Motion Picture Magazine "One Hundred Greatest Artists" poll (October, 1914)

by cts-6 | created - 27 Sep 2016 | updated - 27 Sep 2016 | Public

One of the earliest annual polls by Motion Picture Magazine. Numbers listed under each name are the total votes tallied (which appear to be rounded to the nearest multiple of five). Also, due to a possible miscount, the list has 101 names.

1. Earle Williams

Actor | The Scarlet Runner

Earle Williams was born on February 28, 1880 in Sacramento, California, USA as Earle Rafael Williams. He was an actor and writer, known for The Scarlet Runner (1916), Arsene Lupin (1917) and The Wolf (1919). He was married to Florine Walz. He died on April 25, 1927 in Hollywood, California.

487,295

2. Clara Kimball Young

Actress | The Common Law

Clara Kimball Young was born Clarisa Kimball on September 6, 1890, to Edward Kimball and the former Mrs. E.M. Kimball, traveling stock company actors with the Holden Co. Though she claimed Chicago as her birthplace, there are no records of her being born in Cook County--which includes Chicago--and ...

442,340

3. Mary Pickford

Actress | Coquette

Mary Pickford was born Gladys Louise Smith in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, to Elsie Charlotte (Hennessy) and John Charles Smith. She was of English and Irish descent. Pickford began in the theater at age seven. Then known as "Baby Gladys Smith", she toured with her family in a number of theater ...

437,670

4. J. Warren Kerrigan

Actor | Captain Blood

Very popular American star of silent films who left the business at the height of his career. While barely in his teens, he worked as a warehouse clerk until a chance arrived to appear in a vaudeville production. He continued to act in traveling stock productions, though he took a brief time away ...

435,355

5. Mary Fuller

Actress | The House of the Seven Gables

Mary Fuller's entrance into motion pictures was quite accidental. She was with a theatrical troupe that was on its way to tour the South in 1908 when, during a short stopover in New York City, the company broke up. Stranded, Mary made her way to the Vitagraph film studio looking for a job and, with...

385,870

6. Marguerite Clayton

Actress | The Night Workers

Marguerite Clayton was born on April 12, 1891 in Ogden, Utah, USA as Margaret Fitzgerald. She was an actress, known for The Night Workers (1917), The Dream Doll (1917) and Men in the Raw (1923). She was married to Victor Bertrandias. She died on December 20, 1968 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

320,050

7. Arthur V. Johnson

Actor | The Beloved Adventurer

Arthur V. Johnson was born on February 2, 1876 in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA as Arthur Vaughen Johnson. He was an actor and director, known for The Beloved Adventurer (1914), Annie Rowley's Fortune (1913) and The Guerrilla (1908). He was married to Maude Webb. He died on January 17, 1916 in Philadelphia...

295,110

8. Alice Joyce

Actress | The Third Degree

Having worked as a telephone operator at age 13 and a fashion model afterwards, Alice Joyce joined the Kalem film company at 20, making her debut in The Deacon's Daughter (1910), and achieved popularity as a charming, proper leading lady in many shorts. After Vitagraph bought out Kalem, Joyce began ...

253,090

9. Carlyle Blackwell

Actor | Bulldog Drummond

Carlyle Blackwell was a popular American matinee idol and occasional director of the silent cinema. Debonair and darkly handsome, he made his debut with Vitagraph in Uncle Tom's Cabin (1910) and was seldom out of work as a romantic lead, progressing from one- and two-reelers to feature films by ...

246,790

10. Francis X. Bushman

Actor | Sabrina

Francis X. Bushman was born on January 10, 1883 in Baltimore, Maryland, USA as Francis Xavier Bushman. He was an actor and director, known for Sabrina (1954), Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (1925) and Romeo and Juliet (1916). He was married to Iva Millicient Richardson, Norma Emily Atkin, Beverly ...

233,555

11. Crane Wilbur

Writer | Canon City

Actor, screenwriter and director Crane Wilbur was born Erwin Crane Wilbur on November 17, 1886, in Athens, NY. The nephew of the great stage actor Tyrone Power Sr., Wilbur first took to the boards as an actor, making his Broadway debut billed as Erwin Crane Wilbur on June 3, 1903, in a trilogy of ...

