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Ben F. Wilson (1876–1930)

Ben F. Wilson, the prolific actor and director of the silent era, was born on July 7, 1876, in Corning, NY. His career as an actor began as most other thespians did in that era--as a member of a theatrical stock company. The stock companies that employed Wilson worked the East Coast circuits. The original "Hollywood" was Fort Lee, NJ, since the "... See full bio »

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West of the Law John Adams


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 1930 Shadow Ranch
Henchman Tex (uncredited)
 1929 Bye, Bye, Buddy
Maj. Horton (as Ben Wilson)
 1929 China Slaver
Sam Warren (as Ben Wilson)
 1929 Girls Who Dare
Robert Randolf (as Ben Wilson)
 1927 The Range Riders
Sra. Shannon (as Ben Wilson)
 1927 Riders of the West (as Ben Wilson)
 1927 A Yellow Streak (as Ben Wilson)
 1927 The Mystery Brand (as Ben Wilson)
 1926 Sheriff's Girl
Sheriff John Arden
 1926 West of the Law
John Adams (as Ben Wilson)
 1926 Wolves of the Desert (as Ben Wilson)
 1926 The Baited Trap
Jim Banning (as Ben Wilson)
 1926 Officer '444'
Officer 444
 1926 Rainbow Riley
Capt. Jones (as Ben Wilson)
 1926 Fort Frayne
Capt. Malcolm Teale (as Ben Wilson)
 1925 A Daughter of the Sioux
John Field (as Ben Wilson)
 1925 Tonio, Son of the Sierras
Lt. Harris (as Ben Wilson)
 1925 Warrior Gap
Capt. Deane (as Ben Wilson)
 1925 The Man from Lone Mountain
John Milton (as Ben Wilson)
 1925 The Mystery Box
Jack Harvey
 1925 The Fugitive
The Man (as Ben Wilson)
 1925 The Power God
Jim Thorpe
 1925 Renegade Holmes, M.D.
Renegade Holmes, M.D. (as Ben Wilson)
 1925 Sand Blind
Dick (as Ben Wilson)
 1925 Vic Dyson Pays
'Mad' Vic Dyson (as Ben Wilson)
 1924 Notch Number One
Tom Watson (as Ben Wilson)
 1924 His Majesty the Outlaw
King Carson
 1924 The Desert Hawk
Hollister (as Ben Wilson)
 1923 Hangin' Around (Short) (unconfirmed)
 1922 Family Affairs (Short)
 1921 The Mysterious Pearl
Scott Mallory (as Ben Wilson)
 1921 Dangerous Paths
John Emerson (as Ben Wilson)
 1920 Bill's Wife (Short)
Bill (as Ben Wilson)
 1920 The Branded Four
A.B.C. Drake
 1920 The Screaming Shadow
John Rand (as Ben Wilson)
 1919 Tailor Maid (Short)
Mr. Jarr (as Ben Wilson)
 1919 Bill's Anniversary (Short)
Bill (as Ben Wilson)
 1919 Bill's Atonement (Short)
Bill (as Ben Wilson)
 1919 The Trail of the Octopus
Carter Holmes (as Ben Wilson)
 1919 Bill's Finish (Short)
Bill Jones (as Ben Wilson)
 1919 Bill's Hat (Short)
Bill (as Ben Wilson)
 1919 The Blue Bonnet
Jairus Drake (as Ben Wilson)
 1919 Castles in the Air
Eddie Lintner (as Ben Wilson)
 1919 When a Woman Strikes (as Ben Wilson)
 1919 Them Eyes (Short) (as Ben Wilson)
 1918 The Beautiful Liar (Short) (as Ben Wilson)
 1918 Let's Fight (Short) (as Ben Wilson)
 1917 The Mystery Ship
Miles Gaston Jr.
