Gene Sheldon may have been known to millions as the deaf-muted Bernardo of the Zorro TV series but his theater (actor - pantomimist) and musical career started long before the TV show.  He was born in Columbus, Ohio on February 1st, 1908 and he was the son of Ada and Earl Sheldon.  Gene became interested in show business when his father would use him in performing a version of sawing a woman in half (Gene played the part of the women).
    He worked in radio and toured Europe in a vaudeville act.  His credits include Broadway, movies TV shows and working extensively in night clubs and hotels.  One of his more famous routines was stomping his foot out of control while playing the banjo in control as a novelty bit.

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