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- John W. Krafft (writer/editor)
- b. Indianapolis, IN 7/13/1896
- Wrote titles for at least 48 silent films from 1925 to 1930. Wrote screenplays and additional dialogue for at least 27 sound films through 1943.
- Edward T. Langford
- b. Indiana
- d. Indianapolis, IN 12/10/26
- Appeared in 18 films from 1916 to 1923.
- Pawnee Bill Lillie (Major Gordon W. Lillie)
- b. Bloomington, IN February 14, 1860
- d. Pawnee, OK February 3, 1942
- Famous frontiersman and "wild west" showman, he was the last of the Oklahoma Boomers. Was a partner to Buffalo Bill Cody and toured with his show. His father was a miller in Bloomington. He appeared in two films Buffalo Bill's Wild West and Pawnee Bill's Far East (1910) and In the Days of the Thundering Herd (1914)
- Elmo Lincoln (Otto Elmo Linkenhelt)
- b. Rochester, IN 2/6/1889
- d. Los Angeles, CA 6/27/52
- Made 45 films from 1914 to 1952. He was the first
- Thomas G. Lingham (Actor)
- b. Indianapolis, IN April 7, 1874
- d. Woodland Hills, CA Feb. 19, 1950
- On stage from 1895 to 1913. Made first movie in 1913. He later specialized in western films usually playing a Sheriff or a villain. He played with Tom Mix, Art Acord, Hoot Gibson and Buck Jones. In 1917 he was in The Railroad Raiders, a serial starring Helen Holmes. Made several more serials, making his last film in 1934. Made 58 films from 1914 to 1934
- Carole Lombard (Actress; Jane Alice Peters)
- (Second cousin of Howard Hawks)
- b. Fort Wayne, IN 10/6/08
- d. Nevada (plane Crash) 1/16/42
- Made 27 silent features plus numerous silent shorts.
- Made a total of 70 films from 1921 to 1942.
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- Kenneth MacDonald (Sometimes spelled McDonald...real
name: Kenneth Dollins; Actor)
- b. Portland, IN 9/8/01
- d. 5/5/72
- Made 31 films from 1923 to 1956. Specialized in being the "bad guy" in
Westerns. (Best known as a judge in "Perry Mason" TV series.)
- Ned Mann (Special Effects)
- b. Redkey, IN 1/17/1893
- d. 7/1/67
- Did technical work on at least 9 silent films
including "Camille", "Dirigible" and "Two Arabian
Knights". Was special effects director on at least
16 sound films including "Things to Come" 1936 and
"Fire Over England" 1937.
- Ken Maynard (Actor/Producer/Writer)
- b. Vevay, IN 7/21/1895
- d. Woodland Hills, CA 3/23/73
- Made 28 silents from 1923 to 1929. Made his first "all-
talkie" in 1930. Made a total of 88 films from 1923 to
1951. Then appeared in last film "Bigfoot" in 1969.
- Produced 14 films and wrote two.
- Click here for Ken Maynard images (10).
- Kermit Maynard (Actor/Stuntman)
- b. Vevay, IN 9/20/1897
- d. January 1971
- Made five silents as "Tex" Maynard in 1927. Made a
total of 129 films from 1927 to 1960.
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- Ted D. McCord (Cinematographer)
- b. Sullivan County, IN 8/2/1900
- d. Glendale, CA 1/19/76
- Cinematographer for at least 19 films from 1921
- to 1929 including "Sally" 1925 and "Irene" 1926.
- Cinematographer for 113 sound films through 1966
- including "The Treasure of Sierra Madre","East of
- Eden" and "The Sound of Music".
- George Barr McCutcheon (Novelist)
- b. Tippecanoe County, IN 7/26/1866
- d. New York, NY 10/23/28
- 25 movies made from his novels. "Brewster's Millions"
- was made into six different films.
- Rose Melville (actress)
- b. Terre Haute, IN 1/30/1873
- d. 10/8/46
- Stage, screen and vaudeville actress. Married to actor
- Frank Minzey. They appeared together in early Biograph
- and Keystone films and later in shorts produced by
- Fox, Goldwyn, etc. She played the role of "Sis Hopkins"
- more than 5000 times in the course of an 18-year run
- on stage.
- Charlie Murray (Actor)
- Kenyon Nicholson (Writer/Playwright)
- b. Crawfordsville, IN 5/21/1894
- d. December 1986
- Four silent films in 1928 and 1929. Two based on his
plays. First in 1928 was "The Barker" which was made
again in 1945 as "Diamond Horseshoe". Wrote for a total
of 15 films.
- Meredith M. Nicholson (Author and Diplomat)
- b. Indianapolis, IN
- Six films based on his novels were made from 1915 to
- 1936. "House of a Thousand Candles" was filmed twice.
- Virginia Philley (Withey) (writer/actress)
- b. Fort Wayne, IN March 31, 1890
- d. Fort Wayne, IN February 10, 1980
- She attended a dramatic school in Chicago and went on stage. Credited with writing at last one screenplay, "Flying Rat" (1920). She was a stage actress for a number of years and then went into films, appearing with such companies as, Thomas Ince, The Griffith Film Company and the Fine Arts Company. In 1915 she married Chester (Chet) Withey, a film director, author and actor.