 1917 The Spindle of Life
'Alphabet' Carter
 1917 Even As You and I
 1917 The Voice on the Wire
John Shirley (as Ben Wilson)
 1917 A Wife's Folly (Short)
Johan (as Ben Wilson)
 1916 The Mainspring
Lawrence Ashmore / Larry Craven (as Ben Wilson)
 1916 The Thread of Life (Short)
Dr. Carl Renard (as Ben Wilson)
 1916 Society's Hypocrites (Short)
Lone Eagle (as Ben Wilson)
 1916 In the Heart of New York (Short)
Hugh Van Dyke (as Ben Wilson)
 1916 Idle Wives (Short)
Mr. Jamison
 1916 The Broken Spur (Short)
Jacques Durand / Silent Jose Dayton (dual role) (as Ben Wilson)
 1916 The Laugh of Scorn (Short)
John Harding (as Ben Wilson)
 1916 Beyond the Trail (Short)
John Blakely (as Ben Wilson)
 1916/II Aschenbrödel (Short)
The Policeman
 1916 A Lucky Gold Piece (Short)
Bob Dunn (as Ben Wilson)
 1916 The Circular Room (Short)
Stuart Travers (as Ben Wilson)
 1916 The Head of the Family (Short)
Hugh Van Schuyler (as Ben Wilson)
 1916 The Fool (Short)
Hugh Hardy (as Ben Wilson)
 1916 The Finer Metal (Short)
Jerome Hartley (as Ben Wilson)
 1916 The Sheriff of Pine Mountain (Short)
Ben Haskell (as Ben Wilson)
 1916 The Code of His Ancestors (Short)
Stephen Carter (as Ben Wilson)
 1916 A Gentle Volunteer (Short)
Paul (as Ben Wilson)
 1916 Harmony in A Flat (Short)
Benjamin Holbrook (as Ben Wilson)
 1916 A Wife at Bay (Short)
Frank Lane (as Ben Wilson)
 1916 Their Anniversary (Short)
Mr. Osborne (as Ben Wilson)
 1916 His World of Darkness (Short)
Philip Kent (as Ben Wilson)
 1916 The Still Voice (Short)
Dr. Robert Durant (as Ben Wilson)
 1916 A Social Outcast (Short)
Benjamin Blair (as Ben Wilson)
 1916 His Brother's Pal (Short)
Dr. Jack Halliday (as Ben Wilson)
 1916 Saved by a Song (Short)
John Meadows (as Ben Wilson)
 1916/I Borrowed Plumes (Short)
Hugh Bryant (as Ben Wilson)
 1916 One Who Passed by (Short)
Willard Wright (as Ben Wilson)
 1916 In His Own Trap (Short)
John Mayne - Attorney (as Ben Wilson)
 1916 Shattered Nerves (Short)
Ted Harrison (as Ben Wilson)
 1915 The Bachelor's Christmas (Short)
Hugh Travers (as Ben Wilson)
 1915 Juror Number Seven (Short)
Jim Hunter (as Ben Wilson)
 1915 The Mystery of the Locked Room (Short)
Richard Hardy (as Ben Wilson)
 1915 The Parson of Pine Mountain (Short)
The Parson of Pine Mountain (as Ben Wilson)
 1915 The Springtime of the Spirit (Short)
Howard Potter (as Ben Wilson)
 1915 The House with the Drawn Shades (Short)
The Musician (as Ben Wilson)
 1915 Sh! Don't Wake the Baby (Short)
Launcelot Youngparent (as Ben Wilson)
 1915 The Cad (Short)
Billy Garrick (as Ben Wilson)
 1915 A Seashore Romeo (Short)
Ben (as Ben Wilson)
 1915 The Proof (Short)
Astorbilt (as Ben Wilson)
 1915 Jealousy, What Art Thou? (Short) (as Ben Wilson)
 1915 A Happy Pair (Short)
The Husband (as Ben Wilson)
 1915 Souls in Pawn (Short)
John Tremaine (as Ben Wilson)
 1915 The Fortification Plans (Short)
Maj. Steever (as Benjamin Wilson)
 1915 The Last Act (Short)
Herbert Harwood - Playwright (as Ben Wilson)
 1915 The Valley of Silent Men (Short)
Davis (as Ben Wilson)
 1915 The Force of Example (Short)
Bob Burton - Young Lawyer
 1915 The Trail of the Upper Yukon (Short)
Harrison Forbes (as Ben Wilson)
 1915 A Fireside Realization (Short)
Richard Thornton (as Ben Wilson)
 1915 A Shot in the Dark (Short)
Major Nevins (as Ben Wilson)
 1915 Rene Haggard Journeys On (Short)
Rene Haggard (as Ben Wilson)
 1915 The Ladder of Fortune (Short)
Louis D'Angelo (as Ben Wilson)
 1915 The Affair of the Terrace (Short)
Xavier Queer - Scientist (as Ben Wilson)
 1915 In the Clutch of the Emperor (Short)
Hal Gordon (as Ben Wilson)
 1915 A Lesson from the Far East (Short)
Reverend Hobart Ross (as Ben Wilson)
 1915 Six Months to Live (Short)
Howard Ellsworth (as Ben Wilson)
 1915 The Rider of Silhouette (Short)
Tex Davis (as Ben Wilson)
 1915 Six or Nine (Short)
John Hartley - the Police Commisioner (as Ben Wilson)
 1915 The Mystery of the Man Who Slept (Short)
Detective Xavier Queer (as Ben Wilson)
 1915 Adventures of a Seagoing Hack (Short)
Lawrence Dallas
