James W. Morrison

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James W. Morrison
Morrison in 1921
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(1888-11-15)November 15, 1888
DiedNovember 15, 1974(1974-11-15) (aged 86)
Occupationfilm actor, author
Years active1911–1927

James W. Morrison (November 15, 1888 November 15, 1974) was an American actor and author. He appeared in 187 films between 1911 and 1927.



Morrison was born in Mattoon, Illinois, United States, on November 15, 1888. [1] He went to the University of Chicago and then the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City. Vitagraph Studios then hired him for a salary of $25 a week, and he debuted in a 30-minute film of A Tale of Two Cities released by Vitagraph in February 1911. Morrison was one of the primary actors of Vitagraph from 1911 to 1916.

In 1916, Morrison signed a contract with Ivan Abramson's Ivan Film Productions, appearing in seven Ivan melodramas from 1916 and 1918, starting with 1916's The Sex Lure . Enlighten Thy Daughter (1917) was the most popular of these films. In 1918, Morrison appeared in Vitagraph's Over the Top , which Morrison later said was one of his favorite films. Morrison continued to play roles into the 1920s, last acting in 1926.

He later published two novels, Road End (1927) and April Luck (1932). He taught speech and drama classes at Packer Collegiate Institute in Brooklyn for many years.

Morrison died in New York, New York on November 15, 1974, 86 years to the day of his birth. [2]

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The Redemption of Dave Darcey (1916)

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  1. "James Morrison". Photoplay Magazine: 19. November 1914. Retrieved January 3, 2022.
  2. Slide, Anthony (2002). Silent Players: A Biographical and Autobiographical Study of 100 Silent Film Actors and Actresses. pp. 250–53. ISBN   0813127084.