232,750

12. Edith Storey

Actress | The Christian

According to an article in The Paterson (New Jersey) Morning Call of 15 April 1921, she had just returned "...to the screen after a long absence, during which she was busy making history in Europe as a driver of one of the American hospital corps ambulances." Other accounts say she did this in New ...

215,855

13. Florence Lawrence

Actress | Not Like Other Girls

Florence Lawrence was the first film player whose name was used to promote her films and the studio (Independent Moving Pictures Company [IMP]) for which she worked. Before her, actors and actresses worked anonymously, partly out of fear that stage managers would refuse to hire them if they were ...

188,975

14. King Baggot

Actor | Jim Webb, Senator

St. Louis-born King Baggot traveled to New York City with the express intent of crashing Broadway, but began his film career in nearby Fort Lee, NJ, in 1909. It didn't take long before he graduated from actor to writer and director--at times performing all three functions; in Shadows (1914) he not ...

186,715

15. Anita Stewart

Actress | The Lodge in the Wilderness

Anita Stewart was born on February 7, 1895 in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA as Anna M. Stewart. She was an actress and producer, known for The Lodge in the Wilderness (1926), A Midnight Romance (1919) and Her Kingdom of Dreams (1919). She was married to George Peabody Converse and Rudolph ...

184,180

16. Romaine Fielding

Actor | A Dash for Liberty

Romaine Fielding was born on May 22, 1868 in Riceville, Mitchell County, Iowa, USA as William Grant Blandin. He was an actor and director, known for A Dash for Liberty (1913), Hiawanda's Cross (1913) and The Eagle's Nest (1915). He was married to Joan Arliss and Mabel van Valkenburg. He died on ...

181,580

17. Maurice Costello

Actor | The Man Who Couldn't Beat God

Maurice Costello was born on February 22, 1877 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. He was an actor and director, known for The Man Who Couldn't Beat God (1915), The Golden Pathway (1913) and Iron and Steel (1914). He was married to Ruth Reeves and Mae Costello. He died on October 28, 1950 in ...

169,145

18. Lottie Briscoe

Actress | The House of Mirth

Lottie Briscoe was born on October 19, 1883 in St. Louis, Missouri, USA. She was an actress, known for The House of Mirth (1918), Oh, You Teacher! (1911) and The Country School Teacher (1912). She was married to Harry Mountford and Harry McRae Webster. She died on March 21, 1950 in New York City, ...

164,130

19. Gilbert M. 'Broncho Billy' Anderson

Director | The Infant at Snakeville

American actor-director-writer-producer Gilbert M. Anderson, father of the movie cowboy and the first Western star, was born Maxwell Henry Aronson in Little Rock, Arkansas. His parents, Esther (Ash) and Henry Aronson, were from New York. His father was from a German Jewish family, and his mother ...

162,675

20. Florence Turner

Actress | A Welsh Singer

Widely publicized as "The Vitagraph Girl," dark-haired silent film actress Florence Turner was one of the screen's first celebrities to be called by the term "movie star." Born in New York City in 1885, she was pushed into the business at age 3 by an overzealous stage mother, performing on the ...

151,965

21. Blanche Sweet

Actress | The Unpardonable Sin

Born into a family of show people, Blanche first appeared on the stage when she was 18 months old. Blanche was a dancer by the time she was four and a talented actress by 1909 when she started work at Biograph with D.W. Griffith. At 14, she was two years younger than Mary Pickford, but her maturity...

142,320

22. Vivian Rich

Actress | On the Border

Vivian Rich was born on May 26, 1893 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. She was an actress and writer, known for On the Border (1913), Would You Forgive? (1920) and A World of Folly (1920). She was married to Ralph W. Jesson. She died on November 17, 1957 in Hollywood, California, USA.

134,295

23. Lillian Walker

Actress | Hearts and the Highway

Born in Brooklyn, New York, Lillian Walker was a 22-year-old showgirl appearing in "The Follies of 1910" on Broadway, when Vitagraph Studios head J. Stuart Blackton saw a picture of her and snapped her up for a role in The Inherited Taint (1911). She developed into one of Vitagraph's top stars, ...

129,760

24. True Boardman

Actor | Tarzan of the Apes

True Boardman was born on April 21, 1880 in Oakland, California, USA as William True Boardman. He was an actor, known for Tarzan of the Apes (1918), The Further Adventures of Stingaree (1917) and The Doctor and the Woman (1918). He was married to Virginia True Boardman. He died on September 28, ...

