More than just a state park   Leave a comment

Posted by vp19 on 2015.08.08 at 18:18

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The above picture from “The Gay Bride” shows Carole Lombard alongside Leo Carrillo. For generations of southern Californians who only know Carrillo’s name in conjunction with a state park, Carrillo (1881-1961) was a reliable character actor who appeared in films such as “Manhattan Melodrama” (1934) and “Too Hot To Handle” (1938). He later moved to television, starring as Pancho on the video version of “The Cisco Kid.”

Carrillo, part of a multi-generation southern California family (his father was the first mayor of Santa Monica), attended Loyola University in town and became an engineer and newspaper political cartoonist before pursuing a career in show business. He served on the State Park and Recreation Commission, and Leo Carrillo State Park and Leo Carrillo beach in Malibu were named in his honor.

The photo, said to be in good condition, is up for auction at eBay. Bidding begins at $6, with the auction set to close at 7:54 a.m. (Eastern) next Saturday. If you’re interested or would like to learn more, visit

Posted August 8, 2015 by vp19 in Uncategorized

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