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Claire McDowell (1877–1966)

Claire McDowell was born on November 2, 1877 in New York City, New York, USA. She was an actress, known for The Big Parade (1925), Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (1925) and The Mark of Zorro (1920). She was married to Charles Hill Mailes. She died on October 23, 1966 in Hollywood, California, USA. See full bio »

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The Big Parade Mrs. Apperson
The Mark of Zorro Doña Catalina Pulido
Prisoners of Love Her Mother


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 1945 Adventure
Woman in Library (uncredited)
 1945 Having Wonderful Crime
Guest (uncredited)
 1944 The Thin Man Goes Home
Train Passenger in Passageway (uncredited)
 1944 Are These Our Parents?
Miss Winfield
 1944 Andy Hardy's Blonde Trouble
Dr. Standish's Servant (uncredited)
 1944 Men on Her Mind
Mother Goodwin
 1943 Teen Age
Mrs. Mary Abbott
 1943 Black Market Rustlers
Mrs. Prescott (uncredited)
 1943 Du Barry Was a Lady
Subway Passenger (uncredited)
 1943 This Land Is Mine
Woman in Bathroom (uncredited)
 1943 Presenting Lily Mars
Dowager (uncredited)
 1943 Hangmen Also Die!
Counterwoman (uncredited)
 1943 The Human Comedy
Woman on Street (uncredited)
 1943 The Youngest Profession
Woman (uncredited)
 1942 Keeper of the Flame
Mourner (uncredited)
 1942 Reap the Wild Wind
Ettie (uncredited)
 1941 Lady Scarface
Mrs. Tuckerman (uncredited)
 1941 Your Last Act (Short)
Old Lady with Memories (uncredited)
 1941 More Trifles of Importance (Short)
Duchess (uncredited)
 1941 Whispers (Short)
Gossip (uncredited)
 1941 Respect the Law (Short)
Nun (uncredited)
 1940 Third Finger, Left Hand
Witness at wedding (uncredited)
 1940 Dr. Kildare Goes Home
Nurse for Mr. Winslow (uncredited)
 1940 The Golden Fleecing
Pedestrian (uncredited)
 1940 A Failure at Fifty (Short)
Minor Role (uncredited)
 1940 The Captain Is a Lady
Old Lady (uncredited)
 1940 Young Tom Edison
Woman at Station (uncredited)
 1939 Joe and Ethel Turp Call on the President
Gossiper (uncredited)
 1939 Those High Grey Walls
Mother (uncredited)
 1939 Thunder Afloat
Nurse (uncredited)
 1939 One Against the World (Short)
Jane Todd Crawford (uncredited)
 1939 Miracles for Sale
Jack of Diamonds Woman (uncredited)
 1939 Angel of Mercy (Short)
Mother (uncredited)
 1939 Idiot's Delight
Crying Mother (uncredited)
 1939 Stand Up and Fight
Woman (uncredited)
 1938 Boys Town
Catholic Nun (uncredited)
 1938 The Man on the Rock (Short)
Napoleon's Mother (uncredited)
 1938 They're Always Caught (Short)
Mrs. Fletcher (uncredited)
 1938 Three Comrades
Landlady Frau Zalewski (uncredited)
 1938 Test Pilot
Funeral Home Associate (uncredited)
 1937 Decathlon Champion: The Story of Glenn Morris (Short)
Glenn's Mother (uncredited)
 1937 A Night at the Movies (Short)
Movie Patron (uncredited)
 1937 Give Till It Hurts (Short)
Door-to-Door Saleswoman (uncredited)
 1937 High, Wide and Handsome
