Born in Rattray, Blairgowrie, Perthshire on the 25th March 1892, actor Andy Clyde was brought up in Helensburgh where his family, he was brother to actor David Clyde and actress Jean Clyde, had a shop.
At the invitation of his close friend James Finlayson, Clyde went to the United States in the early 1920s to join producer Mack Sennett’s roster of comedians.
Andy Clyde’s mastery of makeup allowed him tremendous versatility; he could play everything from grubby young guttersnipes to old crackpot scientists.
Clyde hit upon an “old man” characterization in his short comedies, which were immediately successful. Adopting a gray wig and moustache, he used this makeup for the rest of his short-subject career, and the character was so durable that he literally grew into it. Clyde’s long series of Columbia Pictures comedies began in 1934 and continued until 1956. He outlasted every comedian on the Columbia payroll except The Three Stooges.
In the 1940s, he gravitated toward outdoor and western adventures. Andy Clyde is well remembered for his roles as a comic sidekick, usually teaming with William Boyd in the Hopalong Cassidy series as ‘California Carson’ or with Whip Wilson in Monogram Pictures’ low-budget western movies playing the character “Winks”.
Clyde’s last theatrical film was released in 1956, after which he worked in television, in such programs as CBS’s Lassie and ABC’s The Real McCoys.
Andy Clyde was married to a former Mack Sennett bathing beauty, Elsie Tarron, and was the brother of actor David Clyde and actress Jean Clyde. He continued to perform on television until his death on May 18, 1967 in Los Angeles, California. He is buried in the Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale, Los Angeles County, California, USA (Plot: Whispering Pines, L-810).
Andy Clyde has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In all Andy completed over 225 films, usually making several pictures each year – he made 18 in 1930 alone!
His filmography includes “Annie Oakley” (1935), “Cherokee Strip” (1940, “Three Men from Texas” (1940), “Riders of the Timberline” (1941), “In Old Colorado” (1941), “Border Vigilantes” (1941), “Lost Canyon” (1942), “Colt Comrades” (1943), “Hoppy Serves a Writ” (1943), “Bar 20″ (43), Texas Masquerade” (1944), “Hoppy’s Holliday” (1947), “Sundown Riders” (1948), and his last Western, “Abilene Trail” in 1951.