 1915 The Phantom Warning (Short)
Victor Manton (as Ben Wilson)
 1915 The Girl and the Spy (Short)
Ben (as Ben Wilson)
 1915 Children of Chance (Short)
Dr. Brent Armitage (as Ben Wilson)
 1915 A Man's Temptation (Short)
Louis Lasalle (as Ben Wilson)
 1914 Hounded (Short)
Jim Nolan (as Ben Wilson)
 1914 Mother and Wife (Short)
George Steel
 1914 Ambition (Short)
John Willis - the Husband
 1914 The Mystery of the Sea View Hotel (Short)
The Detective (as Ben Wilson)
 1914 Slow But Sure (Short)
The Clubman (as Ben Wilson)
 1914 The Shoemaker's Eleventh (Short)
Joe Cassano - the Shoemaker (as Ben Wilson)
 1914 The Heritage of Hamilton Cleek (Short)
Detective Hamilton Cleek
 1914 Let Us Have Peace (Short)
Max Schmidt (as Ben Wilson)
 1914 The Mystery of the Sealed Art Gallery (Short)
Detective Hamilton Cleek
 1914 The Mystery of the Glass Tubes (Short)
Detective Hamilton Cleek (as Ben Wilson)
 1914 Face Value (Short)
Peter Hardyne Wilding aka Kelly
 1914 The Birth of the Star Spangled Banner (Short)
Captain Potter
 1914 The Mystery of the Octagonal Room (Short)
Detective Hamilton Cleek (as Ben Wilson)
 1914 While the Tide Was Rising (Short)
Fred Bowers - a Fisherman
 1914 The Mystery of the Lost Stradivarius (Short)
Detective Hamilton Cleek (as Ben Wilson)
 1914 Laddie (Short)
John Carter - Age 32
 1914 Her Spanish Cousins (Short)
 1914 The Shattered Tree (Short)
Jack Norwood
 1914 The Mystery of the Fadeless Tints (Short)
Detective Hamilton Cleek (as Ben Wilson)
 1914 The Mystery of the Amsterdam Diamonds (Short)
Detective Hamilton Cleek (as Ben Wilson)
 1914 His Sob Story (Short)
John - the Reporter
 1914 Her Grandmother's Wedding Dress (Short)
 1914 Frederick the Great (Short)
Baron von Trenck
 1914 The Mystery of the Silver Snare (Short)
Detective Hamilton Cleek (as Ben Wilson)
 1914 The Mystery of the Laughing Death (Short)
Detective Hamilton Cleek
 1914 The Brass Bowl (Short)
'Mad' Maitland / Dan Anisty (dual role) (as Ben Wilson)
 1914 When the Cartridges Failed (Short)
Bob Graham
 1914 The Mystery of the Ladder of Light (Short)
Detective Hamilton Cleek (as Ben Wilson)
 1914 All for His Sake (Short)
Paul Bruce
 1914 An American King (Short)
Prince Jan Norski / John North (dual role) (as Benjamin Wilson)
 1914 A Treacherous Rival (Short)
Officer John Flynn
 1914 The Mystery of the Talking Wire (Short)
Detective Hamilton Cleek (as Ben Wilson)
 1914 The Witness to the Will (Short)
Lt. Edward Preble, U.S.N. (as James F. Wilson)
 1913 The Mystery of the Dover Express (Short)
Detective Hamilton Cleek (as Ben Wilson)
 1913 A Proposal from Mary (Short)
Captain Justin Bradford (as Ben Wilson)
 1913 A Tudor Princess (Short)
Charles Brandon - Duke of Suffolk (as Ben Wilson)
 1913 Peg o' the Movies (Short)
 1913 The Gunmaker of Moscow (Short)
Ruric Nevel - the Gunmaker of Moscow
 1913 The Vanishing Cracksman (Short)
Detective Hamilton Cleek (as Ben Wilson)
 1913 A Proposal Deferred (Short)
Captain Justin Bradford (as Ben Wilson)
 1913 Nora's Boarders (Short)
The Music Teacher
 1913 The Phantom Signal (Short)
The Engineer (as Benjamin Wilson)
 1913/II The Doctor's Duty (Short)
 1913 A Proposal from Nobody (Short)
Captain Justin Bradford (as Ben Wilson)
 1913 In the Shadow of the Mountains (Short)
George Foster
 1913 The Stolen Models (Short)
Walter Clyde
 1913 A Proposal from the Sculptor (Short)
Captain Justin Bradford (as Ben Wilson)
 1913 Saved by the Enemy (Short)
 1913 The Awakening of a Man (Short)
Richard Wentworth Sr. / Richard Wentworth Jr. (as Benjamin Wilson)
 1913 The Ghost of Granleigh (Short)
John Newcomb
 1913 A Mutual Understanding (Short)
Henry Langdon - the Minister
 1913 A Proposal from the Spanish Don (Short)
Captain Justin Bradford (as Ben Wilson)
 1913 The Rightful Heir (Short)
George Fournel - the Wife's Lover
 1913 His Greatest Victory (Short)
Lt. John Blake aka John Stokes
 1913 The Romance of Rowena (Short)
 1913 The Robbers (Short)
Charles Moor - the Count's Son
 1913 A Proposal from the Duke (Short)
Captain Justin Bradford (as Benjamin F. Wilson)