Seamstress (uncredited)
 1937 Two-Fisted Sheriff
Miss Herrick - Molly's Aunt
 1937 Song of Revolt (Short)
Artistocratic Dowager (uncredited)
 1937 Criminal Lawyer
Night Court Judge (uncredited)
 1936 Small Town Girl
Woman in Bed (uncredited)
 1936 August Week End
Alma Washburne
 1935 Murder by Television
Mrs. Houghland
 1935 Black Fury
Nurse (uncredited)
 1934 Imitation of Life
Teacher Outside Classroom (uncredited)
 1934 Two Heads on a Pillow
Mrs. Helen Gorman
 1934 British Agent
Woman Saying 'Lenin will Live' (uncredited)
 1934 Dr. Monica
Miss Bryerly (uncredited)
 1934 Journal of a Crime
Sister at Hospital (uncredited)
 1934 It Happened One Night
Mother on Bus (uncredited)
 1934 Bedside
Nurse (uncredited)
 1933 Wild Boys of the Road
Mrs. Smith
 1933 Paddy the Next Best Thing
Miss Breen (uncredited)
 1933 By Appointment Only
Mrs. Mary Carroll
 1933 The Working Man
Benjamin's Secretary
 1933 Central Airport
Mrs. Blaine
 1932 Lawyer Man
Gilmurry's Secretary (uncredited)
 1932 The Phantom Express
Ma Nolan
 1932 A Successful Calamity
Struthers' Secretary (uncredited)
 1932 Cornered
Jane's Aunt
 1932 Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm
Mrs. Randall (uncredited)
 1932 The Strange Love of Molly Louvain
Mrs. Schiller (uncredited)
 1932 The Famous Ferguson Case
The Brookses' Landlady (uncredited)
 1932 Union Depot
Little Boy's Mother (uncredited)
 1931 Manhattan Parade
Nancy - the Maid (uncredited)
 1931 Under Eighteen
Seamstress (uncredited)
 1931 An American Tragedy
Mrs. Samuel Griffiths
 1930 Mothers Cry
Mary's Mother (uncredited)
 1930 Brothers
Mrs. Bess Naughton
 1930 Wild Company
Mrs. Laura Grayson
 1930 The Big House
Mrs. Marlowe
 1930 Young Desire
Mrs. Spencer
 1930 The Second Floor Mystery
Aunt Hattie
 1930 Redemption
Anna Pavlovna
 1929 Whispering Winds
Mrs. Benton
 1929 The Quitter
Mrs. Abbott
 1929 Silks and Saddles
Mrs. Calhoun
 1929 The Flying Fleet
Mrs. Hastings - Anita's Mother (uncredited)
 1929 When Dreams Come True
Martha Shelby
 1928 Marriage by Contract
 1928 The Viking
Lady Editha (as Claire MacDowell)
 1928 4 Devils
 1928 Don't Marry
Aunt Abigail Bowen
 1928 The Tragedy of Youth
 1927/I Almost Human
Mrs. Livingston
 1927 The Shield of Honor
Mrs. MacDowell
 1927 Winds of the Pampas
Doña Maria Casandos
 1927 Tillie the Toiler
Ma Jones
 1927 The Black Diamond Express
Martha Foster
 1927 The Taxi Dancer
Aunt Mary
 1927 Cheaters
Mrs. Robin Carter
 1927 The Auctioneer
Mrs. Tim Eagan
 1927 A Little Journey
Aunt Louise
 1926 The Flaming Forest
Mrs. McTavish
 1926 The Show-Off
Mom Fisher (as Clare Mc Dowell)
 1926 The Unknown Soldier
John Phillips' sister
 1926 The Shamrock Handicap
Molly O'Shea
 1926 The Dixie Merchant
Josephine Fippany
 1926 The Devil's Circus
Mrs. Peterson
 1925 Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ
Princess of Hur
 1925 The Midnight Flyer
Liza Slater
 1925 The Big Parade
Mrs. Apperson
 1925 One of the Bravest
Mrs. Kelly
 1925 The Tower of Lies