124,530

25. Norma Talmadge

Actress | Camille

Norma Talmadge was born on May 26, 1895, in Jersey City, New Jersey. The daughter of an unemployed alcoholic and his wife, Norma did not have the idyllic childhood that most of us yearn for. Her father left the family on Christmas Day and his wife and three daughters had to fend for themselves. Her...

115,760

26. Pauline Bush

Actress | The Recognition

Pauline Bush was born on May 22, 1886 in Lincoln, Nebraska, USA as Pauline Elvira Bush. She was an actress, known for The Recognition (1912), The Land Thieves (1911) and Richelieu (1914). She was married to Allan Dwan. She died on November 1, 1969 in San Diego, California, USA.

111,000

27. Florence La Badie

Actress | The Million Dollar Mystery

Early information on Florence La Badie is sketchy. She is thought to have been born in New York City in 1888, and was either taken away from or given up for adoption by her birth mother. Florence was adopted by a married couple named LaBadie, who legally gave the child their last name. Her adoptive...

109,615

28. Tom Moore

Actor | Side Street

Tom Moore was born on May 1, 1883 in Fordstown Crossroads, County Meath, Ireland as Thomas J. Moore. He was an actor and director, known for Side Street (1929), The Cabaret Singer (1915) and One of the Finest (1919). He was married to Eleanor Moore, Renée Adorée and Alice Joyce. He died on February...

100,305

29. Ethel Clayton

Actress | The Man Hunt

Silent-screen actress Ethel Clayton was a convent-educated girl from Champaign, IL, who sought work as a stage actress after finishing her education. She secured small parts here and there, but hit the big time when she went to work for the Frawley Organization, which had several touring stock ...

94,150

30. James Cruze

Actor | The Covered Wagon

Coming from a Mormon family in Utah, James Cruze was reportedly part Ute Indian. He worked as a fisherman to pay his way through drama school. Among his former wives were actresses Betty Compson (also from Utah) and Marguerite Snow. He was also married to Alberta McCoy (died on July 7, 1960), who ...

93,835

31. Ormi Hawley

Actress | Michael Strogoff

Ormi Hawley was born on February 21, 1889 in Holyoke, Massachusetts, USA as Ormetta Grace Hawley. She was an actress, known for Michael Strogoff (1914), His Mistake (1912) and The Shanghaied Baby (1915). She was married to Charles Fulcher. She died on June 3, 1942 in Rome, New York, USA.

92,550

32. Harry Myers

Actor | City Lights

Harry Myers was born on September 5, 1882 in New Haven, Connecticut, USA as Harry Clifford Myers. He was an actor and director, known for City Lights (1931), The Catch of the Season (1914) and A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court (1921). He was married to Rosemary Theby and Nellie Campbell. ...

90,415

33. Edwin August

Actor | The Yellow Passport

Edwin August was born Edwin August Phillip von der Butz on the 20th of November, 1883, in St. Louis, Missouri. He made his first stage appearance in "Little Lord Fauntleroy" at the age of seven. After years of stage work, he made his first movies for the Biograph Company in New York City in 1908. ...

87,765

34. Rosemary Theby

Actress | The Red Lily

Rosemary Theby was born Rose Masing in St. Louis, MO, on April 8, 1892. She began her career at age 27 in 1912, with a part in The Godmother (1912), and went on to appear in more than 90 films. She was much in demand and was one of the most sought-after character actresses, and survived the ...

76,645

35. Beverly Bayne

Actress | Romeo and Juliet

Beverly Bayne was born on November 11, 1894 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA as Pearl Von Name. She was an actress, known for Romeo and Juliet (1916), The Age of Innocence (1924) and The Girl at the Curtain (1914). She was married to Charles Thomas Hvass Sr. and Francis X. Bushman. She died on August...

74,535

36. Pearl White

Actress | The Perils of Pauline

Born on her father's farm in Green Ridge, Missouri, the youngest of five children. Moved with her family to Springfield, Missouri, where she grew up. Joined the Diemer Theatre Company during her second year of high school, and went on the road with a touring stock company at age 18, in 1907. Signed...

