Lee Moran

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Lee Moran
Lee Moran 1917.jpg
Moran in 1917
Born(1888-06-23)June 23, 1888
DiedApril 24, 1961(1961-04-24) (aged 72)
Years active1912-1935

Lee Moran (June 23, 1888 April 24, 1961) was an American actor, film director, and screenwriter. [1] 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.

Film director Person who controls the artistic and dramatic aspects of a film production

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Selected filmography

Some Shimmiers (1920) with Eddie Lyons and Lee Moran. Length 15:11. Collection EYE Film Institute Netherlands.
<i>When the Heart Calls</i> 1912 film directed by Al Christie

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.

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  1. "Lee Moran". NY Times. Retrieved May 1, 2015.