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Also Known As: Died: August 26, 1930
Born: April 1, 1883 Cause of Death: bronchial cancer
Birth Place: Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA Profession: Cast ...
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Left school and worked as guide, conducting tourists along the tortuous trail to Pike's Peak; then worked as prop boy in Colorado Springs Opera House
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First theatrical appearance in "The Little Tycoon" (co-wrote with his brother, a theater manager) at age 17
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Went to Chicago and worked on stage as a comic and dancer and helped move scenery (had a stage hand union card)
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Joined the Ferris Hartmann Opera Company in San Francisco; travelled with company to Los Angeles
1912:
Entered films as Western heavy; appeared unbilled in "False Faces", "Riddle Gawne"
1914:
First screen acting credit, "Hell Morgan's Girl"
1915:
Debut as film director with the short, "The Stool Pigeon"
1916:
Directed and supervised Western star J. Warren Kerrigan in seven films for Universal (also scripted two)
1919:
First role which brought national recognition, "The Miracle Man"
1929:
Final silent, "Thunder"; although thought lost, footage was discovered in 1996
1930:
First talking picture (and his last film), "The Unholy Three" (sound remake of his 1925 silent film)
1930:
Was signed to star in Tod Browning's "Dracula" at time of death

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