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Also Known As: Died: August 24, 1963
Born: February 22, 1883 Cause of Death: heart attack
Birth Place: Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA Profession: director, actor

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James Kirkwood Sr. was an actor who had a successful Hollywood career. Kirkwood's career began with his directing of various independent films, including "Dulcie's Adventure" (1916), "Melissa of the Hills" (1917) and "Environment" (1917). He also appeared in "Over There" (1917) and "Eve's Daughter" (1918). In addition to directing, Kirkwood acted in "Behind the Scenes" (1914). His film career continued throughout the twenties and the thirties in productions like "Circe the Enchantress" (1924), "Million Dollar Mystery" (1927) and "Someone to Love" (1928). He also appeared in "The Spoilers" (1930) with Gary Cooper. In the latter part of his career, he tackled roles in the Joan Bennett drama "She Wanted a Millionaire" (1932), "My Pal, the King" (1932) and the romance "The Lady From Cheyenne" (1941) with Loretta Young. He also appeared in "No Hands on the Clock" (1941) with Chester Morris and "The Nevadan" (1950). Kirkwood last acted in the drama "The Search For Bridey Murphy" (1956) with Teresa Wright. Kirkwood was married to Gertrude Robinson and had two children. Kirkwood passed away in August 1963 at the age of 80.

James Kirkwood Sr. was an actor who had a successful Hollywood career. Kirkwood's career began with his directing of various independent films, including "Dulcie's Adventure" (1916), "Melissa of the Hills" (1917) and "Environment" (1917). He also appeared in "Over There" (1917) and "Eve's Daughter" (1918). In addition to directing, Kirkwood acted in "Behind the Scenes" (1914). His film career continued throughout the twenties and the thirties in productions like "Circe the Enchantress" (1924), "Million Dollar Mystery" (1927) and "Someone to Love" (1928). He also appeared in "The Spoilers" (1930) with Gary Cooper. In the latter part of his career, he tackled roles in the Joan Bennett drama "She Wanted a Millionaire" (1932), "My Pal, the King" (1932) and the romance "The Lady From Cheyenne" (1941) with Loretta Young. He also appeared in "No Hands on the Clock" (1941) with Chester Morris and "The Nevadan" (1950). Kirkwood last acted in the drama "The Search For Bridey Murphy" (1956) with Teresa Wright. Kirkwood was married to Gertrude Robinson and had two children. Kirkwood passed away in August 1963 at the age of 80.

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DIRECTOR:

1.
  In Wrong (1919) Director
2.
  Bill Apperson's Boy (1919) Director
3.
  The Uphill Path (1918) Director
4.
  I Want to Forget (1918) Director
5.
  Eve's Daughter (1918) Director
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  Out of the Night (1918) Director
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  Marriage (1918) Director
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10.
  Over There (1917) Director

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 The Search for Bridey Murphy (1956) Brian MacCarthy, age 68
2.
 Passion (1954) Don Rosendo
3.
 Border Ambush (1954) Tom Johnson
4.
 Winning of the West (1953) Jed
5.
 The Sun Shines Bright (1953) Gen. Fairfield
6.
 Woman They Almost Lynched (1953) Old man
7.
 The Last Posse (1953) Judge Parker
9.
 Stage to Tucson (1951) Sheriff Pete Deuce
10.
 Man in the Saddle (1951) Sheriff Medary
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wife:
Gertrude Robinson. Actor. First wife.
wife:
Lila Lee. Actor.

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son:
James Kirkwood Jr. Actor, writer. Mother, Lila Lee; co-wrote "A Chorus Line" for which he shared a Tony Award and the Pulitzer Prize.
daughter:
Joan Kirkwood. Survived him.

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