|Also Known As: ||
||August 3, 1942
||March 27, 1884
||Cause of Death:
||Five Points, Utah, USA
RATE AND COMMENT
Ran away from home to San Francisco at age 15
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
Organized own theater troupe
Became member of the Belasco company and made Broadway debut
Worked in vaudeville and repertory in New York
Film debut in "The Usurper" for Lubin
Joined the Thanhouser Company; appeared in "The Pied Piper of Hamlin" and "She"
Directed "From Wash to Washington" for Thanhouser
Film directing debut, "Too Many Millions"
Directed several Fatty Arbuckle comedies that were unreleased or pulled from distribution due to Arbuckle's manslaughter scandal
Directed first film for own production company (James Cruze Inc.), "On to Reno"
First film as producer only, "Wife Savers" (dir. Ralph Cedar)
Retired after heart attack