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- George Ade (Writer/Playwright)
- b. Kentland, IN 2/7/1866
- d. Brook, IN 5/16/44
- "The Hoosier Aesop". 109 films based on his stories and plays from 1914 to 1936. Five were sound, the rest were silent. Many of the silents were one reelers and were based on his Fables in Slang.
- C. Graham Baker (Writer/Producer)
- b. Evansville, IN 1888
- d. Hollywood, CA 5/15/50
- Wrote screenplays for 55 films from 1917 to 1927. Wrote screenplays for a total of 87 films from 1917 to 1955 including The Singing Fool and Sonny Boy.
- George S. Barcus
- b. Sullivan County, IN 3/18/1863
- d. 5/3/20
- Son of a blacksmith, he had to drop out of school to work on the family farm. He finally earned a teaching certificate and taught at Hymera, Indiana for three years. He became a traveling book agent and made enough money to enroll at the University of Michigan. He married Bettie Tichenor, a native of Vigo County in 1884. After graduation, publisher R.S. Peale & Co. hired him. Soon he was a full partner and two years later, co-founded Clarke, Barcus & Co. in New York. He also formed J.S. Barcus Co. a publishing firm, and was president of Globe Publishing Co. He enrolled at Columbia University School of Law in 1895. By the time he earned his law degree in 1899, he was an affluent and influential member of the Rebublican Party's committee on national affairs. In July of 1899 he bought a large home in Terre Haute and became involved in politics in the state. He ran for Congress but failed to get the nomination. He bought the Terre Haute Tribune in 1902 and was elected to the Indiana Senate. On April 13, 1914 his original play, "The Governor's Boss" opened at the Garrick Theatre in New York. The next year, The Governor's Boss Photoplay Company released a screen version of the play. He later wrote a novel based on the play.
- V. L. Barnes (Actor)
- b. Indiana 1870
- d. Los Angeles, CA 8/9/49
- Made six films from 1920 to 1932
- Harry Benham (Actor)
- b. Valparaiso, IN Feb. 26, 1884
- d. Sarasota, FL July 17, 1969
- Made 30 films from 1911 to 1922. Was on stage and then went into films with Thanhouser Film Corporation in 1911. He became one of the company's leading players. He went on to work at other studios and was paired with such stars as, Marion Davies, Alice Brady, and Ina Claire. Married to actress Ethyle Cooke and father of actress Dorothy Benham and actor Leland Benham. By the mid twenties Harry Benham had faded from the film scene and spent many years in retirement in Wisconsin and Florida.
- Billie Bennett (Emily B. Mulhausen, Actress)
- b. Evansville, IN October 23, 1874
- d. Los Angeles, CA May 19, 1951
- Made 32 films from 1914 to 1930. She was 40 years old when she entered pictures and thus, was a character actress. She played mostly mothers and aunts. Her first two films in 1914 were with Charlie Chaplin, Tillie's Punctured Romance and Mabel's Busy Day.She was in a lot of westerns, playing with such early cowboy stars as Franklyn Farnum, Bill Cody and William Fairbanks.
In 1929 she appeared with two other Hoosiers, J. Russell Powell and Miriam Seegar in "Fashions in Love."
- Richard Bennett (Actor)
- (Father of Constance and Joan)
- b. Deacon's Mills, IN 5/21/1872
- d. Los Angeles, CA 10/21/44
- Made 10 silent films from 1914 to 1927. Made a total of
26 films, his last was "The Magnificent Ambersons" in
1942 in which he played Major Amberson.
- Monte Blue (Actor)
- John Bowers (John Bowersox; Actor)
- b. Garrett, IN Dec. 25, 1899
- d. Santa Monica, CA Nov. 17, 1936
- Very successful leading man in silent films. His career faded with sound. Made 86 films from 1914 to 1931.
- Committed suicide by drowning. Although the reports of his death vary, it has long been claimed that his life was the inspiration for the film, "A Star is Born."
- Click here for John Bowers images (2).
Carlton Brickert(also known as Carl Brickert) (Actor)
- b. Martinsville, IN May 14, 1890
- d. New York, NY Dec. 23, 1943
- Radio and stage actor. During the 1920's he appeared in several Broadway stage plays with Mary Boland, Olga Petrova and Lenore Ulrich. He was very busy in radio, having continuing roles in such programs as "The Story of Mary Marlin" and "Portia Faces Life" on the CBS network. He was the first president of the American Federation of Radio Actors when that group was organized in Chicago in 1938. He had just finished a rehearsal of a new character on "Abie's Irish Rose" when he was overcome with illness. He made 6 films from 1917 to 1923. In 1917 he played opposite fellow Hoosier Edna Goodrich (Logansport) in Daughters of Maryland.
