- Eric Monder
LeRoy, Mervyn (15 October 1900–13 September 1987), film director and producer, was born in San Francisco, California, the son of Harry LeRoy, a department store owner, and Edna Armer. In 1905 Mervyn’s mother left the family to marry Percy Teeple, a salesman. When the 1906 earthquake destroyed Harry LeRoy’s store, Mervyn was forced to work, first as a newspaper boy, but later as a vaudeville actor and singer. By the time he was fifteen he was being dubbed “Mervyn LeRoy, the boy tenor of the generation.” By 1916, the year of his father’s death, LeRoy had teamed with pianist Clyde Cooper to tour the country as “LeRoy and Cooper, Two Kids and a Piano.”...