- David Graham Phillips (Writer/novelist)
- b. Madison, IN
- Four films based on his novels from 1917 to 1931.
- Last film in 1931 was "Susan Lenox(Her Fall and Rise)"
- James H.Pierce
- b. Freedom, Indiana 8/8/1900
- d. 12/11/83
- Was an All-American center on the I.U. football team. He centered the ball to a running back named, Kermit Maynard. (Brother
of Ken Maynard. Both Maynards were born in Vevay, Indiana)
Married Joan Burroughs, daughter of Edgar Rice Burroughs.
- Played Tarzan in "Tarzan and the Golden Lion", the last
silent Tarzan film. Made 42 films from 1926 to 1966.
- Gene Stratton Porter (Novelist/Screenwriter/Actress)
- b. Geneva, IN 1868
- d. Los Angeles, CA 12/7/24 (car accident)
- 19 films were based on her novels, 6 of them silent.
- She appeared in three films..."Keeper of the Bees" in
- 1925, "Laddie" in 1926 and "Freckles" in 1928.
- Victor Potel (Actor)
- b. Lafayette, IN 10/12/1889
- d. Hollywood, CA 3/8/47
- Made 39 silents from 1914 to 1927. Made a total of
119 films from 1914 to 1947. With Charlie Murray, he
was one of the original Keystone Cops.
- Click here for Victor Potel Images (2).
- Maurine Powers (Sometimes credited as Maureen Powers)
- b. Terre Haute, IN 1907(?)
- Her father was Andrew H. Powers who was a Harrison County Trustee in Vigo County. She went to New York to study art and was asked to appear in To Hell With the Kaiser! in 1918. She signed a movie contract when she was just 13 years old. Her complete filmography is not available at this time but it appears she was in at least six films and perhaps as many as fifteen from 1918 to 1922. In 1923 she returned to Terre Haute and was living there with her parents under the name of "Marie" Powers.
- James Whitcomb Riley (Writer/Actor)
- b. Greenfield, IN 10/7/1853
- d. Indianapolis, IN 7/22/16
- Five films based on his writings from 1918 to 1923.
- Appeared as himself in "Little Orphant Annie", 1918.
- Al Rockett (Producer)
- b. Vincennes, IN
- d. Hollywood, CA Aug. 30, 1960
- Produced 15 films from 1922 to 1934 (Also did 4 films as
- Prod. Mgr.)
- Edward Roseman (Actor)
- b. Terre Haute, IN 5/14/1875
- d. Syracuse, NY 9/16/57
- Made over 60 films from 1913 to 1929. Frequently played unusual characters..."Portugese Joe", "Arvo, the Hypnotist", "Half-Wit", "Dr. Ghoul" etc.
- Churchill Ross(Actor)(Ross Weigle)
b. Lafayette, IN January 29, 1901
- d. May 23, 1962
- Made ten silent films from 1923 to 1928. His career continued with sound films through 1936. He made a total of 16 films. Never a leading man, usually minor supporting roles and several uncredited appearances.
- Tom Santschi (Actor/Director/Writer)
- b. Crystal City, MO Oct. 14, 1880 (Other sources say 1878)
- d. Los Angeles, CA April 9, 1931
- His family moved to Kokomo, Indiana when he was a young boy. Grew up there. Although many sources say he was born in
Switzerland, this was a myth promoted by Santschi himself. His father was born in Switzerland. His mother was born in
Kentucky. He had two sisters, Florence and Minnie, both born in Missouri. He made 129 films as an actor from 1907 to 1932. Famous for his fight scene with William Farnum in The Spoilers(1914). Directed 5
films in 1915 and 1916 wrote one screenplay The Octopus, 1915. Film Historian William K. Everson states that Santschi was
one of the first recognizable villains in the history of movies.
- Click here for Tom Santschi images (4).
- Raymond L. Schrock (Writer)
- b. Goshen, IN 1892
- d. Hollywood, CA Dec. 12, 1950
- Wrote screenplays for 121 films from 1915 to 1950
- Norman Selby (Actor) (Sometimes credited as "Kid McCoy")
- b. Rush County, IN Oct. 13, 1873
- d. Detroit, MI April 18, 1940
- Made 14 films from 1916 to 1930
- Autumn Sims (actress/dancer)
- b. Odon, Indiana
- Her parents were Charles A. and Clare E. Sims, both of Odon. Bit player in several silent films including Is Divorce a Failure? with fellow Hoosier Tom Santschi. Mostly uncredited roles. After a fling at the movies, she became part of the chorus in Earl Caroll's Vanities, dancing and singing.
- Clifford Smith (Director/Actor/Producer)
- b. Richmond, IN Aug. 22, 1894 (or 1886?)
- d. Los Angeles, CA Sept. 17, 1937
- Directed 71 films from 1915 to 1937 (Directed 45 Wm. S.
