Jesse Devorska, vaudevillian and silent screen actor who later appeared in a handful of early talkies, died Dec. 26 at the Veterans West Los Angeles Medical Center. He was 101.
Born in Lithuania in 1898, he immigrated to America in 1914 and found a job in a Syracuse, N.Y., theater that was managed by the Shuberts, to whom he was distantly related. The Shubert connection led to a new career as a dancer in vaudeville, which, in turn, rerouted him to Hollywood to dance in a 1920 Lon Chaney film.
Devorska was later the star of silent features including “Jake the Plumber” (1927) and “Rose of the Tenements” (1926), both produced by Joseph P. Kennedy. He also essayed roles in “Around the Corner” and “The Unknown Soldier.” He appeared in a few early sound features, including the James Cagney starrer “Taxi!”
He is survived by a nephew.