Still with Frank Leigh at right in The Usurper (1919)
|Born||18 April 1876|
|Died||9 May 1948|
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Years active||1917–1947 (film)|
Frank Leigh (18 April 1876 – 9 May 1948) was a British stage and film actor.
Born in London in 1876, Leigh settled in Hollywood and became a leading man during the silent era. Following the introduction of sound, his roles were much less significant. By the late 1930s all his screen appearances were uncredited. He died in Los Angeles in 1948.
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