Tom London

Birth name:
Leonard Clapham
Date of Birth:
5 December 1889 Louisville, Kentucky, USA
6' 1½" (1.87 m)
Grizzled character actor of scores of Westerns. A native of Kentucky, he spent his early manhood as a salesman. He obtained work with the Selig film company in Chicago as a property man and came to California when that firm moved west. He began to get small parts in the Westerns Selig produced and both his expertise with horses and his rugged appearance soon led him to larger roles. In 1924, he adopted the stage name Tom London after years of performing under his real name. He played heavies and comical roles with equal skill and became, throughout the Thirties and Forties, a familiar face low-budget pictures. He played the comic sidekick to Western star Sunset Carson in a number of b-Westerns and continued to play character roles until his death.