Poker Faces: Silent Film Stars Whose Faces Appeared On Playing Cards From The Movie Souvenir Card Company

by cts-6 | created - 19 Jan 2015 | updated - 31 Mar 2017 | Public

In the late 1910s, the Movie Souvenir Card Company of Cincinnati, Ohio, manufactured several decks of playing cards with photographs of movie stars on the faces of the cards. (The reverse-side image was a cropped portion of the painting "The Chariot Race" by Alexander Von Wagner.) At least 24 different packs were issued from 1916 to 1920. Not all packs have survived, nor are all known existing packs complete. What follows is a list of the movie stars who appear on the 113 cards known to still exist, and the cards that their photos appeared on. (Some stars appear on more than one card. Others have different photographs on the same card. There are also cards with different stars pictured on them, depending on which pack they came from.)

1. May Allison

Actress | Fair and Warmer

Born in Rising Fawn, GA (youngest of 5 children) Parents: Dr. John S. Allison and Nannie Virginia Wise Sisters: Maude, Verda, Zetta Brother: Herschel Mother Lived with her in California until her death. After Quirk's death, she met C. N. Osborne in NYC, they were married for over 40 years until his...

5 of Diamonds (two versions); Queen of Hearts

2. Gilbert M. 'Broncho Billy' Anderson

Director | The Infant at Snakeville

American actor-director-writer-producer Gilbert M. Anderson, father of the movie cowboy and the first Western star, was born Maxwell Henry Aronson in Little Rock, Arkansas. His parents, Esther (Ash) and Henry Aronson, were from New York. His father was from a German Jewish family, and his mother ...

6 of Spades

3. Mary Anderson

Actress | The False Faces

Mary Anderson was born in Brooklyn, New York on June 28, 1897. She broke into films with C.O.D. (1914) in 1914 when she was just 17 years old. Unfortunately, she didn't get the roles she wanted as the competition for the parts were extremely fierce. Mary's career lasted until 1923, when she made ...

10 of Diamonds (two versions)

4. Nellie Anderson

Actress | Little Women

Nellie Anderson was born in June 1874 in Brooklyn, New York, USA as Helen Relyea. She was an actress, known for Little Women (1918), The Scarlet Runner (1916) and Castles in the Air (1919).

4 of Clubs

5. King Baggot

Actor | Jim Webb, Senator

St. Louis-born King Baggot traveled to New York City with the express intent of crashing Broadway, but began his film career in nearby Fort Lee, NJ, in 1909. It didn't take long before he graduated from actor to writer and director--at times performing all three functions; in Shadows (1914) he not ...

King of Clubs

6. Bessie Barriscale

Actress | Rose of the Rancho

Bessie Barriscale was born on September 30, 1884 in Hoboken, New Jersey, USA as Elizabeth Barry Scale. She was an actress and producer, known for Rose of the Rancho (1914), Home (1916) and The Painted Soul (1915). She was married to Howard Hickman. She died on June 30, 1965 in Kentfield, California...

10 of Hearts

7. Beverly Bayne

Actress | Romeo and Juliet

Beverly Bayne was born on November 11, 1894 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA as Pearl Von Name. She was an actress, known for Romeo and Juliet (1916), The Age of Innocence (1924) and The Girl at the Curtain (1914). She was married to Charles Thomas Hvass Sr. and Francis X. Bushman. She died on August...

Ace of Diamonds

8. George Beban

Actor | The Loves of Ricardo

American actor-director-writer-producer of silent pictures, formerly a singer and vaudevillian. A native of San Francisco's Telegraph Hill, he was one of four sons born to Rocco Beban, a Dalmatian immigrant, and Johanna Dugan, from County Cork, Ireland.

He exhibited singing talent at an early age ...

2 of Spades

9. Carlyle Blackwell

Actor | Bulldog Drummond

Carlyle Blackwell was a popular American matinee idol and occasional director of the silent cinema. Debonair and darkly handsome, he made his debut with Vitagraph in Uncle Tom's Cabin (1910) and was seldom out of work as a romantic lead, progressing from one- and two-reelers to feature films by ...

9 of Spades

10. Francis X. Bushman

Actor | Sabrina

Francis X. Bushman was born on January 10, 1883 in Baltimore, Maryland, USA as Francis Xavier Bushman. He was an actor and director, known for Sabrina (1954), Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (1925) and Romeo and Juliet (1916). He was married to Iva Millicient Richardson, Norma Emily Atkin, Beverly ...