 1925 Dollar Down
Mrs. Meadows -Ruth's Sister
 1925 Waking Up the Town
Mrs. Joyce
 1925 The Reckless Sex
 1924 Those Who Dare
Mrs. Rollins
 1924 A Fight for Honor
Mrs. Hill
 1924 Secrets
Elizabeth Channing
 1924 Thy Name Is Woman
Juan's Mother
 1924 Leave It to Gerry
Mrs. Brent
 1924 The Judgment of the Storm
Mrs. Heath
 1923 Black Oxen
Agnes Trevor
 1923 Ponjola
Mrs. Hope
 1923 Ashes of Vengeance
Margot's Aunt
 1923 Circus Days
 1923 Human Wreckage
Mrs. Brown
 1923 Michael O'Halloran
Nancy Harding
 1923 The West~Bound Limited
Mrs. Bill Buckley
 1922 Quincy Adams Sawyer
Mrs. Putnam
 1922 Heart's Haven
May Caroline
 1922 In the Name of the Law
Mrs. O'Hara
 1922 Nice People
Margaret Rainsford
 1922 The Lying Truth
Mrs. Sam Clairborne
 1922 The Ragged Heiress
Sylvia Moreton
 1922 Penrod
Mrs. Schofield
 1922 The Gray Dawn
Mrs. Bennett
 1922 Rent Free
Countess de Mourney
 1921 Love Never Dies
Liz Trott
 1921 Wealth
Mrs. Dominick
 1921 Mother o' Mine
Mrs. Sheldon
 1921 What Every Woman Knows
Comtesse de la Brière
 1921 Chickens
Aunt Rebecca
 1921 Prisoners of Love
Her Mother
 1920 Midsummer Madness
Mrs. Osborne
 1920 The Mark of Zorro
Doña Catalina Pulido
 1920 Something to Think About
 1920 The Jack-Knife Man
Lize Merdin (as Claire MacDowell)
 1920 Through Eyes of Men
Mrs. Virginia All
 1920 Blind Youth
Elizabeth Monnier (as Claire MacDowell)
 1920 The Devil's Riddle
Mrs. Potts
 1920 The Gift Supreme
Lalia Graun
 1920 The Woman in the Suitcase
Mrs. James B. Moreland
 1919 The Feud
Mary Lynch
 1919 Heart o' the Hills
Martha Hawn
 1919 Chasing Rainbows
Mrs. Walters
 1919 Prudence on Broadway
Miss Grayson
 1919 The Follies Girl
 1919 Rosalind at Redgate (Short)
 1918 The Return of Mary
Mrs. John Denby Sr.
 1918 Closin' In
 1918 You Can't Believe Everything
Grace Dardley
 1918 Isn't It Warm? (Short)
 1918 Captain of His Soul
Annette De Searcy
 1918 The Man Above the Law
 1917 The Ship of Doom
Clara Gove
 1917 Fighting Back
The Fury
 1917 The Storm Woman (Short)
Maria Martelli
 1917 A Romany Rose (Short)
Rozeska's Mother
 1917 A Dream of Egypt (Short)
 1917 The Empty Gun (Short)
 1917 The Clean-Up
Vera Vincent
 1917 The Black Mantilla (Short)
 1917 Doomed (Short)
Anne Blackwood
 1917 The Pace That Kills (Short)
The Wife
 1917 The Bronze Bride
 1917 The Gates of Doom
Indore / Agatha
 1917 The Rented Man (Short)
 1917 Avarice (Short)
The Miserly Old Woman
 1917 The White Raven
 1916 The Right to Be Happy
Mrs. Cratchit
 1916 Mixed Blood
Nita Valyez
 1916 Sea Mates (Short)
Jane Lavoir
 1916 Somewhere on the Battle Field (Short)
Fraulein Emma
 1916 Husks of Love (Short)
Mary Holmes
 1916 The Caravan (Short)
 1916 The Lady from the Sea (Short)
The Shipwrecked Girl
 1916 Merry Mary (Short)
Miss Twemlow
 1916 Celeste (Short)
The Artist's Wife
 1916 Paths That Crossed (Short)
Madame de Lisle
 1916 A Grip of Gold (Short)
Kate Wiggin
 1916 What Happened to Peggy (Short)
 1916 His White Lie (Short)
Linda Ford - Peter's Ward
