- Category : 1903-births
- Type : PSP
- Profile : 6/2 - Role Model / Hermit
- Definition : Split - Small (56,62)
- Incarnation Cross : LAX Refinement 1
American actor and drag queen, best known for his role as "The Ruler" in Ed Wood's 1959 cult film Plan 9 from Outer Space, his only film appearance. The alien ruler oversees an attempt to take over the Earth using an army of reanimated corpses. Dressed in a pyjama-like outfit which is curiously less ornate than those worn by his underlings, he sports very visible mascara and lipstick, and constantly rolls his eyes and mugs for the camera.
He was the great-great-great-grandchild of U.S. Attorney General John Breckinridge (and the great-grandchild of both U.S. Vice President and Confederate general John C. Breckinridge and Wells Fargo Bank founder Lloyd Tevis).
In 1927, while working as a drag/burlesque entertainer in Paris, he married Roselle du Val de Dampierre (1903-1999), the daughter of Robert Henri du Val de Dampierre, a French Count, and Marie du Val de Dampierre (née Serailler). They divorced two years later, but had one daughter.
Openly gay at a time when it was daring (and even dangerous) to be so, he was well known for his flamboyant lifestyle, his outrageous sense of humor, and his penchant for perfume and costume jewelry.
In 1994, Breckinridge was surprised to find himself portrayed as a character in a major motion picture, played by Bill Murray in Tim Burton's 1994 biopic Ed Wood.
He died on 5 November 1996 at age 93 in a nursing home in Monterey, California. He was quoted in his obituary as saying, "I was a little bit wild when I was young, darling, but I lived my life grandly."