King of Hearts

11. June Caprice

Actress | A Child of the Wild

June Caprice was a character actress in the silent film era. She broke into film with Fox Film Corporation, where she was directed by Harry F. Millarde in eight productions. The two began a personal relationship, married, and had a daughter, June Millarde. During the 1920s she appeared on calendars...

10 of Diamonds

12. Charles Chaplin

Writer | The Great Dictator

Considered to be one of the most pivotal stars of the early days of Hollywood, Charlie Chaplin lived an interesting life both in his films and behind the camera. He is most recognized as an icon of the silent film era, often associated with his popular character, the Little Tramp; the man with the ...

Joker

13. Marguerite Clark

Actress | Scrambled Wives

In the 1910s, waifs and child-women like Mary Pickford, Lillian Gish and Mary Miles Minter were dominant forces at America's box offices. Audiences welcomed Marguerite Clark into this group, especially those who preferred her dark brown hair and large brown eyes to the blonde-haired, blue-eyed ...

Queen of Diamonds (2 versions)

14. Ethel Clayton

Actress | The Man Hunt

Silent-screen actress Ethel Clayton was a convent-educated girl from Champaign, IL, who sought work as a stage actress after finishing her education. She secured small parts here and there, but hit the big time when she went to work for the Frawley Organization, which had several touring stock ...

9 of Hearts

15. Marguerite Clayton

Actress | The Night Workers

Marguerite Clayton was born on April 12, 1891 in Ogden, Utah, USA as Margaret Fitzgerald. She was an actress, known for The Night Workers (1917), The Dream Doll (1917) and Men in the Raw (1923). She was married to Victor Bertrandias. She died on December 20, 1968 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

4 of Hearts

16. Dolores Costello

Actress | Old San Francisco

Dolores Costello was once known as the Goddess of the Silent Screen but is probably best remembered today as Drew Barrymore's grandmother. She was born in 1905 to actors Maurice Costello and Mae Costello. Her father began his film career in 1908. He would soon become the most popular matinée idol of...

2 of Hearts (with sister Helene Costello)

17. Helene Costello

Actress | The Fatal Warning

Some of Helene Costello's films available on video are Her Crowning Glory (1911), Lulu's Doctor (1912) and Lights of New York (1928), the first all-talking feature. She worked for a time as a reader for 20th Century Fox in the early 1940s. Miss Costello died on January 26, 1957, in California's ...

2 of Hearts (with sister Dolores Costello)

18. Maurice Costello

Actor | The Man Who Couldn't Beat God

Maurice Costello was born on February 22, 1877 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. He was an actor and director, known for The Man Who Couldn't Beat God (1915), The Golden Pathway (1913) and Iron and Steel (1914). He was married to Ruth Reeves and Mae Costello. He died on October 28, 1950 in ...

Jack of Hearts

19. Grace Cunard

Actress | The Twins' Double

A stage actress from her early teens, Grace Cunard made her Hollywood debut in 1910. She soon partnered with actor/director Francis Ford at Univeral, where they began turning out serials. The films' success led to Cunard's nickname of "The Serial Queen," and by 1916 she and Ford were ranked among ...

5 of Clubs

20. Pauline Curley

Actress | Bound in Morocco

Coming from a theatrical family (her mother was an actress), Pauline Curley was an actress from the age of five, and toured the vaudeville circuit with her family. Her first known film role came in 1913, and although her movie career lasted 16 years, she never made the top, or even the middle, ...

8 of Clubs

21. Dorothy Dalton

Actress | Moran of the Lady Letty

Dorothy Dalton was a silent film star who worked her way up from a stock company to a movie career. She made her film debut in 1914 in Pierre of the Plains (1914), co-starring Edgar Selwyn, and appeared in Charles E. Blaney's Across the Pacific (1914) that same year. Producer-director Thomas H. Ince...

5 of Hearts

22. Viola Dana

Actress | Two Sisters

Viola Dana (real name Virginia Flugrath) was born in Brooklyn, NY, on June 26, 1897. She was the middle sister of three sisters (the other two were Edna Flugrath and Shirley Mason). She made her film debut in 1914 in Molly the Drummer Boy (1914). The following year she received top billing playing ...

Ace of Clubs

23. Sidney Drew

Actor | The Amateur Liar

His mother claimed he was adopted, perhaps because her husband had been away touring for several years before Sidney's birth and was dead before the great event took place. Ethel Barrymore, Lionel Barrymore and John Barrymore, his niece and nephews, insisted he looked too much like "Mummum" to have ...

