Creighton Hale

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Creighton Hale
Creighton Hale - The Photo-Play Journal, July 1916.jpg
Hale in 1916
Born
Patrick Wills Fitzgerald [1] [2]

(1882-05-24)May 24, 1882
County Cork, Ireland
DiedAugust 9, 1965(1965-08-09) (aged 83)
South Pasadena, California, U.S.
Other namesPat Creighton Hale
OccupationActor
Years active1914–1959
Spouse(s)
Victoire Lowe
(m. 1912;div. 1926)

Kathleen Bering
(m. 1931)
Children2

Creighton Hale (born Patrick Wills Fitzgerald; May 24, 1882 – August 9, 1965 [3] ) was an Irish-American theatre, film, and television actor whose career extended more than a half-century, from the early 1900s to the end of the 1950s. [4]

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Career

Born in County Cork, Ireland, [5] Hale was one of two children born to Maud V. Hale and Daniel Fitzgerald. [2] [6] [7] Educated in Dublin [8] and London, he later attended Ardingly College in Sussex. [9] He emigrated to America in 1910, [7] with a company headed by Gertrude Elliott. [10] Remaining in the country, he acted in stock theater in Hartford, Indianapolis, and other cities, billed initially as Pat Creighton Hale. [8] While starring in Charles Frohman's Broadway production of Indian Summer, Hale was spotted by a representative of the Pathe Film Company. [11] [12] He eventually became known simply as Creighton Hale, although the derivation of "Creighton" remains unknown. Making his screen debut in The Exploits of Elaine (1914), [8] Hale had prominent supporting roles in films like D.W. Griffith's Way Down East , Orphans of the Storm , [12] and The Idol Dancer , [13] and later starred in such films as The Marriage Circle , Seven Footprints to Satan and The Cat and the Canary . Regarding the latter, Picture Show wrote of Hale's performance, "He makes no attempt to be impressive. He is just natural." [12]

It was thought that in 1923 Hale starred in an early pornographic "stag" film On the Beach (a.k.a. Getting His Goat and The Goat Man). In the film, three nude women agree to have sex with him, but only through a hole in a fence. Photographs of the scene clearly show that the man in the film is not Hale, but is another actor who also wore glasses. [14]

When talkies came about, his career declined. He made several appearances in Hal Roach's Our Gang series ( School's Out , Big Ears , Free Wheeling ), and also played uncredited bits in major talking films such as Larceny, Inc. , The Maltese Falcon , and Casablanca .

Personal life

Hale's two sons, Creighton Hale Jr. and Robert Lowe Hale, from his first marriage to Victoire Lowe, were adopted by Lowe's second husband, actor John Miljan. [15] After his divorce, Hale married Kathleen Bering in Los Angeles in 1931. [16]

Hale's sister-in-law, Isabelle Lowe, [17] [18] was both an accomplished stage actress and a published author and aspiring playwright. [19] [20] [21] [22] She and Hale performed together on at least one occasion—co-starring in a 1923 revival of A.E. Thomas's Just Suppose [23] —and co-authored two never-produced plays. [24] [25]

Hale died at the Motion Picture Country Home on August 9, 1965 at age 83. In accordance with his wishes, no funeral service was held, his remains were cremated at Chapel of the Pines, and his ashes were brought to rest at Duncans Mills Cemetery in Northern California. [26] [27]

Selected filmography

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References

  1. "Actor Named in Will". The Evening Star . October 31, 1924. p. 10. Retrieved January 24, 2023.
  2. 1 2 "New York, New York City Marriage Records, 1829-1938", database, FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:243N-R8Y  : 22 August 2022), Patrick Wills Fitzgerald and Victoria De La Vincendure Hale, 1912.
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  6. "California, County Marriages, 1850-1952," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:K8JQ-SKY  : 9 March 2021), Creighton Hale and Kathleen E Bering, 01 Aug 1931; citing Los Angeles, California, United States, county courthouses, California; FHL microfilm 2,074,934.
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  9. The Motion Picture Almanac . New York: Quigley Publishing Company. 1931. p. 169.
  10. "CORSAIR BEATS THE BALTIC: Mr. Morgan Wins Race from Quarantine to Meet Wife and Grandson; Players to support Gertrude Elliott". The New York Times. September 26, 1910. p. 13. ProQuest   97064432. The company that will support Gertrude Elliott in 'The Dawn of a Tomorrow' will include Scott Gatti, Fuller Mellish, Sydney Booth, Charles Garry, Arthur Barry, Philip Leslie, Sam Pearce, Creighton Hale, Bennett Kilpack, Ernest C. Joy, Angela Ogden, Anna Waite, Julia Blanc, and Carrie Merrilees. Of these, Messrs. Garry, Leslie, Pearce and Hale were with Miss Elliott in the London run of the piece, and Messrs. Mellish, Barry and Joy and Miss Merrilees have been in the play since it was first produced in America by Eleanor Robson.
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  25. Library of Congress Copyright Office (1921). "Catalog of Copyright Entries. Part 1. [B Group 2. Pamphlets, Etc. New Series"]. U.S. Government Printing Office.
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  27. Wilson, Scott (2016). Resting Places: The Burial Sites of More Than 14,000 Famous Persons, 3d ed. . Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company. p. 307. ISBN   978-0-7864-7992-4.

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