James Kirkwood


Director

About

Birth Place
Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA
Born
February 22, 1883
Died
August 24, 1963
Cause of Death
Heart Attack

Biography

James Kirkwood Sr. was an actor who had a successful Hollywood career. Kirkwood's career began with his directing of various independent films, including "Dulcie's Adventure" (1916), "Melissa of the Hills" (1917) and "Environment" (1917). He also appeared in "Over There" (1917) and "Eve's Daughter" (1918). In addition to directing, Kirkwood acted in "Behind the Scenes" (1914). His ...

Family & Companions

Gertrude Robinson
Wife
Actor. First wife.
Lila Lee
Wife
Actor.

Biography

James Kirkwood Sr. was an actor who had a successful Hollywood career. Kirkwood's career began with his directing of various independent films, including "Dulcie's Adventure" (1916), "Melissa of the Hills" (1917) and "Environment" (1917). He also appeared in "Over There" (1917) and "Eve's Daughter" (1918). In addition to directing, Kirkwood acted in "Behind the Scenes" (1914). His film career continued throughout the twenties and the thirties in productions like "Circe the Enchantress" (1924), "Million Dollar Mystery" (1927) and "Someone to Love" (1928). He also appeared in "The Spoilers" (1930) with Gary Cooper. In the latter part of his career, he tackled roles in the Joan Bennett drama "She Wanted a Millionaire" (1932), "My Pal, the King" (1932) and the romance "The Lady From Cheyenne" (1941) with Loretta Young. He also appeared in "No Hands on the Clock" (1941) with Chester Morris and "The Nevadan" (1950). Kirkwood last acted in the drama "The Search For Bridey Murphy" (1956) with Teresa Wright. Kirkwood was married to Gertrude Robinson and had two children. Kirkwood passed away in August 1963 at the age of 80.

Filmography

 

Director (Feature Film)

In Wrong (1919)
Director
Bill Apperson's Boy (1919)
Director
Eve's Daughter (1918)
Director
Marriage (1918)
Director
A Romance of the Underworld (1918)
Director
The Struggle Everlasting (1918)
Director
Out of the Night (1918)
Director
The Uphill Path (1918)
Director
I Want to Forget (1918)
Director
Annie-for-Spite (1917)
Director
Periwinkle (1917)
Director
Environment (1917)
Director
The Gentle Intruder (1917)
Director
Melissa of the Hills (1917)
Director
Over There (1917)
Director
A Dream or Two Ago (1916)
Director
Faith (1916)
Director
Susie Snowflake (1916)
Director
The Innocence of Lizette (1916)
Director
The Lost Bridegroom (1916)
Director
Dulcie's Adventure (1916)
Director
Saints and Sinners (1916)
Director
Gambier's Advocate (1915)
Director
Mistress Nell (1915)
Director
The Masqueraders (1915)
Director
Esmeralda (1915)
Director
The Dawn of a Tomorrow (1915)
Director
Fanchon the Cricket (1915)
Director
Little Pal (1915)
Director
The Fatal Card (1915)
Director
The Heart of Jennifer (1915)
Director
The Old Homestead (1915)
Director
Rags (1915)
Director
Classmates (1914)
Director
The Floor Above (1914)
Director
The Eagle's Mate (1914)
Director
Behind the Scenes (1914)
Director
The Mountain Rat (1914)
Director
Lord Chumley (1914)
Director
The Gangsters (1914)
Director
Cinderella (1914)
Director
The Green-Eyed Devil (1914)
Director
Strongheart (1914)
Director
The Soul of Honor (1914)
Director
Ashes of the Past (1914)
Director
Silent Sandy (1914)
Director
Cinderella (1914)
Director
The Ghost (1913)
Director
The House of Discord (1913)
Director
For the Son of the House (1913)
Director
A Cure For Suffragettes (1913)
Director

Cast (Feature Film)