2 of Spades

24. Nicholas Dunaew

Writer | Siberia

Nicholas Dunaew was born on May 22, 1884 in Moscow, Russia as Nicholas Alexander Dunay. He was an actor and writer, known for Siberia (1926), My Official Wife (1914) and Two Arabian Knights (1927). He was married to Nina Byron and Edith Donnerberg. He died in 1963 in Washington, District of ...

4 of Spades

25. William Duncan

Actor | A Rough Ride with Nitroglycerine

William Duncan was born on December 16, 1879 in Dundee, Tayside, Scotland as William A. Duncan. He was an actor and director, known for A Rough Ride with Nitroglycerine (1912), An Embarrassed Bridegroom (1913) and The Chalice of Courage (1915). He was married to Edith Johnson. He died on February 8...

6 of Clubs (two versions)

26. Robert Edeson

Actor | The Absentee

A noted stage actor at the turn of the 20th century, Robert Edeson began his film career working with Cecil B. DeMille on The Call of the North (1914), then moved on to Vitagraph where he remained for the rest of the teens. In the 1920s he returned to work for De Mille, playing the man-of-the-world...

7 of Spades

27. Dustin Farnum

Actor | The Squaw Man

American leading man of silent pictures who specialized in Westerns. His mother and father were, respectively, a singer and an actor, and he and his younger brother William Farnum were introduced to the theatre at an early age. Raised in Maine, Dustin attended the East Maine Conference Seminary, ...

3 of Spades

28. William Farnum

Actor | The Man Hunter

William Farnum was born the son of G.D. Farnum and Adela Le Gros, actors who trained their William and his two brothers, Dustin Farnum and Marshall Farnum, in their profession. William made his stage debut at the age of 10 in Richmond, Virginia, in a production of "Julius Caesar" starring Edwin ...

King of Diamonds

29. Geraldine Farrar

Actress | Carmen

Famed singer and author Geraldine Farrar was educated in public schools and then became a music student of Mrs. J.H. Long, Trabadello, Emma Thursby, Lilli Lehman and Graziani. Her 1901 debut was at the Royal Opera House in Berlin, in the role of Marguerite in "Faust". From 1906-22 she was a member ...

3 of Hearts

30. Romaine Fielding

Actor | A Dash for Liberty

Romaine Fielding was born on May 22, 1868 in Riceville, Mitchell County, Iowa, USA as William Grant Blandin. He was an actor and director, known for A Dash for Liberty (1913), Hiawanda's Cross (1913) and The Eagle's Nest (1915). He was married to Joan Arliss and Mabel van Valkenburg. He died on ...

Jack of Clubs

31. Francis Ford

Actor | Crimson Shoals

Elder brother of the director John Ford and himself a screen director (and John's erstwhile mentor) until the advent of sound. He had also acted in his own films and those of other directors, but turned to acting exclusively circa 1929. As actor, he would provide convincing portrayals of men of ...

6 of Diamonds

32. Mary Fuller

Actress | The House of the Seven Gables

Mary Fuller's entrance into motion pictures was quite accidental. She was with a theatrical troupe that was on its way to tour the South in 1908 when, during a short stopover in New York City, the company broke up. Stranded, Mary made her way to the Vitagraph film studio looking for a job and, with...

7 of Clubs

33. Dorothy Gish

Actress | Gretchen the Greenhorn

Dorothy Gish was born into a broken family where her restless father James Lee Gish was frequently absent. Mary Robinson McConnell a.k.a. Mary Gish, her mother, had entered into acting to make money to support the family. As soon as Dorothy and her sister Lillian Gish were old enough, they became ...

5 of Clubs

34. Louise Glaum

Actress | Sweetheart of the Doomed

Louise Glaum was born on September 10, 1888 in Baltimore, Maryland, USA. She was an actress and producer, known for Sweetheart of the Doomed (1917), Sex (1920) and Honor Thy Name (1916). She was married to Zachary M. Harris and Harry J. Edwards. She died on November 25, 1970 in Los Angeles, ...

4 of Clubes

35. Julia Swayne Gordon

Actress | My Lady's Slipper

Julia Swayne Gordon was born on October 29, 1878 in Columbus, Ohio, USA as Sarah Victoria Swayne. She was an actress, known for My Lady's Slipper (1916), The Painted World (1914) and The Painted World (1919). She died on May 28, 1933 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

8 of Hearts

36. Bertram Grassby

Actor | The Midnight Express

Bertram Grassby was born on December 23, 1880 in Lincolnshire, England as Bertram Thomas Grassby. He was an actor and writer, known for The Midnight Express (1924), When a Man Loves (1927) and The Lone Wolf's Daughter (1919). He was married to Gerard Alexander. He died on December 7, 1953 in ...

