Moran in 1917
|Born||June 23, 1888|
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
|Died||April 24, 1961 72) (aged|
Lee Moran (June 23, 1888 – April 24, 1961) was an American actor, film director, and screenwriter. He transcended the silent film era of motion pictures to the talkies. Moran appeared in 462 films, directed 109 and wrote for 92 between 1912 and 1935. He was born in Chicago, Illinois, and died from a heart ailment in Woodland Hills, California. Moran was often paired with actor Eddie Lyons and the two made several comedic films together.
A film director is a person who directs the making of a film. A film director controls a film's artistic and dramatic aspects and visualizes the screenplay while guiding the technical crew and actors in the fulfilment of that vision. The director has a key role in choosing the cast members, production design, and the creative aspects of filmmaking. Under European Union law, the director is viewed as the author of the film.
A screenplay writer, scriptwriter or scenarist is a writer who practices the craft of screenwriting, writing screenplays on which mass media, such as films, television programs and video games, are based.
A silent film is a film with no synchronized recorded sound. In silent films for entertainment, the plot may be conveyed by the use of title cards, written indications of the plot and key dialogue lines. The idea of combining motion pictures with recorded sound is nearly as old as film itself, but because of the technical challenges involved, the introduction of synchronized dialogue became practical only in the late 1920s with the perfection of the Audion amplifier tube and the advent of the Vitaphone system. The term "silent film" is a misnomer, as these films were almost always accompanied by live sounds. During the silent-film era that existed from the mid-1890s to the late 1920s, a pianist, theater organist—or even, in large cities, a small orchestra—would often play music to accompany the films. Pianists and organists would play either from sheet music, or improvisation. Sometimes a person would even narrate the intertitle cards for the audience. Though at the time the technology to synchronize sound with the video did not exist, music was seen as an essential part of the viewing experience.
When the Heart Calls is a 1912 American silent era short western comedy film starring Lee Moran, Russell Bassett, Louise Glaum, and Victoria Forde.
Almost a Rescue is a 1913 American short comedy film featuring Fatty Arbuckle.
An Elephant on His Hands is a 1913 American silent short comedy film directed by Al Christie and starring Eddie Lyons, Lee Moran and Lon Chaney. The film is now considered lost.
Florence Turner was an American actress who became known as the "Vitagraph Girl" in early silent films.
Noah Nicholas Beery was an American actor who appeared in films from 1913 to 1945. He was the older brother of Academy Award-winning actor Wallace Beery and the father of character actor Noah Beery Jr. Beery was billed as either Noah Beery or Noah Beery Sr. depending upon the film.
Herbert Brenon born Alexander Herbert Reginald St. John Brenon was an Irish film director, actor and screenwriter during the era of silent movies through the 1930s.
Alice Joyce was an American actress, who appeared in more than 200 films during the 1910s and 1920s. She is known for her roles in the 1923 film The Green Goddess and its 1930 remake of the same name.
Ford Sterling was an American comedian and actor best known for his work with Keystone Studios. One of the 'Big 4', he was the original chief of the Keystone Cops.
Bess Meredyth was a screenwriter and silent film actress. The wife of film director Michael Curtiz, Meredyth wrote The Affairs of Cellini (1934) and adapted The Unsuspected (1947). She was one of the 36 founders of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Wendell Phillips Smalley was an American silent film director and actor.
James Cruze was a silent film actor and film director.
Arthur Housman was an American actor in films during both the silent film era and the Golden Age of Hollywood.
Earle Foxe was an American actor.
John Gustav Adolfi was an American silent film director, actor, and screenwriter who was involved in more than 100 productions throughout his career. An early acting credit was in the recently restored 1912 film Robin Hood.
George Periolat was an American actor.
William Christy Cabanne was an American film director, screenwriter and silent film actor.
Charles Albert Murray, was an American film actor of the silent era.
William Courtright was an American film actor.
Edward Dillon was an American actor, director and screenwriter of the silent era. He appeared in 327 films between 1905 and 1932. He also directed 134 films between 1913 and 1926. He was born in New York, New York and died in Hollywood, California from a heart attack, aged 54. He was the brother of actor John T. Dillon.
Eddie Lyons was an American film actor, director, writer, and producer of the silent era. He appeared in 388, directed 153, wrote for 93, and produced 40 films between 1911 and 1926. He was born in Beardstown, Illinois, and died in Pasadena, California. Lyons was often paired with actor Lee Moran and the two made several comedic films together.
Maurice Elvey was the most prolific film director in British history. He directed nearly 200 films between 1913 and 1957. During the silent film era he directed as many as twenty films per year. He also produced more than fifty films - his own as well as films directed by others.
Frank Stanmore was an English film actor. He appeared in 76 films between 1914 and 1938. He was born in London and died in Gravesend, Kent.
Albert Victor Bramble (1884–1963) was an English actor and film director. He began his acting career on the stage. He started acting in films in 1913, and subsequently turned to directing and producing films. He died on 17 May 1963.
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