Warner Oland: A Jewish Cantor, A Werewolf, a Chinese Evil Master Mind and a Chinese Detective

Known for playing Fu Manchu and Charlie Chan was actor Warner Oland, but he wasn't Chinese. Warner Oland was Swedish.

On October 3, 1879 in the village of Nyby, Bjurholm Municipality, Vasterbotten County, Sweden, Johan Verner Oland was born. In 1892 when Johan was 13 the family moved to the United States and settled in Boston, Massachusetts were he finished his primary schooling. At some point he started working in the legitimate theater initially in set design, but this led to small acting roles.

In 1906, as an actor, Johan toured the United States with Russian emigre and popular actress Marem-ides Leventon known as Alla Nazimova and her company. His name was now Warner Oland.

A word about Alla Nazimova. The actress is credited with creating the term "Sewing Circle". Today most people think of a group of women meeting to gossip while sewing as a "Sewing Circle". In reality Nazimova used "Sewing Circle" as a "Code" to people she met to cove…

Walt Disney Presents: "The Sage of Andy Burnett", " The Nine Lives of Elfego Baca", "Texas John Slaughter", "The Swamp Fox" and "Daniel Boone"

On December 15, 1954 Walt Disney first brought his viewers Fess Parker as "Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier" and started a world wide craze for coonskin caps and anything Crockett.

You can find my article on the phenomenon that swept 8 year Lloyd and his neighbors up in at :

Three years later Walt brought his television viewers "The Saga of Andy Burnette". That mini-series would be followed by  four more series that unlike "Andy Burnette" were based upon real life individuals:  "The Nine Lives of Elfego Baca", "Texas John Slaughter", "Swamp Fox" and "Daniel Boone".

Turn on your television sets in 1957 and on any day of the week you were bombarded by Westerns. The titles included: "The Texan", "Tombstone Territory", :Annie Oakley", "The Adventures of Jim Bowie", "Tales of Wells Fargo&quo…