Biographies Of The Players




The biographies of over 1,000 Film Players, Directors, and others, are planned as follows :—

They are arranged in three paragraphs. The first is a summary of all the descriptive particulars available about each personality set out in the following order : Real name ; place of birth ; date of birth ; parents ; colouring ; height ; weight ; education ; marriages ; children ; death.

This is followed by a brief survey of the personality’s career which forms the second paragraph. Dates, where given in relation to film appearances, relate to production and not release, which is often a year later.

The third paragraph contains as complete a list as is available of the films in which each personality has appeared. The titles are accompanied by the name of the producing company (or, where that is not available, the releasing company).


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In the lists of films the producing companies are given variously in abbreviated or full form. A complete list of these, with particulars of their activities and countries is given at the end of the book. (See page 485.)

Biographies Of The Players

ADAIR, Janice. Real name Beatrice Duffy. B. Morpeth, Northumberland. Brown hair, grey eyes. Ht. 5 ft. 3 in. Janice Adair is one of the few leading ladies of the screen to reach stardom without stage experience or a transitionary period in crowds. Her first film was a Parkinson two-recler, Streets of London.

Also Played in : Red Aces (B.L.), The Informer (B.I P.), Alf’s Carpet (B.I.P.), Such is the Law (Stoll), Contraband Love (Para), Lloyd of the C.I.D. (Univ), Silver Greyhound (W.B.-F.N.).

ADOREE, Renee. Real name, Renee de la Fonte. B. Lille, France, 1902. Brown hair, blue eyes. Ht. 5 ft. 1 in. \Vt. 7 st. 7 lb. Ed. while on the road with professional parents. M. (1) Tom Moore ; div. 1925 ; (2) Sherman Gill,


Began her career at the age of ten as a dancer in her father’s troupe and visited most European cities with him. Went to America after the war and soon became famous by her performance in The Big Parade (M.G.M., 1925) opposite John Gilbert. Illness overtook her in 1930 and compelled her to abandon films for a period of two years.

Also Played in : Monte Cristo (Fox),

Made in Heaven (Goldwyn), La Boheme (M.G.M.), Mr. Wit (M.G.M.), Forbidden Hours (M.G.M.), The Cossacks (M.G.M.), The Pagan (M.G.M.), Tide of Empire (M.G.M.), The Spoiler (Pathd), Redemption (M.G.M.), The Singer of Seville (M.G.M.), Call of the Flesh (M.G.M.).

AHERNE, Patrick. B. Ireland, 1901. Brown hair, dark eyes.

Had a very varied career before becoming a film actor. Among his numerous jobs were those of dishwasher in a Chinese restaurant, commercial traveller for sewing-machines, and sparring partner to Jack Hood, at that time British welterweight champion. Is himself a possessor of many valuable boxing trophies. Stage debut in modern version of Hamlet, later achieving fame by his performance in White Cargo. Screen debut with Betty Balfour in Blinkeyes (Welsh-Pearson).

Also Played in : Bindle (Wilcox),

A Daughter in Revolt (Nettlefold), Silver Lining (B.I.P), Hunting-tower (Welsh-Pearson), А иЫ Lang Syne (Welsh-Pearson), Virginia's Husband (Nettlefold), Carry On (Britannia), City of Play (Gains), The Game Chicken (Para-Brit), Come Into I\Iy Parlour (Eric Hakim).

AINLEY, Henry. B. Morley, England, Aug. 21, 1S79. M. (1) Susanne Sheldon.' dissolved ; (2) Elaine Titus Fear on; dissolved.

Began his career as a bank accountant in Sheffield, but, meeting George Alexander, was fascinated with the idea of going on the stage/ This he ultimately did with F. R. Benson’s company in Macbeth. London stage debut at the Lyceum, Feb. 15, 1900. Was starred in many British silent films, including Sally Bishop (Stoll). T alkie debut in The First Mrs. Fraser (Sterling, 1932).

AKED, Muriel. B. Bingley, Yorks. Brown hair, dark grey eyes. Ht. 5 ft. in.

First performed in amateur theatricals, First professional appearance, Liverpool.

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1915. Screen debut, 1920, one of her earliest films being A Sister to Assist 'Er (Gau).

Also Played in : What the Butler

Saw (Gau), Bindle (Wilcox), Bed and Breakfast (Gau), A Sister to Assist 'Er talkie version (Gau), The Middle Watch (B.I.P.), Paris by Night (B.I.P.), Good Night Vienna (B. &D.), Indiscretions of Eve (B.I.P.), Rome Express (Gau-Brit), The Mayor’s Nest (B. &D.).

ALBERNI, Luis. B. in Spain. Ed. University of Madrid.

