Monte Blue was a movie actor who began his career as a romantic leading man in the silent film era, and later progressed to character roles.
Blue was born as Gerard Montgomery Bluefeather in Indianapolis, Indiana. His father was half French, half Cherokee Indian. One of five children, his father died and his mother could not raise five children alone. Along with another brother, they both admitted to the Indiana Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Children’s Home. This did not stop him working his way through to Purdue University.
When growing up, Blue built up his physique to become a football player. He not only played football, but he was also a fireman, railroad worker, coal miner, cowpuncher, ranch hand, circus rider, lumberjack, and finally, a day laborer at the studios of D. W. Griffith.
He had no theatrical experience when he came to the screen. In his first movie, The Birth of a Nation, he was a stuntman and an extra in the movie. In his next movie, he starred in another small part in the movie, Intolerance. Gradually moving to supporting roles for both D. W. Griffith and Cecil B. DeMille, Blue earned his breakthrough role as Danton in Orphans of the Storm, starring sisters, Lillian Gish and Dorothy Gish. Then he rose to stardom as a rugged romantic lead along with top leading actresses such as Clara Bow, Gloria Swanson, and Norma Shearer. Blue’s finest silent screen performance was as the alcoholic doctor who finds paradise in MGM’s White Shadows in the South Seas. Blue became one of the few silent stars to survive the talkie revolution. However, he lost his investments in the stock market crash of 1929.