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Hal Hays LeSueur
September 3, 1901 or 1903 
San Antonio, Texas, U.S.
|Died||May 3, 1963|
(m. 1922; div. 1929)
(m. 1931; div. 1935)
|Relatives||Joan Crawford (sister)|
Christina Crawford (niece)
Hal LeSueur was born in San Antonio, Texas, the first child of Thomas E. LeSueur (died 1938) and Anna Bell Johnson (died 1958). His older half-sister was Daisy McConnell and his younger sister was Lucille Fay LeSueur, later the Oscar-winning film star Joan Crawford. After Thomas LeSueur had abandoned the family, Anna wed businessman Henry J. Cassin (1868–1922). The family lived in Lawton, Oklahoma, then moved to Kansas City, Missouri, in 1917. Hal LeSueur moved from Kansas City around 1928 to Los Angeles. He found work in the stock department at MGM in bit parts or as an extra.
He was married twice. His first wife was Jessie Burress (July 17, 1904– December 2, 1977). They wed on October 21, 1922 in Kansas City, Missouri (age given as 21) and divorced in 1929. His second wife was Kasha Haroldi (March 31, 1907 – June 26, 1992). Hal and Kasha married in Santa Ana, California on September 16, 1931, with Hal's age given as 30. They had one child, a daughter, named Joan Crawford LeSueur (December 2, 1933 – December 15, 1999),  who was named after Hal's sister and became a dancer on Broadway, known professionally as Joan Lowe. Kasha and Hal LeSueur divorced in 1935. She won custody of their daughter. She remarried and became Mrs. Kasha Lowe; her daughter became Joan Lowe, the name by which she was known professionally, later Mrs. Joan Fowler.
On November 9, 1935, LeSueur was in a head-on collision at the top of Cahuenga Pass. The other car caught fire and the three people inside, Earl Gose, who was driving, his wife, Golda, and his sister, Grace, were pulled from the blaze. Their car burned to a charred hulk. LeSueur suffered severe cuts and bruises on his hands, face, arms and legs. The other people were also seriously injured. All were taken to a hospital in Hollywood. The injuries of Grace Gose proved fatal three days later. His mother, Anna, and his ex-wife, Kasha, accompanied him to the coroner's inquest on November 15. Earl and Golda Gose were unable to appear. LeSueur testified that he was driving near the center of the highway when the other car suddenly pulled out from behind another car into his lane and he was unable to avoid the collision. The Coroner's jury exonerated him of blame for the crash, returning a verdict of accidental death.
In February 1936, Earl and Golda Gose sued him, seeking $86,400 in damages. Golda, who was taken into court on a hospital stretcher, which was placed before the jury box, testified that LeSueur was driving on the wrong side of Cahuenga Boulevard when his car collided with theirs. LeSueur not only denied responsibility for the accident, but in his cross-complaint for $10,000 charged that the crash came about through Gose's negligent driving. The suit was then abruptly dropped, however, when a settlement was reached. LeSueur agreed to pay them $8,500, one tenth of what they had originally sought.
Tired of being an uncredited actor in the films on which he worked, he decided to try his hand at make-up work at MGM for a while. When he left that job, he worked as a sporting goods salesman. LeSueur made one final movie appearance, playing a reporter in Jeanne Eagels (1957), the only role for which LeSueur received screen credit. He made one TV appearance in an episode of the series State Trooper, titled No Fancy Cowboys, which aired on March 13, 1957. When he left the sporting goods business, LeSueur began working as a desk clerk at a Los Angeles hotel, and supplemented his income working as a switchboard operator at the motel where he lived.
Hal LeSueur died of a ruptured appendix at the Los Angeles General Hospital. He was interred in Forest Lawn Cemetery, Glendale, California. He was originally believed to have been 59 years old, but may have been 61. His sister reportedly sent him telegrams from New York to the hospital before he died, but did not attend his funeral.
|1935||Mutiny on the Bounty||MGM||Millard||Uncredited|
|1936||After the Thin Man||MGM||Polly's Admirer||Uncredited|
|1937||Mama Steps Out||MGM||Steward With Key||Uncredited|
|1937||Bad Guy||MGM||Prison Switchboard Operator||Uncredited|
|1937||My Dear Miss Aldrich||MGM||Reporter||Uncredited|
|1938||Man-Proof||MGM||Guest in Drawing Room||Uncredited|
|1938||The Girl of the Golden West||MGM||Adjutant||Uncredited|
|1938||Judge Hardy's Children||MGM||Joe, the Chauffeur||Uncredited|
|1938||Three Comrades||MGM||Dancer Who Stumbles with Erich||Uncredited|
|1938||The Toy Wife||MGM||First Brother||Uncredited|
|1938||The Crowd Roars||MGM||Usher at Madison Square Garden||Uncredited|
|1940||I Take This Woman||MGM||Man in Cafe||(scenes deleted)|
|1940||Broadway Melody of 1940||MGM||Casey's Chauffeur||Uncredited|
|1940||The Golden Fleecing||MGM||Clerk||Uncredited|
|1940||Sky Murder||MGM||Al, co-pilot||Uncredited|
|1940||Dulcy||MGM||Businessman in Meeting||Uncredited|
|1940||Flight Command||MGM||Hell Cat||Uncredited|
|1941||Respect the Law||MGM||Reporter||Short, Uncredited|
|1941||The Big Store||MGM||Chauffeur||Uncredited|
|1941||Married Bachelor||MGM||Man vying for table in cafe||Uncredited|
|1941||Shadow of the Thin Man||MGM||Reporter||Uncredited|
|1942||The Bugle Sounds||MGM||Recruit||Uncredited|
|1942||Whistling in Dixie||MGM||Sound Effects Man||Uncredited|
|1942||Stand by for Action||MGM||Lookout||Uncrredited|
|1957||Jeanne Eagels||Columbia||Reporter||Uncredited, (final film role)|
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