American actor Roy D'Arcy (born Roy Francis Giusti) appeared on and off in Hollywood films during the '20s and '30s. He was born in San Francisco and attended college in Germany. After that he worked in the Amazon and was a business executive in Brazil. Following his acting debut in the 1919 film Oh Boy! he spent the next few years performing in vaudeville and in summer stock. In 1925, he returned to films to play the evil prince in von Stroheim's The Merry Widow. He was an excellent villain and became typecast in that role. D'arcy, retired from films in the late 1930s.