Dublin-born Douglas Gerrard began working in the American film industry in 1913. From 1916 to 1920, Gerrard directed films bearing titles like Polly Put the Kettle On, Empty Cab and $5000 Reward. As an actor, he appeared in such films as Merchant of Venice (1914, as Bassanio), The Dumb Girl of Portici (1916) and Omar the Tentmaker (1922). Talkies reduced him to minor roles in films like One Way Passage (1932) and Under Two Flags (1936). It is one of the vagaries of fame that Douglas Gerrard is best known to contemporary audiences as the monocled "Lord Stoke Pogis" in the Three Stooges 2-reeler Ants in the Pantry (1936).