King of Clubs

37. Donald Hall

Actor | Hearts and the Highway

Donald Hall was born on August 14, 1867 in Morree, North West Province, East India. He was an actor, known for Hearts and the Highway (1915), Uncle Bill (1914) and The Carter Case (1919). He was married to Frankie Mann. He died on July 25, 1948 in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA.

3 of Spades

38. Ella Hall

Actress | New Love for Old

A silent screen siren of considerable beauty was blonde, blue-eyed Ella Hall. As a small child, she already performed on stage with the company of David Belasco. She was later chosen to understudy Mary Pickford for "The Warrens of Virginia". Ella entered films in 1910 as a fifteen-year old ingénue ...

3 of Clubs

39. Mildred Harris

Actress | The Doctor and the Woman

Mildred Harris was born on November 29, 1901 in Cheyenne, Wyoming, USA. She was an actress, known for The Doctor and the Woman (1918), For Husbands Only (1918) and The Price of a Good Time (1917). She was married to William P. Fleckenstein, Everett Terrence McGovern and Charles Chaplin. She died on...

7 of Clubs

40. William S. Hart

Actor | The Money Corral

A storybook hero, the original screen cowboy, ever forthright and honest, even when (as was often the case) he played a villain, William S. Hart lived for a while in the Dakota Territory, then worked as a postal clerk in New York City. In 1888 he began to study acting. In 1899 he created the role ...

Jack of Clubs

41. Ormi Hawley

Actress | Michael Strogoff

Ormi Hawley was born on February 21, 1889 in Holyoke, Massachusetts, USA as Ormetta Grace Hawley. She was an actress, known for Michael Strogoff (1914), His Mistake (1912) and The Shanghaied Baby (1915). She was married to Charles Fulcher. She died on June 3, 1942 in Rome, New York, USA.

5 of Hearts

42. Wanda Hawley

Actress | Hearts and Spangles

Wanda Hawley was a popular leading lady of the silent era who specialized in sweet romantic comedies and romantic dramas. Due to Wanda's petite status, she billed herself as Wanda Petit for a brief period in her career. She rose to stardom in Cecil B. DeMille films and later starred in films for ...

Ace of Diamonds

43. Sessue Hayakawa

Actor | The Bridge on the River Kwai

Sessue Hayakawa was born in Chiba, Japan. His father was the provincial governor and his mother a member of an aristocratic family of the "samurai" class. The young Hayakawa wanted to follow in his father's footsteps and become a career officer in the Japanese navy, but he was turned down due to ...

7 of Diamonds

44. Frank Keenan

Actor | Brothers Divided

Frank was considered a "furniture actor" on stage. While on stage he was so often drunk that he had to lean on or hold onto furniture to keep from falling down. Known through the country for his stage work, he was ranked as one of the foremost stage artists prior to moving to Hollywood. Keenan's ...

8 of Hearts

45. Dorothy Kelly

Actress | Mother's Roses

Dorothy Kelly was born on February 12, 1894 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. She was an actress, known for Mother's Roses (1915), The Antique Engagement Ring (1914) and The Secret Kingdom (1917). She was married to Harvey Hevenor. She died on May 31, 1966 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA.

8 of Clubs

46. Charles Kent

Actor | As You Like It

After a distinguished career of more than 30 years on stage, Charles Kent entered the film industry in its earliest stages--his debut, as far as is known, was in 1908 in Macbeth (1908)). He was not only an actor but a director, and guided many upper-echelon films for Vitagraph, often starring in ...

5 of Spades

47. J. Warren Kerrigan

Actor | Captain Blood

Very popular American star of silent films who left the business at the height of his career. While barely in his teens, he worked as a warehouse clerk until a chance arrived to appear in a vaudeville production. He continued to act in traveling stock productions, though he took a brief time away ...

Jack of Diamonds (as Jack W. Kerrigan)

48. Florence La Badie

Actress | The Million Dollar Mystery

Early information on Florence La Badie is sketchy. She is thought to have been born in New York City in 1888, and was either taken away from or given up for adoption by her birth mother. Florence was adopted by a married couple named LaBadie, who legally gave the child their last name. Her adoptive...

