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BUSHMAN, Francis X. Full name, Francis Xavier Bushman. B. Norfolk, Va., Jan. 10, 1S85. Light hair, blue eyes. Ht. 5 ft. 11 in. Wt. 13 st. S lb. Ed. Grammar and public schools; Ammandale College. M. (1) Josephine Bushman ; son, Ralph, div. ; (2) Beverly Baynel; div.

After some stage experience, began his screen career with the Essanay Co., appearing since then in 417 films. In 1932, came to England to play in British films.

Played in : Ben Hur ( M. G. M. ).

Lady in Ermine (F.N.), Marriage Clause (Univ), The Grip of the Yukon (Univ), Man Higher Up (Gotham), Midflight Life (Gotham), Say It With Sables (Col), Charge of the Gauchos (Radio), Thirteenth Juror (Univ), Call of the Circus (Hollywood Pictures), Dude Rancher (WAV.), The Galloping Ghost (Ideal).

BUSHMAN, Francis X. Jnr. Real name, Ralph Bushman. Brown hair, blue eyes. Ht. 6 ft. 2 in. Wt. 14 st. 4 lb. Ed. Staunton Military Academy, Baltimore ; Polytechnic Institute.

Although was given every opportunity of beginning his career in motion pictures, preferred for a time to appear on the stage. Eventually, however, followed in his father’s footsteps and played a principal role in Brown of Harvard (M.G.M., 1926).

Also Played in : Four Sons (Fox), The Understanding Heart (M.G.M.), Scarlet

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Arrow (Goodwill), Midnight Faces (Goodwill), Dangerous Traffic (Goodwill), Eyes Right (Goodwill), Martie the Killer (Path6), Father’s Day (M.G.M.), Sins of the Children (M.G.M.), The Girl Said No (M.G.M.), Tangled Fortunes (M.G.M.). Last Frontier (Radio).

BYRON, George. B. Limerick, Ireland. Brown hair, blue eyes. Ht. 5 ft. 7¾ in. Wt. 11 st. 11 lb. Ed. Trinity College, Dublin; Fordham University.

Is a much-travelled man, having lived in London, Sydney, Melbourne, New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles. Following a number of stage appearances, made his screen debut in 1929.

Played in: Officer O’Brien

(Pathd), Song Writer (M.G.M.), Tsar of Broadway (Univ), The Deceiver (Col), The Blonde Reporter (Fox), Heavens! My Husband (Educ), The Line’s Busy (Senu), They Never Come Back (Tec-Art).

BYRON, Marion. Real name, Miriam Bilenkin. B. Dayton, Ohio, March 16,

1911. Dark hair, blue eyes. Ht. 5 ft. Wt. 6 st. 11 lb. Ed. public schools in Dayton, Denver, Detroit and Los Angeles.

Achieved great success in musical comedy before making her screen debut with Buster Keaton in Steamboat Bill, Jnr.

Also Played in : Plastered in Paris (Fox), Broadway Babies (F.N.), His Captive Woman (F.N.), Social Sinners (Educ), So Long Letty (Warner), Forward Pass (F.N.), Playing Around (F.N.), The Bad Man (F.N.), Song of the West (Warner), Golden Dawn (Warner), The Matrimonial Bed (Warner), Children of Dreams (Warner), Girls Demand Excitement (Fox), Working Girls (Para), High Pressure (F.N.), Eastside (Warner), Heart of New York (Warner), The Tenderfoot (Warner), Love Me To-night (Para).

BYRON, Walter. Real name, Walter Butler. B. Leicester, June 11, 1901. Ed. St. William’s College, Yorks.