 1916 The Chain of Evidence (Short)
 1915 Cupid Entangled (Short)
The Actress
 1915 Love's Enduring Flame (Short)
Elice Carter
 1915 Eyes of the Soul (Short)
The Blind Woman
 1915 The Passing Storm (Short)
The Blacksmith's Wife
 1915 Bad Money (Short)
 1915 The Inevitable (Short)
The Wife
 1915 Her Renunciation (Short)
Miriam Drayton
 1915 Behind the Mask (Short)
Mrs. Rathbone
 1915 A Lasting Lesson (Short)
The Daughter
 1915 The Stranger in the Valley (Short)
Mabel Burton
 1915 Ashes of Inspiration (Short)
Mrs. Adrian West
 1915 Mrs. Randolph's New Secretary (Short)
Mrs. Randolph
 1915 His Singular Lesson (Short)
Mrs. Smith - the Wife
 1915 As It Happened (Short)
The Ranchman's Daughter
 1915 Old Offenders (Short)
Joe's Wife
 1915 Her Convert (Short)
The Old Inventor's Daughter
 1915 The Way Out (Short)
The Young School Teacher
 1915 Her Dormant Love (Short)
The Discontented Wife
 1915 Truth Stranger Than Fiction (Short)
 1915 The Canceled Mortgage (Short)
The Widowed Mother
 1915 A Day's Adventure (Short)
Hogan's Moll
 1915 The Gambler's I.O.U. (Short)
Nell - Daddy Wilson's Daughter
 1915 The Miser's Legacy (Short)
The Crook's Wife
 1915 The Sheriff's Dilemma (Short)
 1915 The Box of Chocolates (Short)
Lorimer's Daughter
 1915 The Borrowed Necklace (Short)
Florence Barlow
 1915 The Dancer's Ruse (Short)
Lydia - the Dancer
 1915 The Inevitable Retribution (Short)
His wife
 1915 From the Shadow (Short)
His daughter
 1914 The Bond Sinister (Short)
The Jeweler's Daughter
 1914 Just a Kid (Short)
Alice - Jim's Best Girl
 1914 His Old Pal's Sacrifice (Short)
The Nurse
 1914 The Child Thou Gavest Me (Short)
Mrs. Graham
 1914 The Dole of Destiny (Short)
Ruth - the Planter's Daugher
 1914 The Tides of Sorrow (Short)
 1914 Their Soldier Boy (Short)
The Young Man's Sweetheart
 1914 The Guiding Fate (Short)
The Wife
 1914 The Gold Thief (Short)
The Stenographer
 1914 The Indian (Short)
 1914 The Peddler's Bag (Short)
The Gamekeeper's Faithful Wife
 1914 The New Reporter (Short)
The Newspaper Owner's Daughter
 1914 Men and Women (Short)
Mrs. Stephen Rodman
 1914 The Man and the Master (Short)
 1914 The Cracksman's Gratitude (Short)
 1914 The Ragamuffin (Short)
The Schoolteacher
 1914 Her Mother's Weakness (Short)
The Daughter
 1914 The Scar (Short)
The Wife
 1914 Her Hand (Short)
 1914 For Auld Lang Syne (Short)
The Wife
 1914 A Nest Unfeathered (Short)
 1914 His Fireman's Conscience (Short)
Mrs. Daily
 1914/II The Fatal Wedding (Short)
 1914 Waifs (Short)
 1914 Concentration (Short)
The Mother
 1913 The Abandoned Well (Short)
The Widow
 1913 For Her Government (Short)
 1913 Beyond All Law (Short)
 1913 The House of Discord (Short)
The Sister-in-Law (unconfirmed)
 1913 All for Science (Short)
 1913 The Detective's Stratagem (Short)
Kate, the Bank Clerk's Sweetheart
 1913 Diversion (Short)
Mrs. Wilson
 1913 The Stopped Clock (Short)
The Antique Dealer's Daughter
 1913 The Van Nostrand Tiara (Short)
 1913 A Tender-Hearted Crook (Short)
