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Also Known As: Died: February 5, 1943
Born: March 21, 1890 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: San Diego, California, USA Profession: Director ...
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1902:
Made stage debut in "Damon and Pythias" at age three
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Spent childhood touring and acting with mother; became involved in production when mother formed own company
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Moved to Seattle to live with grandmother at age 14; worked way through business school as grocery clerk, janitor, waiter, salesman, railroad attendant and express wagon driver
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Worked as miner, electrician, sailor, vaudevillian, mercenary in Mexico; gold prospector in Alaska; and lumberjack in Washington State, where he met his wife
1907:
Joined mother's company, Laura Winston Players
1915:
With wife, toured with various theater companies until a Pantages tour took them to Los Angeles; became involved with film
1915:
First film job, as assistant director to Charles Brabin on "The Raven"
1915:
Wrote numerous screenplays for directors Lawrence Windom and Arthur Berthelet
1916:
Employed by D.W. Griffith as actor and assistant director on "Intolerance"
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Served in Marines
1917:
First film as director, "Her Good Name"
1926:
Signed by Thalberg for MGM
1934:
Helmed the classic detective comedy-drama "The Thin Man"
1943:
Last film, "Dragon Seed" (completed by Jack Conway and Harold S Bucquet)

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