Some Biographies

Here I have biographies of some of my favorite major silent film players, as well as a few obscure people that I find interesting. I’ve tried my best to make sure that all content is as accurate as possible.  This is a work in progress, and more information may be added to existing biographies if necessary.

These bios were researched and written by me, so if you want to use or reproduce any of my writing please acknowledge me as a source.  Thank you kindly!

Roscoe Arbuckle
Theda Bara
Joe Bordeaux
Charley Bowers
Charlie Chaplin
Louise Fazenda
Lillian Gish
Robert Harron
Buster Keaton
Harry Langdon
Mae Marsh
Mabel Normand
Sybil Seely
Gloria Swanson
Eddie Quillan
Henry B. Walthall

4 thoughts on “Some Biographies

    • Hello Don,

      I hadn’t heard of Mahoney before, and according to Brent Walker’s book on Keystone no one with that name ever worked at the Sennett studio. But! I did find some references to a “Wilkie Mahoney” working for Hal Roach in the mid-1920s. He’s mentioned working as a supporting player in a Clyde Cook comedy and a Charley Chase comedy: http://lantern.mediahist.org/?page=4&q=wilkie+mahoney&sort=date-start+asc%2C+title+asc&utf8=%E2%9C%93

      From a few more quick scans of the Lantern site, Wilkie seems to have become a screenplay and dialogue writer for 1930s and 1940s comedies, as well as a writer for radio shows.

      The Lantern site is always a great place to find material on our silent actors, directors, editors, and other personnel: http://lantern.mediahist.org Hope that helps!

  1. Hello:)
    My utter obsession is Florence La Badie. I am currently collecting as much info on her as I can. I have an idea that I am working on but I need to bounce my ideas with someone who loves silent films and the stars. Is there anyway I can get in touch with you privately? ANY help/assistance would be greatly appreciated

    • Hi Maria!! Flo was a wonderful talent, it’s always heartwarming to know there are folks who still love her. I have a contact form on my “About Silent-ology” page in the main bar above–drop me a line!

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