 1913 Who Will Marry Mary?
Captain Justin Bradford (as Ben Wilson)
 1913 All on Account of a Portrait (Short)
 1913 The Story of the Bell (Short)
Col. Fairfax (ret.) (as Benjamin F. Wilson)
 1913 How Did It Finish? (Short)
The Hero in the Novel
 1913 A Taste of His Own Medicine (Short)
The Police Captain (as Benjamin F. Wilson)
 1913 Right for Right's Sake (Short)
District Attorney Stanton (as Benjamin F. Wilson)
 1913/II The Good in the Worst of Us (Short)
Sam McClure - Accused of Theft (as B.F. Wilson)
 1913 Groundless Suspicion (Short)
The Husband
 1913/II The Orphan (Short)
Will Hallett - John's Brother
 1913 Hulda of Holland (Short)
 1913 The Twelfth Juror (Short)
Harry Baker - the Twelfth Juror
 1913 The Well Sick Man (Short)
Harry Blake
 1913 The Priest and the Man (Short)
The Indian (as Benjamin Wilson)
 1913 In a Japanese Tea Garden (Short)
The Tourist's 2nd Beau (as Benjamin Wilson)
 1913 The Old Monk's Tale (Short)
The Handsome Stranger (as Benjamin Wilson)
 1913 A Day That Is Dead (Short)
The Young Lover (as Benjamin Wilson)
 1913 The Lorelei (Short)
The Young Fisherman
 1913 The Eldorado Lode (Short)
Clark - the New York Mining Expert (as Benjamin Wilson)
 1913 The Red Man's Burden (Short)
Big Bear (as Benjamin Wilson)
 1912 Love Among the Geysers (Short)
Young Blick - the Professor's Son
 1912 A Chase Across the Continent (Short)
Henry Ernshaw - Alice's Fiancé
 1912 The Charge of the Light Brigade (Short)
Captain Morris (as Benjamin Wilson)
 1912 Calumet 'K' (Short)
Charles Bannon
 1912 'Ostler Joe (Short)
The Stranger (as Benjamin Wilson)
 1912 Believe Me, If All Those Endearing Young Charms (Short)
Robert Burton - the Artist
 1912 In His Father's Steps (Short)
Young Dr. Morgan (as Benjamin Wilson)
 1912 The Relief of Lucknow (Short)
Reginald - the British Officer (as Benjamin Wilson)
 1912/II What Happened to Mary (Short)
 1912 For Valour (Short)
Bill Swanwick
 1912 The Close of the American Revolution (Short)
Jack Jouett - an American Patriot
 1912 The Girl at the Key (Short)
Young Orland
 1912 The Passion Flower (Short)
1st Suitor
 1912 Treasure Island (Short)
Long John Silver (as Benjamin Wilson)
 1912 Out of the Deep (Short)
The Deep-Sea Diver
 1912 The Spanish Cavalier (Short)
The Spanish Cavalier
 1912 The Lighthouse Keeper's Daughter (Short)
The Sailor
 1912 The House with the Tall Porch (Short)
The Son
 1912 At the Point of the Sword (Short)
Gaston - Edith's Sweetheart
 1912 The Passing of J.B. Randall and Company (Short)
J.B. Randall (as B.F. Wilson)
 1912 For the Cause of the South (Short)
Capt. Dalton U.S.A.
 1912 To Save Her Brother (Short)
 1911 The Battle of Bunker Hill (Short)
George Washington - Commander and Chief (as Benjamin Wilson)
 1911 The Star Spangled Banner (Short)
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Show Show Producer (103 credits)
Show Show Writer (15 credits)
Show Show Miscellaneous Crew (5 credits)
Show Show Self (2 credits)

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B. Frank Wilson | B.F. Wilson | Benjamin F. Wilson | Benjamin Franklin Wilson | Benjamin Wilson | Ben Wilson | James F. Wilson

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Profiled in "Serial Film Stars: A Biographical Dictionary, 1912-1956 (2 Volume Set)" by Buck Rainey (2005).


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