Ed. note: This is the second part of a two-part blog on the origins of the Motion Picture Fund. Read part one here.
One of Hollywood’s saddest cases, often cited as inspiration for the hospital and fund uses, is Karl Dane.
A lanky, gawky, charming comedian, Karl was born Rasmus Karl Therkelsen Gottlieb in Denmark. The sweet, trusting man was said to have a rudimentary grasp on English -- he could speak the language well but had trouble always understanding others -- and a slight accent. He rose to fame as Slim, in the 1925 epic war film "The Big Parade" (which, though forgotten...