72,200

37. Ben F. Wilson

Actor | The Power God

Ben F. Wilson, the prolific actor and director of the silent era, was born on July 7, 1876, in Corning, NY. His career as an actor began as most other thespians did in that era--as a member of a theatrical stock company. The stock companies that employed Wilson worked the East Coast circuits.

The ...

72,175

38. Owen Moore

Actor | Betty in Search of a Thrill

Born in 1886, virile and dashing silent screen idol Owen Moore, equipped with incredibly handsome reddish and ruddy features, came to America with his family from Ireland at age 11. After some stage work, he entered films at the Biograph Studio in 1908 and appeared in many of D.W. Griffith's early ...

70,925

39. Leah Baird

Actress | Don't Doubt Your Wife

Leah Baird first made a name for herself in summer stock and traveling stock companies. After playing several leads in the William F. Brady troupe opposite Douglas Fairbanks Vitagraph signed her to a contract. Her peak years in film were from 1916-1918 at which time she was a very popular player. ...

70,575

40. E.K. Lincoln

Actor | The Painted World

E.K. Lincoln was born on August 8, 1884 in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, USA as Edward Kline Lincoln. He was an actor and director, known for The Painted World (1919), The Painted World (1914) and Man of Courage (1922). He died on January 9, 1958 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

70,525

41. Mabel Normand

Actress | Mickey

Mabel Normand was one of the comedy greats of early film. In an era when women are deemed 'not funny enough' it seems film history has forgotten her contributions. Her films debuted the Keystone Cops, Charlie Chaplin's tramp and the pie in the face gag. She co-starred with both Chaplin and Roscoe "...

68,480

42. Leo Delaney

Actor | As You Like It

Leo Delaney was born on March 15, 1885 in Swanton, Vermont, USA. He was an actor, known for As You Like It (1912), The Great Victory, Wilson or the Kaiser? The Fall of the Hohenzollerns (1919) and A Tin-Type Romance (1910). He died on February 4, 1920 in New York City, New York, USA.

68,060

43. Julia Swayne Gordon

Actress | My Lady's Slipper

Julia Swayne Gordon was born on October 29, 1878 in Columbus, Ohio, USA as Sarah Victoria Smith. She was an actress, known for My Lady's Slipper (1916), The Painted World (1919) and The Painted World (1914). She was married to Hugh Thomas Swayne. She died on May 28, 1933 in Los Angeles, California,...

67,270

44. Gertrude McCoy

Actress | Nelson

Gertrude McCoy was born on June 30, 1890 in Sugar Valley, Georgia, USA as Gertrude Lyon. She was an actress and writer, known for Nelson (1926), A Royal Divorce (1923) and The Blue Bird (1918). She was married to Duncan McRae. She died on July 17, 1967 in Atlanta, Georgia.

66,210

45. Augustus Phillips

Actor | The Gates of Eden

Augustus Phillips was born on August 1, 1874 in Rensselaer, Indiana, USA. He was an actor, known for The Gates of Eden (1916), The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere (1914) and The Birth of the Star Spangled Banner (1914). He was married to Mildred Manning. He died on September 16, 1952 in Milford, ...

62,420

46. Kathlyn Williams

Actress | The Rosary

Pioneer silver screen star Kathlyn Williams is primarily known as the spry blonde of the very first Hollywood cliffhanger, The Adventures of Kathlyn (1913), in which her real first name was used in the title. This accomplishment has resulted in many reference works mistakenly referring to her as an...

61,445

47. Anna Q. Nilsson

Actress | Sunset Blvd.

Anna Quirentia Nilsson, popularly known as "Anna Q", who was born on March 30th, 1888, in Ystad, Sweden, emigrated to the United States in 1905. The 5'7" Nilsson used her blonde beauty to become a famous model for well-known fashion photographers and fine artists. In 1907 she was chosen the most ...

60,535

48. Jessalyn Van Trump

Actress | The Girl in the Rain

Beautiful dark haired star Jessalyn Van Trump born in Ohio in 1887. began in drama theatre from the early 1900's. Starred and supported in more than 110 silent drama and westerns, making her film debut as Alice in 'Alice's Sacrifice' for the Lubin Film Co in 1911, then Jessalyn starred opposite the...

59,930

49. Marguerite Snow

Actress | The Million Dollar Mystery

Although Marguerite Snow was born in Salt Lake City, her father--a comedian in vaudeville minstrel shows--traveled extensively, so she grew up all over the country. When her father died, she and her mother settled in Denver, Colorado. Marguerite took drama lessons with the intentions of becoming a ...

