Richard "Skeets" Gallagher (July 28, 1891 – May 22, 1955) was an American actor. He had blue eyes and his naturally blond hair was tinged with gray from the age of 16.[citation needed ]
Gallagher was born on July 28, 1891 in Terre Haute, Indiana. As a child he was nicknamed Skeets, short for mosquito, because of his frequent speedy bursts of running.
Gallagher was educated at Rose Polytechnic Institute and Indiana University. He first studied civil engineering and then law. His stage career began by writing a one-act skit that he took to a local theatre group.[citation needed ] He started acting in vaudeville, and later signed with Paramount Pictures.
He appeared in Frank Capra's first feature film For the Love of Mike (1927), a silent film now considered a lost film, and in several early sound films.
He died on May 22, 1955 in Santa Monica, California from a heart attack.
Gallagher campaigned for the reelection of President Herbert Hoover in 1932.
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