Hart westerns plus other westerns featuring Tom Mix,Harry
Carey, Hoot Gibson, Ray Stewart) (Acted in 3 films, produced 2 films)
- Valeska Suratt (actress)
- b. Owensville, IN 1882
- d. July 2, 1962
- When she was four years old, her family moved to Terre Haute. Worked for Block's Department store in Indianapolis as a clerk in the
Millinery Department before moving to Chicago and into Vaudeville.
- Became a headliner and entered movies in 1915 in "The Immigrant"
- (Paramount). She made several films, most of them in one year
- (1915-1916)then returned to Vaudeville.
- Booth Tarkington (Author)
- b. Indianapolis, IN 7/29/1869
- d. Indianapolis, IN 5/19/46
- 49 films from 1914 to 1951 based on his novels and
plays. Two Pulitzer Prizes, "The Magnificent Ambersons"
and "Alice Adams". Both of these were made into films twice...once as a silent film and once as a sound film.
- Alice Terry (real name: Alice Taaffe; Actress)
- b. Vincennes, IN July 24, 1889
- d. Burbank, CA Dec. 22, 1987
- Made 26 films from 1916 to 1932. Married Director
Rex Ingram who directed her in several films including
The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse opposite Rudolph
Valentino. She co-directed one film with her husand,
- Click here for Alice Terry images.
- J. Homer Tutt (Writer/composer/actor)
- b. Logansport, Indiana
- Graduated from Manual Training High School in
Indianapolis where he was a champion sprinter and broad jumper. Joined "The Famous Troubadours" as a supporting comedian for his
brother Salem Tutt Whitney. Composed several popular songs. Was an actor on stage and was in the cast of Green Pastures.
Made at least two films for director Oscar Micheaux. Birthright in 1924 and The Broken Violin in 1927.
- John P. Wade (Actor) (Real name: John Patrick Wade)
- b. Indiana June 30, 1876
- d. Hollywood, CA July 14, 1949
- Made 14 films from 1914 to 1938
- Lew Wallace (Novelist)
- b. Brookville, IN 4/10/1827
- d. Crawfordsville, IN 2/15/05
- Four films based on his novels. "Ben Hur" was
- filmed three times, 1907, 1926 and 1959. "The Prince
- of India" was filmed in 1914. The 1907 film was a
- short based on the 1899 stage play starring William
- S. Hart.
- May Wallace (Actress) (Real name: May Maddox)
- b. Russiaville, IN 1877
- d. Los Angeles, CA Dec. 11, 1938
- Appeared in several of the Little Rascals comedies, usually as the mother or grandmother of one of the children. Also appeared in several Laurel and Hardy films. Made 45 films from 1921 to 1939
- George Webb (George Webb Frey)
- b. Indianapolis, IN October 3, 1887
- d. Los Angeles, CA May 24, 1943
- Appeared in over 39 films from 1916 to 1936. Usually small parts, many uncredited. Worked with fellow Hoosiers, Carole Lombard, Raymond Walburn and writer Raymond Schrock.
- Helen Weir (Actress)
- b. Anderson, IN 1898
- Sometimes listed as Helen Weer. Made 12 films from 1915 to 1923
- Bessie Wharton (Actress) (Real name: Bessie Emerick Wharton)
- b. Rochester, IN 1875
- d. Boston MA Dec. 13, 1939
- Married Leopold Wharton, a stage actor from England. He later became a director and had his own production company in Ithaca, N.Y. around 1912. He put his wife in a number of films including serials like The Exploits of Elaine which was shot in Jersey City. His brother, Theodore, joined him in The Wharton Company which had close ties to Pathe. Mrs. Wharton made at least 19 films from 1914 to 1922.
- Olive White (Actress) (Real name: Olive Celeste Moore White)
- b. Indianapolis, IN 1889
- d. Hollywood, CA April 19, 1960
- Made 2 films one in 1916 and one in 1920
- Walker Whiteside (Actor)
- b. Logansport, IN 3/16/1869
- d. Hastings-on-Hudson, NY 8/17/42
- A veteran stage actor whose show business career covered 47 years. He began work as a Shakespearian actor, playing such roles as Hamlet, Othello, Richard III, Shylock and others. He played Hamlet with his own company in his New York debut at age 25. His most successful stage role was "The Master of Ballantrae." His film debut was, "The Melting Pot" (1915). He also starred in The Belgian (1918). In both of these films, his leading lady was fellow Hoosier Valentine Grant (Franklin, Indiana).
- Salem Tutt Whitney(actor/composer/writer) b. Logansport, Indiana
- d. 2/12/34
- After studying for the ministry, he decided to become an actor. He wrote many sketches for leading vaudeville artists. He was the composer of 25 musical comedies and over 50 songs. He appeared with his brother, J. Homer Tutt, in Oscar Micheaux's Birthright in 1924 and in another Micheaux film, Marcus Garland in 1925.
- Mack V. Wright (Actor/Director/Writer)
- b. Princeton, IN 1895
- d. Boulder City, NV Aug. 14, 1965
- Made 28 films from 1914 to 1934 as an actor. Directed 18 films from 1920 to 1947. (Mostly westerns) (Wrote 3 screenplays, all westerns)
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