In 1918 he co-starred with Edward Roseman of Terre Haute, Indiana in Embarrassment of Riches.
- Frederick Burton (Actor)
- b. Indianapolis, IN 10/20/1871
- d. Woodland Hills, CA 10/23/57
- Actor/Opera singer. He appeared both on British and American stages. Made 23 silents from 1914 to 1927. Made a total of 100
films from 1914 to 1946. He was in such notable films as, Theodora Goes Wild, Old Maid, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington and Brigham Young.
- Pomeroy Cannon (Actor)
- b. New Albany, IN March 1, 1870
- d. Los Angeles, CA Sept. 16, 1928
- Made 14 films from 1916 to 1922
Appeared with fellow Hoosier Alice Terry in The Four Horsemen of the Apocolypse (1921). He played Valentino's father.
- James Carew (Actor)
- b. Goshen, IN 2/5/1876
- d. London, England 4/4/38
- Legitimate stage and film actor, he made his first stage appearance in 1897 in "Damon and Pythias" in Chicago. Following several years in various stock companies, he went to London in 1905 and became prominent on the English stage. He appeared in two stage productions with actress Ellen Terry and they were married in 1907. Ms. Terry died in England in 1928. He began his film career with Pathe in 1915. In 1931 he was discovered as one of the characters in an English radio program styled somewhat like the Amos 'n' Andy series. He retired in 1936 to live in the suburbs of London. He made 11 silents from 1917 to 1924 and a total of 46 films from 1917 to 1938.
- Ann Christy (Actress; Real name: Gladys Cronin)
- b. Logansport, IN May 31, 1905
- d. Vernon, TX Nov. 14, 1987
- Attended Logansport High School and was a member of the art staff for the high school annual. She won many prizes for her pencil and charcoal sketches. She went to California with an Aunt who had some film connections and was able to get a screen test. She began work as an extra and was chosen by Harold Lloyd to be his leading lady in "Speedy."(1928). She was one of Harry Langdon's girlfriends in "Long Pants"(1928). Had the title role in "The Kid Sister"(1927). Married a Texas
business man and retired from the screen in 1932.
- Marjorie Benton Cooke (Writer)
- b. Richmond, IN 1876
- d. 4/26/20
- Wrote four silent films from 1920 to 1926, three based
- on her novels, "The Incubus", "The Girl Who Lived in the Woods" and "Cinderella Jane". The films were re-
titled, "Her Husband's Friend", "Little Fraid Lady" and "The Mad Marriage".
- Curtis Cooksey (Actor)
- b. Indiana 12/9/1891
- d. Hollywood, CA 4/19/62
- Made 7 silents from 1915 to 1920. Made a total of 15 films
- from 1915 to 1956. His last appearance was in Mr. Roberts at the Biltmore Theatre in Los Angeles in 1953. After suffering from cancer for several years, he committed suicide.
- Marie Crisp (Hazel Stark)
- b. Terre Haute, IN
- Film actress in the early twenties. Made just six films from 1921 to 1924, usually in supporting roles. Appeared with stars like Priscilla Dean and Marie Prevost. Was uncredited in the Chaplin film, The Idle Class in 1921.
- Jack Draper (Cinematographer/Editor/Director)
- (Real name:Lauren Draper)
- b. Spencer, IN 3/5/1892
- d. Mexico City, Mexico October 24,1962
- One of the pioneer cameramen, he is regarded as one of the Mexican film industry's top lensmen. He won laurels for photography on "Rosenda," "Juanitzo," "The Black Angel," and "Over the Waves." Filmed a total of 53 screenplays from 1925 to
- 1960. He began his Mexican career in 1935 and the rest of his career he was a cinematographer almost exclusively for Mexican films.
He died of a heart attack in Mexico City.
- Louise Dresser (Actress; real name: Louise Josephine Kerlin)
- b. Evansville, IN Oct. 5, 1878
- d. Woodland Hills, CA April 24, 1965
- Made 50 films fro 1922 to 1937. Changed her name to Dresser at the suggestion of Hoosier composer Paul Dresser who thought she would have better luck getting into films if people thought she was his sister. Nominated for an oscar for best actress for her performance in "A Ship Comes In"in the first ceremonies 1927-28 but lost to Janet Gaynor.