Ace of Spades

49. George Larkin

Actor | The Lurking Peril

George Larkin was born on November 11, 1887 in New York City, New York, USA as George Alan Larkin. He was an actor and writer, known for The Lurking Peril (1919), The Apache Dancer (1923) and The Way of the Transgressor (1923). He was married to Ollie Kirby and Dolly Larkin. He died on March 27, ...

2 of Spades

50. Harold Lockwood

Actor | The Promise

A former salesman and vaudeville and stage actor, Harold Lockwood was one of the earliest romantic stars of American films. He was paired with Mary Pickford, Kathlyn Williams and Dorothy Davenport, among others, but his most popular films had him as the lover of May Allison, and they became one of ...

5 of Spades

51. Bert Lytell

Actor | Alias the Lone Wolf

Bert Lytell was born on February 24, 1885 in New York City, New York, USA as Bertram Mortimer Lytell. He was an actor and writer, known for Alias the Lone Wolf (1927), Obey the Law (1926) and A Message from Mars (1921). He was married to Grace Menken, Claire Windsor and Evelyn Vaughn. He died on ...

Ace of Spades

52. Douglas MacLean

Actor | Seven Keys to Baldpate

Douglas MacLean was born on January 10, 1890 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA as Charles Douglas MacLean. He was an actor and producer, known for Seven Keys to Baldpate (1925), Caught Plastered (1931) and Fuss and Feathers (1918). He was married to Florence Barton, Barbara Barondess, Lorraine ...

5 of Diamonds

53. Cleo Madison

Actress | A Soul Enslaved

Cleo Madison began her career with a theatrical company in Santa Barbara, California, in 1910. She stayed with the company for several years, and the troupe made the rounds of vaudeville and the theater circuit. Returning to California, and tired of touring, she decided to get into the motion ...

3 of Hearts

54. Vivian Martin

Actress | The Wax Model

On Broadway from 1901, vivacious, blond Vivian Martin was one of the first stars of the stage to be signed by the fledgling World Film Corporation in 1914 (then under the auspices of Arthur Spiegel and Lewis J. Selznick). Vivian's first step to fame had come in 1911, when the impresario George M. ...

3 of Clubs

55. Mary Maurice

Actress | Les miserables (Part II)

Originally a schoolteacher, Mary Maurice caught the acting bug and joined the Pittsburgh (PA) Stock Company in 1868. After a long and distinguished stage career she signed with Vitagraph and made her film debut in 1909. She appeared in almost 150 films for the company, and played mothers or ...

Queen of Spades

56. Gertrude McCoy

Actress | Nelson

Gertrude McCoy was born on June 30, 1890 in Sugar Valley, Georgia, USA as Gertrude Lyon. She was an actress and writer, known for Nelson (1926), The Blue Bird (1918) and A Royal Divorce (1923). She was married to Duncan McRae. She died on July 17, 1967 in Atlanta, Georgia.

4 of Clubs

57. Thomas Meighan

Actor | The Racket

Sadly, this once-popular silent screen star and older matinee idol for Paramount Studios, is all but forgotten today. Thomas "Tommy" Meighan was one of the rulers of the Hollywood roost, between the years 1915 and 1928. He was born in Pittsburgh, his father a president of a major manufacturing ...

Jack of Hearts

58. Violet Mersereau

Actress | Together

Violet Mersereau was born on October 2, 1892 in New York City, New York, USA. She was an actress, known for Together (1918), The Shepherd King (1923) and Nero (1922). She died on November 12, 1975 in Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA.

3 of Diamonds

59. Beatriz Michelena

Actress | Salvation Nell

Beatriz Michelena was born on February 22, 1890 in New York City, New York, USA. She was an actress and producer, known for Salvation Nell (1915), Salomy Jane (1914) and Just Squaw (1919). She was married to George E. Middleton. She died on October 10, 1942 in San Francisco, California, USA.

3 of Diamonds

60. W. Chrystie Miller

Actor | The Last Deal

W. Chrystie Miller was born on August 10, 1843 in Dayton, Ohio, USA as William Christy Miller. He was an actor, known for The Last Deal (1910), In Little Italy (1909) and Ramona (1910). He was married to Jennie Towell. He died on September 23, 1922 in Staten Island, New York, USA.

8 of Diamonds

61. Mary Miles Minter

Actress | Anne of Green Gables

Little Mary Miles Minter was a child star who was dominated by her mother. At the age of 5 she first appeared on the stage in the play "Cameo Kirby". From that time on she worked steadily without a single vacation. Her greatest stage success was in "The Littlest Rebel", with William Farnum and ...