Went to Hollywood originally to play in Spanish versions of American pictures and played character roles so successfully that he was induced to remain there.

Played in : Bright Shawl (F.N.), Santa Fe Trail (Para), Children of Dreams (Warner), Svengali (Warner), The Mad Genius (Warner),The Last Flight (Warner), I Like Your Nerve (Warner), Sweepstakes (Radio), Manhattan Parade (Warner), I Surrender Dear (Mack Sennett), Men In Her Life (Col), Cock of the Air (U.A.), Girl in the Tonneau (Mack Sennett), Woman in Room 13 (Fox), Cohens and Kellys in Hollywood (Univ), Working Wives (Warner), Crooner (Warner), Big Stampede (Warner), A Parisian Romance (Allied).

ALBERS, Hans. B. in Hamburg. Fair hair.

Began his career on the Berlin stage and achieved success first as a light comedian, and later in more serious roles. First became known to the English public by his performance in The Blue Angel (U.F.A., 193°)-

Also Played in : Monte Carlo Madness (U.F.A.), Quick (U.F.A. German version).

ALBERTSON, Frank. B. Fergus Falls, Minn., Feb. 2, 1909. Dark brown hair, blue eyes. Ht. 5 ft. 9 in. Wt. 10 st. 5 lb. Ed. Puyallup ; Washington and Hollywood high schools. M. Virginia Shelley, 1931.

Film debut 1922 under James Cruze. Signed Fox contract in 192S. One of his first important parts was in Prep and Pep (Fox 1928).

Also Played in : The Farmer’s

Daughter (Fox), Salute (Fox), Words and Music (Fox), Blue Skies (Fox), Son of the Gods (F.N.), The Big Party (Fox), Born Reckless (Fox), Men Without Women (Fox), So This Is London (Fox), Wild Company (Fox), The Brat (Fox), Old Grealheart (Radio), The Yankee at King Arthur's Court (Fox), Tiger's Son (Fox),

Spring Is Here (F.N.), Big Business Girl (F.N.), Travelling Husbands (Radio), Racing Youth (Univ), Impossible Lover (M.G.M.), Airmail (Univ), Lost Special (Univ).

ALBRIGHT, Hardie. B. Dec. 16, 1903, in Pittsburg. Brown hair, blue eyes. Ht. 6 ft.

He was playing juvenile lead on the stage in The Greeks Had a Word for It when a Fox scout saw him, gave him a contract and dispatched him to Hollywood. His earliest film was Young Sinners (Fox, 1931)-

Also Played in : Hush Money (Fox), Successful Calamity (Warner), Heartbreak (Fox), Skyline (Fox), The Jewel Robbery (Fox), The Purchase Price (Warner), Life Begins (Warner), The Crash (Warner), So Big (Warner),Cabin in the Cotton (Warner), This Sporting Age (Col), Match King (Warner), 20,000 Years in Sing Sing (Warner).

ALEXANDER, Ben. Real name, Nicholas Benton Alexander. B. Goldfield, Nev., May 26, 1911. Blond hair, blue eyes. Ht. 5 ft. 10 in. Wt. 10 st. 5 lb. Ed. Hollywood High School ; University of California.

Appeared in D. W. Griffith’s picture, Hearts of the World (1918). Some years later retired from the screen, then made his reappearance in All Quiet on the Western Front (Univ, 1930).

Also Played in : Penrod and Sam (F.N.), Boy 0’ Mine (F.N.), Self-made Failure (F.N.), It’s a Wise Child (M.G.M.), Many A Slip (Univ), The Mystery Ship (Pathe), High Pressure (Warner), Suicide Fleet (Radio), Tom Brown of Culver (Univ), Strange Love of Molly Louvain (F.N.), Vanishing Frontier (Рага).

ALLAN, Elizabeth. B. London, 1908. Fair hair, blue eyes. Ed. Quaker School, Darlington. M. W. J. O’Bryen, June, 1932.

Began her career on the stage, making her first appearance at the Old Vic in Shakespearean parts. This was followed by appearances in other stage productions and in repertory. Film debut, in Alibi (1931). Was introduced by Herbert Marshall, with whom she played a small part in Michael and Mary (Gains, 1931), to W. J. O’Bryen, now her manager and. husband.

Also Played in : The Rosary (Twickenham), Black Coffee (Twickenham), Chin Chin Chinaman (Real Art), Down our Street (Para-Brit), Many Waters (B.I.P.), Rodney Steps In (Real Art), Service for

Biographies of the Players (ALL-AME)

Ladies (Д’ага-Brit), The Chinese Puzzle (Twickenham), Nine Till Six (A.R.P.), Insult (Para-Brit), The Lodger (Twickenham) .

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