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Ralph Forbes

Ralph Forbes
Picture of Forbes from Film Star Who's Who on the Screen (1938)
Born Ralph Forbes Taylor
30 September 1904
London, England
Died 31 March 1951
The Bronx, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1926-1944[1]
Spouse(s) Ruth Chatterton (1924-1932) (divorced)
Heather Angel (1934-1941) (divorced)
Dora Sayers (1946-1951; his death)

Ralph Forbes (30 September 1904[2] – 31 March 1951) was an English film and stage actor in the UK and the United States.


  • Early life 1
  • Later years 2
  • Partial filmography 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

Early life

He was born Ralph Forbes Taylor in Wandsworth, London, the son of Ernest John "E.J." and Ethel Louise Taylor. His mother would become known as Mary Forbes, a stage and film actress. His younger sister was actress Brenda Forbes (born Dorothy Brenda Taylor). He was baptized on 6 November 1904[3] and his birth registered in the last quarter of 1904.[4]

Forbes met with an accident while playing football at Denstone College in Staffordshire which resulted in a scar on his cheek.

He started off in films, then went on stage. In the United States he appeared onstage opposite actress Ruth Chatterton, who became his first wife in 1924; the couple divorced in 1932. He later married actress Heather Angel in 1934; that marriage also ended in divorce. His last wife, whom he married in 1946, was actress Dora Sayers.

Later years

His last years were given to working on the Broadway stage. One of his last stage appearances was in a revival of Shaw's You Never Can Tell in 1948. He died at Montefiore Hospital in The Bronx, New York in 1951, aged 46.

Partial filmography


  1. ^ "Filmography for Ralph Forbes". 31 March 1951. Retrieved 26 September 2015. 
  2. ^ GRO England & Wales Birth Registration for Ralph Taylor Forbes (1904),; accessed 26 September 2015.
  3. ^ Baptismal record for Ralph Forbes Taylor,; accessed 25 September 2015.()
  4. ^ Birth registration for Ralph Forbes Taylor,; accessed 25 September 2015.()

External links

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