Stage debut with his parents in East Lynne at the age of 3. Joined up during the war, and after the Armistice, resumed stage work. Screen debut in White Heat (Wilcox). It is said that Ronald Colman suggested to Samuel Goldwyn that Byron should take his place opposite Vilma Banky in The Awakening (U.A., 1928), and was thus instrumental in getting him to Hollywood Also Played in : Passion Island

(Pathe-all-British), Victory (Gau), One of the Best (Gains), Tommy Atkins (B.I.P.), The Sacred Flame (Warner), The Dancers (Fox), The Reckless Hour (F.N.), The Lion and the Lamb (Col), The Deceiver (Col), Not Damaged (Fox), Monkey Nuts, Awakening (U.A.), Reckless Hour (F.N.), Last Flight (F.N.), Yellow Passport (Fox), Left Over Ladies (Tiffany). Blonde Baby (Col), The Menace (Col), Three Wise Girls (Col.), Vanity Fair (Allied), Sinners in the Sun (Para), Society Girl (Fox), Week-Ends Only(Fox), Shop Angel (Pathe). Exposure (Premier), This Sporting Age (Col).

CABOT, Bruce. Real name, Jacques de Bujac. B. Carlsbad, New Mexico. Ht. 6 ft. Ed. Paris, University of Tours. After a varied and adventurous career Cabot joined a stock company, and eventually found his way to Hollywood. He was used by Radio Pictures as “ official tester,” playing the male half of a love scene when a girl aspirant was having a test. Screen debut, Roadhouse Murder (Radio, 1932).

Also Played in : What Price Hollywood ? (Radio), Kong (Radio),

CAGNEY, James. B. New York City, July 17, 1904. Red hair, brown eyes. Ht. 5 ft. S£ in. Wt. 10 st. 10 lb. Ed. Stuyvesant High School: Columbia University. M. Frances Vernon.

Was forced to abandon all ideas of art and higher education by having to support his family. Made use of his talent as soft shoe dancer and singer, and went into vaudeville (1921). Was discovered on the New York stage by Warner Brothers “ scout ” and sent to Hollywood. Film debut in Sinners Holiday (Warner, 1930).

Also Played in : Steel Highway

(Warner), Crowd Roars (Warner), Larceny Lane (Warner), Taxi (Warner), Winner Take All (Warner), Enemies of the Public (Warner), The Millionaire (Warner), SmartMoney (Warner), A Handful of Clouds (Warner), Too Many Women (Warner).

CALTHROP, Donald. B. London, April 11, 1S88 Dark brown hair, blue eyes. Ht. 5 ft. 8 in. Ed. St. Paul’s School, London. M. Margaret Helen Ledward, 1913; dissolved: three

children.

Made his first appearance on the stage m A Wire Entanglement (1906). In 1919 he turned his attention to British films

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and is now regarded as one of the most prominent English character actors. Film debut Gay Lord Quex (London Film Company).

Also Played in : Blackmail (B.I.P.), Loose Ends (B.I.P.), Uneasy Virtue (B.I.P.), Cape Forlorn (B.I.P.), The Ghost Train (Gains), Atlantic (B.I.P.), The Bells (B. Sound Film Prod), Murder (B.I.P.), Many Waters (B.I.P.), Money For Nothing (B.I.P.), Number 17 (B.I.P.), Fires of Fate (B.I.P.), Maid of the Mountains (B.I.P.), Rome Express (Gains), Two Worlds (B.I.P.), F.P.l. (Gau-Brit-U.F.A), Early to Bed (Gau-Brit.).

CALVERT, E. H. B. Alexandria, Va.

Ed. West Point Military Academy.

Served fourteen years in the U.S. Army and resigned in 1900, with rank of captain. For a time he worked on the stage, then forsook it for four years and travelled in Europe, afterwards returning to the stage for a while. Finally gave up acting to go into business, but met E. Mason Hopper, then director of films for Essanay. Hopper persuaded him to accept his first film work—the lead in The Love Test (Essanay). He later became a director, and such stars as Gloria Swanson, Colleen Moore, Virginia Valli, Rod la Rocque, Ralph Graves, and Wallace Beery made their debuts under him. During the war worked in the film section of the U.S. War Department, afterwards starting his own motion picture company at Chattanooga, Ten. Arrived in Hollywood in 1920 as a free lance, but soon won a contract with Paramount.