 1913 The Law and His Son (Short)
Marguerite, Manning's Sister
 1913 The Stolen Treaty (Short)
 1913 The Strong Man's Burden (Short)
Ida Glynn, The Nurse
 1913 The Crook and the Girl (Short)
The Uncle's Adopted Daughter
 1913 The Work Habit (Short)
The Daughter in the City
 1913 I Was Meant for You (Short)
 1913 Under the Shadow of the Law (Short)
John Haywood's Sister
 1913 The Vengeance of Galora (Short)
 1913 The Mirror (Short)
 1913 A Gambler's Honor (Short)
 1913 The Enemy's Baby (Short)
Miller's Wife
 1913 A Gamble with Death (Short)
 1913 The Switch Tower (Short)
The Switchman's Wife
 1913 The Well (Short)
The Farmer's Wife
 1913 The Ranchero's Revenge (Short)
The Schemer's Associate
 1913 Olaf-An Atom (Short)
A Parent
 1913 The House of Darkness (Short)
The Doctor's Wife
 1913 The Stolen Loaf (Short)
The Rich Woman
 1913 The Tenderfoot's Money (Short)
The Prospector's Wife
 1913/II The Wanderer (Short)
The Female Lover
 1913 The Stolen Bride (Short)
The Wife
 1913 A Welcome Intruder (Short)
A Widow
 1913 The Unwelcome Guest (Short)
The Son's Wife
 1913 The Wrong Bottle (Short)
The Blind Sister
 1913 Drink's Lure (Short)
The Neglected Wife
 1913 A Father's Lesson (Short)
The Wife
 1913 A Misappropriated Turkey (Short)
Mrs. Fallon / Widow Logan
 1913 The Telephone Girl and the Lady (Short)
The Lady
 1912 The God Within (Short)
The Woodsman's Wife
 1912 A Cry for Help (Short)
The Thief's Wife - the Charity Patient
 1912 The Massacre (Short)
Stephen's Belle - In Prologue
 1912 The New York Hat (Short)
First Gossip
 1912 A Sailor's Heart (Short)
The Sailor's Third Sweetheart
 1912 In the Aisles of the Wild (Short)
The Elder Daughter
 1912 So Near, Yet So Far (Short)
Rich Woman in Other Town
 1912 Two Daughters of Eve (Short)
The Mother
 1912 In the North Woods (Short)
The Trapper's Wife
 1912 A Child's Remorse (Short)
The Child's Mother
 1912 The Sands of Dee (Short)
The Artist's Fiancée
 1912 Man's Genesis (Short)
Tribe Member (unconfirmed)
 1912 Trying to Fool Uncle (Short)
Dick's Wife
 1912 The School Teacher and the Waif (Short)
The Street Fakir's Sweetheart
 1912 Lena and the Geese (Short)
Lena's Mother
 1912 A Temporary Truce (Short)
Mexican Jim's Wife
 1912 When Kings Were the Law (Short)
A Lady-in-Waiting
 1912 When the Fire-Bells Rang (Short)
An Actress
 1912 The Old Actor (Short)
At Audition
 1912 The Fickle Spaniard (Short)
 1912 The Leading Man (Short)
A Boarder
 1912 The Female of the Species (Short)
The Miner's Wife
 1912 Iola's Promise (Short)
Undetermined Secondary Role (uncredited)
 1912 A String of Pearls (Short)
The Italian Shoemaker's Wife
 1912 The Sunbeam (Short)
The Spinster
 1912 Under Burning Skies (Short)
The Friend
 1912 Billy's Stratagem (Short)
Billy's Mother
 1912 A Blot on the 'Scutcheon (Short)
Gwendolyn - Tresham's Cousin
 1912 The Baby and the Stork (Short)
Bobby's Mother
 1911/I As in a Looking Glass
The Wife
 1911 The Failure (Short)
 1911 A Woman Scorned (Short)
The Doctor's Wife
