Lupino Lane (16 June 1892 – 10 November 1959) was an English actor and theatre manager, and a member of the famous Lupino family, which included his niece, the screenwriter/director/actress Ida Lupino who was brought up un Streatham
He is best known for playing Bill Snibson in the play and film Me and My Girl, which popularised the song and dance routine "The Lambeth Walk".
He directed and starred in many silent movies which best displayed his talents as an accomplished acrobat. After appearing in such classic movies as "Isn’t Life Wonderful?" (1924), "Maid In Morocco" (1925), and "The Love Parade" (1929), he went on to direct a number of British musicals in the 1930s. Lupino Lane also achieved success in the US as the star of the Broadway hit "Afgar" (1920-22).
He was the subject of This Is Your Life in March 1956 when he was surprised by Eamonn Andrews at London's BBC Television Theatre. He also appeared as the castaway on Desert Island Discs in 1957.
Lane died on 10 November 1959, in London, at age 67. He is buried at Streatham Park Cemetery. His wife, Violet Blythe, died 17 March 1983, aged 93.
A commemorative blue plaque was erected to LupinoLane on 15 June 2014 at his former home 32 Maida Vale, Paddington, by The Music Hall Guild of Great Britain and America.
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