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Also Known As: James C Bosen, Jens Vera Cruz Bosen Died: August 3, 2042
Born: March 27, 1884 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Five Points, Utah, USA Profession: director, producer, actor, fisherman

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Born to Danish immigrants, he became first an actor and then, as a result of breaking his leg, a director. During the 1920s Cruze proved one of Hollywood's more varied and prolific filmmakers (and in 1927 the highest paid, earning $7,000 a week) with movies such as the lavishly produced historical epics "The Covered Wagon" (1923) and "Old Ironsides" (1926), which were noted for their almost documentary-like pictorial images but were weak on character. He also scored with the inventive, somewhat surreal "One Glorious Day" (1922) and with "Beggar on Horseback" (1925), while several of Cruze's early talkies, including the modestly budgeted but maturely handled "I Cover the Waterfront" (1933) feature some of his best work. Married to silent screen star Betty Compson from 1924 to 1930.

Born to Danish immigrants, he became first an actor and then, as a result of breaking his leg, a director. During the 1920s Cruze proved one of Hollywood's more varied and prolific filmmakers (and in 1927 the highest paid, earning $7,000 a week) with movies such as the lavishly produced historical epics "The Covered Wagon" (1923) and "Old Ironsides" (1926), which were noted for their almost documentary-like pictorial images but were weak on character. He also scored with the inventive, somewhat surreal "One Glorious Day" (1922) and with "Beggar on Horseback" (1925), while several of Cruze's early talkies, including the modestly budgeted but maturely handled "I Cover the Waterfront" (1933) feature some of his best work. Married to silent screen star Betty Compson from 1924 to 1930.

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DIRECTOR:

1.
  Prison Nurse (1938) Director
2.
  Gangs of New York (1938) Director
3.
  Come On, Leathernecks (1938) Director
4.
  The Wrong Road (1937) Director
5.
  Sutter's Gold (1936) Director
6.
  Two Fisted (1935) Director
7.
  Helldorado (1934) Director
8.
  Their Big Moment (1934) Director
9.
  David Harum (1934) Director
10.
  Mr. Skitch (1933) Director

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 The Slave Market (1921) Jack Standing
2.
 Johnny Get Your Gun (1919) The Duke of Bullconia
3.
 Under the Top (1919) "Foxy" Stillmore
4.
 Less Than Kin (1918) Jinx
5.
 Hidden Pearls (1918) Koro Leon
6.
 The Source (1918) Langlois
7.
 The City of Dim Faces (1918) Wing Lung
8.
 The Million Dollar Mystery (1918) Jim Norton
9.
 Believe Me Xantippe (1918) Simp Calloway
10.
 Wild Youth (1918) Li Choo
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1900:
Ran away from home to San Francisco at age 15
1900:
Worked as fisherman in Alaska to pay for drama school
:
Began acting career appearing in medicine shows, road shows and stock including as barker in Billy Banks Travelling Stock Company
1903:
Organized own theater troupe
1906:
Became member of the Belasco company and made Broadway debut
:
Worked in vaudeville and repertory in New York
1910:
Film debut in "The Usurper" for Lubin
1911:
Joined the Thanhouser Company; appeared in "The Pied Piper of Hamlin" and "She"
1914:
Directed "From Wash to Washington" for Thanhouser
1918:
Film directing debut, "Too Many Millions"
:
Directed several Fatty Arbuckle comedies that were unreleased or pulled from distribution due to Arbuckle's manslaughter scandal
1927:
Directed first film for own production company (James Cruze Inc.), "On to Reno"
1928:
First film as producer only, "Wife Savers" (dir. Ralph Cedar)
1938:
Retired after heart attack
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Education

Colonel F. Cooke Caldwell Dramatic School: -

Notes

Cruze told contemporary reporters various stories about his childhood, including making claims that he had anywhere from 11 to 18 to 23 siblings.

At his third marriage, the best man was cinematographer Hal Mohr and the matron of honor was Mohr's wife, actress Evelyn Venable.

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wife:
Marguerite Snow. Actor. Married in 1913; divorced in 1924; allegedly the first marriage ever recorded by a motion picture camera.
wife:
Betty Compson. Actor. Married on October 14, 1924; divorced in 1930; born in March 1897; died on April 18, 1974.
wife:
Alberta Beatrice McCoy. Married on June 30, 1941 when she was 43 years old; survived him; died on July 7, 1960.

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sister:
May Cruze. Actor. Appeared in films in the 1910s; survived him.
sister:
Mrs W E Quillinan. Survived him.
daughter:
Julie Bosen. Born on October 24, 1913; mother, Marguerite Snow; appeared in Thanhouser films as a baby.

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