Gilbert Emery

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Gilbert Emery
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Gilbert Emery Bensley Pottle

(1875-06-11)June 11, 1875
DiedOctober 28, 1945(1945-10-28) (aged 70)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Other namesEmery Pottle
Alma materAmherst College
Spouse(s)Juliet Wilbour Tompkins (1904 - ?)

Gilbert Emery Bensley Pottle[1] (June 11, 1875 – October 28, 1945), known professionally as Gilbert Emery, was an American actor who appeared in over 80 movies from 1921 to his death in 1945.

Early years[edit]

Gilbert Emery Bensley Pottle was born June 11, 1875, in Naples, New York, to William L. and Hariette (Gilbert) Pottle. He prepared for college at Naples High School and at the Normal School in Oneonta, New York. He graduated from Amherst College[2] in the class of 1899.


Pottle started out as a short story writer, using the name Emery Pottle,[3] and he later wrote plays. From 1899 to 1900 he was an instructor in English and public speaking at Beloit Academy in Wisconsin. In 1900 he was a reporter for the Morning Sun in New York City; from 1900-1901 he worked for the Evening Post; and from 1901-1903 he worked for Criterion Magazine. He was an instructor in English at Columbia University and a writer.

During World War I, Pottle was a member of the American Expeditionary Forces' Liaison Service, serving with French Balloon Companies 39, 49 and 74. He was later a member of the Paris Peace Conference from 1918 to 1919, and a member of the Interallied Food Commission in 1919.

He wrote a number of books in his early years, including Handicapped, The Little Village, and The Little House. He also wrote poems and short stories for magazines and several plays. Much of his writing was under the pen name Gilbert Emery.

Personal life[edit]

On November 22, 1904, Emery (using the name Emery Pottle) married Juliet Wilbour Tompkins, a writer, in New York. The two later divorced.[4]


From 1921 until his death in 1945, Gilbert Emery acted in at least 88 movies, including:


He died on October 28, 1945, in Los Angeles, California.


  1. ^ Room, Adrian (2010). Dictionary of Pseudonyms: 13,000 Assumed Names and Their Origins, 5th ed. McFarland. p. 164. ISBN 9780786457632. Retrieved 27 February 2017.
  2. ^ Bordman, Gerald; Hischak, Thomas S. (2004). The Oxford Companion to American Theatre. Oxford University Press, USA. p. 307. ISBN 9780195169867. Retrieved 27 February 2017.
  3. ^ Bordman, Gerald (1995). American Theatre: A Chronicle of Comedy and Drama 1914-1930. OUP USA. p. 157. ISBN 9780195090789. Retrieved 27 February 2017.
  4. ^ "Juliet Wilbour Tompkins Brings Suit to Secure a Divorce". Oakland Tribune. California, Oakland. March 27, 1905. p. 7. Retrieved February 26, 2017 – via open access publication – free to read

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