- Click here for images of Louise Dresser (3).
- Tex Driscoll (Actor)
- b. Indiana 9/7/1889
- d. Los Angeles, CA 6/1/70
- Made 3 silents from 1914 to 1915 including "The Girl of the Golden West". Made a total of 6 films from 1914 to 1943. Last film, "The Ox Bow Incident".
- Edward Eggleston (Novelist)
- b. Indiana
- Four silent films based on his novels. Three versions
- of "The Hoosier Schoolmaster" in 1914, 1924 and 1935.
- "The Hoosier Schoolboy" was filmed in 1937.
- Besse Emerick (Wharton) (Actress)
- b. Rochester,IN 1875
- d. Boston, MA 12/13/1939
- Old time musical comedy stage star, she married British producer/director Leopold Wharton. Her husband opened his own film studio in Ithaca, N.Y. and shot films for Pathe as well as The Wharton Company. She appeared in his production of the serial, The Exploits of Elaine which was shot in Jersey City, NJ in 1915 and starred serial queen Pearl White in the title role. She later appeared in the Beatrice Fairfax serial in 1916 directed by her husband and his brother, Theodore. This serial featured Grace Darling in the title role. She was a reasonably busy actress from 1914 to 1922, making over 20 films.
- Fred Eric (Actor)
- b. Peru, IN 1874
- d. New York, NY April 17, 1935
- Primarily a stage actor, he played opposite such names as, Maude Adams, Sothern and Marlowe and others. He was best known for his interpretation of Shakespearean characters. For many years he operated his own classical repertoire company in the midwest. His wife appeared on stage with him under the name, Alice Eric. She also was a playwright. He made 5 films from 1915 to 1923
In 1923 he played opposite fellow Hoosier Buck Jones in Skid Proof and in the same year played Christopher Columbus in Columbus
- Louise Marie Fazenda (Actress)
- b. West Lafayette, IN June 17, 1889 (some sources say 1895)
- d. Beverly Hills, CA April 17, 1962
- Made 138 films from 1913 to 1939
- Started as a Mack Sennett "Bathing Beauty". Became a
slapstick comedienne often appearing with fellow
Hoosier Charlie Murray. She retired from films
after "The Old Maid" in 1939.
- Married producer Hal Wallis.
- Click here for Louise Fazenda images (7).
- Mattie Ferguson (Actress)
- b. Indianapolis, IN 1862
- d. New York, NY March 31, 1929
- A well-known character actress on the stage, she appeared in 8 Broadway productions between 1906 and 1920. One of these, "Little Miss Brown" (1912) starred fellow Hoosier John Bowers. She was married to Fred Reichelt. She made 4 films from 1916 to 1917
In 1917 she was in a Pearl White serial, "The Fatal Ring" which ran 20 episodes.
- Al W. Filson (Actor)
- b. Bluffton, IN Jan. 27, 1857
- d. Nov. 14, 1925
- Made 34 films from 1913 to 1922
- David S. Garber (Art Director)
- b. Floyd Knobs, IN Oct. 9, 1900
- Made 40 films as Art Director from 1926 to 1929…then one film in 1933 and his last film in 1957. Did series of "Superman" films in the 50's.
- Richard "Skeets" Gallagher (Actor)
- b. Terre Haute, IN 7/28/1891
- d. Santa Monica, CA 5/22/55
- Made 4 silents. Made a total of 59 films from 1923 to
- Fred Gamble (Actor) (Frederick Alvin Gambold)
- b. Indianapolis, IN 10/26/1868
- d. Hollywood, CA 2/17/39
- Made 21 films from 1914 to 1928, mostly westerns. His films were all silent and featured such western stars as, Tom Tyler, Harry Carey, Franklyn Farnum and Tom Mix.
- Carmelita Geraghty (Actress)
- b. Rushville, IN March 21, 1901
- d. New York, NY July 7, 1966
- Made 49 films from 1923 to 1937.After her film career,
- she became an accomplished painter, exhibiting her
- works in the Weil Galleries in Paris.
- Click here for images of Carmelita Geraghty (3).
- Thomas J. Geraghty (Writer/Producer/editor/actor)
- b. Rushville, IN 1883
- d. Hollywood, CA 6/5/45
- Father of Carmelita as well as two sons who were screenwriters and producers.