The Search for Bridey Murphy (1956)
Brian MacCarthy, age 68
Border Ambush (1954)
Tom Johnson
Passion (1954)
Don Rosendo
The Sun Shines Bright (1953)
Gen. Fairfield
Winning of the West (1953)
Jed
The Last Posse (1953)
Judge Parker
Woman They Almost Lynched (1953)
Old man
I Dream of Jeanie (with the Light Brown Hair) (1952)
Doctor
Stage to Tucson (1951)
Sheriff Pete Deuce
Man in the Saddle (1951)
Sheriff Medary
Two of a Kind (1951)
Ben
Belle Le Grand (1951)
Judge
Santa Fe (1951)
Surveyor
Fortunes of Captain Blood (1950)
Physician
Intruder in the Dust (1950)
Black convict
The Nevadan (1950)
Tex
Roseanna McCoy (1949)
Hatfield
Red Stallion in the Rockies (1949)
Judge Hardy
The Doolins of Oklahoma (1949)
Reverend Mears
The Inside Story (1948)
Joan of Arc (1948)
Judge Mortemer
The Untamed Breed (1948)
Sheriff
Driftwood (1947)
Rev. MacDougal
That's My Man (1947)
Rendezvous with Annie (1946)
Walters
That Brennan Girl (1946)
Mr. Van Derwin
I've Always Loved You (1946)
Murphy
The Spanish Main (1945)
Capt. Spratlin
Madame Curie (1944)
Board member
Government Girl (1944)
Senator
Tennessee Johnson (1942)
Senator
The Lady from Cheyenne (1941)
Politician
No Hands on the Clock (1941)
Warren Benedict
Playthings of Desire (1934)
Jim Malvern
Hired Wife (1934)
Philip Marlowe
Lena Rivers (1932)
Henry R. Graham
My Pal the King (1932)
Count De Mar
She Wanted a Millionaire (1932)
Roger Norton
Careless Lady (1932)
Judge
Cheaters at Play (1932)
Detective Crane
Charlie Chan's Chance (1932)
Inspector Flannery
The Rainbow Trail (1932)
Venters
A Holy Terror (1931)
William Drew
Young Sinners (1931)
John Gibson
Over the Hill (1931)
Pa Shelby
Worldly Goods (1930)
John C. Tullock
The Devil's Holiday (1930)
Mark Stone
The Spoilers (1930)
Joe Dextry
Hearts in Exile (1929)
Baron Serge Palma
The Time, the Place, and the Girl (1929)
Professor
Black Waters (1929)
Someone To Love (1928)
Mr. Kendricks
Million Dollar Mystery (1927)
James Norton
Butterflies in the Rain (1927)
John Humphries
The Wise Guy (1926)
Guy Watson
The Reckless Lady (1926)
Colonel Fleming
Secrets of the Night (1925)
Robert Andrews
The Police Patrol (1925)
Officer Jim Ryan
The Top of the World (1925)
Guy Ranger/Burke Ranger
That Royle Girl (1925)
Calvin Clarke [deputy district attorney]
Lover's Island (1925)
Jack Avery
The Painted Flapper (1924)
Richard Whitney
Wandering Husbands (1924)
George Moreland
Broken Barriers (1924)
Wardrobe Trenton
Discontented Husbands (1924)
Michael Frazer
Another Man's Wife (1924)
John Brand
Love's Whirlpool (1924)
Jim Reagan
Gerald Cranston's Lady (1924)
Gerald Cranston
Circe the Enchantress (1924)
Dr. Wesley Van Martyn
Ponjola (1923)
Lundi Druro
The Eagle's Feather (1923)
John Trent
Human Wreckage (1923)
Alan MacFarland
You Are Guilty (1923)
Stephen Martin
Pink Gods (1922)
John Quelch
The Man From Home (1922)
Daniel Forbes Pike
The Sin Flood (1922)
O'Neil
Ebb Tide (1922)
Robert Herrick
Under Two Flags (1922)
Corporal Victor
A Wise Fool (1921)
Jean Jacques Barbille
Bob Hampton of Placer (1921)
Bob Hampton
The Great Impersonation (1921)
Sir Everard Dominey/Leopold von Ragastein
Man--Woman--Marriage (1921)
David Courtney
In the Heart of a Fool (1920)
Grant Adams
The Forbidden Thing (1920)
Abel Blake
The Luck of the Irish (1920)
William Grogan
The Branding Iron (1920)
Pierre Landis
The Scoffer (1920)
Dr. Stannard Wayne
Love (1920)
Tom Chandler
Gambier's Advocate (1915)
Stephen Gambier
The Heart of Jennifer (1915)
James Murray
Home, Sweet Home (1914)
Her son
The Eagle's Mate (1914)
Lancer Morne
Behind the Scenes (1914)
Steve Hunter
The Thin Dark Line (1910)
The Final Settlement (1910)
Where Sea and Shore Doth Meet (1910)
The Call (1910)
His Last Burglary (1910)
In the Gray of the Dawn (1910)
The Armorer's Daughter (1910)
The Duke's Plan (1910)
The Last Deal (1910)
A Victim of Jealousy (1910)
One Night, and Then --- (1910)
The Message (1909)
Tender Hearts (1909)
The Redman's View (1909)
Getting Even (1909)
The Faded Lillies (1909)
"Oh, Uncle" (1909)
The Heart of an Outlaw (1909)
Was Justice Served? (1909)
A Convict's Sacrifice (1909)
Sweet and Twenty (1909)
They Would Elope (1909)
The Mexican Sweethearts (1909)
The Renunciation (1909)
A Corner in Wheat (1909)
Lines of White on a Sullen Sea (1909)
The Mountaineer's Honor (1909)
Pippa Passes; or, The Song of Conscience (1909)
Fools of Fate (1909)
The Slave (1909)
The Day After (1909)
His Wife's Visitor (1909)
In the Window Recess (1909)
The Mended Lute (1909)
The Better Way (1909)
The Death Disc: A Story of the Cromwellian Period (1909)
The Cardinal's Conspiracy (1909)
A Change of Heart (1909)
His Lost Love (1909)
Jealousy and the Man (1909)
The Restoration (1909)
Through the Breakers (1909)
Comata, the Sioux (1909)
The Seventh Day (1909)
A Fair Exchange (1909)
The Indian Runner's Romance (1909)
The Way of Man (1909)
The Gibson Goddess (1909)

Writer (Feature Film)

In Wrong (1919)
Scen
Bill Apperson's Boy (1919)
Scen
In Wrong (1919)
Story
I Want to Forget (1918)
Scen
Environment (1917)
Scen
Faith (1916)
Scen
Fanchon the Cricket (1915)
Scen

Producer (Feature Film)

A Romance of the Underworld (1918)
Supervisor
Out of the Night (1918)
Supervisor

Cast (Short)

"1776" or, The Hessian Renegades (1909)

Life Events

Family

James Kirkwood Jr
Son
Actor, writer. Mother, Lila Lee; co-wrote "A Chorus Line" for which he shared a Tony Award and the Pulitzer Prize.
Joan Kirkwood
Daughter
Survived him.

Companions

Gertrude Robinson
Wife
Actor. First wife.
Lila Lee
Wife
Actor.

Bibliography