59,780

50. Dorothy Kelly

Actress | Mother's Roses

Dorothy Kelly was born on February 12, 1894 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. She was an actress, known for Mother's Roses (1915), The Antique Engagement Ring (1914) and The Secret Kingdom (1917). She was married to Harvey Hevenor. She died on May 31, 1966 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA.

59,095

51. William E. Shay

Actor | The Clemenceau Case

William E. Shay was born on September 16, 1866 in New York, New York, USA. He is an actor, known for The Clemenceau Case (1915), The Two Orphans (1915) and The Heart of Maryland (1915).

57,380

52. Guy Coombs

Actor | Wolfe; Or, The Conquest of Quebec

Guy Coombs was born on June 15, 1882 in Washington, District of Columbia, USA. He was an actor and director, known for Wolfe; Or, The Conquest of Quebec (1914), Bab's Diary (1917) and A Celebrated Case (1914). He was married to Anna Q. Nilsson. He died on December 29, 1947 in Los Angeles, ...

57,080

53. Jack Richardson

Actor | The Man from New Mexico

Jack Richardson was born on November 18, 1870 in New York City, New York, USA as John Howard Richardson. He was an actor, known for The Man from New Mexico (1932), The Midnight Express (1924) and The Old Maid's Baby (1919). He was married to Louise Lester and Florence Stone. He died on June 12, ...

57,075

54. Irving Cummings

Director | Curly Top

New York-born Irving Cummings began his career as an actor on the Broadway stage in his late teens, and appeared with the legendary Lillian Russell's company. He entered films in 1909 as an actor, and became a very popular leading man in the early 1920s. He began directing at around that time, ...

57,005

55. Wallace Reid

Actor | Carmen

The son of writer-theater producer-director-actor Hal Reid, Wallace was on stage by the age of four in the act with his parents. He spent most of his early years, not on the stage, but in private schools where he excelled in music and athletics. In 1910, his father went to the Chicago studio of "...

55,915

56. Marc McDermott

Actor | He Who Gets Slapped

Marc McDermott was born Marcus McDermott in Goulburn, New South Wales, Australia, on July 24, 1881. His father Patrick McDermott and mother Annie Massey McDermott were born in Ireland, and Marc later became an English citizen when he moved to London. His older brother Patrick was born in Ireland, ...

55,825

57. Ruth Roland

Actress | The Avenging Arrow

Ruth Roland was, along with Pearl White, the queen of the early movie serials. She came from a show-business family, her father being a San Francisco theater manager and her mother a professional singer. Ruth made her acting debut at age 3-1/2, and soon became a professional actress and singer. Her...

55,580

58. Fred Church

Actor | Alkali Ike's Gal

American actor of silent films who focused primarily on Westerns. A native of Ontario, Iowa, Church attended school in his father's home state of Michigan and later lived in Denver, Colorado. He became a vaudeville performer and stage actor and spent several years traveling the country in various ...

54,160

59. Henry B. Walthall

Actor | Chandu the Magician

Henry B. Walthall was a respected stage actor who became a favorite of pioneering film director D.W. Griffith. Born in 1878 in Alabama, Walthall embarked on a law career but quit law school in 1898 to enlist in the US Army in order to fight in the Spanish-American War. Returning from the war he ...

53,625

60. Wally Van

Director | The Evil Eye

Wally Van was born on September 27, 1880 in New Hyde Park, New York, USA. He was an actor and director, known for The Evil Eye (1920), Slave of Desire (1923) and The Fates and Flora Fourflush (1914). He was married to Nitra Frazer. He died on May 9, 1974 in Englewood, New Jersey, USA.

51,090

61. Mary Charleson

Actress | The Strange Story of Sylvia Gray

Mary Charleson was born on May 18, 1890 in Dungannon, Ireland. She was an actress, known for The Strange Story of Sylvia Gray (1914), The Golden Pathway (1913) and Iron and Steel (1914). She was married to Henry B. Walthall. She died on December 3, 1961 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

50,215

62. Mary Maurice

Actress | Les miserables (Part II)

Originally a schoolteacher, Mary Maurice caught the acting bug and joined the Pittsburgh (PA) Stock Company in 1868. After a long and distinguished stage career she signed with Vitagraph and made her film debut in 1909. She appeared in almost 150 films for the company, and played mothers or ...

