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|Born||January 23, 1895|
Boston, Massachusetts, United States
|Died||November 25, 1957 62) (aged|
Los Angeles, California, United States
|Cause of death||Asphyxia due to partially masticated food|
|Spouse(s)||Bertha Mann (1928–1957)|
|Children||Patricia Stout (adopted)|
Raymond Griffith (January 23, 1895 – November 25, 1957) was a silent movie comedian. Later in his career, he worked behind the camera as writer and producer.
Griffith was born in Boston, Massachusetts. He lost his voice at an early age, causing him to speak for the rest of his life in a hoarse whisper. Griffith claimed that it was the result of his having to scream at the top of his lungs every night in a stage melodrama as a child actor—others have stated that a childhood disease was more likely the cause.
Although a few comedy films of his are considered classics he is almost totally forgotten today. His film debut was for the L-KO Kompany. Many of his starring feature films have long since been lost, but probably the best known of his films today is Hands Up! (1926), a Civil War comedy feature directed by Clarence G. Badger, and co-starring Mack Swain, which was entered into the National Film Registry in 2005. Also considered a classic is Badger's Paths to Paradise, a caper film that is in all circulating prints missing its final reel. Like many silent comedians, he had a traditional costume; his was a top hat, white tie and tails, often augmented by a cape and/or walking stick.
The L-KO Kompany, or L-KO Komedies, was an American motion picture company founded by Henry Lehrman that produced silent one-, two- and very occasionally three-reel comedy shorts between 1914 and 1919. The initials L-KO stand for "Lehrman KnockOut".
Hands Up! is a 1926 American silent comedy film directed by Clarence Badger, co-written by Monte Brice and Lloyd Corrigan, and starring Raymond Griffith, one of the great silent movie comedians.
Clarence G. Badger was an American film director of feature films in the 1910s, 1920s and 1930s. His films include It and Red Hair, more than a dozen features and shorts starring Will Rogers, and two features starring Raymond Griffith, Paths to Paradise and Hands Up!
The coming of sound ended Griffith's acting career, but he did have one memorable role in a motion picture before retiring from the screen, playing a French soldier killed by Lew Ayres in the 1930 Lewis Milestone film All Quiet on the Western Front. He then segued into a writing/producing career at Twentieth Century Fox.
Lewis Frederick Ayres III was an American actor whose film and television career spanned 65 years. He is best known for starring as German soldier Paul Bäumer in the film All Quiet on the Western Front (1930) and for playing Dr. Kildare in nine movies. He was nominated for an Academy Award for his performance in Johnny Belinda (1948).
Lewis Milestone was a Russian-born American motion picture director. He is known for directing Two Arabian Knights (1927) and All Quiet on the Western Front (1930), both of which received Academy Awards for Best Director. He also directed The Front Page, The General Died at Dawn (1936), Of Mice and Men (1939), Ocean's 11 (1960), and received the directing credit for Mutiny on the Bounty (1962), though Marlon Brando largely appropriated his responsibilities during its production.
All Quiet on the Western Front is a 1930 American epic pre-Code anti-war film based on the Erich Maria Remarque novel of the same name. Directed by Lewis Milestone, it stars Louis Wolheim, Lew Ayres, John Wray, Arnold Lucy and Ben Alexander.
Griffith choked to death at the Masquers Club in Los Angeles, California, aged 62, on November 25, 1957.
The Masquers Club is a private social club for actors in Los Angeles, California. It was created in 1925 by actors from New York City who had left Broadway to act in motion pictures. It was similar to the Lambs Club in New York. The Club produced thirteen short subjects, the most famous of which, The Stolen Jools, featured seven Oscar-winning performers. Raymond Griffith died there in 1957.
|1918||The Red-Haired Cupid||Albert Jones|
|1919||The Follies Girl||Fredric|
|1920||Love, Honor and Behave||Man with Married Girlfriend|
|1920||Down on the Farm||Writer|
|1922||The Crossroads of New York||Wall Street 'Wolf'|
|1922||Minnie||Chewing Gum Salesman|
|1923||Red Lights||Sheridan Scott|
|1923||The Eternal Three||Leonard Foster|
|1923||The Day of Faith||Tom Barnett|
|1923||White Tiger||Roy Donovan|
|1923||Souls for Sale||Himself|
|1924||Poisoned Paradise: The Forbidden Story of Monte Carlo||Martel aka The Rat|
|1924||The Dawn of a Tomorrow||The Dandy|
|1924||Nellie, the Beautiful Cloak Model||Shorty Burchell|
|1924||The Yankee Consul||Writer|
|1924||Lily of the Dust||Karl Dehnecke|
|1924||Open All Night||Igor|
|1925||The Night Club||Robert White|
|1925||Miss Bluebeard||The Honorable Bertie Bird|
|1925||Forty Winks||Lord Chumley|
|1925||Paths to Paradise||The Dude from Duluth|
|1925||A Regular Fellow||The Prince|
|1925||When Winter Went||Bookworm|
|1926||Hands Up!||Jack - a Confederate Spy|
|1926||You'd Be Surprised||Mr. Green - The Coroner|
|1926||The Waiter from the Ritz|
|1927||Wedding Bills||Algernon Schuyler Van Twidder|
|1927||Time to Love||Alfred Sava-Goiu|
|1929||Trent's Last Case||Philip Trent|
|1930||All Quiet on the Western Front||Gerard Duval||Uncredited, (final film role)|
|1933||Ladies They Talk About||Producer|
|1933||Broadway Through a Keyhole||Co-producer|
|1939||Hotel for Women||Producer|
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