9 of Diamonds

62. Tom Mix

Actor | Destry Rides Again

The son of a lumberman, Tom Mix joined the army as a young man and was an artillery sergeant during the Philippine campaign from 1898 to 1901, though he never saw action. In fact, Mix deserted from the army and carefully kept the facts about his military service a closely guarded secret. About 1903...

9 of Spades

63. Antonio Moreno

Actor | Creature from the Black Lagoon

A serious rival to Rudolph Valentino as the smouldering 'Latin Lover' type was black-haired Spanish-born Antonio Moreno. One of the most prominent screen stars of the 1920's, he was equally adept at romance, melodrama or comedy and appeared opposite most of the legendary movie queens of the era, ...

Jack of Spades

64. Harry T. Morey

Actor | Beating the Odds

Harry T. Morey was born on August 21, 1873 in Charlotte, Michigan, USA as Harold Temple Morey . He was an actor and cinematographer, known for Beating the Odds (1919), A Man's Home (1921) and Beyond the Rainbow (1922). He died on January 24, 1936 in Brooklyn, New York, USA.

6 of Diamonds; 8 of Spades

65. James Morrison

Actor | Captain Blood

James Morrison was born on November 15, 1888 in Mattoon, Illinois, USA as James Woods Morrison. He was an actor, known for Captain Blood (1924), The Sex Lure (1916) and The Count of Luxembourg (1926). He died on November 15, 1974 in New York City, New York, USA.

4 of Diamonds

66. Mabel Normand

Actress | Mickey

Mabel Normand was one of the comedy greats of early film. In an era when women are deemed 'not funny enough' it seems film history has forgotten her contributions. Her films debuted the Keystone Cops, Charlie Chaplin's tramp and the pie in the face gag. She co-starred with both Chaplin and Roscoe "...

10 of Clubs

67. Anna Pavlova

Actress | The Dumb Girl of Portici

Anna Pavlovna Pavlova was born on February 12, 1881, in Ligovo, near St. Petersburg, Russia. She was an illegitimate daughter to parents with Russian-Jewish background. Her real father was a wealthy businessman, named Lazar Polyakov. Her mother, named Lyubov Fedorovna Pavlova, was a poor peasant. ...

8 of Spades

68. House Peters

Actor | Raffles: The Amateur Cracksman

Born in Bristol, England. As a youth sailed around the world, worked in South Africa as a mining technician and served in the Boer War. Established England and America as a stage actor, he was hired by Jesse L. Lasky and quickly became a leading light of the silent film. His son, House Peters Jr., ...

4 of Diamonds

69. Kate Price

Actress | Quality Street

Kate Price was born on February 13, 1872 in Cork, Ireland as Katherine Duffy. She was an actress and writer, known for Quality Street (1927), Arizona (1918) and Amarilly of Clothes-Line Alley (1918). She was married to Joseph Price Ludwig (performer). She died on January 4, 1943 in Woodland Hills, ...

2 of Clubs

70. Billy Quirk

Actor | Algie, the Miner

Billy Quirk was born on March 27, 1873 in Jersey City, New Jersey, USA as William A. Quirk. He was an actor and director, known for Algie, the Miner (1912), The Man Worthwhile (1921) and Salomy Jane (1923). He was married to Patsy Jane Holcomb. He died on April 20, 1926 in Los Angeles, California, ...

5 of Diamonds

71. Wallace Reid

Actor | Carmen

The son of writer-theater producer-director-actor Hal Reid, Wallace was on stage by the age of four in the act with his parents. He spent most of his early years, not on the stage, but in private schools where he excelled in music and athletics. In 1910, his father went to the Chicago studio of "...

4 of Spades

72. Jack Richardson

Actor | The Midnight Express

Jack Richardson was born on November 18, 1870 in New York City, New York, USA as John Howard Richardson. He was an actor, known for The Midnight Express (1924), The Man from New Mexico (1932) and The Old Maid's Baby (1919). He was married to Louise Lester and Florence Stone. He died on June 12, ...

9 of Spades

73. Franklin Ritchie

Actor | The Hungarian Nabob

Franklin Ritchie was born on June 26, 1865 in Ritchie, Pennsylvania, USA as George Frank Ritchey. He was an actor, known for The Hungarian Nabob (1915), Adam Bede (1915) and The Ticket-of-Leave Man (1914). He was married to Bertha A. Herman. He died on January 26, 1918 in Los Angeles, California, ...