49,040

63. Harry Benham

Actor | The Dancer's Peril

Indiana-born Harry Benham grew up in Chicago, Illinois. As a child he was possessed of a fine singing voice and sang in the local church choir. In 1904 the traveling musical "Peggy from Paris" was playing in Chicago and he got a job in the chorus. He soon graduated to singing the lead role. His ...

45,050

64. James Morrison

Actor | Captain Blood

James Morrison was born on November 15, 1888 in Mattoon, Illinois, USA as James Woods Morrison. He was an actor, known for Captain Blood (1924), The Sex Lure (1916) and The Count of Luxembourg (1926). He died on November 15, 1974 in New York City, New York, USA.

44,130

65. Claire McDowell

Actress | The Big Parade

Claire McDowell was born on November 2, 1877 in New York City, New York, USA. She was an actress, known for The Big Parade (1925), Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (1925) and The Mark of Zorro (1920). She was married to Charles Hill Mailes. She died on October 23, 1966 in Hollywood, California, USA.

44,030

66. John Bunny

Actor | Her Old Sweetheart

When John Bunny died the New York Times stated, "The name John Bunny will always be linked to the movies." Little did movie fans of 1915 realize that he would be completely forgotten the next year and completely omitted from many books on silent movies 70-80 years later.

Bunny was the ninth in a ...

43,870

67. Earl Metcalfe

Actor | Ignorance

Earl Metcalfe was born on March 11, 1889 in Newport, Kentucky, USA as Earl Keeney Metcalf. He was an actor and director, known for Ignorance (1916), A Girl's Bravery (1912) and And the Parrot Said...? (1915). He died on January 26, 1928 in Burbank, California, USA.

43,710

68. Billie Rhodes

Actress | Miss Nobody

San Francisco-born comedienne of early silent cinema. Born Levita Axelrod in San Francisco, she was (according to Picture Show of July 19, 1919) of English parentage and named 'Billie' because a son had been expected. She trod the boards of vaudeville by the age of eleven and appeared in melodrama ...

43,465

69. Harry Carey

Actor | Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

Born in New York City to a Judge of Special Sessions who was also president of a sewing machine company. Grew up on City Island, New York. Attended Hamilton Military Academy and turned down an appointment to West Point to attend New York Law School, where his law school classmates included future ...

42,550

70. Betty Gray

Actress | His Last Dollar

Betty Gray was born Lilly Pederson. Her father, Neils Pederson, was born in Denmark and her mother Amalia was born in Sweden. She was the youngest of six children, After high school she studied at the New York school of Applied Art. She worked as an artists model and posed for Harrison Fisher who ...

42,475

71. Marguerite Courtot

Actress | The Unbeliever

Little-known today but regarded in her time as one of the screen's great beauties, New Jersey-born Marguerite Courtot was sent in 1909, at age 12, to be educated in a European convent. By the time she returned to the US she had blossomed into such a beauty that she soon had a career as a top ...

42,280

72. Bessie Eyton

Actress | The Spoilers

Born Bessie Harrison in Santa Barbara in 1890. Her father Edgar Thomas Harrison was a musician. Bessie starred in at least 200 melodrama, action westerns and crime films. In the 1910 she was visiting the Selig Film studios with a party of friends, when a director saw and liked her red hair because ...

41,905

73. Muriel Ostriche

Actress | The Moral Deadline

Silent-film actress Muriel Ostriche was born in New York City on March 24, 1896. As a young girl she planned on becoming a schoolteacher, but that career fell by the wayside when, while still a high-school student, she was stopped on the street by director Christy Cabanne, who asked her to take a ...

41,770

74. Sidney Drew

Actor | The Amateur Liar

His mother claimed he was adopted, perhaps because her husband had been away touring for several years before Sidney's birth and was dead before the great event took place. Ethel Barrymore, Lionel Barrymore and John Barrymore, his niece and nephews, insisted he looked too much like "Mummum" to have ...

41,675

75. Octavia Handworth

Actress | Too Much Bull

Octavia Handworth was born Octavia Boas in New York City on Christmas Eve of 1887. She began her acting career on stage on the East Coast. Her first film was The Path Forbidden (1914), but her screen career never really got off the ground. With so many movies being churned out during the infant ...