Also Played in : King Robert of

Sicily (Essanay), The Legion of the Condemned (Para), Moran of the Marines (Para), The Greene Murder Case (Para), Darkened Rooms (Para), The Mighty (Para), The Virginian (Para), Dark Street (F.N.), The Studio Murder Case (Para), Half Shot at Sunrise (Radio), Behind the Make-up (Para), The Benson Murder Case (Para), Pack up your Troubles (M.G.M.).

Directed : (notably) One Wonderful

Night (one of the first six-reelers ever made—Essanay), The Alan Trail (Essanay), The Slim Princess (Essanay).

CAMPBELL, Colin. B. Falkirk, Scotland.

Blond hair, dark blue eyes. Ht.

5 ft. 4 in. Wt. 8 st. и lb. Ed. Whitgift

School, Croydon.

During his twenty-three years’ experience on the stage toured South Africa and Australia, and also played in New York. Made his screen debut, 1914, with the Vitagraph Company.

Played in : The Man of Stone (Selz-nick), Cardigan, Tillies Tomato Surprise (Lubin), The Girl from Nowhere (Selzwick), The White Monkey (F.N.), Big Boy (Warner), The Gay Diplomat (Radio).

CANTOR, Eddie. B. New York, Jan.

31, 1893. Black hair, dark brown eyc-s.

Ht. 5 ft. 8 in. M Ida Tobias, 1914 :

five children.

Is said to have been employed as messenger boy in Wall Street. Was discharged apparently because his comic antics made other employees laugh. Began on the stage in juvenile revue at the age of 16. A long and successful theatrical career followed this until, seeking wider fields to conquer, he finally, turned his steps towards Hollywood Film debut Kid Boots (Para, 1923).

Also Played in : Special Delivery, (Para), 1927 Follies (Para), Glorifying the American Girl (Para), Whoopee (U.A.). Palmy Days (U.A.), Kid From Spain (U.A.).

CAREY, Harry. B. New York, 18S0.

Blond hair. Ht. 6 ft. Wt. 12 st.

12 lb. Ed. New York University.

M. Olive Golden ; 2 children.

Began his screen career with the Biograph Company, and has since worked in many Hollywood studios. Will long be remembered for his exceedingly fine performance in Trader Horn (M.G.M. 1931,).

Also Played in : Satan Town (Pathe), The Frontier Trail (Pathe), Slide, Kelly, Slide (M.G.M.), A Little Journey (M.G.M.), Border Patrol (Pathe), Burning Bridges (Pathe), Trail of ’98 (M.G.M.), Boi'dcr Devils (Artclass), Cavalier of the IFcsf (Artclass), Without Honour (Triangle), Law ana Order (Univ), Bad Company Rogers), Last of the Alohicans (Mascot).

CAROL, Sue. Real name Evelyn

Lederer. B. Chicago, 111., Oct. 30, 1908.

Dark brown hair and eyes. Ht. 5 ft. 3 in.

Wt. 7 st. 10 lb. Ed. Kemper Hall;

National Park Seminar у. M. Nick

Stuart, July, 1929.

Was on holiday at Los Angeles in 1927, when a film director offered her a test. Minor parts followed. Since then she has worked her way to stardom. Made her screen debut in Is Zat So ? (Fox, 1927).

Also Played in : Skyscraper (Pathe), Cohens and Kellys in Paris (Univ), Captain Swagger (Pathe), Movietone Follies, 1929 (Fox), Why Leave Home? (Fox).

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She's My Weakness (Radio), The Big Party (Fox), Dancing Sweeties (Warner), Check and Double Check (Radio), Graft (Univ), In Line of Duty (Mono).

CARR, Alexander. B. Rumni, Russia,

Mar. 7, 1878. M. Helen Cressman.

