- Full Name Etienne Pelissier Jacques de Bujac
- Nickname Bruce Cabot
- Occupation Late Actor
- Nationality Mexican-American
- Birthplace Carlsbad, New Mexico
- Birth Date April 20, 1904
- Death Date 1972-05-03
Bruce Cabot | BiographyFormer Actor & Served At The United States Army Air Forces During WWII
In World War II, Cabot took a short break from Hollywood to serve in the United States Army Air Forces. After serving in the military, he continued his Hollywood career and appeared in films like 'McLintock!' (1963), 'Big Jake' (1971), and 'Diamonds Are Forever' (1971). In addition, he appeared in nearly 100 feature films during his four-decade acting career.
Bruce Cabot was an American actor best remembered for playing Jack Driscoll in the 1933 adventure monster fantasy film King Kong.
Who is Bruce Cabot?
Bruce Cabot was a film actor born Etienne Pelissier Jacques de Bujac on 20 April 1904 in Carlsbad, New Mexico. His father, Major Étienne de Pelissier Bujac, Sr., was a lawyer, and his mother, Julia Armandine Graves, died shortly after giving birth to Cabot. Before starting his career in the Hollywood industry, Cabot worked odd jobs, including prize fighter, sailor, oil worker, insurance salesman, paper salesman, and real estate man.
Cabot made his acting debut in an uncredited bit in the 1931 action-drama film Heroes of the Flames. He appeared in uncredited bit parts in a couple of other films before scoring a supporting role as Fred Dykes in the 1932 film The Roadhouse Murder.
His breakthrough came when he appeared as the male lead John Driscoll in the 1933 adventure monster fantasy film King Kong, alongside Fay Wray and Robert Armstrong.
Despite being prominently featured in the blockbuster film King Kong, Cabot never made the step to stardom. Instead, he enjoyed playing supporting roles and established himself as a villainous character. Some of his other notable films included Let 'em Have It (1935) as a gangster boss, Fury (1936) as the instigator of a lynch mob, and The Last of the Mohicans (1936) as the revenge-minded Maga.
In World War II, Cabot took a short break from Hollywood to serve in the United States Army Air Forces. After serving in the military, he continued his Hollywood career and appeared in films like McLintock! (1963), Big Jake (1971), and Diamonds Are Forever (1971). In addition, he appeared in nearly 100 feature films during his four-decade acting career.
In addition, Cabot also guest-starred in a dozen television series in the 1950s and 1960s, including Star Over Hollywood, Tales of Tomorrow, 77 Sunset Strip, and Daniel Boone.
Spouse and Children
Cabot was married three times. According to Kenneth S. Marx's 1979 book 'Star Stats: Who's Whose in Hollywood,' Cabot was first married to actress Gracy Mary Mather Smith, with whom he had one daughter named Jennifer De Bujac, born in 1929. The couple divorced in circa 1933. The book suggested that Gracy Mary Mather Smith is Grace Smith, who appeared in a few films in the late 1920s and early 1930s.
After getting divorced from his first wife, he married actress and model Adrienne Ames on 31 October 1933. Their marriage lasted for less than four years. Ames filed for divorce, citing Cabot's violent and uncontrollable drinking as the main reason. The pair got divorced on 6 April 1937. The following year, they appeared before a US Tax Appeals Board to explain the reason for filing a $9,053 tax allowance for wardrobe expenses in 1934, which she claimed was necessary for professional reasons.
Ames was a film actress from 1929 to 1940 when she appeared in around 30 films. Some of her notable films included The Death Kiss (1932), You're Telling Me! (1934), and Slander House (1938). She worked as a radio commentator after ending her film career. Before marrying Cabot, she was previously married to Deward Dumont Truax from 1921 to 1924 and Stephen Ames from 1929 to 1933. She died of a long illness in 1947 in New York City.
On 17 September 1950, Cabot married Francesca De Scaffa in Santa Barbara, with whom he shared one child. Their marriage suffered ups and downs since the beginning of their marriage. On 14 May 1951, Scaffa filed a divorce from Cabot for the first time. The court dismissed their divorce ten days later upon her request. She filed for divorce for the second time on 11 October 1951, charging mental cruelty. They finally got divorced on 1 February 1957.
Scaffa was also an actress who appeared in several films and television series from 1951 to 1956, including Edge of Hell. In 1956, she left the United States following the Confidential Magazine scandal trails. It subsequently derailed her career. In 1957, she married Jamie Bravo, but their marriage was quickly annulled. After that, she married French diplomat Raymond Affroy from 1965 until her death. They had one daughter.
Cause of Death
On 3 May 1972, Cabot died of lung and throat cancer at age 68. His body was buried at Carlsbad Cemetery, Carlsbad, New Mexico.