The youngest of three sons, he was born in Toronto, Canada and was educated at McGill University then In 1904 he moved to New York where he appeared in a number of plays on Broadway including The Blue Grass Handicap, The Superstition of Sue and successful The Chorus Lady after which he was invited by D.W. Griffiths to join Biograph Studios where he made his film debut in The Greaser's Gauntlet followed by some 50 other films then in 1910 he wrote his first film script, Sunshine Sue, which was followed by many more. In 1912 he turned to directing with An Outcast Among Outcasts with a further 40 or so in the next 20 years. Acting wasn't neglected with him appearing in Griffith's classic Intolerance. Mack Sennett hired him to direct and star in a number of films at his Keystone Studios. He made the successful transition from silents to sound and frequently returned to his roots on Broadway. He married twice, first to actress Alice Louise Perine in October 1898 and had two children After their divorce and while working at Biograph Studios, he met and married actress/screenwriter Bess Meredyth (1890-1969) with whom he had a son.
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|Modern Zamanlar — Modern Times||1 January 1970|