His first stage appearance was in vaudeville at St. Paul, Minn. Visited London in 1909, and again in 1921. Will be remembered for his characterization of " Mawruss ” Pcrlmutter in Potash and Perlmutter, on the stage and in the film (F.N., 1923).

Also Played in : The Beautiful Cheat (Univ.), Partners Again (U.A.), Dame Chance, April Fool (Chadwick), Divine. Love (Foy), End of^The World (Pathe).

CARRILLO, Leo. B. Naples, Italy. Black

hair, brown, eyes. Ht. 6 ft. 1 in. Wt.

12 st. 13 lb. Ed. Neapolitan University.

Don Leo went to U.S.A. and worked as a labourer. Later became cartoonist and reporter. Was a friend of Jack London and O. Henry. Received a stage offer and gradually worked his way to New York. He is an accomplished linguist, speaking Italian, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, and English fluently. He made his screen debut in Hell Bound (Tiffany, 1931).

Also Played in : Mister Antonio

(Tiffany), Foreigner, Lasca of the Rio Grande (Univ), The Dove (Radio), The Guilty Generation (Col), Lost Men (Univ), Broken Wing (Para), Racetrack (WAV.). Cauliflower Alley (Col.), Second Fiddle (Radio).

CARROLL, Madeleine. B. West • Bromwich, Staffs, Feb. 26, 1906. Ash- blonde hair, blue eyes. Ht. 5 ft. 5 in.

Ed. Birmingham University. M.

Captain Philip Astley, Aug. 25, 1931.

Being determined to go on the stage, saved up the sum of £20, gave up her position as teacher at Hove and came to London. Agents were quick to take advantage of her talent and delightful personality, and it was not long before she made an appearance in The Lash on tour. Was first featured on the screen in The Guns of Loos (Stoll 1928). She is now devoting her attention exclusively to stage plays.

Also Played in : The American

Prisoner (B.I.P.), Atlantic (B.I.P.), Young Woodley (B.I.P.), The “ W ” Plan (Burlington), Escape (A.T.P.), Mme. Guillotine (Fogwell), Kissing Clip's Race (Butchers), Fascination (B.I.P.), Firstborn (Gains), School For Scandal (Para Brit).

CARROLL, Nancy. Real name La Hiff. B. New York City, Nov. 19, 1906. Auburn hair, blue eyes. Ht. 5 ft. 4 in. Wt. 8 st. 6 lb. Ed. Holy Trinity School. M. (1) Tim Kirkland ; one dau., Patricia ; div. 1931 ; (2) Francis Bolton-Mallory, July, 1931.

Began her stage career in 1923 appearing in several revues. Film debut 1927 with second lead in Ladies Must Dress (Fox). Her first talkie was Shopworn Angel (Para, 1929).

Also Played in : Easy Come Easy Go (Para), The Water-hole (Para), Abie’s Irish Rose (Para), The Shopworn Angel (Para), The Wolf of Wall Street (Para), Close Harmony (Para), Illusion (Para), The Dance of Life (Para), Sweetie (Para), Sin Sister (Fox), Dangerous Paradise (Para), Honey (Para), Paramount on Parade (Para), The Devil's Holiday (Para), Follow Thru’ (Para), Laughter (Para), The Night Angel (Para), Stolen Heaven (Para), Wayward (Para), Personal Maid (Para), The Alan I Killed (Para), Hot Saturday (Para.), Revolt (Warner).

CARVER, Kathryn. Blonde. M. Adolphe Menjou.

Visited London in 1932 in company with her husband, who made the Eric Hakim film, Two White Arms (1932).

Played in : Beware of Widows (Univ), Service for Ladies (Para, silent), Serenade (Para), No Defence (Warner).

CARVER, Louise. Real name, Louise Spilgcr Murray. B. Davenport, Iowa, June 9, 1875. Ash-brown hair, hazel eyes. Ht. 5 ft. 9 in. Wt. 11 st. 11 lb. Ed. Davenport High School. Married. First appearance in grand opera, Chicago, 1892, and for years was well known in operatic circles. Later became an impromptu comedienne. Began her screen career with the Mack Sennett company.

