Carl Roup, who began his career as a silent screen child actor in 1925 when handpicked by Marion Davies to appear in one of her films and later worked behind the camera as a script clerk during Hollywood’s golden age, died March 20 of natural causes in North Hollywood. He was 86.
Roup was spotted by Davies on the MGM lot where he hawked newspapers. After appearing in her film, “The Red Mill,” she paid for his education at a nearby military school. When Lon Chaney saw Roup parading around the Metro lot wearing the school uniform, he referred to him as “Major” and the nickname stuck.
During the 1930s, ’40s and ’50s, Roup was behind the camera working as a script clerk on such MGM films as “Boys Town,” “Last of the Mohicans,” “Test Pilot” and Jean Harlow’s last film, “Saratoga.”
Additional feature credits included “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde,” “Easter Parade,” “Take Me Out to the Ball Game,” “Lili” and “Silk Stockings.”
A sampling of the TV shows he worked on included “High Chaparral,” “The Twilight Zone,” “The Patty Duke Show,” “Hogans Heroes” and “Trapper John M.D.”
He is survived by his son and a sister.
In lieu of flowers, donations in his name can be made to the Motion Picture & Television Fund, 23388 Mulholland Drive, Woodland Hills, CA 91364.