The column: Was there really an actor named Joe Twerp?
I’m sure I’m not the only one who went to IMDb to check out Joe Twerp after reading this column. Rather surprisingly, I learned that there were actually two Joe Twerps listed.
The first Joe Twerp is the one Cecil mentioned, who acted in twelve films from 1934 to 1938 (none of which this film buff has ever heard of). He lived from 1910 to 1980, and was at one time a contender to supply the voice of Doc in “Snow White.” Most amazing of all, Joe Twerp wasn’t his real name; he was born Joseph Boyes, and–in a move eerily prescient of Mr. Gerry Dorsey’s assuming the moniker “Engelbert Humperdinck”–actually chose to be known henceforth as “Joe Twerp.”
The second Joe Twerp has one film credit only: He wrote 1954’s Hawaiian Nights, a 17-minute “Musical Featurette” from Universal that starred Pinky Lee, Mamie Van Doren, and… a bunch more people I’ve never heard of.
So never let it be said that an unfortunate name is a bar to reaching the pinnacle of Hollywood success.