Today’s mystery chap is especially tricky because Christopher McPherson, who kindly shared these photos, has no idea about the identity of this gent. He could be someone’s Uncle Freddy, although this does look like a publicity shot.
Google’s image search (if you don’t know about this, you should, although you will now be on your honor not to use it to cheat on the mystery photos) is quite unhelpful.
I would say Google’s image recognition software still needs some work, eh?
Gregory Moore sends this side by side with Francis X. Bushman Jr.
I’m enclosing a couple of “side-by-sides” of Ralph/Francis Jr. and your mystery man. I think I’ll stand by my guess. There are enough similarities there. This first one is the only photo I’ve ever seen of him smiling. Like his father, he liked the grim countenance, it seems. Anyway, that’s my guess and I’m stickin’ widdit!
(Sidebar comment: I’ve heard that poor Francis Jr. had quite large sandals to fill, and that having FX Sr. as a father was not exactly smooth sailing, to say the least…which is why he switched over to “Ralph” mid-career. Can’t say I blame him….