 1911 The Long Road (Short)
Ned's Wife
 1911 The Adventures of Billy (Short)
Rich Woman
 1911 The Unveiling (Short)
 1911 Josh's Suicide (Short)
Girl at party
 1911 The Making of a Man (Short)
 1911 The Squaw's Love (Short)
Silver Fawn
 1911 Swords and Hearts (Short)
Irene Lambert
 1911 The Sorrowful Example (Short)
The Wife
 1911 The Ruling Passion (Short)
Billy's Mother
 1911 A Country Cupid (Short)
The Half-Wit's Mother
 1911 The Primal Call (Short)
The Woman
 1911 A Romany Tragedy (Short)
The Elder Sister
 1911 The Crooked Road (Short)
A Neighbor
 1911 The Manicure Lady (Short)
Lunchroom Hostess
 1911 In the Days of '49 (Short)
Edith Weston - Bill's Wife
 1911 Misplaced Jealousy (Short)
The Manicurist
 1911/I The Chief's Daughter (Short)
Susan - Frank's Fiancée
 1911 The Broken Cross (Short)
Kate's Mother
 1911 The Spanish Gypsy (Short)
 1911 Cured (Short)
Old Woman
 1911 Conscience (Short)
A Maid
 1911 A Decree of Destiny (Short)
The Nun
 1911 Fisher Folks (Short)
At Fair
 1911 What Shall We Do with Our Old? (Short)
The Old Carpenter's Wife
 1911 Three Sisters (Short)
Investigating Committee
 1911 Fate's Turning (Short)
At Hotel / At Wedding
 1911 His Trust Fulfilled (Short)
Mrs. Frazier
 1911 The Italian Barber (Short)
At Ball
 1910 The Recreation of an Heiress (Short)
The Heiress' Maid
 1910 His Sister-In-Law (Short)
The Maiden Aunt
 1910 The Golden Supper (Short)
 1910 Happy Jack, a Hero (Short)
The Maid
 1910 A Child's Stratagem (Short)
The Designing Woman
 1910 His New Lid (Short)
 1910 Simple Charity (Short)
Charity Worker
 1910 The Fugitive (Short)
Woman in Farewell Crowd
 1910 Waiter No. 5 (Short)
The Chief of Police's Wife
 1910 Two Little Waifs (Short)
 1910 The Message of the Violin (Short)
The Other Woman's Servant
 1910 A Lucky Toothache (Short)
A Cousin
 1910 How Hubby Got a Raise (Short)
Neighbor (uncredited)
 1910 The Iconoclast (Short)
The Worker's Wife
 1910 Rose o' Salem Town (Short)
Indian / Puritan
 1910 The Oath and the Man (Short)
 1910 A Mohawk's Way (Short)
Indian Mother
 1910 A Summer Idyll (Short)
At Party
 1910 Muggsy Becomes a Hero (Short)
One of the Sisters Frost
 1910 Wilful Peggy (Short)
The Maid
 1910 The Usurer (Short)
Despairing Mother / One of the Third Debtors
 1910 A Flash of Light (Short)
At First Party
 1910 Love Among the Roses (Short)
 1910 His Last Burglary (Short)
 1908 The Call of the Wild (Short)
Party Guest
 1908 The Planter's Wife (Short)
Mrs. John Holland
 1908/I The Devil (Short)
Mrs. Harold Thornton
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Stage Play: Hearts Are Trumps. Melodrama. Written by Cecil Raleigh. Garden Theatre: 21 Feb 1900- May 1900 (closing date unknown/93 performances). Cast: Edwin Arden, Amelia Bingham, May Buckley [Broadway debut], Jessie Busley, William Cullington, Philip Cunningham, Henry Davis, Cecil B. DeMille [Broadway debut], Nora Dunblane, Carl Eckstrom... See more »

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