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Also Known As: Antonio Garride Monteaguado Moreno, Tony Moreno, Antonio Semedo Moreno Died: February 15, 1967
Born: September 26, 1887 Cause of Death: complications from a stroke
Birth Place: Madrid, ES Profession: actor, director, meter reader, delivery boy

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This handsome, fiery Latin Lover of the silent screen co-starred with some of the era's most famed leading ladies, and was dubbed "The It Man" by author Elinor Glyn. Born in Madrid, Moreno came to the US as a teenager and began acting onstage in the early 1910s. He supported such stars as Maude Adams, Julia Marlowe and Mrs. Leslie Carter, but his accent limited his roles. The silent screen was more accommodating. In 1912, he made his screen debut in "The Voice of the Millions" and went on to appear in over a dozen films at Biograph, many directed by D W Griffith, including "The Musketeers of Pig Alley" (1912) and "Judith of Bethulia" (1914). By 1914, Moreno had become a regular stock member of Brooklyn's Vitagraph Studios.Moreno stayed with Vitagraph, off and on, through 1923, appearing in more than 100 films. As onstage, he provided masculine support to such stars as the Talmadge sisters, Lillian Walker and Muriel Ostriche, and starred in a number of action serials (i.e., "The Iron Test" 1918; "The Perils of Thunder Mountain" 1919; "The Invisible Hand" 1920). Moreno hated these films and decamped for Paramount in 1923. That studio made him a full-fledged star in such vehicles as "My American Wife"...

This handsome, fiery Latin Lover of the silent screen co-starred with some of the era's most famed leading ladies, and was dubbed "The It Man" by author Elinor Glyn. Born in Madrid, Moreno came to the US as a teenager and began acting onstage in the early 1910s. He supported such stars as Maude Adams, Julia Marlowe and Mrs. Leslie Carter, but his accent limited his roles. The silent screen was more accommodating. In 1912, he made his screen debut in "The Voice of the Millions" and went on to appear in over a dozen films at Biograph, many directed by D W Griffith, including "The Musketeers of Pig Alley" (1912) and "Judith of Bethulia" (1914). By 1914, Moreno had become a regular stock member of Brooklyn's Vitagraph Studios.

Moreno stayed with Vitagraph, off and on, through 1923, appearing in more than 100 films. As onstage, he provided masculine support to such stars as the Talmadge sisters, Lillian Walker and Muriel Ostriche, and starred in a number of action serials (i.e., "The Iron Test" 1918; "The Perils of Thunder Mountain" 1919; "The Invisible Hand" 1920). Moreno hated these films and decamped for Paramount in 1923. That studio made him a full-fledged star in such vehicles as "My American Wife" (1923), opposite Gloria Swanson, and "The Spanish Dancer" (also 1923), with Pola Negri. He spent the rest of his career free-lancing, and enjoyed many successes in the late silent era: the sea saga "Mare Nostrum" (1926), the Garbo vehicle "The Temptress" (also 1926), the delightful Clara Bow comedy "It" (1927), the British-made hit "Madame Pompadour" (1927) and the flapper comedy "Synthetic Sin" (1928).

Talkies put an end to Moreno's top-flight stardom, but he was never out of work. He did Spanish-language versions of many American films and journeyed to Mexico and Cuba to both star and direct. He helmed Mexico's first two talking films, "Santa" and "Aguilas Frente al Sol" (both 1932). In later years, Moreno appeared in character roles in such films as "Notorious" (1946), "The Captain from Castille" (1947) and "The Searchers" (1956). He also played the scientist who discovered "The Creature from the Black Lagoon" (1954). Wealthy and bored with films, Moreno retired in 1958, dying in 1967 after several years of ill health.

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DIRECTOR:

1.
  Santa (1932)

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 In Vanda's Room (2001)
3.
 The Searchers (1956) Emilio Figueroa
4.
 Saskatchewan (1954) Chief Dark Cloud
5.
 Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954) Carl Maia
6.
 Thunder Bay (1953) Dominique Rigaud
7.
 Wings of the Hawk (1953) Father Perez
8.
 The Mark of the Renegade (1951) José de Vasquez
9.
 Saddle Tramp (1950) Martinez
10.
 Dallas (1950) Felipe Robles
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Moved with family from Madrid to Seville before settling in Algeiros, Spain
1901:
Moved to USA at age 14 (date approximate)
:
"Adopted" by Charlotte Morgan; moved with her to Northampton, Massachusetts
1910:
Began acting onstage (date approximate)
1912:
Film debut, "The Voice of the Million"
1912:
Made over a dozen films at Biograph, many directed by D W Griffith
:
Signed with Vitagraph, where Moreno made nearly 50 films
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Signed with Paramount, where he made 12 films
1926:
Starred in "Mare Nostrum," "The Temptress" and "Beverly of Graustark" at MGM
1927:
Co-starred with Clara Bow in "It"
1929:
Began making Spanish-language talkies
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Directed Mexico's first talking films, "Santa" and "Aguilas Frente al Sol"
1956:
Made last American feature, "The Searchers"
1958:
Last film, "El Senor Faron y la Cleopatra"
1965:
Suffered stroke
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Education

Williston Seminary: Northampton , Massachusetts -

Notes

Moreno was reportedly the last person to telephone director William Desmond Taylor on the night Taylor was murdered.

"When an actor plays a foreign role and speaks his lines in English, it is plain to be seen on the [silent] screen . . . One can watch actors speaking and practically tell what they are saying. So when I'm supposed to be French I speak French, and when I'm Spanish I speak Spanish." --Antonio Moreno to reporter Roscoe McGowan, 1926.

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wife:
Daisy Canfield Danziger. Oil heiress; married in 1923; separated weeks before her 1933 death in an auto accident.

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father:
Juan Monteaguado. Army officer. Died when Moreno was young.
mother:
Ana Moreno. Remarried after Moreno's father's death.

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