Paul Cavanagh

For other people named Paul Kavanagh, see Paul Kavanagh (disambiguation).
Paul Cavanagh
Born (1888-12-08)8 December 1888
Chislehurst, Kent, England
Died 15 March 1964(1964-03-15) (aged 75)
London, England
Resting place Lorraine Park Cemetery, Baltimore, Maryland
Occupation Actor
Years active 1928-1959
Spouse(s) Katherine Layfield Luhn (1946-19??); 1 child

Paul Cavanagh (8 December 1888 15 March 1964) was an English film actor. He appeared in more than 100 films between 1928 and 1959.

Cavanagh was born in Chislehurst, Kent, and attended the Royal Grammar School, Newcastle upon Tyne, and Emmanuel College, Cambridge. Cavanagh studied law in England, earning a master of arts degree at the University of Cambridge,[1] A newspaper article published 17 June 1931, reported, "It is on record that Cavanagh won high honors in mathematics and history."[2]

Cavanagh practiced "for several years" before he changed professions.[3] He went to Canada "for a year of sightseeing and wandering" before he joined the Royal Northwest Mounted Police.[4]

After serving in World War I, he returned to Canada, where he practiced law, including revising the statutes of Alberta,[5] but eventually went back to England to practice law.

Cavanagh went onto the stage after a stroke of bad luck in 1924 caused him to lose his savings, and later he went into films.

In 1926, Cavanagh lost $22,000 in one evening on a roulette wheel in Monte Carlo. An observer offered to provide a letter "to some of my theatrical acquaintances" in London, England.[6] Those contacts led to Cavanagh's role in It Pays to Advertise.[6]

Cavanagh first film contract and film came in 1929 with Paramount Pictures.[7]

Cavanagh died In London from a heart attack in 1964, aged 75.

Partial filmography


  1. "Studio Flashes". The Age. Australia, Melbourne. 28 August 1937. p. 38. Retrieved 30 June 2016 via
  2. "English Scholars in New Bennett Film". The Evening News. Pennsylvania, Harrisburg. 17 June 1931. p. 27. Retrieved 30 June 2016 via
  3. "Play's Villain Once a Lawyer". Oakland Tribune. California, Oakland. 19 May 1941. p. 11. Retrieved 30 June 2016 via
  4. "A Prince Who Clips No Words". The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. New York, Brooklyn. 4 July 1937. p. 50. Retrieved 30 June 2016 via
  5. Keavy, Hubbard (5 July 1931). "Screen Life In Hollywood". Bluefield Daily Telegraph. West Virginia, Bluefield. p. 6. Retrieved 30 June 2016 via
  6. 1 2 Carroll, Harrison (7 November 1935). "Behind the Scenes in Hollywood". The Bristol Daily Courier. Pennsylvania, Bristol. King Features Syndicate, Inc. p. 4. Retrieved 30 June 2016 via
  7. "Paid Though Idle Failed to Suit Paul Cavanagh". The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. New York, Brooklyn. October 9, 1931. p. 17.

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