Played in : The First One Hundred Years are the Worst (Mack Sennett), The Redeeming Sin (Warner), Shameless Behaviour, Big Trail (Fox), The Sap (Warner), Must We Alarry ? (Trinity).

CASSON, Ann. B. London, Nov. 6, 1915. Daughter of Sybil Thorndike, and Lewis Casson. Fair hair, blue eyes. Ed. privately.

Stage debut A Christmas Carol (1921). Toured with her parents in South Africa, 1928-29. Despite her youth this talented Ann Casson has already made a name for

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herself on the screen. Her first film Escape (B.I.P., 1930) shows distinctly that she has inherited her parents’ talent.

Also Played in : Bachelor’s Baby

(B.I.P.), Number Seventeen (B.I.P.), The Shadow Between (B.I.P.), Dance Pretty Lady (B.I.P.), Marriage Bond (A.R.P.).

CATLETT, Walter. B. San Francisco,

Cal., Feb. 4, 1889. Fair hair, bine

eyes. Ht. 5 ft. io| in. Wt. 12 st.

4 lb. Ed. St. Ignatius College, San

Francisco. M. Ruth Verney.

Having had experience in musical comedy, opera and drama for thirty years, he entered pictures in 1929. Wrote the dialogue and also played a part in Why Leave Home? (Fox, 1929). Wrote the dialogue and starred in Stage Stnick (Pathd, 1930).

Also Played in : Happy Days (Fox), Let’s Go Places (Fox), The Big Party (Fox), The Gay Nineties (M.G.M.), Front Page (U.A.), Platinum Blonde (Col), Maker of Men (Col), The. Expert (Warner), Palmy Days (U.A.), It's Tough to Be Famous (F.N.), Cock of the Air (U.A.), Big City Blues (Univ), Penalty of Fame (Univ), Sky Devils (U.A.), Back Street (Univ), Rain (Col), Free, White and Twenty-One (Radio).

CAVANAGH, Paul. B. Chislelmrst, Kent,

Dee. 8, 1895. Black hair, blue eyes.

Ht. 6 ft. Wt. 12 st. 7 lb. Ed. Royal

Grammar School, Newcastle-on-Tyne ;

Cambridge University.

Practised as a barrister-at-law ; later turned his attention to the stage, making his first appearance at Croydon, 1924, in It Pays To Advertise. Featured in two European film productions, Two Little Drummer Boys (Samuelson), and Tesha, (B.I.P.) opposite Maria Corda. First talkie in America was Strictly Unconventional (M.G.M.).

Also Played in : Born to Love (Pathe), The Devil to Pay (U.A.), The Storm (Univ), Grumpy (Para), Unfaithful (Para), The White Man (M.G.M.), The Devil’s Lottery (Fox), Transgression (R.K.O.), Always Good-Bye (Fox), Heartbreak (Fox), The Crash (Warner), Bill of Divorcement (Radio).

CAWTHORN, Joseph. B. New York.

March 29. White hair, hazel eyes.

Ht. 5 ft. Ed. private tutor. M.

Queenie Vassar.

Has been on the stage for over 50 years and left the footlights for the films in 1930, making his screen debut in Dixiana (Radio, 1930).

Also Played in : The Secret Studio

(Fox), Two Girls Wanted (Fox), Silk Legs (Fox), Hold ’Em, Yale (Pathe),

Speakeasy (Fox), Street Girl (Radio), The Taming of the Shrew (U.A.), Jazz Heaven (Radio), Dance Hall (Radio), Princess and the Plumber (Fox), Waiting for the Bride (Radio), A Tailor-Made Man (M.G.M.), Kik'i (U.A.), Strictly Confidential, The Runaround (Radio), Peach O’Reno (Radio), Deported (Radio), White Zombie (Halperin), Second Fiddle (Radio).

