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|Also Known As:||Hermann Bing||Died:||January 9, 1947|
|Born:||March 30, 1889||Cause of Death:||suicide|
|Birth Place:||Germany||Profession:||Cast ... actor vaudevillian assistant director circus clown|
TLS ( 2006-05-10 )
Source: The Stars of Hollywood Forever: 1901-2006
A former circus clown, Bing studied music in Germany and entered vaudeville in 1905. He apprenticed under director F.W. Murnau and moved to Hollywood in 1927 where he worked as a writer and assistant director on the film "Sunrise." He went on to assist directors John Ford and Frank Borzage while establishing himself as a character actor usually playing comic roles as a waiter or stage manager. Famous for his wild eyed expressions, Bing was also a noted opera singer. After WWII and despondent over his fading career, Herman shot himself.
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