
Bunny's Suicide (1912) .... Mr. Bunny
... aka Bunny Commits Suicide (1912) (USA)
Two Cinders (1912)
Lovesick Maidens of Cuddleton, The (1912)
Bogus Napoleon, The (1912)
Bunny and the Dogs (1912)
Suing Susan (1912) .... Mr. Bunny
Awakening of Jones, The (1912) .... Mr. Jones
Martha's Rebellion (1912) .... Mr. Bunny
Persistent Lover, A (1912) .... The Persistent Lover
... aka Persistent Suitor, The (1912) (USA)
Her Old Sweetheart (1912) .... Mr. Bunny, a Homesick Old Man
Troublesome Step-Daughters, The (1912) .... Mr. Burton, Cina's Second Husband
Pseudo Sultan (1912) .... An Adventurous Scotsman
Chased by Bloodhounds (1912)
Pandora's Box (1912) .... Mr. Bunny
Who's to Win? (1912) .... Captain Bloggs
Eventful Elopement, An (1912) .... An Old Man with the Gout
Diamond Cut Diamond (1912) .... Mr. Bunny
Leap Year Proposals (1912) .... Mr. Bunny
Thou Shalt Not Covet (1912) .... The Husband
Red Ink Tragedy (1912) .... John Sport
How He Papered the Room (1912) .... Mr. Jolliwell
Working for Hubby (1912) .... Henry
Captain Jenks' Diplomacy (1912) .... Captain Jenks
At Scrogginses' Corner (1912) .... Mr. Bunny, a Shopkeeper
Burnt Cork (1912)
Unknown Violinist, The (1912)
His Mother-in-Law (1912) .... The Husband
Suit of Armor, The (1912) .... Mr. Bunny
Mr. Bolter's Infatuation (1912) .... Mr. Bolter
First Woman Jury in America, The (1912) .... Mr. Bunny
Irene's Infatuation (1912) .... A Famous Italian Singer
Stenographers Wanted (1912) .... Brown
Cure for Pokeritis, A (1912) .... George Brown
Bunny and the Twins (1912) .... Mr. Bunny
Umbrellas to Mend (1912) .... Mr. Bunny
First Violin, The (1912)
Captain Barnacle's Messmates (1912) .... Captain Bunce
Chumps (1912)
... aka Chumps: A Funny Story for Overgrownups (1912) (USA)
Captain Jenks' Dilemma (1912) .... Captain Jenks
Winsor McCay, the Famous Cartoonist of the N.Y. Herald and His Moving Comics (1911)
In the Clutches of a Vapor Bath (1911)
Old Doll, The (1911)
Vanity Fair (1911) .... Joseph Sedley
Ventriloquist's Trunk, The (1911) .... Mr. Bunny
Slight Mistake, A (1911)
Politician's Dream, The (1911) .... Mr. Bunny
Gossip, The (1911) .... Mr. Bunny
Madge of the Mountains (1911)
Kitty and the Cowboys (1911)
Selecting His Heiress (1911) .... Mr. Bunny
Missing Will, The (1911)
Ups and Downs (1911) .... The Wife's Father
Her Hero (1911)
His Sister's Children (1911)
Tired, Absent-Minded Man, The (1911)
Her Crowning Glory (1911) (uncredited) .... Mortimer
Wrong Patient, The (1911)
My Old Dutch (1911)
Captain Barnacle's Baby (1911) .... Captain Barnacle
In the Arctic Night (1911)
Intrepid Davy (1911) .... (unidentified role)
One Hundred Dollar Bill, The (1911)
Clown's Best Performance, The (1911) .... The Clown
... aka Clown and His Best Performance, The (1911) (USA)
Treasure Trove (1911)
Return of 'Widow' Pogson's Husband, The (1911) .... Stebbins
Subduing of Mrs. Nag, The (1911) .... Mr. Bunny
Woes of a Wealthy Widow, The (1911) .... The Lover
Latent Spark, The (1911)
Two Overcoats (1911) .... Mr. Bunny
Teaching McFadden to Waltz (1911) .... McFadden
Soldiers Three; or, When Scotch Soldier Laddies Went in Swimming (1911)
Troublesome Secretaries (1911) .... The Father
... aka Troublesome Secretaries; or, How Betty Outwitted Her Father, The (1911) (USA)
Leading Lady, The (1911) .... Bridget
Wooing of Winnifred, The (1911)
Little Nemo (1911)
... aka Winsor McCay (1911)
... aka Winsor McCay Explains His Moving Cartoons to John Bunny (1911)
... aka Winsor McCay Makes His Cartoons Move (1911)
... aka Winsor McCay and His Animated Comics (1911) (UK)
Unexpected Review, An (1911)
Widow Visits Springtown, A (1911)
Davy Jones; or, His Wife's Husband (1911)
Captain Barnacle's Courtship (1911) .... Captain Barnacle
Tale of Two Cities, A (1911)
New Stenographer, The (1911) .... (unidentified role)
Queen for a Day (1911)
Davy Jones in the South Seas (1911)
Doctor Cupid (1911)
In Neighboring Kingdoms (1910)
He Who Laughs Last (1910)
Jack Fat and Jim Slim at Coney Island (1910)
Captain Barnacle's Chaperone (1910) .... Captain Barnacle
Davy Jones and Captain Bragg (1910) .... Captain Bragg
Cohen at Coney Island (1909) .... Cohen
Cohen's Dream (1909) .... Cohen
... aka Cohen's Dream of Coney Island (1909) (USA)


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