CELLIER, Frank. B. Surbiton, Feb. 23, 1884. Son of Francois Cellier, who was for 35 years musical director at the Savoy Theatre. Ed. Cranleigh. M. Florence Glossop-Harris; dissolved. Was . in business three years before making his stage debut in Sweet Lavender, 1903. Has since played innumerable roles in stage plays, bringing a wealth of experience to the screen.

Played in : Her Reputation (Para-

Brit), Tin Gods (B.I.P.).

CHALIAPIN, FeoDOR Ivanovitch. B. Kazan, Russia, Feb. 1, 1873.

Famous Russian singer. Began life as a shoemaker’s apprentice. Became successively railway clerk, porter and stevedore. At the age of seventeen joined a company of travelling singers and made his operatic debut in 1892, in A Life for the Tsar. As an operatic star has toured most of the principal cities of the world, one of his most famous parts being that of the Tsar Boris in Boris Godounov. Went to Germany to make a film for Kurt Weill, 1932. Was offered £5,000 to appear in the British film production Don Quixote (Nelson Films).

CHANDLER, Helen. B. Charleston, S. Carolina, Feb. 1, 1906. Ash blondt hair, blue-grey eyes. Ht. 5 ft. 3 ins. Ed. School for theatrical children. M. Cyril Hume (novelist).

Has been on the stage since she was 8 years of age. When she was 12 she played one of the princes in John Barrymore’s Richard III. After a successful stage career made her screen debut in The Music Master (Fox, 1927).

Also Played in: Salute (Fox), Mother’s Boy (Pathe), Rough Romance (Fox), Sky Hawk (Fox), Outward Bound (Warner), Dracula (Univ), Daybreak (M.G.M), Mother’s Cry (Univ), The Last Flight (F.N), A House Divided (Univ), Top of the Bill (Radio).

CHANEY, C reighton. The son of the late Lon Chaney. Dark hair, dark eyes. Ht. 6 ft 2 in . Wt. 14 st. 9 lb. Ed. Hollywood High School.

It is said that Lon Chaney did not

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wish his son to become an actor and that Creighton himself delayed his screen career lor some considerable time by his refusal to take liis father’s name. His present contract with Radio specifies that he shall be known as “ Creighton Chaney,” and not as Lon Chaney, Jnr. Played in : The Last Frontier (Radio).

CHANEY, Lon. B. Colorado Springs, Col., April i, 1883. Black hair, brown eyes. Ht. 5 ft. 9 in. Wt. 11 st. 1 lb. Ed. Colorado Springs Schools. M. Hazel Bennett 1910; son Creighton Chaney. D. Aug, 26, 1930.

Inherited a sense of pantomime from his parents, who were both deaf and dumb. On the stage as a boy ; screen debut,

1912. Became famous after his portrayal of the bogus cripple in The Miracle Man (Para, 1919). Was over 12 years in pictures.

Also Played in : All the Brothers were Valiant (Irvin Willat), Quincy Adams Sawye> (M.G.), The Hunchback of

Notre Dame (Univ), That Devil Bateese (Univ), Treasure Island (Para), The Penalty (Goldwyn), Outside the Law (Univ), The Trap (Univ), Flesh and Blood (Cummings), Oliver Twist (F.N.), He Who Gets Slapped (M.G.M.), Tower of Lies (M.G.M.), The Monster (M.G.M.), The Unholy Three (M.G.M.), The Blackbird (M.G.M.), The Road to Mandalay (M.G.M.), Tell It to the Marines (M.G.M.), Mr Wu (ftt.G.M.), The Unknown (M.G.M.), Mockery (M.G.M.), Laugh, Clown, Laugh (M.G.M.), While the City Sleeps (M.G.M.), West of Zanzibar (M.G.M.), Thunder (Univ), Where East is East (Univ), Phantom of the Opera (Univ), The Unholv Terror (M.G.M.).



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