Sep 14, 2013
Peter Coe: The Edge of Gay Hollywood
House of Frankenstein (1944), which brought Frankenstein, Dracula, and the Wolfman together.
The Mummy's Curse (1944), which brought the Mummy to the Louisiana Bayou.
Then there was a series of war movies, Arabian adventures, Indian adventures, including some famous ones: Sands of Iwo Jima (1949), Captain Scarface (1953), The Ten Commandments (1956), mostly playing ethnic minorities in "blink and you miss him parts." That never gave him a chance to show off his impressive physique.
He always preferred the stage to movies, starring on Broadway in The Fifth Column and My Sister Eileen.
But when you look at Peter Coe's private life, you see him wandering around the edges of the gay subculture of 1950s Hollywood (I'm not sure how he found the time).
He was friends with gay character actor Henry Brandon, who also did a lot of ethnic parts, and best friends with eccentric, trans-positive director Ed Wood Jr. In fact, when Ed and his wife Kathy were evicted from their apartment, they moved in with Peter. He died there on December 10, 1978.