3 of Diamonds

74. Ruth Roland

Actress | The Avenging Arrow

Ruth Roland was, along with Pearl White, the queen of the early movie serials. She came from a show-business family, her father being a San Francisco theater manager and her mother a professional singer. Ruth made her acting debut at age 3-1/2, and soon became a professional actress and singer. Her...

Ace of Hearts (four versions)

75. William Sherwood

Actor | The Spell of the Yukon

William Sherwood was born in 1896 in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. He was an actor, known for The Spell of the Yukon (1916), The Ventures of Marguerite (1915) and The Jury of Fate (1917). He died on May 24, 1918 in Washington, District of Columbia, USA.

6 of Diamonds

76. Marguerite Snow

Actress | The Million Dollar Mystery

Although Marguerite Snow was born in Salt Lake City, her father--a comedian in vaudeville minstrel shows--traveled extensively, so she grew up all over the country. When her father died, she and her mother settled in Denver, Colorado. Marguerite took drama lessons with the intentions of becoming a ...

Ace of Clubs

77. Myrtle Stedman

Actress | The Silver Horde

Born in Chicago in 1885, silent screen actress Myrtle Stedman's (née Lincoln) musical talents developed quite early, finding herself on stage at age 12 singing light opera in the chorus. She had progressed to singing leads in shows by the time she decided to abandon her music career altogether for ...

Ace of Spades

78. Anita Stewart

Actress | The Lodge in the Wilderness

Anita Stewart was born on February 7, 1895 in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA as Anna M. Stewart. She was an actress and producer, known for The Lodge in the Wilderness (1926), A Midnight Romance (1919) and Her Kingdom of Dreams (1919). She was married to George Peabody Converse and Rudolph ...

8 of Diamonds

79. Ruth Stonehouse

Actress | Cinderella's Twin

Ruth Stonehouse started her show-business career early: she was a dancer in shows in Douglas, Arizona, at the age of eight. She grew up to be more than just an entertainer, however; she was an astute businesswoman and, with Gilbert M. 'Broncho Billy' Anderson and George K. Spoor, started Essanay ...

6 of Clubs (two versions)

80. Edith Storey

Actress | The Christian

According to an article in The Paterson (New Jersey) Morning Call of 15 April 1921, she had just returned "...to the screen after a long absence, during which she was busy making history in Europe as a driver of one of the American hospital corps ambulances." Other accounts say she did this in New ...

Queen of Clubs (2 versions)

81. Blanche Sweet

Actress | Judith of Bethulia

Born into a family of show people, Blanche first appeared on the stage when she was 18 months old. Blanche was a dancer by the time she was four and a talented actress by 1909 when she started work at Biograph with D.W. Griffith. At 14, she was two years younger than Mary Pickford, but her maturity...

2 of Diamonds

82. Constance Talmadge

Actress | Intolerance: Love's Struggle Throughout the Ages

She was blonde; star sister Norma Talmadge was brunette. She was buoyant and a comedienne; Norma was introspective and a tragedienne. Nicknamed "Dutch" by her stage mother Peg as she looked like a cherubic Little Dutch Boy, silver screen star Constance Talmadge was one of silent pictures' most ...

8 of Clubs (solo); 9 of Clubs (with sister Norma Talmadge)

83. Norma Talmadge

Actress | Smilin' Through

Norma Talmadge was born on May 26, 1895, in Jersey City, New Jersey. The daughter of an unemployed alcoholic and his wife, Norma did not have the idyllic childhood that most of us yearn for. Her father left the family on Christmas Day and his wife and three daughters had to fend for themselves. Her...

9 of Clubs (two versions: one solo; one with sister Constance Talmadge)

84. Olive Thomas

Actress | Beatrice Fairfax

Oliva R. Duffy was born on October 20, 1894, in Charleroi, Pennsylvania, the eldest of three children, with two younger brothers. Olive or Ollie, as she was known to family and friends, did not have much of a childhood. Life in industrial Pittsburgh was depressing and grim with its smoky factories ...

8 of Clubs

85. Richard Travers

Actor | The Man Trail

Richard Travers was born on April 15, 1885 in Sarnia, Ontario, Canada as Richard Campbell Tibb. He was an actor and director, known for The Man Trail (1915), In the Palace of the King (1915) and The Verdict (1914). He was married to Violet Palmer, Lillian May Cattell aka May Franklin and Augusta ...

4 of Spades; 9 of Spades

86. Lenore Ulric

Actress | Camille

Lenore Ulric was born in New Ulm, Minnesota, on July 21, 1892. She was largely a character actress who appeared in only thirteen films in her in a career that spanned from 1915 to 1947. Lenore was 23 years old when she acted her first production The Better Woman (1915). After The Road to Love (1916)...

