Walter John “Jack” Buchanan (2 April 1891 – 20 October 1957) was a Scottish theatre and film actor, singer, producer and director. He was known for three decades as the embodiment of the debonair man-about-town in the tradition of George Grossmith Jr., and was described by The Times as “the last of the knuts.” He is best known in America for his role in the classic Hollywood musical The Band Wagon in 1953.
Buchanan was born in Helensburgh, Dunbartonshire in Scotland, the son of Walter John Buchanan Sr (d. 1902), auctioneer, and his wife, Patricia, née McWatt (d. 1936). He was educated at the Glasgow Academy.
After a brief attempt to follow his late father’s profession and a failure at acting in Glasgow, he came to London and became a music-hall comedian under the name of Chump Buchanan and first appeared on the West End in September 1912 in the comic opera The Grass Widow at the Apollo Theatre. Hardship dogged him for a while before he became famous whilst on tour in Tonight… read more