41,660

76. Walter Miller

Actor | King of the Wild

Walter Miller was born on March 9, 1892 in Dayton, Ohio, USA as William Corwin Miller. He was an actor, known for King of the Wild (1931), Queen of the Northwoods (1929) and The Last of the Mohicans (1932). He was married to Eileen Schofield and Lillian Louise Coffin. He died on March 30, 1940 in ...

41,290

77. Phillips Smalley

Director | The Hand That Rocks the Cradle

Phillips Smalley was born on August 7, 1875 in Brooklyn, New York, USA as Phillips Wendell Smalley. He was a director and actor, known for The Hand That Rocks the Cradle (1917), The Merchant of Venice (1914) and Captain Courtesy (1915). He was married to Phyllis Lorraine Ephlin and Lois Weber. He ...

41,270

78. Yale Boss

Actor | The Ransom of Red Chief

Yale Boss was born on October 18, 1899 in Utica, New York, USA. He was an actor, known for The Ransom of Red Chief (1911), A Youthful Knight (1913) and The Active Life of Dolly of the Dailies (1914). He died on November 16, 1977 in Augusta, Georgia, USA.

40,940

79. Mabel Trunnelle

Actress | Dolly Varden

Mabel Trunnelle was born in Dwight, Illinois on November 8, 1879. A stage actress from the East Coast, Mabel was 32 when she appeared on the silver screen. In 1911 she was in A MODERN CINDERELLA, IN THE DAYS OF CHIVALRY, and THE STAR SPANGLED BANNER, the latter being the most notable. Her last film...

40,120

80. Margarita Fischer

Actress | Molly of the Follies

Margarita Fischer was born on February 12, 1886 in Missouri Valley, Iowa, USA as Margarita Ficher. She was an actress and writer, known for Molly of the Follies (1919), The Legend of Black Rock (1914) and A Midsummer's Love Tangle (1914). She was married to Harry A. Pollard. She died on March 11, ...

39,200

81. Lois Weber

Director | Suspense

Lois Weber, who had been a street-corner evangelist before entering motion pictures in 1905, became the first American woman movie director of note, and a major one at that. Herbert Blaché, the husband of Frenchwoman Alice Guy, the first woman to direct a motion picture (and arguably, the first ...

38,780

82. Ethel Grandin

Actress | The Crimson Stain Mystery

Ethel Grandin was born on March 3, 1894 in New York City, New York, USA. She was an actress, known for The Crimson Stain Mystery (1916), Traffic in Souls (1913) and Garments of Truth (1921). She was married to Ray C. Smallwood. She died on September 28, 1988 in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, ...

37,700

83. William Russell

Actor | Robin Hood

Silent-film star William Russell was born in the Bronx, New York, in the late 1880s (various sources give it as 1884, 1886 and 1889). His mother, Clara, was a highly regarded stage actress. Russell studied law at Fordham University (and, some sources say, Harvard University). He started a law ...

37,380

84. Ford Sterling

Actor | Yankee Doodle in Berlin

Ford Sterling was born on November 3, 1883 in La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA as George Ford Stich. He was an actor and director, known for Yankee Doodle in Berlin (1919), The Show-Off (1926) and Wild Oranges (1924). He was married to Teddy Sampson. He died on October 13, 1939 in Los Angeles, California,...

36,575

85. Edward Coxen

Actor | Down the Wyoming Trail

Albert Edward Coxen was born at 18 Darwin Street, Southwark, London, England on 8th August 1880, the first child of Joseph Coxen of Wandsworth, London and Sarah Jane Coxen nee Parfitt of Bedminster, Bristol. At the time of Albert Edward's birth Joseph and Sarah ran the Carpenter Arms public house, ...

35,920

86. Lillian Gish

Actress | The Night of the Hunter

Lillian Diana Gish was born on October 14, 1893, in Springfield, Ohio. Her father, James Lee Gish, was an alcoholic who caroused around, was rarely at home and left the family to more or less fend for themselves. To help make ends meet, Lillian, her sister Dorothy Gish and their mother, Mary Gish ...

34,180

87. Chester Barnett

Writer | The Ancient Mariner

Chester Barnett was born on February 29, 1884 in Piedmont, Missouri, USA. He was an actor and writer, known for The Ancient Mariner (1925), Calicowani (1913) and Together (1918). He was married to Dorothy M. He died on September 22, 1947 in Jefferson City, Missouri.