2 of Hearts

87. Wally Van

Director | The Evil Eye

Wally Van was born on September 27, 1880 in New Hyde Park, New York, USA. He was an actor and director, known for The Evil Eye (1920), Slave of Desire (1923) and The Fates and Flora Fourflush (1914). He was married to Nitra Frazer. He died on May 9, 1974 in Englewood, New Jersey, USA.

2 of Diamonds

88. Lillian Walker

Actress | Hearts and the Highway

Born in Brooklyn, New York, Lillian Walker was a 22-year-old showgirl appearing in "The Follies of 1910" on Broadway, when Vitagraph Studios head J. Stuart Blackton saw a picture of her and snapped her up for a role in The Inherited Taint (1911). She developed into one of Vitagraph's top stars, ...

Queen of Hearts

89. George Walsh

Actor | A Manhattan Knight

George Walsh was born on March 16, 1889 in New York City, New York, USA. He was an actor and assistant director, known for A Manhattan Knight (1920), With Stanley in Africa (1922) and American Pluck (1925). He was married to Seena Owen. He died on June 13, 1981 in Pomona, California, USA.

5 of Spades

90. Henry B. Walthall

Actor | Chandu the Magician

Henry B. Walthall was a respected stage actor who became a favorite of pioneering film director D.W. Griffith. Born in 1878 in Alabama, Walthall embarked on a law career but quit law school in 1898 to enlist in the US Army in order to fight in the Spanish-American War. Returning from the war he ...

6 of Spades

91. Fannie Ward

Actress | The Cheat

Fannie Ward was a star of light comedies on Broadway and in vaudeville. Internationally famous, she was at the height of her career in the first decade of the 20th century. She debuted on Broadway at 19 in "Pippino" (1890). She went on to starring roles in "The Marriage of William Ashe", "Madam ...

Queen of Spades

92. H.B. Warner

Actor | It's a Wonderful Life

Henry Byron Warner was the definitive cinematic Jesus Christ in Cecil B. DeMille's The King of Kings (1927). He was born into a prominent theatrical family on October 26, 1875 in London. His father was Charles Warner, and his grandfather was James Warner, both prominent English actors. He replaced ...

King of Hearts

93. Bryant Washburn

Actor | Captain Midnight

Bryant Washburn was born on April 28, 1889 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as Franklin Bryant Washburn III. He was an actor and producer, known for Captain Midnight (1942), Hungry Hearts (1922) and Skinner's Bubble (1917). He was married to Virginia Vance and Mabel Forrest. He died on April 30, 1963 in ...

10 of Spades

94. Pearl White

Actress | The Perils of Pauline

Born on her father's farm in Green Ridge, Missouri, the youngest of five children. Moved with her family to Springfield, Missouri, where she grew up. Joined the Diemer Theatre Company during her second year of high school, and went on the road with a touring stock company at age 18, in 1907. Signed...

6 of Hearts

95. Crane Wilbur

Writer | Outside the Wall

Actor, screenwriter and director Crane Wilbur was born Erwin Crane Wilbur on November 17, 1886, in Athens, NY. The nephew of the great stage actor Tyrone Power Sr., Wilbur first took to the boards as an actor, making his Broadway debut billed as Erwin Crane Wilbur on June 3, 1903, in a trilogy of ...

7 of Diamonds; Jack of Hearts

96. Earle Williams

Actor | The Scarlet Runner

Earle Williams was born on February 28, 1880 in Sacramento, California, USA as Earle Rafael Williams. He was an actor and writer, known for The Scarlet Runner (1916), Arsene Lupin (1917) and The Wolf (1919). He was married to Florine Walz. He died on April 25, 1927 in Hollywood, California.

King of Spades

97. Kathlyn Williams

Actress | The Rosary

Pioneer silver screen star Kathlyn Williams is primarily known as the spry blonde of the very first Hollywood cliffhanger, The Adventures of Kathlyn (1913), in which her real first name was used in the title. This accomplishment has resulted in many reference works mistakenly referring to her as an...

2 of Clubs

98. Clara Kimball Young

Actress | The Common Law

Clara Kimball Young was born Clarisa Kimball on September 6, 1890, to Edward Kimball and the former Mrs. E.M. Kimball, traveling stock company actors with the Holden Co. Though she claimed Chicago as her birthplace, there are no records of her being born in Cook County--which includes Chicago--and ...

7 of Hearts (two versions)



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