- . Was a close, personal friend of Douglas Fairbanks and wrote several of his screenplays as well as screenplays for over 50 films from 1917 to 1937
- James Gibson (Actor)
- b.Jefferson, IN 10/24/1865
- d.Redondo Beach, CA 10/13/38
- Made 7 films from 1915 to 1930
- Edna Goodrich (Actress; real name: Bessie Edna Stephens)
- b. Logansport, IN Dec. 22, 1883
- d. New York, NY May 26, 1971
- Made her screen debut in "Armstrong's Wife"(1915).Made 11 films from 1915 to 1918. (Married Nat Goodwin)
- Maude Turner Gordon (Actress)
b. Franklin, IN Nov. 10, 1868
- d. Los Angeles, CA Jan. 12, 1940
- Made 63 films from 1914 to 1937
- Valentine Grant (Actress/Writer)
b. Indiana Feb. 14, 1881
- d. Orange County, CA March 12, 1949
- Made her film debut with fellow Hoosier Walker Whiteside in "The Melting Pot" (1915). Made 5 films from 1915 to 1918 (Also wrote screenplay for
"The Daughter of MacGregor" 1916.)
- Harry Griffith (Actor)
- b. Indiana July 19, 1866
- d. Pasadena, CA May 4, 1926
- Made 8 films from 1916 to 1922 (Including Tarkington's "Penrod" in 1922 in which he played Foster)
- Rhea Haines (Actress)
- b. Indiana Oct. 2, 1894
- d. Hollywood, CA March 12, 1964
- Made 20 films from 1914 to 1921
- Robert T. Haines (Actor) (Real name: Robert Terrell Haines)
- b. Muncie, IN Feb. 3, 1868
- d. New York, NY May 6, 1943
- After receiving a law degree at the University of Missouri, he went on stage where his career would span 40 years. He appeared on stage with
Alla Nazimova, Minnie Maddern Fiske, Grace George,others. Was Manager of the Haines Stock Company West End Theatre, New York from 1911-1913. In vaudeville from 1913-1914. Became a radio actor in the 1930's. Served on the Board of Trustees of the Actors Fund of America in 1923. Author of several plays..."The Grass Orphan," "Ashes," "Two Thieves," "The Coward," and "You Can't Win."
- Michael E. Hanley (Actor)
- b. Fort Wayne, IN 1858
- d. 6/18/42
- A veteran showman, he spent 20 years conducting travelling shows. He formerly operated a number of theatres in Indiana and Ohio and owned a theatre in Bluffton at the time of his death. He was an actor, director, producer and film exhibitor. After being ill for three years, he committed suicide by shooting at his residence in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
- Hope Harriman
- b. Fort Wayne, IN
- She was probably Fort Wayne's first gift to the movie world. She began work in silent films in 1915. She was the daughter of Sebastian and Mary Alspaugh, 2131 Cortland Avenue in Fort Wayne. She appeared in hundreds of shorts and led the chorus in the Ziegfield Follies of 1917. She returned to Fort Wayne in 1930 and talked of her new career in sound films. Her first sound film was, The Wonderful Return.
- Howard Hawks (2nd Cousin of Carole Lombard)
- b. Goshen, IN 5/30/1896
- d. Palm Springs, CA 12/26/77
- Produced several dozen silent films at Paramount between
1922 and 1924 (also several short comedies). Moved to Fox
where he debuted as a director and after several silents,
moved into talkies. Was awarded an honorary oscar in 1975
as "A master American filmmaker whose creative efforts hold a distinquished place in world cinema." (More about Hawks in the "talkies" section of this web site.)
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- Kenneth Hawks (brother of Howard, husband of Mary Astor)
- b. Goshen, IN 8/12/1898
- d. 1/2/30 (plane crash)
- A director like his brother, he directed three
- pictures and then was killed flying a plane for a
- movie he was directing.
- W. Donn Hayes (Editor)
- b. Brookston, IN 6/25/1893
- d. Sun City, CA April 1973
- Edited 67 films from 1915 to 1955. At least six
were silent. Won "Emmy" as supervising editor and co-director of "The Life of Riley" TV series in 1949.
Responsible for "American Cinema Editors" (ACE) title.
- Will H. Hays (First film "Czar")
- b. Sullivan, IN 11/5/1879
- d. 3/7/54
- Postmaster General under Pres. Harding, he was appointed head of the MPPDA in 1922 and was arbiter of Hollywood morals for 23 years.
