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Cap Somers

Cap Somers was a bit actor and stuntman. He came to be known as Cap after returning from France during WWI as a captain in the U.S. Marine Corps. As a child who grew up around the New Jersey fisheries, he was nicknamed "Fimp" for his lispy pronunciation of shrimp. Fredrick was a descendant of the Somers Family of Somers Point, New Jersey, near Atlantic City. He was a hometown hero athlete and lifeguard who excelled in baseball, football, and basketball. He played professional baseball with the New York Giants in 1914. He was a scout for Connie Mack's Philadelphia Athletics. He did sports reporting for the New York Times in 1926. His prosperity earned in the real estate and insurance business crashed in 1929. In 1930 a late night brawl with a friend result in his friend's death. Somers was cleared of charges. Somers headed to the west coast in 1931. In addition to his many small roles in film, Somers was declared the "Bravest Man in Hollywood" in 1940 as the result of his work, "Follow the Arrow." In this MGM short, archer Pete Smith attempted to hit an apple on Somers' head at a distance of fifty feet. Somers died on September 18, 1970 in Los Angeles from a heart attack and stroke, leaving a daughter from his first marriage, Evelyn S. Offutt.


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Born:
Apr 27, 1893 In Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
27
First Appeared:
In the movie The Public Pays 1936-10-10
Latest Project:
Movie To Kill a Mockingbird 1962-12-25
Known For
Poster of Around the World in Eighty Days
Poster of Fury at Furnace Creek
Poster of Go West
Filmography
Movie The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance Barfly (uncredited) 1962-04-22
Movie To Kill a Mockingbird Courtroom Spectator (uncredited) 1962-12-25
Movie Witness for the Prosecution Courtroom Spectator (uncredited) 1957-12-17
Movie Around the World in Eighty Days (uncredited) 1956-10-17
Movie Great Day in the Morning Miner (uncredited) 1956-05-16
Movie The Far Country Barfly at the Castle Dawson (uncredited) 1954-02-12
Movie Bright Leaf Man at Tobacco Auction (uncredited) 1950-06-16
Movie California Passage Townsman 1950-12-15
Movie Alias Nick Beal Campaign Worker 1949-03-04
Movie Reign of Terror Citizen (uncredited) 1949-10-15
Movie Fury at Furnace Creek Trial Spectator (uncredited) 1948-04-30
Movie Pitfall Prisoner 1948-08-11
Movie Captain Kidd Pirate (uncredited) 1945-11-22
Movie Edge of Darkness Soldier 1943-01-01
Movie After Midnight with Boston Blackie Police Officer 1943-03-18
Movie Background to Danger Chef 1943-07-03
Movie Dr. Gillespie's Criminal Case Prison Guard 1943-05-08
Movie Captive Wild Woman Roustabout 1943-06-04
Movie Ten Gentlemen From West Point Graduation Spectator 1942-06-26
Movie Deep in the Heart of Texas Henchman 1942-09-25
Movie The Return of Frank James Courtroom Spectator (uncredited) 1940-08-10
Movie Phantom Raiders Man in Cafe 1940-06-17
Movie Little Nellie Kelly Party Guest 1940-11-22
Movie Sky Murder Man at Meeting 1940-09-27
Movie Go West Bartender 1940-12-06
Movie Money to Loan Arresting Officer 1939-03-11
Movie The Public Pays Police Officer (uncredited) 1936-10-10
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