33,300

88. Ruth Stonehouse

Actress | Cinderella's Twin

Ruth Stonehouse started her show-business career early: she was a dancer in shows in Douglas, Arizona, at the age of eight. She grew up to be more than just an entertainer, however; she was an astute businesswoman and, with Gilbert M. 'Broncho Billy' Anderson and George K. Spoor, started Essanay ...

33,120

89. Harold Lockwood

Actor | The Promise

A former salesman and vaudeville and stage actor, Harold Lockwood was one of the earliest romantic stars of American films. He was paired with Mary Pickford, Kathlyn Williams and Dorothy Davenport, among others, but his most popular films had him as the lover of May Allison, and they became one of ...

32,465

91. Richard Travers

Actor | The Man Trail

Richard Travers was born on April 15, 1885 in Sarnia, Ontario, Canada as Richard Campbell Tibb. He was an actor and director, known for The Man Trail (1915), In the Palace of the King (1915) and The Verdict (1914). He was married to Violet Palmer, Lillian May Cattell aka May Franklin and Augusta ...

30,820

92. Harry T. Morey

Actor | Beating the Odds

Harry T. Morey was born on August 21, 1873 in Charlotte, Michigan, USA as Harold Temple Morey . He was an actor and cinematographer, known for Beating the Odds (1919), A Man's Home (1921) and Beyond the Rainbow (1922). He died on January 24, 1936 in Brooklyn, New York, USA.

28,685

93. Louise Lester

Actress | Calamity Anne's Dream

Louise Lester was born on August 8, 1867 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA as Louise M. Hartmann. She was an actress and writer, known for Calamity Anne's Dream (1913), Calamity Anne's Sacrifice (1913) and Calamity Anne, Detective (1913). She was married to Frank Beal and Jack Richardson. She died on ...

27,420

94. Barbara Tennant

Actress | The Infidel

Barbara Tennant was born in London, England in 1892. Barbara is one of those actresses that is very hard to find anything on. Research brings up so very little. We do know that Barbara started life on the stage, but changed to films when she was 20. Her first movie was The Holy City (1912) in 1912....

26,320

95. Alice Hollister

Actress | Don Caesar de Bazan

Alice Hollister born in Massachusetts in 1886. Convent educated. Became a popular figure in more than 90 silent melodrama and crime films, a dark-haired beauty, perhaps the screen's first 'vamp', joined the Kalem Film Company along with her husband pioneering cinematographer George K. Hollister, ...

26,195

96. Flora Finch

Actress | The Cat and the Canary

Flora Finch was born in London, England, on June 17, 1867. After spending time on the legitimate stage, she began to make films, and was one of the early comedy stars of the silent-film era. Her first film was Mrs. Jones Entertains (1909). After making nine more films she began appearing with ...

25,045

97. L. Rogers Lytton

Actor | The Third Degree

L. Rogers Lytton was born on April 9, 1867 in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA as Oscar Legare Rogers. He was an actor and director, known for The Third Degree (1919), The Fates and Flora Fourflush (1914) and A Regular Girl (1919). He died on August 9, 1924 in New York City, New York, USA.

25,025

98. E.H. Calvert

Actor | The Wizard

E.H. Calvert was born on June 27, 1863 in Alexandria, Virginia, USA as Elisha Helm Calvert. He was an actor and director, known for The Wizard (1927), The Benson Murder Case (1930) and The Canary Murder Case (1929). He was married to Thelma M. (actress) and Lillian Drew. He died on October 5, 1941 ...

24,915

99. Mae Marsh

Actress | The Birth of a Nation

Mae Marsh's father was an auditor for the railroad who died when she was four. Her family moved to San Francisco, where her stepfather was killed in the 1906 earthquake. Her great-aunt then took Mae and her sister to Los Angeles. With her show business background, Mae's aunt took them to the ...

24,905

100. Edgar Jones

Actor | Lonesome Corners

Edgar Jones was born on June 17, 1874 in Elmore County, Alabama, USA. He was an actor and director, known for Lonesome Corners (1922), A Rich Man's Darling (1918) and Dimples (1916). He was married to Louise Huff and Louise Vale. He died on February 7, 1958 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

24,805



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