- Grace Hayward
- b. Terre Haute, IN 1/30/1868
- d. Los Angeles, CA 1/7/59
- Her parents, George and Alida Hayward, moved from Terre Haute to Mt. Carmel Illinois while Grace was in high school. During the 1890's she travelled with "Ferris Comedians," and eventually married Richard Ferris who headed the company. When her marriage began to disintegrate, she formed her own repertory company, travelling the theatre-vaudeville circuit. In 1902 she acquired the rights to "Graustark" by Hoosier George Barr McCutcheon, and converted it to a stage play. She became a writer and presented many of her original plays. One of them, "Her Unborn Child," opened in New York on March 28, 1928 and was made into a motion picture in 1930 in which she starred. It was the only film she made. After the film, she wrote a novel based on this story.
- Maud Hosford
- b. Terre Haute, IN
- After a rather lengthy stage career, she appeared in two movies, both released in 1919...The Marriage Price and Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch. She was the daughter of a Terre Haute lawyer, Charles Hosford. Mr. Hosford managed the Terre Haute Opera House for awhile and was very active in legal and community affairs.
- Jobyna Howlin (Sister of actor Olin Howlin)
- b. Indianapolis, IN 3/31/1880
- d. Los Angeles, CA 6/7/36
- Made Made 3 silents from 1918 to 1924. Made a total
- of 17 films from 1918 to 1933.
- Julanne Johnston (Actress)
- Buck Jones (Actor) (Charles Frederick Gebhard)
- Maibelle Heikes Justice (Writer)
- b. Logansport, IN 1871
- d. March 1926
- Wrote screenplays for 11 films from 1913 to 1925 including "Durand of the Badlands" which starred fellow Hoosiers Buck Jones and Carole Lombard.
- Monte M. Katterjohn (Writer)
- b. Boonville, IN 10/21/1891
- d. Evansville, IN 9/8/49
- Wrote 50 screenplays from 1915 to 1931...including "The Sheik" 1921.
- Joe Keaton (Actor; Father of Buster)
- b. Terre Haute, IN 1867
- d. Los Angeles, CA 1/13/46
- Made 14 silents including "Sherlock, Jr." and "The General" from 1917 to 1928.
- J. Warren Kerrigan (George Warren Kerrigan)(actor)
- b. New Albany, IN July 25, 1882
- d. Balboa Beach, CA. June 9, 1947
- Christened George Warren Kerrigan, but known as Jack. Started his career with Essanay Company in Chicago in 1910. Played lead in many films...single reels, making two a week. Went with Universal and played Samson in "Samson and Delilah." Moved to California and started doing westerns. Chosen as the lead for "The Covered Wagon." His mother died during the filming. He made one more major film, Captain Blood (1924) and thereafter only did occasional bit parts.
- Kathleen Kerrigan (Actress/Writer)
- b. Louisville, KY April 11, 1868 (raised in New Albany)
- d. San Fernando, CA Jan. 27, 1957
- Sister of J. Warren Kerrigan. Made 7 films from 1914 to 1931
- (Also wrote screenplays for two films, one in 1916 and
- the other in 1923)
- Wallace Kerrigan (Business Manager)
- b. New Albany, IN July 25, 1882
- d. Hollywood, CA Feb. 20, 1953.
- Twin brother of J. Warren Kerrigan, he came to Hollywood
- at the urging of his brother and became Business
- Manager for Mary Pickford. Later was a principal in
- The United States Costume Company.
- Harry Keenan (Actor)
- b. Richmond, IN June 15, 1867
- d. Santa Ana, CA April 18, 1944
- Made 11 films from 1914 to 1916
- Clara Knott (Actress)
- b. Indiana January 19, 1871
- d. Los Angeles, CA 11/11/26
- Appeared in one film released in 1920, Old Lady 31 made by Thomas Ince. She played the part of "Blossy."
- Lydia Knott (Actress)
- b. Tyner, IN Oct. 1, 1866
- d. March 30, 1955
- Made 91 films from 1914 to 1937, she was a busy actress sometimes appearing in four or five films in one year. She usually played an Aunt or someone's mother.
Most of her work was in silent films but she did make the transition from
silent to sound. Hoosier Buck Jones cast her as his mother in two films, Men Without Law (1930) and Rocky Rhodes (1934). She also appeared in other westerns including several starring early cowboy star Charles Ray. Throughout her career, she played opposite many other Hoosiers including, Tom Santschi, Belle Bennett, Russ Powell, Robert T. Haines, Richard Bennett, Raymond Walburn and Geneva Mitchell. She worked with at least two Hoosier directors, Norman Foster and Lambert
Hillyer. She was the mother of director Lambert Hillyer.
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