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Also Known As: Joseph Aloysius Dwan Died: December 21, 1981
Born: April 3, 1885 Cause of Death: complications from a stroke
Birth Place: Toronto, Ontario, CA Profession: Director ... director screenwriter producer editor scenario editor lighting engineer production supervisor professor football coach
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Dwan's first job was as a lighting engineer for the Peter Cooper Hewitt Company, where he helped develop a forerunner of the neon tube known as the mercury vapor arc. He became intrigued by "those silly things called movies" while supervising the installation of some arcs at Essanay studios, asked about the stories the filmmakers used, and proceeded to sell them 15 he had written at college. Essanay then offered him a job as scenario editor.

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