Eugene William Pallette was an American actor. He appeared in over 240 silent era and sound era motion pictures between 1913 and 1946.
An overweight man with large stomach and deep, gravelly voice, Pallette is probably best-remembered for comic character roles such as Alexander Bullock, Carole Lombard’s father, in My Man Godfrey, his role as Friar Tuck in The Adventures of Robin Hood starring Errol Flynn and his similar role as Fray Felipe in The Mark of Zorro starring Tyrone Power.
He was born in Winfield, Kansas, the son of William Baird Pallette and Elnora “Ella” Jackson. His sister was Beulah L. Pallette. Pallette attended Culver Military Academy in Culver, Indiana. He then began his acting career on the stage in stock company roles, appearing for a period of six years.