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Also Known As: Jack Gilbert, John Pringle Died: January 9, 1936
Born: July 10, 1899 Cause of Death: heart attack
Birth Place: Logan, Utah, USA Profession: actor, director, screenwriter

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Handsome, romantic lead of silent films, Gilbert reached his peak in the late 1920s starring opposite Greta Garbo in several features. The son of itinerant actors, Gilbert entered films as a bit player, screenwriter and director in 1916. He worked for Triangle, Fox and other studios, where his dark, brooding good looks were more in demand than his writing or directing skills. Gilbert gradually worked his way up to supporting player and leading man in films like "The Princess of the Dark" (1916), "Nancy Comes Home" (1918), "Heart o' the Hills" (1919, with Mary Pickford), "The Great Redeemer" (1920, also screenplay) and "Cameo Kirby" (1923).

Handsome, romantic lead of silent films, Gilbert reached his peak in the late 1920s starring opposite Greta Garbo in several features. The son of itinerant actors, Gilbert entered films as a bit player, screenwriter and director in 1916. He worked for Triangle, Fox and other studios, where his dark, brooding good looks were more in demand than his writing or directing skills. Gilbert gradually worked his way up to supporting player and leading man in films like "The Princess of the Dark" (1916), "Nancy Comes Home" (1918), "Heart o' the Hills" (1919, with Mary Pickford), "The Great Redeemer" (1920, also screenplay) and "Cameo Kirby" (1923).

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DIRECTOR:

1.
  Love's Penalty (1921) Director

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 The Captain Hates the Sea (1934) Steve Bramley
2.
 Fast Workers (1933) Gunner Smith
3.
 Queen Christina (1933) [Don] Antonio [de la Prada]
4.
 Downstairs (1932) Karl [Schneider]
5.
 Gentleman's Fate (1931) Jack Thomas, [also known as Giacomo Tomasulo]
6.
 West of Broadway (1931) Jerry [Stevens]
7.
 The Phantom of Paris (1931) Chéri-Bibi
8.
 Way for a Sailor (1930) Jack
9.
 Redemption (1930) Feyda
10.
 A Man's Man (1929) Himself
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1916:
Film debut as extra in "Hell's Hinges"
1920:
First feature with a screenwriting credit, "The Great Redeemer"
1921:
Signed with Fox
1921:
Made feature directorial debut, "Love's Penalty"; also co-wrote
:
Signed with MGM
1927:
First films teamed with Greta Garbo, "Flesh and the Devil" and "Love"
1929:
Talking debut, "The Hollywood Revue of 1929"
1933:
Last screen pairing with Garbo, "Queen Christina"
1935:
Final film, "The Captain Hates the Sea"
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Education

Hitchcock Military Academy: -

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wife:
Olivia Burwell. Actor. Married briefly.
wife:
Leatrice Joy. Actor. Married 1923-1924; mother of Gilbert's daughter.
companion:
Barbara La Marr. Actor.
companion:
Bebe Daniels. Actor.
companion:
Greta Garbo. Actor. Together 1926-29; reportedly were set to marry until Garbo got cold feet.
wife:
Ina Claire. Actor. Married May 9, 1929; divorced August 4, 1931.
wife:
Virginia Bruce. Actor. Married 1932-1934.
companion:
Marlene Dietrich. Actor. Together 1935-36.
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Family close complete family listing

father:
John Pringle. Actor. Ran own acting group The Pringle Stock Company.
daughter:
Leatrice Joy Gilbert Fountain. Wrote biography of Gilbert; born on September 6, 1924.

Bibliography close complete biography

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